Hycroft Appoints Christopher Cooke to Head London Office and Lead International Expansion

LONDON, Jan. 13, 2016 /CNW/ -- Hycroft LLP, a speciality investment bank focused exclusively on the alternative investments market, is pleased to announce that Christopher Cooke is joining the firm as a Managing Director to lead the firm's international expansion. 

Chris will head Hycroft's London office and oversee the firm's activities in Europe, Middle East, and Asia. He brings to Hycroft unique alternative asset expertise, having operated as a senior banker advising many of the largest international limited and general partners for over two decades. Chris has depth of experience in sourcing and diligencing fund investments, co-investments and direct investments, and also in complex fund and general partner restructurings. 

At Hycroft, Chris will lead the firm's international limited partner advisory practice, have a prominent role in the distribution of primary and secondary offerings while supporting Hycroft's general partner clients in their financing and restructuring needs. 

Scott A. Myers, Managing Director of Hycroft, said: "Chris is an exceptional adviser, with unique insights on best practices and a deep wealth of knowledge in the international markets, having spent over 20 years in London with firms including HSBC, Greenhill and Goldman Sachs. He is the ideal professional to help build our international business into a market-leading limited partner advisory transactional and restructuring practice."

Prior to joining Hycroft, Chris was a Managing Director at HSBC Bank in London, where he worked with large pension plan offices, sovereign wealth funds and fund of funds on a number of different North American, Asian and European fundraisings. Previously, he served as a Managing Director at Greenhill London in the same capacity. Prior to Greenhill, he was a Managing Director of the London offices of Lehman Brothers and Goldman Sachs. 

Hycroft LLP is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

About Hycroft

Hycroft is a specialty investment bank focused exclusively on the alternative investments market. We are dedicated to providing solutions to complex problems faced by general partners and institutional investors worldwide. The Firm provides services globally to a substantial and diverse client base, including private equity firms, hedge funds, institutional investment managers, sovereign wealth funds, corporate and public pension plans, financial institutions and high net worth individuals.

Hycroft devises strategies that enhance value for its private markets clients. Services include:

General Partner Solutions: Addressing organizational and/or financial restructuring solutions, sourcing equity or co-investment capital for portfolio companies, generational transition advice and support as well as organizational consulting services focused on structure, team assessment, senior leadership development

Limited Partner Advisory: Identifying over- and under-allocation areas in portfolios, strategic identification of core and opportunistic investment managers, access to co-investment and direct investment opportunities

Private Capital Raising: Raising capital for private equity funds, as well as equity and debt for companies and structured vehicles

Complex Secondary Transactions: Providing market valuation and execution of buy- and sell-side transactions

Valuation Services: Valuing partnership interests, General Partner interests, joint ventures, and debt and equity interests in companies

Hycroft is led by seasoned private equity professionals who have previously worked at leading global advisory, secondary and investment banking firms, including: Bain & Co., Barclays Capital, Citigroup, Cogent Partners, Goldman Sachs, Greenhill, HSBC, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley.  Our professionals have advised large institutional limited partner clients on private markets portfolios of over $150 billion and completed capital-raising mandates totalling over $75 billion, as well as advised on secondary market transactions representing over $75 billion of interests.  

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For further information: Jessica A. Krone, Vice President, + 1 212 235-2475, jkrone@hycroftadvisors.com

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