Tikehau Capital, an alternative asset management and investment group, has appointed Carmen Alonso as Head of the United Kingdom and Peter Cirenza is promoted to Chairman of the United Kingdom as well as Chairman of Tactical Strategies.In addition to her responsibilities in the Iberian market, Carmen Alonso will now oversee all investment strategies and capital raising for Tikehau Capital in the UK, which includes private credit, real assets and private equity. She will be running the UK office alongside Peter Cirenza who has been promoted to UK Chairman and Chairman of Tactical Strategies, in addition to his current position of Chairman of Private Equity. This new organisation will bolster fundraising for every strategy deployed in the UK and deepen the firm’s relationships with institutional investors in the UK.
Having joined Tikehau Capital in 2015, Alonso has spent the past five years successfully building the firm’s presence in Iberia, establishing the firm’s regional office in Madrid, building a team covering all investment strategies and growing Tikehau Capital’s offering to Iberian institutional investors. Alonso started her career in 1996 in the Leverage Finance departments of UBS and has worked in investment banking at Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and HVB. She also gained corporate experience managing GSK’s Corporate Finance activities globally.
Cirenza has led Tikehau Capital’s UK office for four years, contributing to the development of the firm’s private asset strategies in the region. With more than 30 years’ experience in the finance industry, Cirenza brings a wealth of experience to his new position backing the leadership of Tactical Strategies and Private Equity, which are two strategic activities for Tikehau Capital.
Tikehau Capital opened its London office in 2013 and currently relies on more than 50 professionals locally covering a wide range of asset classes, such as leveraged loans, CLOs, special opportunities, direct lending, real estate, and private equity. In addition, the office has sales and marketing capabilities as well as other corporate functions to support all parts of the business.
Antoine Flamarion, co-founder of Tikehau Capital, says: “We are delighted to announce Carmen and Peter’s new roles. Both have been instrumental in growing our presence across key markets in Europe. As we look to expand our offering into the UK market, Carmen’s deep experience and solid track record make her the perfect fit to oversee our development in the region. Peter’s understanding of both Tikehau Capital’s activities and the wider investment environment positions us strongly for further growth and we look forward to benefitting from his continued stewardship and guidance.”