London, 10 February 2021 – Stanhope Capital Group, one of the world’s leading independent wealth management and advisory groups, has announced an important step in the development of its merchant banking activities. Pierre Mallevays, Founder and Managing Partner of renowned M&A boutique Savigny Partners, will join the group as co-head of Merchant Banking alongside Nigel Spray, former head of Kleinwort Benson’s merchant banking business who joined Stanhope in 2017. Together, the two senior bankers will spearhead the group’s expansion in M&A and capital markets. Savigny Partners’ existing client base will be absorbed into Stanhope.
With over 30 years of experience in M&A, Pierre Mallevays has particular expertise in the luxury and consumer goods sectors. At Savigny Partners, he worked with iconic brands such as Lanvin, Celine, Christian Lacroix, Byredo, Delvaux and Tom Dixon. Prior to founding Savigny Partners in 2005, Pierre Mallevays was Director of Acquisitions at LVMH where he was responsible for originating and implementing acquisitions and divestitures across all group divisions working directly with Chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault.
Daniel Pinto, Founder and CEO of Stanhope Capital Group said: “We are delighted to welcome Pierre to Stanhope Capital. The development of our merchant banking and private investment activities is an essential piece in our strategy to serve entrepreneurs across their needs, from the management of their liquid wealth to the sourcing and execution of strategic transactions in their core businesses. Pierre, Nigel and their team are able to work hand in hand with our wealth management professionals to offer our clients this holistic experience, a rare thing in our industry today.”
Pierre Mallevays said: “I am excited about the prospect of contributing my deal experience and consumer and luxury sector focus to Stanhope and the ability to capitalise on the group’s extensive network of business owners and entrepreneurs to better serve our clients and create interesting investment opportunities.”
Nigel Spray, Co-Head of Merchant Banking, added: “Pierre’s breadth of experience and network will be highly beneficial to our activities. I very much look forward to partnering with him to continue developing our corporate advisory and capital markets business globally.”
Stanhope Capital Group’s merchant banking unit has been active in a range of sectors including media, agribusiness, technology and mining. The firm recently advised the leading shareholder of Terranga Gold on its USD 5 billion merger with Endeavor, the Canadian listed gold miner.
The Stanhope Entrepreneurs Fund, part of the group’s private investment unit, was an early backer of S4 Capital, the digital advertising group founded by Sir Martin Sorrell in 2018 after leaving WPP. The Fund is now the second largest shareholder of S4 which is listed in London with a market capitalisation of over USD 3.5 billion.
In November 2020, Stanhope Capital Group announced its merger with US-based FWM Holdings, owner of Forbes Family Trust, LGL, AM Global and Optima. The group now oversees over USD 24 billion in client assets from six offices.
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About Stanhope Capital Group
Stanhope Capital Group is a global investment firm providing asset management and advisory services to private clients, institutions, corporations and charities around the world. After the merger with FWM Holdings announced in November 2020, the Group will oversee over USD 24 billion in client assets and employ 140 people from 6 offices (London, Geneva, Paris, New York, Philadelphia and Palm Beach). Founded in 2004 by Daniel Pinto, Stanhope Capital offers a full range of services – wealth management, consulting, private investments and merchant banking – in an environment where the interests of partners and employees are aligned with clients. The firm’s mission is to combine state-of-the-art investment expertise with the objectivity, transparency and high service standards of an independent investment house.