General Atlantic hires former JP Morgan exec

The firm has hired former JP Morgan vice chairman David Topper to work on IPOs, financings, liquidity planning and other growth initiatives.

Global growth investor General Atlantic has hired former JP Morgan vice chairman David Topper as a special advisor based in the firm’s New York office.

Topper’s responsibilities will include identifying new opportunities and providing strategic advice and guidance to General Atlantic and its portfolio companies. He will also work with the firm’s portfolio group and investment professionals on company related initiatives such as IPOs, financings, liquidity planning, and other strategic growth initiatives. In total, General Atlantic has 15 special advisors.

Prior to working in JP Morgan’s investment banking division from 2005 to 2011, Topper was a managing director and co-head of US Equity Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley, where he worked for 22 years.

General Atlantic chief executive officer Bill Ford said in a statement Topper’s “extensive experience in the global capital markets” would help the firm’s portfolio companies with “their global growth initiatives and public market strategies”.

Earlier this month, the firm hired Martin Escobari as a managing director and head of the firm’s São Paulo office. 

General Atlantic was an active investor in 2011, completing 15 deals in more geographically diverse regions than ever before in the firm’s history.