Siguler Guff hires Remy Kawkabani to head EMEA

The industry veteran returns to fund placement to grow the firm's $10bn asset base

New York-based Siguler Guff, a multi-strategy private equity firm has hired Remy Kawkabani to head up its EMEA business in London. Kawkabani joins the firm with a longstanding track record in global private equity fund placement. 

Prior to joining Siguler Guff, Kawkabani held several senior positions at Credit Suisse, where he was responsible for the origination and structuring of private equity funds. Most recently, Kawkabani served as a managing director and chief executive officer of Credit Suisse Asset Management for the EMEA region.

Siguler Guff & Company has offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, Sao Paulo, Moscow, Mumbai and Shanghai. One priority for Kawkabani now will be to open a London office. 

Siguler Guff & Company is a multi-strategy private equity investment firm with over $10 billion of assets under management across three lines of business: multi-manager funds, direct investment funds and separate accounts.

In December, managing director Patricia Dinneen who ran Siguler Guff’s BRICs business retired from the firm.  Dinneen joined the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association as a senior advisor in February, PEI reported at the time. Ralph Jaeger replaced Dinneen to run the BRICs business.

In April, the firm closed its Siguler Guff BRIC Opportunities Fund III on $650 million, with an unknown target. Alongside the fund will be three institutional managed accounts centered on the BRICs strategy. The firm also has a significant direct investment capability in Russia. 

Siguler Guff is also a large investor in Creador, an India- and Southeast Asia-focused private equity fund, which held a first close for its second fund on $220 million in June.

The fund, founded by ex-ChrysCapital managing director Brahmal Vasudevan, expects to raise as much as $275 million to $300 million by its final close expected in August, a source told PEI at the time.