Leveraged debt advisory firm Marlborough Partners has appointed Markus Ehrler as a partner, with responsibility for overseeing and expanding Marlborough’s business in Germany and its neighbouring countries. Formerly a director in 3i’s banking team, Ehrler will be based in Frankfurt, where Marlborough is opening its first office outside the UK as the firm’s business expands.
Marlborough Partners, the independent leveraged debt advisory firm, today announced that Markus Ehrler has joined the firm as a Partner, with responsibility for overseeing and expanding Marlborough’s business in Germany and its neighbouring countries. Markus will be based in Frankfurt, where Marlborough is opening its first office outside the UK as the firm’s business expands.
Markus was formerly a Director in 3i’s banking team, responsible for sourcing leverage and advising on capital structures for new deals, refinancings, restructurings and exit financings in Europe, with focus on Germany and France. During his tenure, he successfully raised more than €2.7bn debt finance for 3i investments. Recent transactions for which he was responsible include the expansion financing for Hilite International GmbH and working capital finance for Geka GmbH. He also led the ‘amend and extend’ transaction for Azelis Holdings SA, and high yield financings for Refresco Holdings SA and Labco SA, as well as the most recent ‘tap’ for Labco.
Before joining 3i, Markus served as a leveraged finance Director for UBS, covering mandates with a total volume of more than €4.5bn. Markus has also held director level positions with Court Square Capital (previously Citicorp Venture Capital) and SBC Warburg. He is a regular speaker at specialist conferences.
The German office will open this month, reflecting a commitment by Marlborough to establish a local market presence to provide further support to Marlborough’s existing and prospective clients in the German speaking markets.
Commenting on the appointment of Markus Ehrler, Marlborough Managing Partner, William Allen, says: “We are extremely pleased that Markus is joining our senior management team. He brings strong experience of the European private equity sector and has developed considerable expertise and reputation over many years in advising companies in the German-speaking region on a wide range of leveraged debt and financing structures.”
Markus Ehrler added: “I’ve long admired Marlborough’s success as Europe’s leading independent leveraged debt adviser and am delighted to be joining the team to expand their business in the DACH countries, which offer great opportunities for private equity investment.”
Marlborough Partners advises private equity funds on the sourcing and structuring of leveraged debt for primary investments, portfolio company refinancings, staple financings and stressed situations. The team has advised on over €30 billion of leveraged debt in relation to some 100 completed transactions across Europe, the most recent being the refinancing of the German industrial company, MKM Mansfelder Kupfer und Messing GmbH, and Advent International’s high yield refinancing for Equiniti Group Ltd.
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Marlborough Partners, provides specialist independent advice to European private equity firms and leveraged companies on the sourcing and structuring, waivers and amendments and restructuring of leveraged debt and other non-equity finance for their investments.