Fidelity boosts team on both sides of the Atlantic(4)

Fidelity Equity Partners has hired four executives to strengthen its teams in both London and Boston.

Fidelity Equity Partners has expanded its investment team with the appointments of Sebastian McKinlay as partner and Stephen Findlay, Paul Lipson and John Chang as vice presidents.

Fidelity Equity Partners, which invests in established, high-growth, mid-sized companies in North America and Europe, also has opened a new office in London.
“Since our founding earlier this year, we have closed our first $500 million fund, assembled a team of seasoned private equity professionals and opened offices on both sides of the Atlantic,” said Rob Ketterson, managing partner for Fidelity Equity Partners.

McKinlay joins partner Nick Martin in overseeing Fidelity Equity Partners’ investments across the European market. McKinlay previously was a founding shareholder in two other London-based mid-market private equity firms: Promethean Investments, where he was the managing director, and Kleinwort Capital, now August Equity.

Also based in London, Findlay is responsible for European investment activities. Prior to joining Fidelity Equity Partners, he was an investment manager at Milestone a European private equity fund focused on the middle market.

Lipson and Chang are based in Boston, joining Brooke Ablon, partner, who oversees the fund’s investments in North America.

Lipson is responsible for US and Canadian business development activities and was previously with Great Hill Partners, where he focused on investments in the business services and media sectors.

Chang works on deal execution for Fidelity Equity Partners, and will also lend his corporate finance expertise to help the fund’s portfolio companies on financial-related projects. He previously was with GE Commercial Finance.