Seasoned professionals with a global perspective and local knowledge.
Lydia joined First Avenue in 2016 as an Assistant Accountant. Lydia has several years accounting experience within the financial services sector having worked for companies such as Cheyne Capital, Langham Hall and INTL FCStone. She has completed the AAT and ATT qualifications and is currently studying towards gaining ACCA membership. Lydia holds a BA (Hons) from Queen Mary, University of London.
Tavneet is Head of Europe. Tavneet spent the majority of her career with Morgan Stanley in London and Hong Kong. Most recently, Tavneet worked with Pioneer Alternative Investments (Hong Kong) as a Senior Analyst in Fund of hedge funds business with responsibility for Asian Hedge Fund Managers. Tavneet received a BSc(Hons) in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Alexandra joined First Avenue in July 2016 as an Executive Assistant and works extensively with our Senior Partners. Prior to Frist Avenue Alexandra worked as a Team Secretary at Knight Frank from 2013. Alexandra graduated from Oxford Media & Business School in 2013 with Distinction.
Marina is a member of the UK and Ireland institutional sales team. She works alongside John Owens and David Hunter in developing relationships with investment consultants and pension schemes. Prior to First Avenue, Marina was at Pictet Asset Management in a support role on the buy side for Developed Equities. Marina holds a BSc from University College London and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh.
Rachael is a member of the Sales Development team. In this capacity, she is responsible for managing the interface with our investors and project management team. Rachael joined First Avenue in August 2009. Rachael initially joined in the Administration team and has worked in Campaign Management and Project Management functions of the business. Prior to joining First Avenue Rachael worked at Houlihan Lokey Investment Bank. Rachael graduated Quest Business College (Incorporating Queen’s, St James’s and Lucie Clayton) in 2009.
Jo-Anne joined First Avenue at inception to assist the Partners in setting up the company. She has since moved to become Head of Global Facilities. Prior to First Avenue, Jo-Anne worked at Standard Chartered Bank and Bank of New York and has 20 years experience working in the financial sector.
Paul is Managing Partner. Prior to co-founding First Avenue Partners LLP, Paul worked in the European capital markets principally at Credit Suisse First Boston in London. He has covered investors and run coverage groups across every region of Europe since 1987.
Erin is a member of the administrative team and is responsible for running the Dallas Office. Prior to joining First Avenue, Erin worked for an alternative investment firm, managing their Dallas Office and supporting the US Real Estate and Senior Housing teams. Erin received her B.A. from Louisiana State University.
Lucy joined First Avenue in February 2017 as Assistant Accountant. For the last ten years Lucy has been part of a finance team within the asset management space. Prior to joining First Avenue Lucy worked with Momentum Global Investment Management. Between 2007 and 2015 Lucy was with NewSmith Asset Management and was responsible for the day to day accounting of the various UK and foreign corporate entities.
Patricia is a member of the Project Management team where she leads the team in the U.S. and focuses on private fund due diligence and preparing managers for fundraising. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, Patricia was a Senior Managing Director at the Forbes Private Capital Group and its predecessor firm Guggenheim Securities where she globally led the Due Diligence/Project Management team. Previously, she was a member of the Marketing and Investor Relations team at Apollo Management and a Vice President in the Alternative Investments Group at JPMorgan Private Bank. Patricia also worked at Evercore Partners and Lehman Brothers. She received a B.A. in U.S. History from Barnard College of Columbia University.
Haroon is responsible for private fund due diligence and preparing mandates for private credit fundraisings. Prior to joining First Avenue, he spent 10 years in credit research, project management and risk roles at Unigestion, Avenue Strategic Partners, Tremont Capital, ABN AMRO, Deutsche Bank and KBC Financial Products. He received a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Nick is Head of Private Placements and has been raising private capital for funds and direct investments for ten years. Prior to First Avenue, he held similar roles as an independent fundraising adviser and as head of research at Helix Associates. Nick has a post graduate degree in Finance from London Business School.
