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Equistone continues to grow UK investment team with appointment in Birmingham

Will Copeland

Equistone Partners Europe (“Equistone”), one of Europe’s leading mid-market private equity investors, today announces the appointment of Will Copeland as Investment Manager in its Birmingham office. Will joins Paul Harper and Phil Griesbach, both Partners in Equistone’s Birmingham office.

The appointment further strengthens Equistone’s origination and investment capabilities in the UK market, as well as bolstering the firm’s longstanding presence in the Midlands and nationwide.

Will joins Equistone from the Business Growth Fund (“BGF”), where he worked as an Investor for three years, with responsibility for the full investment process from origination, through execution, to portfolio management and exit. Prior to this he worked at PwC for five years, both in the London Audit team and in the Deals team in Birmingham. There he worked on a number of buy-side, sell-side, and refinancing transactions for institutional investors and privately-owned businesses. Will has a Finance degree from Newcastle University.

Paul Harper said: “We’re delighted that Will is joining Equistone, further enhancing our ability to identify, execute, manage, and successfully exit investments.

“Will’s deep local market relationships and experience in executing all aspects of a transactions adds great value to the team’s capabilities and demonstrates our continuing long-term commitment to the Midlands’ market.”

Will’s appointment follows a number of other recent additions across the firm’s pan-European team in 2019 to date, with Hubert van Wolfswinkel having joined Equistone as a Director and Julia Brunswicker as an Investment Manager in the firm’s Munich office, Isabella Boman-Flavell and Caroline Pinton as Investment Managers in London and Paris respectively, and Philipp Gauß as Associate in Munich. Ed Baker has also recently been promoted to Investment Director which is the eighth promotion within Equistone’s investment team this year, including Andi Tomkinson having joined the Partnership in the firm’s Manchester office.