Campbell Lutyens unveils strengthened NYC team

The firm added UBS’s former co-head of secondaries earlier this month.

Advisory firm Campbell Lutyens has recruited former UBS secondaries co-head Gerald Cooper and now has five dedicated secondaries professionals in its New York office.

Cooper, who has advised on more than $17 billion-worth of secondary transactions in his career, has joined Campbell Lutyens as partner – and will work with Thomas Liaudet on the development of its US secondary advisory business.

Cooper joins principal David Perrin and vice-president Hemal Patel, who have relocated from the firm’s head office in London, and senior executive Jake Starke, who has joined the firm from Portfolio Advisors.

The firm has made several hires recently to enlarge its US business. In July it appointed Sir Peter Westmacott, a career diplomat who served as British Ambassador to the US from 2012 until his retirement in January 2016, to its advisory board; although Sir Peter will be based in London, his role will be to capitalise on his “unique experience and relationships in the US” to expand Campbell Lutyens's reach in North America,” the company said in a statement.

On the primary fundraising side, Campbell Lutyens earlier this year hired Sarah Sandstrom as partner, who joined from Lazard, and Andrew Symons from Eaton Partners as a senior vice-president.