Northleaf Capital Partners has hired Sophia Damianou as managing director, business development, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Operating from Northleaf’s London office, Damianou will lead initiatives to develop relationships with institutional investors, consultants and advisors across the EMEA region. Damianou was previously director of marketing and investor relations at CapeView Capital, a U.K. hedge fund manager. Before then, she managed EMEA business development for Mesirow Financial. Toronto-based Northleaf, a global private equity, private credit and infrastructure manager, oversees more than $12 billion in capital commitments.
TORONTO (May 15, 2019) – Northleaf Capital Partners (Northleaf), a leading global private markets investment firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sophia Damianou as Managing Director, Business Development, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In her new role, Sophia will lead Northleaf’s business development and investor relations activities from the firm’s London office, further developing relationships with institutional investors, consultants and advisors across the EMEA region.
“We are delighted to welcome Sophia to the Northleaf team,” said Jeff Pentland, Managing Director and Head of Business Development at Northleaf. “As our first London-based business development executive, Sophia brings the content-driven, consultative fundraising and relationship-building expertise that will be integral to the ongoing expansion of our activities in Europe.”
Prior to joining Northleaf, Sophia was most recently with CapeView Capital, a London-based alternative asset manager, where she was Director of Marketing with global sales coverage responsibility across all of the company’s products. Previously, Sophia managed the business development strategy for new markets in the EMEA region at Mesirow Financial, an international financial services firm. Sophia began her career on the capital introductions team at Credit Suisse. Sophia holds an MBA (Finance) from Columbia Business School and an M.Sc. (Law and Economics) from the London School of Economics.
Northleaf recently announced that it had raised additional capital for its global private mid-market investment program and now manages more than US$12 billion in private equity, private credit and infrastructure commitments on behalf of institutional and family office investors in Canada, Europe, the United States and Asia. Northleaf’s team includes more than 130 professionals across offices in Toronto, Montreal, London, New York, Chicago, Menlo Park and Melbourne. Northleaf’s global portfolio includes more than 350 active investments in 34 countries, with a focus on mid-market companies and assets.
“I am excited to further develop Northleaf’s footprint in Europe and the Middle East, and to execute the firm’s customized, high-end client servicing strategy,” said Sophia. “This is a very compelling opportunity to enhance Northleaf’s position as a top-calibre institutional asset manager world-wide.”
About Northleaf Capital Partners
Northleaf Capital Partners is an independent global private markets fund manager with more than US$12 billion in private equity, private credit and infrastructure commitments under management on behalf of public, corporate and multi-employer pension plans, endowments, foundations, financial institutions and family offices.
Northleaf’s 130-person team, located in Toronto, Montreal, London, New York, Chicago, Menlo Park and Melbourne, is focused exclusively on sourcing, evaluating and managing private markets investments globally. Northleaf’s portfolio includes more than 350 active investments in 34 countries, with a focus on mid-market companies and assets. Northleaf currently manages seven global private equity funds, two specialist global private equity secondaries funds, three global private credit funds, three direct OECD-focused infrastructure funds and a series of customized investment mandates tailored to meet the specific needs of institutional investors and family offices.