Arbour Partners expands with two new hires

The private markets advisor is pushing into corporate finance advice with the appointment of Alexander Thiel, while Yannick Lucas will develop the firm’s relationships with large institutional investors.

Advisory firm and placement agent Arbour Partners has added two new partners: Alexander Thiel and Yannick Lucas.

Thiel joins from Scandinavian Capital Partners, where he was founding partner. Before setting up the Scandinavian-focused debt advisory boutique, he was a managing director at German investment bank WestLB and spent 13-years at Nordic investment bank SEB. 

Thiel will be head of origination, sourcing and structuring growth capital for European corporates. 

Lucas was formerly a partner at Autonomous Research, an independent research provider on financial companies, as well as a managing director and head of European fixed income credit sales at Royal Bank of Canada. 

His role will cross both Arbour’s corporate advisory and placement agent activities by working with large institutional investors on fund investments and direct investments with corporate clients seeking growth capital. 

Arbour’s existing corporate debt intermediation business, Arbour Capital, will be renamed and relaunched independently. 

Managing partner James Newsome said: “There is a profound and essential shift taking place from relying on the banks to opening up other sources of capital for medium-sized firms in Europe. Arbour will be helping firms looking for growth capital to connect with our asset manager clients who have large amounts of capital to deploy after recent strong fundraising. In our view, the recent turmoil in the stock and bond markets makes well-sourced, directly-negotiated investments with medium-sized niche firms very attractive.” 

Arbour Partners was founded in 2010 and named PDI’s 2015 placement agent of the year for Europe.