FIRSTavenue Announces Launch of Social Mobility Programme

February 2023

First hire announced under new initiative designed to increase equal opportunity in the investment industry and enhance the firm’s strong track record of identifying and developing diverse talent

London, 14th February 2023 – FIRSTavenue, a leading global private funds placement agent and investment advisory firm specialising in private credit, real assets, private equity and associated capital solutions, is pleased to announce the launch of its social mobility programme.

FIRSTavenue is aiming to improve the accessibility of the alternative investment industry by investing in talent pools that are representative of the community and society in the UK. The launch of the programme is reflective of FIRSTavenue’s commitment to increase equal opportunity in the investment industry.

Through its social mobility programme, FIRSTavenue is exploring relationships with organisations that deliver support to young people, to facilitate professional opportunities for talented individuals.

To start the programme, FIRSTavenue partnered with SEO London, a UK-registered charity delivering superior educational, training, and mentoring support to young people from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds. Following an intensive selection process, FIRSTavenue have appointed its first full-time recruit and hopes to build a strong and diverse pipeline. This hire will be supplemented with the development of internship and work experience opportunities for those still within full-time education.

Paul Buckley, Managing Partner and Co-Founder at FIRSTavenue, said: “We are delighted to appoint our first employee under our new initiative and to formally launch our social mobility programme. FIRSTavenue has a strong track record in identifying and developing talented individuals from across a range of backgrounds, and the launch of this initiative will be an opportunity to build a level playing field within the industry and enable talented individuals to access the professional opportunities that the firm has to offer. Ultimately, we want to identify talented individuals that might not be able to break into the industry without our help and give them every opportunity of success.”

To learn more about FIRSTavenue’s social mobility programme, please contact Josie Totti da Costa at

About FIRSTavenue

FIRSTavenue is a leading independent global placement agent and advisory firm specialising in private credit, real assets, private equity and associated capital solutions. Since the firm’s inception in 2006, it has raised more than $28 billion of capital commitments on behalf of its clients. The firm maintains a global presence via its headquarters in London and offices in New York, Hong Kong and Hamburg, and today consist of 49 professionals.

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