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KCP adds investment manager to growing Leeds team

Investment manager Seb Wilkinson has joined the growing Leeds team at private equity house Key Capital Partners (KCP).

The private equity firm, which launched its new £80m investment fund in November, has seen over 70 investment mandates in the last three months, and is growing its Leeds team to deal with this flow of investment opportunities.

KCP investment partner Peter Armitage said: “With Seb’s varied experience in corporate finance and proven business acumen, he has the skills needed to work with entrepreneurial businesses across the North to help them grow and build value. We have seen around 25 opportunities each month so far this year and we expect it to be a very busy year for the KCP team.”

Seb joins from Jaguar Land Rover where he has spent two years in the role of finance manager – group strategy & global business expansion, working on new investments and leading due diligence on new business opportunities. Prior to that, he worked for PwC in London and Leeds in their corporate finance team and he also spent three years with EY in Leeds as an executive in audit. Seb is an ICAS chartered accountant.

Seb’s appointment is part of KCP’s strategy to grow and strengthen its national team following the first closing of its latest fund last November. He will work alongside Leeds-based partners Peter Armitage and Owen Trotter and director James Hall as they seek to invest equity sums of between £3m and £15m in profitable, dynamic businesses across the North of England.

Seb commented: “This is a fantastic opportunity to work with an extremely experienced team with an impressive track record of investment successes behind them. KCP has an in depth understanding of the smaller buyout market and is in a strong position to take advantage of the market opportunity as increasing numbers of owners of SMEs either seek to exit their businesses or raise equity for investment’’.

KCP has offices in Leeds and London.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016