Exclusive: Mercury brings on BAML's Reilly as partner

The New York-based firm is adding to its originations team

New York-based Mercury Capital Advisors has hired Tom Reilly as a partner involved in originations and fundraising.

Prior to joining the firm Reilly was managing director and head of private equity placements at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He has also held positions at Houlihan Lokey and Credit Lyonnias Securities.

“We’ve known Tom since he started in our team in 2000 when we were all at Merrill Lynch together. He has strong relationships with fund GPs from his career of presenting them with potential investment opportunities when at Merrill Lynch and BAML, after the merger. So it was a good fit bringing him on,” Alan Pardee, managing partner, Mercury told Private Equity International.

Mercury Capital Advisors was founded in 2009 after spinning out from the Bank of America Merill Lynch Private Funds Group. The firm works with private equity, real estate, infrastructure, venture capital, distressed debt and other third party funds in raising capital from a select group of institutional investors and ultra-high net worth family office investors.

Mercury has been involved in a number of recent fund closings including: Providence Equity's third debt fund – Benefit Street III, at $1.8 billion, SSG Capital Partners III at $915mm, and Madison International Real Estate Liquidity Fund V at $825 million.