Jens Bisgaard-Frantzen, ATP Denmark (LP)
Jens Bisgaard-Frantzen heads up ATP Denmark's recently launched private equity investment programme, which intends to allocate a hefty €4.5bn to the asset class over the next three years. Fundraisers across Europe are hoping for a piece of the action.
Loren Boston, Salomon Smith Barney (Placement agent)
Boston, whose private placement business is part of Michael Klein's private equity group, is currently out raising money for Gordon Bonnyman and Guy Hands ? deals that will put him firmly amongst Europe's most important placement agents.
Emmeram von Braun, von Braun & Schreiber (Fund of funds)
Munich-based fund of funds managers von Braun & Schreiber, already looking after over €200m in assets, are widely expected to play an increasingly influential role in channeling new capital from German-speaking investors into the asset class. Co-founder Emmeram von Braun is leading the charge.
Lyndon Lea, Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst (GP)
A young partner in Hicks, Muse's London office, Lea has already established himself as a bright light in the European LBO market. Many thought his contribution to the Yell transaction, PEO's European LBO 2001, was outstanding. Expect more of the same.
Thomas Puetter, Allianz Private Equity Holding (GP)
Following the recent integration of Dresdner Kleinwort Capital, Thomas Pütter will be aiming to turn Allianz's new direct investment business into a dominant LBO player in Europe and a leading provider of growth capital globally.
Robin Saunders, WestLB (Banker)
The Financial Times' recent declaration that Robin Saunders was now the City's investment banker of choice may have been premature, but given her profile and WestLB's balance sheet, Saunders certainly has the ingredients to shake up Europe's principal finance scene.
John Shearburn, Goldman Sachs Asset Management (Fund of funds)
Shearburn runs a global team that manages some $11bn in assets across an increasingly diverse range of products. His private equity group has been investing in European partnerships for five years, but opened an office in London only recently. As one GP commented: ?They have long been a force, but now that John and Co have arrived in Europe, they are definitely going to be big.?