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Eaton Partners forms fundraising platform for direct investments

Placement agent Eaton Partners has formed a team that will raise funding for direct investments. In the past six months, Eaton Partners has raised nearly $500 million for four direct investments in the financial services, power and energy sectors. Currently, the firm is seeking to raise at least $50 million for direct and co-investment opportunities. Eaton is a subsidiary of Stifel Financial Corp.


ROWAYTON, Conn., April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Eaton Partners, one of the world’s largest placement agents and a wholly owned subsidiary of Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF), announced today the formation of a dedicated team within the firm that will raise capital for direct investment opportunities globally. Widely regarded as a pioneer of the fund placement industry, Eaton Partners is now increasingly working with management teams, independent sponsors and general partners to raise capital for pre-specified, singular investments.

“When Charlie Eaton founded the firm 34 years ago, alternative investments were a new frontier for institutional investors. Today, those institutions have grown in sophistication to the point where they are complementing and, in some cases, replacing their commingled fund investments with direct investments into private companies and other tangible assets,” said Chrystalle Anstett, Managing Director at Eaton Partners. “We expect this evolution to continue and are excited to bring differentiated deal flow to investors from our unique vantage point in the market.”

In the past six months, Eaton Partners has raised nearly $500 million for four direct investment opportunities in the financial services, power and energy sectors. The firm is seeking new mandates to raise at least $50 million for direct and co-investment opportunities.

Eaton Partners also has a dedicated secondary advisory team that works with both general partners and limited partners to provide bespoke services in the form of fund restructurings, recapitalizations, GP interest sales and secondary LP interest purchases and sales.

“As a solutions provider, we raise all forms of capital across all industries and sectors,” said Peter Martenson, Partner at Eaton Partners. “By formalizing our directs practice, we look forward to enhancing the range of services we can bring our clients and continuing the Eaton reputation of representing innovative, high-quality investment opportunities.”

About Eaton Partners, LLC
Eaton Partners is widely recognized as one of the largest and most experienced global placement agents. Since 1983, the firm has participated in raising over $75 billion of institutional capital across more than 95 highly differentiated alternative investment funds and offerings, including limited partnership interests, general partner interests, co-investments and direct investment opportunities.

In January 2016, Eaton Partners became a wholly owned subsidiary and affiliate of Stifel Financial Corp., a leading middle-market investment bank, to further ensure Eaton’s success at the highest level of the global placement business.

Eaton Partners, LLC, is a registered broker-dealer and a member of FINRA. It is registered as an Introducing Broker with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and is a member of the National Futures Association (NFA). Eaton Partners (UK) LLP is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Eaton Partners Advisors (HK) Limited is approved as a Type 1 License company under the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) in Hong Kong. Eaton Partners and the Eaton partners logo are trademarks of Eaton Partners, LLC, a limited liability company ® Eaton Partners, LLC, 2016. Eaton Partners, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary and affiliate of Stifel Financial Corp. To learn more, please visit

Stifel Company Information
Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF) is a financial services holding company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, that conducts its banking, securities, and financial services business through several wholly owned subsidiaries. Stifel’s broker-dealer clients are served in the United States through Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated; Keefe Bruyette & Woods, Inc.; Miller Buckfire & Co., LLC; Century Securities Associates, Inc.; and Eaton Partners, LLC, and in the United Kingdom and Europe through Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited. The Company’s broker-dealer affiliates provide securities brokerage, investment banking, trading, investment advisory, and related financial services to individual investors, professional money managers, businesses, and municipalities. Stifel Bank & Trust offers a full range of consumer and commercial lending solutions. Stifel Trust Company, N.A. and Stifel Trust Company Delaware, N.A. offer trust and related services. To learn more about Stifel, please visit the Company’s web site at