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Private Advisors Staffs Up

Private Advisors LLC has added three managing directors in its London office: Matthew Baker, Jennifer Buckley and Rickard Fischerstrom. Baker has spent the past eight years with GE Equity in London, where he was head of the EMEA private equity group. Baker was with ATP Private Equity Partners, where he oversaw legal and tax affairs. Fischerstrom will be responsible for European business development and investor relations at Private Advisors, and previously had a similar role with Lazard Asset Management.


Private Advisors LLC (“Private Advisors”), a leading private equity and hedge fund investment firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of three Managing Directors to its London office, Private Advisors UK LLP (“Private Advisors UK”), as it continues to strengthen its global private equity and hedge fund investment capabilities. 


Matthew Baker, Jennifer Buckley and Rickard Fischerstrom all bring considerable investment experience to the Private Advisors UK team, which is led by Jens Bisgaard-Frantzen, the former CEO and Managing Partner of ATP Private Equity Partners, who has led this effort since joining Private Advisors UK in July 2007.


Jennifer Buckley joins the team following 8 years at GE Equity in London, where she was the Head of the EMEA private equity group and oversaw the team responsible for commitments to private equity funds and co-investments. Prior to GE, Buckley spent two years with Goldman Sachs in Fixed Income Capital Markets. At Private Advisors UK, Buckley is responsible for private equity manager sourcing, due diligence and monitoring, and portfolio construction.


Matthew Baker joins Private Advisors' London Team from ATP Private Equity Partners, where he was responsible for all legal and tax affairs including negotiating terms and conditions governing portfolio funds, commercial due diligence, and liaising with tax advisors on an investment by investment basis.  At Private Advisors UK, Baker is responsible for private equity manager selection and monitoring, due diligence, and oversight of legal and tax affairs.


Rickard Fischerstrom is responsible for European business development and investor relations at Private Advisors UK. Before joining, Fischerstrom held a similar role at Lazard Asset Management Ltd., with responsibility for both alternative and traditional investment capabilities. Prior to Lazard, Fischerstrom headed European institutional business development and client service at UBS Alternative & Quantitative Investments Ltd. (“UBS O'Connor”), specific to the firm's fund of funds and single manager hedge fund businesses.


Jens Bisgaard-Frantzen, Chief Executive Member of Private Advisors UK, commented:

“I am delighted to welcome these highly regarded and extremely experienced investment professionals to the Private Advisors team. Jennifer Buckley and Matthew Baker are having an immediate impact on the quality and depth of our investment processes, and Rickard Fischerstrom is reaching out to European investors and raising awareness of Private Advisors outside of the U.S.


“The current challenging market conditions compliment Private Advisors' longstanding focus on small and middle-market partnerships. This space requires an extremely rigorous and thorough approach to manager sourcing and selection, and Matthew and Jennifer bring the experience and skills required to implement this strategy on a global basis for Private Advisors and its investors.”


Private Advisors UK has opened its London office at 4 Grosvenor Place, SW1X 7HJ.



Private Advisors is an independent, global alternative investments firm. Private Advisors was formed in 1997 and focuses on the management of private equity and hedge fund investments for a primarily institutional investor base. Areas of expertise include North American, European, and global private equity investments, with a particular focus on lower-middle and middle-market buyout partnerships.  Private Advisors' hedge fund capabilities include significant experience and long track records of investing in credit-oriented strategies including distressed, direct lending, and other asset backed strategies, as well as in long/short equity. Private Advisors is conservative in its approach and is characterized by its focus on fundamental and value-oriented strategies and managers, its avoidance of highly leveraged strategies, and by its track record of successfully protecting investor's capital through multiple market cycles.  As of January 1, 2008, Private Advisors had 61 employees, including 32 professionals, and managed approximately $3.8 billion in assets. Private Advisors, LLC is an SEC registered investment advisor.  Private Advisors UK LLP is authorized and regulated by the FSA.