Longtime Lion Capital Partner Kelly Mayer retires

  • Mayer worked in investor relations
  • Worked at Lion Capital since inception
  • Responsibilities assumed by other team members

Kelly Mayer, a longtime partner at consumer-focused Lion Capital, retired from the firm in the fall, Lyndon Lea, managing partner, confirmed for Buyouts.

“He remains a great friend of the firm, and I can report he is very much enjoying his retirement,” Lea said in an email.

Mayer’s LinkedIn profile says he worked at Lion from 2003 to September 2017. Prior to Lion, he worked at the former Hicks Muse Tate & Furst from 1998 to 2003, his profile said.

Mayer worked in investor relations. He did not respond to a connection request on LinkedIn.

Robert Darwent, a founding partner at Lion, assumed Mayer’s investor-relations responsibilities along with Julia van Tuyll, vice president of IR, a spokesperson said.

Lion Capital was formed in 2004 by Lea, Darwent and Neil Richardson, who spun out from the European investment arm of Hicks Muse Tate & Furst. Mayer also moved over to Lion from Hick Muse’s European arm.

Lion was raising its most recent pool, Lion Capital Fund IV, as of last year, targeting $2.25 billion, according to Form D filings with the SEC. It’s not clear whether that fund closed. As of July, Fund IV had raised just over $1 billion, the most recent filing said.

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Kelly Mayer, former partner at Lion Capital.