Tikehau IM boosts team

Former Morgan Stanley banker Carmen Alonso will help lead direct lending efforts.

Tikehau has hired Carmen Alonso to lead direct lending activities in the UK, Spain, Germany and Scandinavia, expanding the private debt team co-headed by Cécile Mayer-Levi and Jean Baptiste Feat.

Alonso, to be based in London, will further develop the group’s interaction with UK-based private equity funds, direct lending funds and banks in those countries, according to an announcement.

“Carmen is a very strong addition to the group and will be a major asset in helping us expand our international business,” Mathieu Chabran, Tikehau Capital’s co-founder, commented.

Alonso has 15 years of experience in leverage and acquisition finance, most recently as managing direct with Morgan Stanley’s European leverage finance team.

Previously, she has worked in the leveraged finance teams at HVB, Merrill Lynch and UBS. Alonso has also had experience as an issuer, during her time as vice president in the corporate finance group of GlaxoSmithKline.

“The private debt team will considerably benefit from Carmen’s in depth knowledge of the industry, to expand our private debt franchise,” Cécile Mayer-Levi, added in the statement.

Tikehau Capital has more than 100 employees in Paris, Brussels, London and Singapore and manages €5 billion in assets across the capital structure for institutional and private investors.