First Avenue Opens Hong Kong Office and Hires Michael Henningsen

November 2015

Mr. Henningsen has over 15 years of advisory experience in alternative assets and capital markets. He joins the firm from Park Hill Group, as a Managing Director where he led the firm’s Hong Kong office and oversaw project management and all Asian origination. Prior to Park Hill, Mr. Henningsen was a Director at UBS in its Private Funds Group in London. He has worked on mandates for a number of leading private fund managers.

“Since inception, First Avenue has sought to identify and represent the highest quality fund sponsors. Asia-Pacific is a critical component to our future success, and Michael’s joining is a natural step to complement our firm’s already strong distribution network in the region with our on-the-ground coverage in both Hong Kong and Sydney,” commented Martin Donnelly. “The universe of managers in the region seeking to raise capital is expanding rapidly while at the same time it is becoming a core area of focus for limited partners globally. Our presence in Hong Kong will help us better serve alternative investment managers by offering the very best advice and project management capabilities, which will significantly benefit both our clients and the investors we maintain relationships with.”

Paul Buckley, First Avenue’s London-based Managing Partner, added, “Michael’s arrival marks the start of First Avenue’s next stage of growth. His reputation and connectivity with Asian GPs signals the importance of Asia to First Avenue long term as we look beyond the current headwinds from China.”

About FIRSTavenue

FIRSTavenue is a leading global advisory and capital placement business focused on private funds and private companies. FIRSTavenue covers the significant investors in the developed world and the developing world. FIRSTavenue is differentiated by the breadth and depth of its reach through five global offices and benefits from a large team of former pension consultants on staff. FIRSTavenue’s clients include leading GPs and management teams across the key private market and industry sectors: private equity, private credit, real estate and real assets.