Perella Weinberg hires Barclays dealmaker in private markets push

Perella Weinberg Partners has hired a senior dealmaker from Barclays as the boutique continues to expand its coverage of private and high-growth companies in Europe.

Laura Klaassen, who was latterly head of equity private placements at the UK lender, is set to join Perella Weinberg in a similar role, according to people with knowledge of the appointment. Barclays named Sita Noble as head of private capital markets for Europe, the Middle East and Africa in May.

Klaassen becomes the latest senior banker to switch across from a large investment bank to Perella to cover the fast-growing space of advising private companies on raising funds.

Ema Betts, who was previously at Goldman Sachs, joined the boutique as a managing director covering private markets and growth technology in January. Meanwhile, Timm Schipporeit joined from specialist investment bank, FT Partners, to cover fintech and private capital markets as a partner in February. Max Mesny, who previously led the European financial institutions group at Credit Suisse, is also a partner covering growth tech and fintech at Perella Weinberg, having joined in October.

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A spokesperson for Perella Weinberg declined to comment.

While equity capital markets activity has slumped this year, banks have focused on building out teams raising funds for private companies in recent months. ECM activity in Europe has tumbled by 78% so far in 2022 to $34.1bn, according to data provider Dealogic.

Credit Suisse hired Jasper Reiser as a managing director within its UK investment banking team. He was previously in BNP Paribas Emea private placements team and will work on pre-IPO deals.

Meanwhile, Bank of America hired Rahul Bhandari from JPMorgan in May to co-head its Emea private capital markets business. JPMorgan announced in March that Nicolas Skaff, its head of Emea emerging markets equity capital markets, will take over the leadership of its private capital markets business in the region.

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