Fabiana Cid de Andrade
Fabiana will be responsible for distribution in Latin America and the South U.S. Prior to joining First Avenue, she spent 3 years at Credit Suisse as a Vice President in their private funds group and led the firm’s activities in Latin America across all asset classes. Before Credit Suisse, she was Director of Business Development and Strategy at LAVCA leading new business initiatives and managing the LP community globally. Prior roles include Head of Latin America Regional Distribution at ING Group. Fabiana holds a MBA from The American Graduate School of International Management and is a Senior Advisor and Member of the Board of Directors at LAVCA.
Grace is an Analyst on the Project Management team, focusing on campaign management and assisting with origination efforts. Prior to joining First Avenue, she held an internship with BMO Capital Markets in sales and trading. Grace received a B.A. in International Affairs from Lafayette College.
Lila is responsible for private fund due diligence, campaign management, project administration and managing the interface with First Avenue’s general partner clients. Prior to joining First Avenue, she worked at FocusPoint Private Capital Group (formerly known as Forbes Private Capital Group) as an analyst on the Project Management team. Lila received a B.A. in International Affairs from Lafayette College.
Jonathan is Chairman of and provides corporate governance to First Avenue Partners LLP. He has operated in a number of senior roles across Credit Suisse and its predecessor organisations. Most recently, he served as Vice Chairman of Credit Suisse (formerly Credit Suisse First Boston) and Chairman of IG Group plc. Jonathan is a full time operating partner while also serving as Non-Executive Director for Persimmon and Hansa Trust.
Martin is Co-Head of the First Avenue’s business in Asia and responsible for distribution and origination in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Prior to joining First Avenue, Martin was a Managing Director of Blackstone's Hedge Fund Solutions Group were he focused on business development and client relations in Australia and the Pacific Rim. Before joining Blackstone, he was Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Head of Distribution at ING Investment Management Australia, where he was responsible for the coordination of the firm's sales, marketing, and served as a member of ING's Private Equity Investment Committee. Martin has almost 20 years' experience in alternative assets having also worked at Barclays Global Investors and Deutsche Asset Management were he led institutional capital raising for private equity and was a member of the DB Capital Partners investment team. Martin received a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Wollongong.
Beverly is the Compliance Officer for First Avenue. Prior to joining First Avenue, she was a Director with BNP Paribas managing regulatory examinations. Before joining BNP, Beverly was the Compliance Officer for Greenhill. Prior to Greenhill, Beverly spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs in the Compliance Department managing regulatory inquiries and examinations. Beverly received a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Delaware.
Sophie is a member of the project management team. In this capacity, she is responsible for campaign management, project administration and managing the interface with our clients. Sophie joined FIRSTavenue from Ipes where she worked as the London New Business Manager covering client onboarding and business development. Sophie graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a BA Hons in Politics.
Sacha is a member of the project management team responsible for private equity and infrastructure fundraisings. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, Sacha worked at IFC Metropol as an Investment Professional and earlier, at Merrill Lynch in the CEE Mergers and Acquisitions team. Sacha started her career at Lehman Brothers in the European Mergers and Acquisitions team in London. Sacha holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Master's degree from ESSEC Business School in Paris, France.
Francesca is a member of the project management team and primarily works on infrastructure and real estate fundraisings. Francesca joined First Avenue in 2010 initially in the Campaign Management function. Francesca holds an MA (hons) International Relations from University of St Andrews, and is a CAIA Charterholder.
Rachel covers distribution in the Greater China region, alongside Vicky Lai. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, Rachel led the marketing and investor relations function at Pinpoint Asset Management. Prior to Pinpoint, Rachel worked for China International Capital Corporation in Hong Kong and Beijing for cross-border investment mandates. Rachel received an MBA from Northeastern University, and a BBA with double majors in Finance / Economics and a minor in Mathematics from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Further, she is a CFA Charter holder.
Andy Hayes, CFA
Andy is responsible for distribution on the Westcoast U.S. and Western Canada and origination across the US and Asia. Prior to joining First Avenue, he spent 13 years at Oregon State Treasury, mostly as a private equity investment officer advising a globally diversified private equity portfolio, with an FMV of approximately $15 billion. Before Oregon State Treasury, he held an analyst position at R.V. Kuhns & Associates conducting due diligence. Andy holds a MBA from Portland State University and is a CFA Charterholder.
