Ex-Goldman Sachs dealmakers’ boutique pays London staff $10.2m after bumper year

A boutique investment bank started by a group of former Goldman Sachs bankers more than doubled profit in the UK last year and has ramped up pay to more than $10m.

Ardea Partners’ international business booked gross profit of $35.6m for 2021, according to accounts filed at Companies House on 10 June, up from $16.6m a year earlier.

The New York-headquartered firm was kick-started by a group of former senior Goldman Sachs dealmakers and has continued to attract big-name bankers since its launch in 2016.

It employs just 13 people within its London-based operations — up from 11 a year earlier — and paid out $10.2m in compensation last year. This is an average payment of around $785,000 — up from $636,300 in 2020, or an increase of 23%.

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Meanwhile, its five partners for the operation in London — which include former Goldman Sachs executives Glenn Earle and Nigel Robinson — shared $23.1m in profits, with the highest-paid member taking home $5.8m. This compares with a payout for its senior bankers of $8.1m in 2020.

The latest big-ticket hire at Ardea Partners in London was Julien Petit, Goldman’s former head of financial institutions investment banking, who joined in October 2019.

However, the boutique is headed by a number of former senior Goldman Sachs dealmakers including Chris Cole, its chair who was once the global co-head of investment banking at the US bank. Ardea’s chief executive, Don Truesdale, who was previously a senior financial institutions banker at Goldman, is also among the senior staff, as is James Del Favero, who led cross-border mergers and acquisitions at the US bank until 2016, and Ivan Ross, a former partner in the US bank’s corporate finance solutions group.

Earle, who leads Ardea’s London operation, was previously chief operating officer for Goldman’s international business.

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