DWS, the asset management unit of Deutsche Bank, has named Neel Mehta as chief financial officer of its global private equity business. Previously, Mehta worked at Mayfair Equity Partners LLP where he served as finance director.
DWS today announced the appointment of Neel Mehta to the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of its global Private Equity business.
Mehta will lead the fund finance and accounting functions, working alongside the senior investment team to drive growth and support DWS’s USD 2.4 billion (as of December 2017) in private equity secondaries, as the regulated manager for the Private Equity Secondary Opportunities Fund (SOF) program. Mehta will be based in London.
As a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Mehta is highly skilled in all aspects of accounting, finance, regulation and tax. He joins the business with a thorough understanding of the private equity life cycle, including fundraising and limited partner due diligence – gained through previously held positions with managers and general partners of both fund-of-funds (primary and secondary) and direct private equity businesses.
With more than 20 years of experience, most recently Mehta was Finance Director at Mayfair Equity Partners LLP, where he built and managed the accounting and finance function, including fund structuring and regulatory planning. Prior to this, he was Finance Manager at Keyhaven Capital Partners Limited and a Finance and Investment Accountant at RIT Capital Partners Plc. Mehta is a member of the BVCA Regulatory Committee.
Mark McDonald, Global Head of Private Equity at DWS, said: “Neel has a proven and respected skill set in shaping financial best practice and a deep knowledge of the private equity landscape which will be critical as we re-position our business. We will continue to grow a best-in-class team that is focused on delivering value for our current and future clients.”
“I’m very pleased to be joining the DWS Private Equity team at such an important juncture,” Mehta said. “DWS is a world renowned institution and I look forward to working with Mark and the team to continue to deliver best-in-class systems, processes, structures and controls for our stakeholders.”
This follows the appointment of Daniel Green, Head of EMEA Private Equity, in January of this year.
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