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Campbell Lutyens names ex-Hungary Prime Minister Bajnai as advisory board chair

Placement agent Campbell Lutyens has appointed Gordon Bajnai as chairman of its global advisory board. Bajnai is the former Hungarian Prime Minister. Also, he was group chief operating officer at Meridiam Infrastructure.


Campbell Lutyens, one of the largest global alternative asset advisory firms focused on fundplacement and secondary transactions, is pleased to announce that Gordon Bajnai has taken a part time executive role with the firm having been on Campbell Lutyens’ Advisory Board since 2011. Gordon will become Chairman of the Global Advisory Board.

In his executive role at Campbell Lutyens he will assist the firm in managing senior level relationships, providing advice to the firm’s clients and counterparties as well as supporting and advising on the development of the group.

Prior to his appointment in early 2009 as Prime Minister of Hungary to lead the country through a major economic crisis he had been an investment banker with Creditanstalt, chief executive of one of Hungary’s largest private equity holding companies, head of the National Development Agency and a Minister in the Hungarian Government. Following the conclusion of his prime ministership in mid 2010 he took on a number of advisory board roles including with Antin Infrastructure, Meridiam Infrastructure, Aegon and Campbell Lutyens. He additionally took on a number of educational roles including as a visiting fellow at John Hopkins and adjunct professor at Columbia University. In 2014 he joined Meridiam Infrastructure as group COO and member of the investment committee. For family reasons he stood down from his executive role at Meridiam in early 2017 while joining the Supervisory Board.

Campbell Lutyens’ has expanded significantly over the last four years, doubling its team to 100 with particular growth being seen in its activities in the US and Asia.

“Gordon brings to us an intriguing combination of senior level experience and expertise in the private equity and infrastructure sectors together with a deep understanding of the political and economic landscape in Europe” said Andrew Sealey, CEO of Campbell Lutyens.

Background on Campbell Lutyens
Campbell Lutyens is an independent alternative asset advisory firm founded in 1988 and focused on fund placement and secondary transactions. Its fund placement practice advises and raises capital globally for private equity, infrastructure and debt managers. Its secondary transaction practice advises institutional and other investors on the sale or restructuring of portfolios of funds or direct investments within the private equity and infrastructure classes. It also advises managers on GP-led liquidity and fund restructuring transactions. The firm has a team of over 100 operating from offices in London, New York and Hong Kong.

In this year’s Private Equity International Awards, Campbell Lutyens won Placement Agent of the Year Europe and Secondaries Advisor of the Year Europe award and in the Infrastructure Investors Awards won the Placement Agent of the Year Global award.

Background on Gordon Bajnai
Gordon (49), a Hungarian national, was educated at Budapest University of Economic Studies. He first worked at Creditum, a corporate finance adviser before joining Eurocorp International Finance in 1993, another corporate finance advisory firm and former client of Campbell Lutyens. During this time Gordon interned with Campbell Lutyens in London. He subsequently became a managing director of CA IB Securities where he headed the Corporate Finance and Equity Capital Markets Division for Creditanstalt in Hungary, the then market leader in investment banking in the country.

In 2000 Gordon became Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Wallis Investment Holdings Ltd, where he was responsibility for the restructuring of this diversified holding company which had 100 portfolio investments and 6,000 employees. He was also from 2005 to 2006 Chairman of Budapest Airport.

In 2006 Gordon was asked to lead the National Development Agency of Hungary where he was responsible for the planning, operations and management of the €25bn Structural and Cohesion Fund.

In 2007 he became Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, focusing on the efficient use of the EU Structural Funds.

In 2008 he was appointed Minister of the Economy and National Development focusing on competitiveness policies, promotion of FDI while remaining responsible for EU Funds. He also led the economic crisis management program and initial IMF//EU negotiations. In early 2009 he was appointed Prime Minister of Hungary (without political affiliation) and was successful in stabilising the severe financial, economic and political crisis that Hungary faced at that time.

He stepped down as Prime Minister in mid 2010 and joined a number of private sector advisory boards (Campbell Lutyens, Antin Infrastructure, Meridiam Infrastructure and Aegon), took up several educational roles (visiting fellow at John Hopkins University and adjunct professor at Columbia University) in addition to certain political activities (including being elected as a Member of Parliament in 2014 and a Member of the European Parliament, [however in both cases resigning immediately]). In 2014 he became group COO of Meridiam Infrastructure in Paris where he remained until [xxx]. At Meridiam, he was responsible for overseeing and restructuring the portfolio management activities including board and shareholder representation, reporting, HR and special situations. He was a member of the investment committee and oversaw the strategic business development activities of Meridiam. Following the conclusion of his full time executive role at Meridiam he was subsequently elected to Meridiam’s Supervisory Board.