Cebile Capital opens New York office

The placement agent and advisory firm has hired UBS veteran Steven Westerback as head of the Americas.

Cebile Capital, an advisory firm and placement agent, has hired a 10-year veteran of UBS’s private funds group to lead its first US office.

Steven Westerback

Steven Westerback joins Cebile as president and head of the Americas based in the firm’s New York office, according to a statement. He had been on garden leave from UBS since December last year.

Cebile’s New York office “will allow us to expand our penetration of the North American market, providing greater coverage of institutional investors for our GP placement clients and better enabling us to solve the liquidity needs of limited partners,” said managing partner Sunaina Sinha.

At UBS Westerback led deal teams and advised on more than 25 secondaries deals globally exceeding $12 billion of value, and his experience includes primary capital raising, tender offers, competitive auctions, team spin-outs and complex structured transactions, according to Cebile’s website.

He has prior experience at Paul Capital Partners and Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners.

Cebile plans to hire between three and five staff in New York and has worked with six GPs on primary placements in North America, according to Sinha. Around half of its completed secondaries deals, which number more than 12, have been in North America.

Cebile also plans to open an office in Hong Kong within the next 12 to 18 months and will hire as many as five staff there, Sinha said.

London-headquartered Cebile was founded in 2011. It has placed funds for firms in North America including Avista Capital Partners, Paramount Group and Crestline, according to its website.