IK Partners has named Pete Wilson as its first UK mid cap partner. Previously, he was a partner and head of UK private equity at 3i Group. In addition to the hire, the European private equity firm has made the following promotions: Thierry Aoun is now at capital markets in London; Maria Brunow is at mid cap investment team in Stockholm; Vincent Elriz and Diki Korniloff have been upped to mid cap investment teamin Paris; and Antoine Jacquemin has been upped to operations in Paris.
IK Partners (“IK” or “the Firm”), a leading European private equity firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Pete Wilson as its first UK Mid Cap Partner. In addition, five individuals based across the Firm’s Paris, Stockholm and London offices have been promoted to Partner.
Prior to joining IK, Pete was a Partner and Head of UK Private Equity at 3i Group, where he spent 15 years. He brings substantial experience, having been involved in numerous investments and portfolio companies across a range of sectors, including Aspen Pumps, Civica, Inspicio, SLR Consulting and Audley Travel. A graduate of Warwick University, he began his career as a strategy consultant at Accenture. Pete will be launching IK’s UK Mid Cap strategy, investing in growing businesses across the Firm’s core sectors: Business Services, Healthcare, Consumer and Industrials. This follows the success of IK’s UK Small Cap strategy launched in 2020 with the appointment of Tom Salmon and investments in Forthglade and DA Languages.
In addition, IK is delighted to announce the following promotions to Partner:
Thierry Aoun – Capital Markets, London
Maria Brunow – Mid Cap Investment Team, Stockholm
Vincent Elriz – Mid Cap Investment Team, Paris
Antoine Jacquemin – Operations, Paris
Diki Korniloff – Mid Cap Investment Team, Paris
Christopher Masek, Chief Executive Officer at IK, commented: “At IK we define ourselves as ‘People-First Private Equity’, so it is with immense pride that we elevate five outstanding colleagues to Partner in recognition of their success to date and their potential to continue to deliver outstanding results for investors and drive value creation at portfolio companies. Following yet another record year, we are excited to develop our team as we continue our mission to enable leading European businesses to reach their potential through investment and operational excellence. We are also thrilled to welcome Pete Wilson as our first UK Mid Cap Partner. The UK is one of the largest PE markets in Europe, so this is a logical next step for us as we continue our successful investment strategy with a presence in key markets across the continent.”
Pete Wilson, Partner at IK, commented: “I am delighted to join IK to launch a Mid Cap strategy in the UK and have been hugely impressed by the scale of ambition within the business, as well as its 30-year track record of pan-European PE investing. The combination of IK’s deep local networks, well established platform and ‘people-first’ culture is a differentiated and compelling proposition. I look forward to expanding the reach and focus of the Mid Cap strategy and furthering IK’s commitment to the UK market, on the back of the strong start the UK Small Cap team have already had.”