Rede taps Credit Suisse M&A veteran for chief of staff

Mark Barbour-Smith has joined the advisory firm to focus on business operations as well as people and talent management.

Rede Partners, a London-based placement agent and advisory firm, has appointed Mark Barbour-Smith as its chief of staff, according to a statement from the firm.

He will be responsible for business operations, and people and talent management, as well as developing and implementing the firm’s growth strategy in the newly-created role.

“Mark’s experience will prove hugely valuable in helping the business set and realise its growth prospects,” Adam Turtle, Rede co-founder, said in the statement.

“Of equal importance, will be his ability to ensure we continue to find, retain and develop talent, as in a people business such as ours, this will be critical for maintaining success.”

Barbour-Smith joins the firm from Credit Suisse where he spent more than nine years, most recently leading M&A training and development. Prior to this, Barbour-Smith was an M&A director in London and then operations officer at HSBC in both London and New York. He began his career as a corporate lawyer at Clifford Chance.

The firm declined to comment on any further expansion or hiring plans.

His hire follows the appointment of Dushy Sivanithy as head of origination and due diligence in October. Sivanithy previously spent 15 years in the fund investment industry at Pantheon, Hermes and CDC Group.

Rede recently worked with Apax Partners MidMarket, formerly known as Apax Partners France, on the close of its ninth fund on its €1 billion hard-cap, Summa Equity’s SKr 4.5 billion ($509 million; €467 million) final close in February, and worked with HgCapital to raise more than £3 billion ($3.87 billion; €3.55 billion) across two funds.