Siguler Guff & Company has hired Remy Kawkabani as managing director and head of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Kawkabani will be based in London and lead the firm’s European business. Prior to Siguler Guff, Kawkabani held several senior roles at Credit Suisse. Most recently, he worked as managing director and chief executive officer of Credit Suisse Asset Management for the EMEA region.
Siguler Guff & Company, a multi-strategy private equity investment firm with over $10 billion of assets under management, announced today that Remy Kawkabani has joined its senior management team as a Managing Director and Head of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Mr. Kawkabani will be based in London and will lead Siguler Guff’s European business, with a primary initial focus on distribution and new product development in the EMEA region.
Mr. Kawkabani has over 20 years of private equity experience and is a leader in the private equity placement industry, specializing in the EMEA region. Prior to joining Siguler Guff, Mr. Kawkabani held several senior positions at Credit Suisse, where he was responsible for the origination, structuring and successful launch of innovative funds. Most recently, Mr. Kawkabani served as a Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse Asset Management for the EMEA region. Previously, he was a Managing Director and Global Co-Head of the Credit Suisse Private Fund Group, where he oversaw origination, project management and distribution in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Prior to his 15-year tenure at Credit Suisse, Mr. Kawkabani worked at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. While at Credit Suisse and Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, Mr. Kawkabani enjoyed particular success in the identification and funding of new and emerging private equity teams and strategies.
George Siguler, Managing Director and Founding Partner of Siguler Guff, commented, “Remy’s 15 years of third party marketing experience in Europe make him uniquely qualified to expand Siguler Guff’s presence in Europe by building key LP and GP relationships on behalf of the Firm. Remy shares our belief in the importance of partnership, fiduciary responsibility and core values as the basis for expansion.” Drew Guff, Managing Director and Founding Partner, added, “We are very pleased to have Remy join Siguler Guff as our first senior executive in London, and look forward to adding additional resources over time. Leveraging Remy’s understanding of local markets and his long-term relationships, Siguler Guff is well-positioned to continue its growth trajectory as a global, opportunistic private equity investment firm.”
“I am delighted to join Siguler Guff to lead the Firm’s growth in the EMEA region. I have known and worked with George Siguler and Drew Guff for almost 20 years and share with Siguler Guff an investment approach driven by innovation, conviction and alignment of interest. As the alternative asset class continues to mature, we look forward to pursuing opportunities to partner with investors, and to capitalize on emerging investment themes and managers by providing a platform for leading industry professionals who share our approach,” said Mr. Kawkabani.
Mr. Kawkabani holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University in Montreal and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He was recently named by Private Equity International as one of the 100 most influential people in global private equity during the past ten years.
About Siguler Guff:
Siguler Guff & Company is a multi-strategy private equity investment firm which, together with its affiliates, has over $10 billion of assets under management across three lines of business: multi-manager funds, direct investment funds and separate accounts. Siguler Guff serves approximately 500 institutional clients and more than 600 high net worth individuals, and the funds it manages have invested in over 390 private equity funds. The Firm is headquartered in New York and has offices in Boston, Chicago, Moscow, Shanghai, São Paulo, London and a local affiliate office in Mumbai. To learn more about Siguler Guff, please visit www.sigulerguff.com.