Campbell Lutyens hires two in London, New York

The firm is undertaking a ‘material expansion’ of its US business.

Placement agent and secondary advisory firm Campbell Lutyens has further boosted its primary fundraising capabilities through two hires, according to a statement from the firm.

Former Credit Suisse private funds group executive Jeffrey Griffiths joins the firm as principal in the London office, while Andrew Symons joins from Forum Capital Partners as a senior vice president in New York.

Griffiths spent five years at Credit Suisse, most recently in its private funds group, advising alternative investment managers on global capital raising.

Symons, who was previously at Eaton Partners, worked across origination, project management and distribution at Forum in New York. In the statement, he said he would be working with limited partners in the south and southeast.

His appointment follows the hire of Sarah Sandstrom as a partner in the firm’s New York office in February. Sandstrom was previously managing director in the private fund advisory group of Lazard Frères.

Symons’ appointment is part of a “material expansion” of the firm’s US business, Campbell Lutyens managing partner and chief executive officer Andrew Sealey told Private Equity International.

“Jeffrey brings particular experience across private equity and credit and Andrew will continue to develop our limited partner coverage in the US,” Sealey said in the statement, adding that the firm would be continue to expand its capabilities globally.

Sealey told PEI that private credit, an area of expertise for Griffiths, was an expanding area for the firm.

The firm said it had continued to see growth across its private equity, infrastructure and private debt practices. Over the last year the firm raised more than $12 billion of primary commitments from investors globally, including final closes on White Oak, Stonepeak, Everstone and Exponent. It also advised on more than $6 billion of closed and live secondary assignments.

Campbell Lutyens was chosen by Private Equity International readers as Placement Agent of the Year in Europe in the PEI Awards 2015.