Olivant COO passes away

Kirk Stephenson, the chief operating officer and a founding director of financial services-focused Olivant, died last Thursday in an apparent suicide.

The chief operating officer of Olivant, a financial services-focused private equity firm based in London and Singapore, was killed last week after being struck by a commuter train.

Kirk Stephenson, 47, died after apparently throwing himself under the train just after 9am on Thursday morning. The incident took place near Taplow station in Buckinghamshire, according to the British Transport Police.

Stephenson’s wife Karina Robinson described her husband in a statement as “a dedicated father and devoted husband”, who “valued his family above all else”.

Luqman Arnold, Olivant’s chief executive, said: “Everyone at Olivant has been devastated by the news of Kirk’s death. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kirk’s wife and family.”

Stephenson was one of the original founding directors of Olivant in 2006, having previously worked as chief operating officer of “magic circle” law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; group finance director of Coats Viyella and Amersham International; and investment banker at both Warburg and Morgan Stanley.

Olivant focuses on financial services investments and made headlines earlier this year as one of the potential bidders for stricken UK lender Northern Rock.