Arle and FF&P boost investment teams

Arle Capital Partners has made another two appointments to its investment team as it continues to move away from forerunner Candover’s pan-European strategy.

Arle Capital Partners has added two new investment managers to its team in support of its international expansion, the firm said in a statement.

Roumyana Boshnakova joins from 3i, while Senka Jeremic joins from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. They will join Sara Sulaiman and Martin Edsinger, who were appointed in December, on the investment team.

Arle has signalled its intention to move away from the pan-European focus of its predecessor Candover Partners, the London firm from which it spun out in April last year. Arle now comprises 15 investment professionals spanning 10 nationalities, the firm said.

In February Arle appointed a new chairman, former 3M chief executive George Buckley, who will join in June.

Roumyana spent six years at 3i, and has experience with the German market, the industrials sector and active ownership of portfolio companies: three pillars of Arle's strategy, the firm said. A dual Bulgarian-German citizen, Roumyana speaks Bulgarian, German, Russian and English and holds an MBA from Purdue University.

Senka, a dual Serbian-British national, joins Arle with six years of private equity and leveraged finance experience. While at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Senka worked with members of the Arle team on several investments, including the exit of Norwegian cable operator Get.

Elsewhere in the UK, lower mid-market firm Fleming Family & Partners Private Equity has appointed two new investment directors.

Llewellyn John joins from Nova Capital Management where he was associate partner having joined the firm in 2006. While at Nova John worked with FF&P on the joint investment into EIS Optics, which the firm exited in October with a 3.5x return to shareholders.

Dan Walker has been promoted to investment director following four years as an investment manager at FF&P, having joined the firm in 2008. He also worked on the sale of EIS Optics, and more recently he led FF&P’s management buy-out of CreditCall.