Michael is Co-Head of the First Avenue’s business in Asia and is responsible for project management and origination in the region. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, he was Managing Director at Park Hill Group, based in Hong Kong in a similar role. Previously, Michael was a Director in the UBS Private Funds Group, based in London, where he started his career in 2000. Michael received an B.A. in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a M.Sc. in Economics from London School of Economics.
Head of Human Resources
Emily is the Head of Human Resources and Senior Executive Assistant to Paul Buckley, CEO and Jonathan Davie, Chairman. Emily joined First Avenue in August 2014 with 10 years' experience in the finance industry; prior to working with First Avenue Emily lived in Brisbane, Australia where she worked as an Executive Assistant for a boutique financial planning office. Emily is currently studying for her CIPD Level 5 Certificate in Human Resources Management.
David is Head of UK Institutional and responsible for First Avenue's consultancy relationships. With over 25 years' in institutional investment consulting, fund manager research, selection and ratings, David qualified as an actuary with Mercer. At Aon, he was responsible for UK asset-liability management and worldwide manager research. David also advised S&P on Asset Manager and Sponsor Covenant Assessment Services. He has previously sat on the advisory council of AIMSE International and holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computing from King's College, University of London.
Sir Martin Jacomb
Sir Martin Jacomb who was knighted in 1985 for services to the City, brings a great depth of experience and wisdom to the Partnership.
Sir Martin was Chairman of Barclays de Zoete Wedd from 1986 to 1991 and simultaneously was Deputy Chairman of Barclays Bank plc until his retirement from the bank in 1993. He was a Director of The Bank of England from 1986 to 1995 and Chairman of Postel Investment Management from 1991 to 1995.
Sir Martin was appointed Chairman of Prudential plc in 1995 from which he retired in 2000. In 2007 he retired from the boards of Rio Tinto plc and Marks & Spencer plc.
Sir Martin was Chairman of the British Council from 1992 to 1998. He was a Trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund from 1982 to 1997 and a member of The Committee on Standards in Public Life (The Nolan Committee) from 1994 to 1997. He was also a Director of the Oxford Playhouse Trust.
Sir Martin is presently Chairman Share plc (the Share Centre) and, until 2011, was Chairman of Canary Wharf Group plc.
Jida is a member of the project management team. Prior to joining First Avenue, Jida worked in investor relations and business development for a start-up tech company focused on the energy sector. Jida began her career at MUFG Securities on the derivative solutions team based in London and was responsible for European and Middle Eastern corporate clients. Jida holds an MSc in Finance from Cass Business School in London.
Richard is responsible for coordinating FIRSTavenue’s relationships with local broker dealers in South Korea. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, he established and led the alternative placement business of Heungkuk Securities and before that, Hanwha Investment & Securities and KB Securities. He received a from BA from UC Berkeley and a JD from Boston College Law School.
Collis is responsible for distribution in the Northeast U.S. and East Canada. Prior to joining First Avenue, Collis worked as a Principal at The Carlyle Group in their global credit team raising capital across a range of private credit and hedge fund strategies. Before Carlyle, he was an Executive Director at J.P. Morgan’s Capital Introductions Group where he focused on credit strategies. Other roles include Vice President and Analyst positions at Bear Stearns & Co and wealth management firm Algonquin Advisors. Collis holds a BA in Economics and French from Colgate University.
Vicky is responsible for the coverage of the UK and greater China. Vicky joined First Avenue Partners from Hundredstone, a corporate finance firm engaged in facilitating China and European fund placement, where she was a founding partner. Vicky is a qualified solicitor in England & Wales and has previously worked at Linklaters and Norton Rose. Vicky speaks and writes fluent Mandarin, Cantonese and English. Vicky received her honors degree in law by Zhong Nan University of Economics and Law, and was awarded her Master's degree by the University of Manchester.
