Aurelius Investments expands UK team with four new appointments

30.10.2017

Aurelius Investments expands UK team with four new appointments

London 30 October 2017 – Aurelius Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA (ISIN: DE000A0JK2A8) (“Aurelius” or “the Group”) the pan-European, mid-market investor, today announces four appointments to its UK team; Andrew Roth as Investment Associate, Zach Holmes as Operations Manager, Jonathan Yong as Senior Legal Counsel and Tommy Canavan as Legal Counsel.

These hires follow a series of successes for Aurelius in the UK this year, including the acquisition of Office Depot Europe, the sale of ICT services group Getronics, Aurelius’ largest exit to date, and the acquisition of Wex Photographic and its subsequent merger with existing investee company Calumet. These appointments, which build upon a further set of hires in Q1 2017, will allow the Group to capitalise on this momentum and bolster its operational and investment capabilities in the UK and Ireland.

The appointments include:

  • Andrew Roth, who has been appointed to the role of Investment Associate within Aurelius’ London-based investment team, where he will assist in the sourcing and execution of Aurelius’ UK investments. He joins the Group from Deloitte, where he most recently held the position of Assistant Director in the Transaction Services department, specialising in financial due diligence for M&A and capital market transactions. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Birmingham;
  • Zach Holmes, who joins Aurelius as an Operations Manager, also based in London, forming part of the Group’s specialist operational taskforce. Prior to this, Zach held roles at both PwC and Deloitte, where he specialised in operational restructuring, business turnaround and profit improvement. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Finance from Bond University in Australia;
  • Jonathan Yong, who was formerly a Senior Associate at top US law firm Ropes & Gray joins Aurelius as Senior Legal Counsel in London, to support the team’s transaction capabilities. Jonathan began his career in the London and New York offices of White & Case and has a broad range of experience in private equity, domestic and cross-border M&A, restructurings, and general corporate and commercial law. Jonathan is an English qualified lawyer, having completed his Graduate Diploma in Law and LPC at BPP Law School prior to which he graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology;
  • Tommy Canavan, who joins as Legal Counsel to Aurelius’ investee company Office Depot Europe but will also provide support to Aurelius’ deal team in London, strengthening their access to the Irish markets and deal capabilities in the region. Tommy joins the Group from A&L Goodbody where he held the position of Senior Associate in Corporate Transactions and Advisory Group. Prior to this Tommy was an Associate in Banking and Financial Services at leading Irish law firm Matheson. Tommy studied an LLB in Law & European Studies at the University of Limerick, graduating with a first-class degree in 2007.

Tristan Nagler, Managing Director of Aurelius in the UK, commented on the appointments, stating: “We are delighted to be announcing these new hires to the team, following another successful year for Aurelius.  Zach and Andrew’s appointments will reinforce both our investment and operational capabilities in the UK as we actively seek to build out our portfolio of investments and help our existing investee companies develop into strong and sustainable businesses. Together Jonathan and Tommy also bring a wealth of high-quality legal experience to the team, with Tommy’s appointment reflecting Aurelius’ dedication to giving our portfolio companies the support they deserve. We warmly welcome all of them to the team.”