Seasoned professionals with a global perspective and local knowledge.
Kyle is a member of the project management team in the U.S. and focuses on infrastructure and private equity fundraisings. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, Kyle was at BerchWood Partners and Eaton Partners. Previously, he held fundraising positions at Denham Capital Management, Brookfield Asset Management and Wayzata Investment Partners. Kyle began his career at KeyBanc Capital Markets in Fixed Income Sales. He received a B.A. in English from the University of Vermont.
Christian Allgeier, CFA
Christian is a member of the project management team and primarily works on private credit and private equity fundraising. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, Christian spent 11 years in fund raising, business development, portfolio monitoring and project management at LGT European Capital. Christian started his career at Barclays Capital in their commercial lending division in London. Christian graduated with a First Class Hons degree in Business Management and Information Technology from Greenwich School of Management and is a CFA Charter holder.
Tavneet is Head of EMEA. 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.
Rachael is Head of Corporate Communications & Sales Development. In this role, Rachael is responsible for the firm’s branding, publicity strategies, marketing technologies and events globally, as well as managing the interface between our investors and the marketing and project management teams. Rachael joined FIRSTavenue in 2009 and has worked in the Administration, Campaign Management and Project Management functions of the business. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, Rachael worked at Houlihan Lokey Investment Bank and has over 10 years’ experience working in the financial sector. Rachael graduated Quest Business College (Incorporating Queen’s, St James’s and Lucie Clayton) in 2009.
Senior Executive Assistant
Jo-Anne is Senior Executive Assistant to Paul Buckley, Managing Partner and Tavneet Bakshi, Head of EMEA. Jo-Anne joined FIRSTavenue at inception to assist the Partners in setting up the company. Prior to FIRSTavenue, Jo-Anne worked at Standard Chartered Bank and Bank of New York and has 30 years’ experience working in the financial sector.
Paul is Managing Partner. Prior to co-founding FIRSTavenue, 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 FIRSTavenue, 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 FIRSTavenue 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.
Alex covers institutional investors and large family offices in the UK, France and Southern Europe. Alex has almost 15 years’ Private Equity experience raising capital for nearly 100 alternative investment funds and assets, having started his career at MVision Private Equity Advisers, subsequently building out the European activities for US boutique BerchWood Partners, and most recently working as one of the senior leadership team in PwC’s Global Fund Advisory Platform. Alex holds a first class joint honours degree in Philosophy and Mathematics from the University of Bristol, and completed the Oxford Private Equity Programme, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
Nick is Head of Private Placements and has been raising private capital for funds and direct investments for ten years. Prior to FIRSTavenue, 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.
Hannah joined FIRSTavenue in February 2019 as a member of the Sales Development team. In this capacity, she is responsible for dealing with the interface between our marketers and project management team. Prior to FIRSTavenue Hannah worked at Alderbrooke People Diagnostics as an Executive Assistant to a Director and also, as an Accounts Assistant, in charge of billings and bookkeeping. Hannah graduated from Oxford Media & Business School in 2013 with Distinction.
Lila is a member of the Project Management team and is responsible for private fund due diligence, client reporting, and managing the interface with FIRSTavenue's clients. In addition, Lila leads the development of client-facing technology, including the Firm’s proprietary app. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, 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 FIRSTavenue. 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.
Derek rejoined FIRSTavenue in early 2018 as Partner and Head of Northeast US and Eastern Canada investor coverage. He was previously a Partner at FIRSTavenue from 2011 to 2014 before starting Bridge Haven, his own placement business. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Fortress Investment Group, as well as a Senior Vice President in the Private Fund Marketing Group at Lehman Brothers. Derek began his placement career at Deutsche Bank’s Alternative Investment Fundraising Group and received a BA from Yale University and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School.
Colin is a member of the project management team in the U.S. and focuses on origination, private fund due diligence, and preparing managers for fundraising. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, Colin was a Director at Sixpoint Partners. Previously, he was at the Forbes Private Capital Group and its predecessor firm Guggenheim Securities where he was a member of the due diligence/project management team. Colin started his career at Merrill Lynch in Wealth Management Advisory. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University.
Martin is Co-Head of the FIRSTavenue's business in Asia and responsible for distribution and origination in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, 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.
US Compliance Officer
Beverly is the US Compliance Officer for FIRSTavenue. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, 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.
Francesca is a member of the project management team and primarily works on infrastructure and real estate fundraisings. Francesca joined FIRSTavenue 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. 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 FIRSTavenue, 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 FIRSTavenue'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.
