Puma Private Equity, a specialist growth investor, has appointed Mark Lyons as Investment Director, as the business looks to expand its presence in the North of England. Puma operates in the scale-up to Series A space, providing equity investment of £2m to £10m to help businesses accelerate their growth plans.
Lyons joins from Praetura Ventures, where as Director of Investments he was part of the senior leadership team that grew the business to over £125 million AUM and invested in over 30 fast-growth, early-stage businesses.
Lyons joins Puma Private Equity off the back of its biggest fund raise to date, and is charged with supporting its expansion in the North, with the creation of a new office in Manchester in the coming months. He will be part of a growing Puma presence in the region, designed to capitalise on the increasing number of Northern businesses in the scale-up to Series A space.
During his investment career, Lyons has principally concentrated on supporting tech and tech-enabled companies, with a particular focus on SaaS, PropTech and digital media.