PE-backed Hawksford beefs up Singapore office

UK-based Hawksford, a corporate, private client and funds business, is expanding its Singapore office with three new additions. The company has named Steve Spybey as group chief operations officer, Alan Ang as business development manager and Emma Green as trust manager. Hawksford is backed by Dunedin.


6 October 2015 – Hawksford, the leading international corporate, private client and funds business, is strengthening its commitment to the Asian market by expanding its team, just eighteen months after establishing its presence in the region. The business, which was backed by UK mid-market private equity house Dunedin in October 2008, has made three strategic appointments in its Singapore office – Steve Spybey joins as Group Chief Operations Officer, Alan Ang as Business Development Manager and Emma Green as Trust Manager.

Hawksford established a presence in Singapore in March 2014 with the acquisition of Janus Corporate Solutions, the fifth acquisition made by the business since it was backed by Dunedin. Hawksford further strengthened its foothold in Asia by opening an office in Hong Kong in February 2015.

Group Chief Operations Officer Steve Spybey has been seconded to Hawksford’s Singapore office and will work closely with the existing Asia team which is led by Asia chief operating officer Jacqueline Low to support further growth within the Asian business and to consolidate integration across the company’s international network of offices.

Alan Ang joins Hawksford from Boardroom and has 12 years experience in professional sales and the development of new client business and partnerships. He will help to build the company’s relationships with Asian based intermediaries. Emma brings 10 years of private client experience and will help Hawksford to expand its range of services in the Asian market. She previously held trust roles in Jersey and Switzerland before moving to Singapore in 2013.

David Williams from Dunedin, who sits on Hawksford’s board, commented: “The expansion of the team in Asia demonstrates Hawksford’s ongoing commitment to strengthening its international presence. In eighteen months, the Asian business has grown significantly and these senior hires will contribute to the consistent provision of corporate, private client and fund services across its global network. This is an exciting period for Hawksford, which is going from strength to strength. Having completed five acquisitions in the last five years, the business is growing at an impressive rate.”

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Dunedin is a UK mid-market private equity investor targeting buyouts of market leading companies in the UK with a deal size of £20m to £100m. Dunedin typically invests £20m or more in its portfolio companies.

Dunedin focuses on a number of sectors, using its depth of knowledge to understand the market drivers and to build relationships with management teams, key industry participants and influencers. The firm has enjoyed particular success in the industrial, business services and financial services sectors. Dunedin has also funded 28 acquisitions from its second and third funds, driving the growth and internationalisation of its investee businesses.

Located in Edinburgh and London, Dunedin has a new investment team comprising seventeen investment professionals with approximately 200 years of private equity experience between them.