A flow of capital into the sector from family offices, pension funds and an expansion of strategies for many funds create fierce competition for assets. Investors who can identify exceptional deal opportunities and build relationships with management teams strong enough to create the climate for change are at a premium.
PartnerJoanne Claytonpeenquiries@blackwoodgroup.com+44 (0)20 7220 0297London
Joanne leads the Private Equity Practice and is a member of the Financial Services Practice. She advises clients across the sector on their needs within the investment team, IR and operating functions, with a particular specialisation in senior team leaders across new investment strategies and first time funds. She has worked extensively on the firm’s Social Mobility initiatives. Prior to joining Blackwood, Joanne worked at Freshminds focusing on placing strategy consultants. She read Modern History at St Andrews University and spent a year studying History and Political Science in the US.
PartnerAmanda Smithsonassessmentenquiries@blackwoodgroup.com+44 (0)20 7220 0273London
Amanda is the Managing Partner and a member of the Investment Banking, Private Equity, Board and Executive Assessment practices. She advises on leadership development, team effectiveness and senior appointments across investment banking, private equity and the boardroom. Prior to Blackwood, Amanda worked at Morgan Stanley; she spent ten years in Mergers & Acquisitions in London and New York before becoming COO of the Investment Banking Division EMEA. She is a certified professional executive coach, Meyler Campbell Mastered, AC and WABC accredited and qualified with the British Psychological Society in psychometrics, including Hogan, FIRO-B, NEO PI-R, Wave, G-LJI, LJI, Implicitly®, TKI and MBTI®. She read English and then Law at Cambridge University.
ConsultantShaneen Makhanipeenquiries@blackwoodgroup.com+44 (0)20 7220 0251London
Shaneen is a member of the Private Equity Practices with a particular focus on leading mid-level appointments. She is also a member of the Financial Services Practice advising clients and candidates on the cross over between all forms of investment. Prior to joining Blackwood, Shaneen worked for a disaster relief charity, focusing on fundraising. She read Politics and International Relations at Warwick University, and then spent a year studying Economic Globalisation and Development at SOAS, University of London.
AssociateViolet Farkaspeenquiries@blackwoodgroup.com+44 (0)20 7220 1800London
Violet is a member of the Private Equity Practice with a particular focus on junior and mid-level appointments, development and retention. Prior to joining Blackwood, Violet read Chemistry at Oxford University.