Bibi Pearce Johnson
UK Compliance Officer
Bibi is head of compliance for FIRSTavenue in the UK. She is responsible for the further development and maintenance of the firm’s UK compliance infrastructure and provides regulatory support to the business in an advisory capacity. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, Bibi was the Banking Compliance Officer at C. Hoare & Co., a leading private bank - a role she took up following a successful four year stint in relationship management there. Before working in banking, Bibi qualified as a lawyer and practised property law in London’s West End. Bibi is a professional member of the International Compliance Association having attained DipGRC status in February 2018.
Jida is a member of the project management team. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, 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.
Collis is responsible for distribution in the Northeast U.S. and East Canada. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, 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.
Jess is a partner and Head of Americas. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, he served as Global Head of Institutional Sales & Marketing at Highland Capital Management. 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, establishment and management of Merrill Lynch’s European Family Office Group, as well as positions at UBS and HSBC. Jess studied in Cambridge, Antwerpen and received a Bachelor in Economics from Copenhagen Business School. Jess served on the board of the World Affairs Council in Dallas.
Chanel is a member of the Project Management team and primarily focuses on roadshow coordination. She received a B.A. from California State University, San Bernardino and an M.A. from Kingston University.
Dawson is a member of the Project Management team and is responsible for due diligence, client reporting, distribution materials and managing the interface with our clients. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, Dawson worked at Cowen Investment Management. Dawson received his B.A. from Connecticut College.
Laura is a member of the administrative team and is responsible for running the New York office. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, Laura worked in event sales and execution for The New York Mets. Laura received her B.A. from Eastern Kentucky University.
Jacqueline joined FIRSTavenue in February 2018 as a member of the Sales Development team. In this capacity, she is responsible for dealing with the interface between our marketers and project management team. Prior to FIRSTavenue Jacqueline worked at Threadmark and assisted the team in all aspects of the capital raising process.
Hannah is a member of the Project Management team and is responsible for due diligence, client reporting, distribution materials and managing the interface with our clients. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, Hannah worked at University of Maryland Medical System. Hannah received her B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Brendan covers distribution in the Benelux and DACH region. Prior to FIRSTavenue, 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 project management team and is responsible for campaign management, project administration and managing the interface with our clients. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, Simi worked within the marketing department at Bookatable by Michelin (formerly known as Livebookings), an online marketing and technology company. She holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC).
Mili Mills (Parekh)
Mili covers key relationships in the UK and Israel across all asset classes. Mili has 9 years’ experience in financial services, most recently with Kempen Capital Management where Mili was responsible for driving institutional fundraising. Prior to Kempen, Mili was responsible for capital raising at Foresight Group, a London-headquartered infrastructure and private equity manager. Mili started her career at PwC where she worked within Transaction Services in London and Stockholm and gained her ACA qualification. Mili received a first class honours degree from Manchester Business School.
Eugene is a member of the project management team. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, 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.
Charlotte joined FIRSTavenue in January 2019 as Team Assistant to Brendan Nerbonne, Alex Chaplin and Kaz Yasuda. As well as Team Assistant to the sales team, Charlotte is also responsible for running the front of house in our London office. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, Charlotte worked in the Medical Recruitment sector as a Consultant.
Brian is responsible for distribution in the Eastern and Midwest U.S. Brian joined FIRSTavenue 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.
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.
Stephen Suk-Hyun Shin
Stephen has joined as a Director to focus on our distribution capabilities in Korea. He is a seasoned capital markets professional with 19 years of experience in institutional client coverage, public and private credit, leveraged finance and corporate finance. He joined us from Scotiabank Hong Kong where he focused on client relationships in Korea and distribution of the bank’s products. Prior to that, he worked for other bank and financial institution in HK, Singapore and Seoul. Stephen received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto, and holds a CFA charter & US CPA certificate.
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 FIRSTavenue, 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 recently joined FIRSTavenue as an Executive Assistant and works extensively with our Senior Partners. Prior to FIRSTavenue Gabriella was an Executive Assistant at Park Hill Group. Gabriella graduated from University of Toronto in 2004 with a BA (Hons)
Chief Financial Officer
Caroline is Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, 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.
Shannon joined FIRSTavenue in January 2019 as Team Assistant to Caroline Weir, Chief Financial Officer and Clive Norton, Partner. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, Shannon worked in the insurance sector for Enstar LTD and QBE as a Personal Assistant & Project Manager where she worked closely with management and assisted senior managers. Before starting her career in London, Shannon qualified as a dental nurse.
Kaz covers investors in Japan. Prior to joining FIRSTavenue, 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.