Accordion Partners hires Evercore exec as director

Accordion Partners has hired Jonathan Apter as director and named Bolaji Lawl as vice president. Apter will focus on leading private equity consulting engagements. He joined Accordion from Evercore Capital Partners, where he worked as a director originating and executing investment opportunities. Bolaji, who was been working at Accordion since August 2014, has now fully joined the team. Previously, Lawl worked at Moelis & Co. as a vice president.

Press Release

Accordion Partners, the New York based private equity consulting firm, announced today that it has appointed Jonathan Apter as Director and Bolaji Lawl as Vice President.

Jonathan brings 13 years of experience in private equity and investment banking to Accordion. At Accordion, Jonathan will be focused on leading private equity-focused consulting engagements. Most recently, Jonathan was a Director at Evercore Capital Partners, where he originated, evaluated and executed investment opportunities and subsequent exits for Evercore’s private equity division. During his eight years at Evercore, Jonathan served on the Board of Directors of TestEquity and Davis Petroleum and was involved in the firm’s investments in alliantgroup and Sedgwick CMS.

Prior to Evercore, Jonathan was an associate at J.W. Childs Associates, L.P. and an analyst in the mergers and acquisitions group of Merrill Lynch & Co. His expertise spans the specialty distribution, insurance and financial services, light manufacturing, infrastructure services, and consumer products sectors. Jonathan earned a Bachelor of Science from The Wharton School and a Bachelor of Applied Science from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

Bolaji, who had been working with Accordion as a Consultant since August 2014, has now fully joined the team and will play an integral role in driving private equity portfolio companies through critical operational and transactional initiatives. He brings experience in investment banking, operational improvements, and management consulting to this role. Most recently, Bolaji was a Vice President at Moelis & Company, where he advised clients in M&A transactions across a range of industries including aerospace and defense, financial institutions, media, healthcare and consumer products. Bolaji joined Moelis & Company from Barclays Capital, where he was an Investment Banking Associate.

Prior to Barclays Capital, Bolaji was a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton where he led a number of engagement teams for a number of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. Notably, Bolaji was awarded the Professional Excellence Award for his role in the development and implementation of an outsourcing strategy for the IT services of a big three automobile manufacturer. Before Barclays, Bolaji was a Project Engineer and an Industrial Engineer with the Kroger Company and Lowe’s Companies respectively, where he worked on an array of capital expenditure appropriation and process improvement projects.

Bolaji holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, an M.S. in Engineering Management from the George Washington University, and an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Jonathan and Bolaji bring a multi-functional set of experiences to Accordion. Their expertise across operational finance and M&A transactions will be an asset in helping clients implement value creation plans,” said Nick Leopard, Founder and CEO of Accordion Partners. “As we continue to invest in critical members of the Accordion team, broadening our team’s functional and sector experience is a top priority.”

About Accordion:
Accordion is a financial consulting firm focused on executing value-creation initiatives for private equity firms at their portfolio companies, particularly within the finance function. We act as an extension of mid and large-cap sponsors’ internal resources and operations groups, working shoulder-to-shoulder with portfolio company management to implement new mandates and facilitate decision-making.