Jess is Head of Americas and leads the sales, distribution and origination efforts across North and South America. Prior to joining First Avenue, he served as Global Head of Institutional Sales at Highland Capital Management, where he led a team of 12 through a successful restructure to produce a significant increase in revenues. Prior to Highland Capital, he was a senior member of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s European Intro team. Other appointments include Partner and Head of Sales at VCM Fund Management, the establishment and management of Merrill Lynch’s European Family Office Group, as well as positions at UBS and HSBC. Jess studied in the UK and Belgium to receive a Bachelor in Economics from Copenhagen Business School. Jess serves on the board of the World Affairs Council in Dallas.
Chris is Global Head of Private Funds Origination and is also responsible for maintaining a number of senior investor relationships in Europe. Prior to joining First Avenue, he was with Park Hill Group, where he was a Managing Partner and senior coverage officer for Europe and Asia. Previously, Chris was an Executive Director at UBS in their Private Funds Group. He received a B.A. in European Business Administration from Middlesex University, a Diplom Betriebswirt from the Fachhochschule in Reutlingen, Germany and an MSc. in Finance from London Business School.
Justin is a member of the project management team focusing on general partner origination, fund due diligence and preparing managers for fundraising with a focus on private credit. Previously, Justin spent ten years in senior manager research roles at Cliffwater LLC, The Bogdahn Group and Segal Rogerscasey. Justin's primary research focus has been on private credit, real estate, infrastructure and distressed opportunities. Justin received a B.B.A. from Adelphi University.
Laura is a member of the administrative team and is responsible for running the New York office. Prior to joining First Avenue, Laura worked in event sales and execution for The New York Mets. Laura received her B.A. from Eastern Kentucky University.
Dayna joined First Avenue in February 2016 as a Team Assistant and is responsible for the management of the Front of House in our London office. Dayna holds a diploma in Marketing Communications. Prior to working at First Avenue Dayna lived in Queenstown, New Zealand where she worked in administration.
Hannah joins as member of the project management team, focusing on campaign management. Prior to joining First Avenue, Hannah worked in recruitment and logistics for a large US health system. Hannah received her B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Brendan covers distribution in the Benelux and DACH region. Prior to First Avenue, Brendan was at Leadenhall Capital Partners LLP, a London-based manager, where he was responsible for capital raising and investor relations. Brendan holds a MSc in Business Administration from both the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and the University of Uppsala, Sweden.
Clive is Head of Private Equity and primarily responsible for origination and marketing of private equity funds. Clive was formerly a Managing Director at Helix Associates and Co-Head of the Fund of Funds Group at Goldman Sachs covering Europe and Asia. Prior to Goldman Sachs Clive worked in the Private Equity Group at Merrill Lynch.
Simi is a member of the campaign management team and is responsible for the coordination of the administrative aspects of our fundraising campaigns and our internal processes. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, Simi worked within the marketing department at Livebookings, an online marketing and technology company.
John concentrates on the UK and Ireland institutional markets. John began his career as a pensions manager before moving to consultancy where he provided advice on all aspects of pension fund benefit design and investment strategy. For the last 20 years John has worked for a variety of asset managers responsible for investment sales, client service and consulting relationship teams across a wide range of market segments. John has a B.A. in Law and Economics from the University of Strathclyde.
Tess is a member of the Project Management team, responsible for campaign management, project administration, and managing the interface with our clients. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, Tess worked as an Associate within Korn Ferry’s financial services executive search practice. She earned her B.A. in Economics from Yale University.
Eugene is a member of the project management team. Prior to joining First Avenue, Eugene covered healthcare services in the equity research departments at BB&T Capital Markets and Madison Williams. Prior to that, Eugene was a Technology Analyst at Friedman, Billings, Ramsey and Prudential Securities. Eugene holds a B.S. with concentrations in finance and management information systems from Binghamton University.
Brian is responsible for distribution in the Eastern and Midwest U.S. Brian joined First Avenue Partners from Highland Capital Management, a global alternative credit manager, where he was the director of business development. He began his career at Ernst & Young. Brian graduated with an M.S. and a B.A. from Texas A&M University.
Dan is responsible for LP coverage in the Northeast U.S. and Canada. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, he spent 8 years covering these regions at Lazard Frères & Co, a private fund advisory group in New York. Prior to Lazard, Dan held a Senior Vice President position at Lehman Brothers, where he focused on distribution of Lehman’s and third party alternative investment funds. Dan holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from the Niagara University.
