Greenhill & Company has appointed Lehman Brothers executive Christopher Cooke as a managing director in the investment bank’s fund placement group, the sixth placement agent Greenhill has hired from the bankrupt company.
Cooke, who most recently worked as part of the investor relations team at UK hedge fund CQS, will reunite with Christopher Kirsten, former global head of Lehman’s private fund marketing group who resigned from Lehman in May.
Kirsten joined New York-based Greenhill later that month, bringing fellow Lehman executives Patrick Dunleavy, Neil Banta, Dave Brown and Meghan Kelly along with him to launch Greenhill’s first foray into placement agent services.
Cooke will work out of Greenhill’s London office and will focus on extending the group’s’ capabilities in the European markets. At Lehman, Cooke was responsible for European and Middle East fund raising for buyout funds, fund of funds, co-investment funds and real estate funds..
Cooke also worked for five years as an executive director at Goldman.
Shortly after launching the investment bank’s placement agent division in May, Greenhill co-chief executive Scott Bok told PEO that this year was an especially ripe time to acquire talent.
“There’s a fair amount of turmoil in the sector generally,” Bok said. “A lot of the big firms have issues that have people thinking about moving elsewhere.”