Blackwood’s client is one of the largest global investment and advisory firms. We were asked to build a Restructuring team for them, identifying initially a European head and then building out the team underneath him.
The need to have a presence and ability in the European restructuring market was becoming pressing. The number of serious players in this arena is small and, although a leading team in the US, they had nothing here.
We identified and referenced all the major candidates across Europe. It was important to reference across the competitor landscape, former colleagues and also counterparts and clients to establish the right blend of skills and competencies and market impact. The successful candidate was someone whom our client initially thought was too big for the role and would not be interested. We encouraged them to let us try and we were able to deliver him and build a preeminent team beneath him. Meetings were held in London and New York. We liaised across this process as well as helping the candidate navigate through a partnership agreement and the intricacies of negotiating compensation that comprised many different components, including co-investment rights and carried interest as well as the more usual cash and LTIP bonuses.
Blackwood helped in the building of a preeminent European restructuring team appointing subsequent individuals at all levels.