05 September 2012

Portico Capital Expands Into Europe with New Office in London, England

London, England / Greenwich, CT - 5 September 2012 - Portico Capital today announced its expansion into Europe with the appointment of Giles Roshier as Head of Portico Europe and the opening of its London office. Portico Capital provides independent strategic and financial advisory services in the areas of mergers & acquisitions (M&A), recapitalizations, and capital raisings exclusively to private and public companies in the information and business services sector. 

Mr. Roshier joins Portico from Lazard where he worked for 13 years. In his most recent position, Mr. Roshier was a key leader in the firm’s media and M&A practices. During the course of his career, he has worked on numerous disposals, mergers, acquisitions, hostile takeovers and defenses including some of the most high profile deals in recent UK M&A including WPP’s purchase of TNS, Kraft's purchase of Cadbury, and Deutsche Bahn's purchase of Arriva. Within the information and business services sector, Mr. Roshier has worked with companies including DMGT, EMAP, Informa, Pearson, Springer, UBM, and Wolters Kluwer. 

Rick Northrop, Managing Partner, Portico, said, “Despite the economic challenges throughout Europe, there remains a vibrant market for strategic transactions in the information and business services industry. With an increasing number of both domestic and cross-border deals, we see significant opportunity to provide the European companies in this sector with the specialized financial advice they need. Giles was a natural choice to lead the effort given his industry background and M&A experience combined with his desire to uncover new opportunities for the emerging companies, acquirers, and investors in this space.” 

Searcy Dryden, General Partner, Portico, stated, “While Portico has been doing business in Europe since inception, it became clear that a local presence would allow us to better serve our clients and continue to fuel our growth. Hiring someone of Giles’ caliber demonstrates our commitment to providing our clients with on-the-ground support and superior access to new investment opportunities.” 

Mr. Roshier said, “The market for high quality companies in the European information and business services market is very strong. Portico has advised companies on nearly $4 billion in cross-border transactions and my team and I are looking forward to building upon its solid track here in London and throughout Europe.” 

Portico Capital provides independent strategic and financial advisory services in the areas of mergers & acquisitions (M&A), recapitalizations and capital raisings exclusively to private and public companies in the global information and business services sector. The firm, founded in 2000, has offices in Greenwich, Connecticut and London, England. 

Source: Portico Capital