Electra Partners Europe, the European private equity firm, has made two appointments at its London office.
Maria Groen joins the firm as a director responsible for marketing and business development. Until late 2002, Groen was based at Bridgepoint Capital. Prior to this she worked at Merrill Lynch Asset Management.
Johannes Meran joins the firm after two years at Goldman Sachs in Frankfurt. Before joining the US investment bank, Meran worked at the German strategy consultancy Roland Berger & Partners.
“The appointment of Maria Groen and Johannes Meran brings the number of professionals in the firm to 25,” said Nigel McConnell, managing director of Electra Partners Europe. “Groen’s appointment ensures we continue to deepen our proprietary deal flow and we are delighted that Meran has joined from Frankfurt.”
Electra Partners Europe also has offices in both Paris and Frankfurt as well as a close relationship with Spanish private equity firm NMas.
Electra has also announced that two new investors have joined the firm’s Electra European Fund following Abbey National’s decision to withdraw from the asset class.
HarbourVest International Private Equity Partners IV and the Third Swedish National Pension Fund (AP3) have taken over Abbey National’s commitment in the Electra European Fund. Financial details of the transfer were not disclosed.