BerchWood expands London team, eyes Asia

The US-headquartered placement agent has hired former MVision analyst Alex Chaplin in London and is currently considering locations and team members for a push into Asia.

Alex Chaplin, a former analyst at MVision Private Equity Advisers, has joined rival placement agent BerchWood Partners as an associate in its London office.

BerchWood, which has offices in New York, London, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco, has hired three private equity professionals in the last 12 months, including former Bridgepoint director James Wakefield as a senior advisor to its London office.

The firm is planning to open an office in Asia, a spokesman told PEO, and is in the process of reviewing possible recruits and locations. BerchWood already has one Asian client, Hong Kong-headquartered AIF Partners.

Founded in 2000 by David Berchenbriter and Charles Woodworth, the firm has this year advised on the raising of Montauk TriGuard Fund IV, a $332 million California-based secondaries fund, and the $162 million DW Healthcare Partners.