EPE Team

Giles Brand - Managing Partner

Giles is the founder and Managing Partner of EPE. Since 2001, Giles has led over 30 buyout, turnaround, distressed and growth capital transactions. Many of these transactions have made multiple bolt-on acquisitions in the UK and internationally. Exit routes have included initial public offerings, trade sales and secondary private equity sales. Giles is an experienced non-executive chairman and director, having served on the boards of multiple private companies including: Pinnacle Regeneration Group, a social housing operator; Palatinate Schools, a private schools operator; and Ryness Electrical, retailer of wiring accessories and related goods. He is currently Non-executive Chairman of Whittard of Chelsea and Luceco plc, and a Non-Executive Director of The Reader Organisation, a not-for-profit educational charity. He has extensive public markets experience gained as a corporate finance advisor at Baring Brothers International and at EPE. This includes a particular focus on investment trusts, having been investment advisor or investment manager to a number of listed investment vehicles whilst at EPE, including the Equity Partnership Investment Company plc (2001-2011), EPIC Brand Investments plc (2003-2005) and ESO plc (2003-present).

In the period between 2001 and 2006, when he led the buyout of EPE, Giles was a founding director of EPIC Investment Partners, a fund management business which at sale in 2007 had US$5 billion under management. Prior to EPIC Investment Partners, Giles spent five years working in mergers and acquisitions at Baring Brothers International in Paris and London and subsequently at ING Barings in London advising governments and corporates.

Sector Specialisation – Turnaround Situations (General), Retail/Consumer, Healthcare, Support Services, Advisory

Hiren Patel - Managing Partner, Finance Director and Head of Compliance

Hiren is a Partner and EPE’s Finance Director and Compliance Officer. He has worked in the investment management industry for the past fifteen years. Before joining EPE, Hiren was Finance Director of EPIC Investment Partners. Before EPIC Investment Partners, Hiren was employed at Groupama Asset Management where he was the Group Financial Controller. 

Sector Specialisation – Financial & Administration Services, Asset Management

Fergus Bentley - Executive

Fergus Bentley is an Executive at EPE. Prior to joining EPE, he completed an internship with Bowmark Capital in London. Fergus read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford.

 

Antoine Del Serra - Managing Director, Advisory and Placement

Antoine is a Managing Director of EPE’s Advisory & Placement business. Antoine has over 15 years Mergers & Acquisitions experience advising both corporates and private equity houses in acquisitions, disposals and capital raisings. During a career at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Global Leisure Partners, Antoine built up extensive sector expertise of the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector including Food & Beverages, Household & Personal Care and Retail in both Western and Emerging markets. Antoine graduated from Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA).

Sector Specialisation – Consumer/Retail, Advisory

Robert Fulford - Investment Director

Robert worked at Barclaycard Consumer Europe before joining EPE. Whilst at Barclaycard, Robert was the Senior Manager for Strategic Insight and was responsible for identifying, analysing and responding to competitive forces. Prior to Barclaycard, Robert spent four years as a strategy consultant at Oliver Wyman Financial Services, where he worked with a range of major retail banking and institutional clients in the UK, mainland Europe, Middle East and Africa, specialising in strategy and risk modelling. He manages the investments in Nexus Industries and Whittard of Chelsea, where he is currently a non-executive director. Robert read Engineering at the University of Cambridge.

Sector Specialisation – Financial Services, Retail/Consumer, Manufacturing and Light Engineering

Vincent Gimenez - Director, Advisory and Placement

Vincent is a Director of EPE’s Advisory & Placement business. He is also Transaction Team leader responsible for the execution of Capital, Advisory and Placement transactions. Vincent has 12 years experience of mergers and acquisitions advisory encompassing all aspects of private and listed corporates including acquisitions, mergers, disposals, initial public offerings, rights issues, debt financing and bond issuances. He started career at Robert W. Baird with a focus on mid-market cross border transactions in the capital goods and consumer sectors. He subsequently joined HSBC where he covered global construction and UK real estate. Before joining EPE he was at UBS, focussed on large-cap building materials companies in the EMEA region. In the course of his career, Vincent has been involved in transactions in the distribution, packaging, technology and media sectors. He graduated from ESCP EAP and IEP Paris.

Sector Specialisation – Construction, Industrials – M&A Advisory, Capital Raising

James Henderson - Investment Director

James worked in the Investment Banking division of Deutsche Bank before joining EPE. Whilst at Deutsche Bank he worked on a number of M&A transactions and IPOs in the energy, property, retail and gaming sectors, as well as providing corporate broking advice to mandated clients. He manages the investment in Pharmacy2U. James read Modern History at the University of Oxford and Medicine at the University of Nottingham.                      

Sector Specialisation – Media, Healthcare, Support Services, Turnaround Situations (General)

David Herbert - Chairman, Advisory and Placement

David is Chairman of EPE’s Advisory & Placement business. He is a former Chairman of Exillon Energy plc and non-executive director of GNG Retail Public Limited and MT Petrol Group. Prior to this, David spent 20 years as Managing Director and Head of Emerging Europe Corporate Finance at Baring Brothers/ING Barings. Before Barings, David was a senior executive at BP for 11 years. David read Economics at Trinity College Dublin and holds a doctorate from Brunel University, where he taught for eight years.

Sector Specialisation – Financial Services, Oil & Gas, Advisory, Equity Capital Markets

Pollyanna Johns - Personal Assistant

Prior to joining EPE, Pollyanna worked as a PA to both directors of interior design company Turner Pocock, and as an events planner before that. Pollyanna read History at the University of East Anglia.

Sector Specialisation – Personal Assistant

Alex Leslie - Investment Director

Alex worked in Healthcare Investment Banking at Piper Jaffray before joining EPE. Whilst at Piper Jaffray he worked on a number of M&A transactions and equity fundraisings within the Biotechnology, Specialty Pharmaceutical and Medical Technology sectors. He manages the investments in Process Components, where he is currently a non-executive director, and Luceco plc. Alex read Human Biological and Social Sciences at the University of Oxford and obtained an MPhil in Management from the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.

Sector Specialisation – Healthcare, Manufacturing and Light Engineering

Dan Murray - Associate

Dan is an Associate at EPE. Prior to joining EPE, he worked in the Corporate Finance department of Peel Hunt. Dan has a Masters in Mathematics from Cambridge University. 

Sector Specialisation – Manufacturing and Light Engineering, Financial Services

Giles Norris - Executive

Giles Norris is an Executive at EPE. Prior to joining EPE, Giles completed an internship with Quayle Munro in London. Giles read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford.

Kunal Sharma - Investment Analyst

Kunal Sharma is an Investment Analyst at EPE. Prior to joining EPE, he worked with BNY Mellon. Kunal has a Masters in Finance from Trinity College Dublin and is a CFA Level 3 candidate.

Ian Williams - Investment Director

Ian previously worked at Lyceum Capital Partners before joining EPE. Whilst at Lyceum Capital Partners, he was responsible for deal origination and engagement, with a primary focus on the business services and software sectors, as well as financial services, education and health sectors. Prior to Lyceum, Ian was a Director at Arbuthnot Securities, involved in  transactions including IPOs, secondary fund raisings and M&A, focusing on the support services, healthcare, transport & IT sectors. Ian read Politics and Economics at the University of Bristol.