AURELIUS strengthens UK team with new hires and promotions


AURELIUS strengthens UK team with new hires and promotions

  • Euan Phillips joins as Investment Manager and Ewan Mackenzie Smith joins as Investment Associate within the private equity investment team of AURELIUS UK
  • Charles Suckling and Tom Haig join as Associates within the alternative lending business of AURELIUS UK
  • Peter Wood promoted to Managing Director
  • Andrew Roth and Philip Stoner promoted to Principal
  • Appointments follow an active and successful 2021

London, January 19, 2022 – AURELIUS Group (“AURELIUS”), the pan-European, mid-market investor, announces four new hires to its growing London-based team. These joiners will further bolster AURELIUS’ talent pool which has fostered years of growth in the UK business. Additionally, the Group is pleased to announce three promotions, including of Peter Wood’s promotion to Managing Director.

New team members AURELIUS UK’s private equity team

  • Euan Phillips, Investment Manager
    Euan joins from Hilco Capital, where he worked as an Investment Manager with five years’ experience in turnaround and carve-out opportunities. Prior to this, he spent four years in KPMG’s restructuring team.
  • Ewan Mackenzie Smith, Investment Associate
    Ewan joins from EY, where he was a Strategy and Transactions Manager. Ewan has advised on private equity deals and carve-out situations, responsible for functional due diligence analysis across a number of sectors.

New team members Aurelius UK’s alternative lending business

  • Charles Suckling, Associate
    Charles joins from HSBC, where he was a manager in the mid-market Leveraged Finance division. He developed particular expertise in debt restructuring through portfolio management during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Tom Haig, Associate
    Tom joins in March from EY, where he was an Assistant Director in the Turnaround and Restructuring Strategy team. During his time at EY, he advised on restructuring and turnaround situations across a variety of sectors in the UK and overseas.

Further to these appointments, we are announcing three promotions to the UK private equity investment team:

  • Peter Wood has been promoted to Managing Director where he will play a key role in originating, executing and managing UK investments for both AURELIUS European Opportunities IV (in the mid-market segment) and AURELIUS Equity Opportunities (in the lower mid-market segment).
  • Andrew Roth and Philip Stoner have both also received promotions and will assume their new roles as Principal with immediate effect.

AURELIUS’ recent UK activities have included the announced carve-out acquisition of Minova from Orica, the exit of Office Depot Europe, continued growth of AURELIUS Finance Company business and ongoing achievements of portfolio companies including Moveero, Zentia and Rivus Fleet Solutions.

AURELIUS Partner, Tristan Nagler, said:

“Following a successful 2021, I am delighted to welcome four new joiners to AURELIUS as we have major growth ambitions for 2022. It is gratifying to attract talent from highly respected firms such as Hilco Capital, EY and HSBC. This new talent will reinforce our investment capabilities across the private equity and alternative lending segments in which we operate and we expect they will; utilise their expertise to support our new investment and portfolio management activities.

I would also like to congratulate Peter, Andrew and Philip on their well-deserved promotions. All three individuals have played important roles in the firm’s success in recent years, and I have every confidence they will thrive in their new roles.”

AURELIUS Managing Director, Karun Dhir, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Charles and Thomas to AURELIUS Finance Company. They join our expanding alternative lending team which offers debt solutions to companies in specialist refinancing and transformational situations. Their in-depth knowledge across a wide range of industries and markets will undoubtedly provide immediate value and impact to our business.

They join us after a year in which AURELIUS Finance Company supported its existing portfolio companies as well as providing fresh capital to support the acquisition of French Connection, the refinancings of Aeromet International, The Original Factory Shop and FitFlop.”


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