FIRSTavenue hires new partner, opens office in Sydney

Global private placement agent and investment firm FIRSTavenue said Wednesday that it has hired Martin Donnelly as a partner. Prior to joining the firm, Donnelly worked at Blackstone where he served as managing director of the hedge funds solutions group. Also, FIRSTavenue has opened a new office in Sydney, Australia.


LONDON & NEW YORK & SYDNEY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–FIRSTavenue, a leading global private placement agent and investment advisory firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Martin Donnelly as Partner to their staff and the opening of an office in Sydney, Australia. Mr. Donnelly will work closely with investors throughout Australia and New Zealand, as well as sourcing prospective clients.
Having over 20 years of experience in alternative assets, Mr. Donnelly joins FIRSTavenue from Blackstone, where he was a managing director of their Hedge Funds Solutions Group where he focused on business development and client relations in Australia and the Pacific Rim. Prior to joining Blackstone, he was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Head of Distribution at ING Investment Management in Australia, having responsibility for coordinating the firm’s sales and marketing and serving as a member of ING’s Private Equity Investment Committee.
“I am pleased to be joining FIRSTavenue at such an exciting time. It has established its credentials with a number of Australian managers, successfully representing them to investors globally. Importantly, the firm has also demonstrated an ability to represent top tier alternative asset managers to the Australian institutional market. I look forward to assisting the firm as it continues to build a strong and successful franchise, expanding their exposure to Australia and New Zealand,” commented Mr. Donnelly.
Paul Buckley, Managing Partner and Founder, said, “Martin’s addition represents a further strategic investment in the Australian/New Zealand marketplace where the firm already has a long list of GP clients and where LPs continue to grow in size and sophistication across our four target asset classes.”
About FIRSTavenue
Founded in 2006, FIRSTavenue is a leading independent global placement agent and advisory firm dedicated to raising capital for a distinguished group of alternative asset managers across private credit, private equity, real assets and real estate in developed and emerging markets. With an experienced team of over 50 professionals located in London, New York, San Francisco, Cleveland and Sydney, FIRSTavenue provides global distribution and accessibility to an extensive network of institutional investors. For more information on FIRSTavenue, please visit


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