Group General Counsel
Stefan is Group General Counsel. Stefan has practiced law for over 25 years in the US and the UK. Stefan has an extensive background in domestic and international capital markets, funds, mergers and acquisitions and general business transactions. Stefan worked with Mayer Brown in Chicago from 1990 to 1994, then in the London office until 1999. Before starting his own firm in 2003, Stefan was the Managing Partner of the London office of Fredrikson & Byron. Stefan received a B.S. with distinction from the University of Wisconsin and received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Paddy leads First Avenue’s distribution activities in the Middle East and covers select institutions in the UK and Netherlands, with a focus on private equity and real asset mandates. He joined First Avenue after seven years with Zouk Capital, a London-based manager of growth capital and infrastructure funds, where, as the Investor Relations Manager, he was responsible for fundraising and company marketing. He holds a BA in Russian Studies from the University of Bristol, UK, and qualifications from the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
Daniel is a member of the project management team. Prior to joining First Avenue, Daniel was responsible for investor relations at Frog Capital, a technology-focused growth capital fund. Previously, Daniel worked at Probitas Partners where he focused on European private equity fundraisings. Daniel started his career as an M&A lawyer with Latham & Watkins having received his LLB in law from the College of Law, London. Daniel graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in History & Politics from the University of York.
Chris is a member of the project management team where he leads the team in the U.S. focusing on general partner origination, fund due diligence and preparing managers for fundraising. Prior to joining First Avenue, Chris was a Principal at Meketa Investment Group where he coordinated the firms Real Assets practice investing across infrastructure and natural resource sectors. Previously, he worked in capital budgeting, allocation, and financial management for the Gulf Power Company, a subsidiary of the Southern Company. Chris also worked as a portfolio analyst at Franklin Templeton Investments, and as an investment analyst at Segal Advisors. He received a Master of Science in Finance from Boston College and a BS in Finance and International Economics from the University of Florida.
Gabriella joined First Avenue in February 2017 as an Executive Assistant and works extensively with our Senior Partners. Prior to First Avenue Gabriella was an Executive Assistant at Park Hill Group. Gabriella graduated from University of Toronto in 2004 with a BA (Hons)
Legal & Comp. Assistant
Ella joined First Avenue in November 2016 as a Compliance Assistant. Ella works extensively with the Group General Counsel. Prior to First Avenue Ella worked as a PA at an asset management consultancy. Ella graduated from the University of York with an LLB.
Neill Van Der Walt
Neill, a qualified Chartered Global Management Accountant, joined First Avenue in May 2017 as the Financial Controller. Prior to joining First Avenue, Neill worked at a Hedge Fund and Match Principle Broker in London as a Management Accountant. Neill started his career as an Accountant at one of the leading agricultural trading organizations in South Africa, whereafter he joined the finance team of an international integrated supply chain management firm.
Lisa joined First Avenue in June 2016 as an Executive Assistant and works extensively with our Senior Partners. Prior to First Avenue Lisa was Office Manager at Toscafund Asset Management. Lisa graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2014 with a BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology.
Chief Financial Officer
Caroline is Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining First Avenue, she was a partner within the NewSmith Group and was responsible for financial control, tax and regulatory matters for both corporate and fund entities. Before joining NewSmith, Caroline spent 4 years working with Ernst & Young, London and 2 years with Ernst & Young, Jersey in their Investment Management Group. Caroline qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1999 with The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
Kaz covers investors in Japan. Prior to joining First Avenue, Kaz was a Director of Nomura Funds Research responsible for private equity fund investments. Prior to Nomura, he had a range of experiences in manager research, investment product marketing and pension advisory at Watson Wyatt and ABN AMRO. Kaz holds an B.S. from Tokyo University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Daniel is responsible for the coverage of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Daniel was formerly at Citigroup's Alternatives Distribution Group in London where he was responsible for German speaking Europe. He planned and executed capital raising campaigns for a number of private equity, infrastructure and real estate funds. Daniel received a B.B.A. from the Faculty of Business Darmstadt.