Cinven appoints new partner - Benoît Valentin joins from Goldman Sachs InternationalEuropean private equity firm, Cinven, today announces the appointment of Benoît Valentin as a partner of Cinven. Previously he was at Goldman Sachs where he worked for 12 years, initially within the investment bank in London and Singapore and later as Managing Director within the private equity department in London. Whilst in this role he completed several major investments, including Eutelsat, Legrand and Messer Griesheim.
After an initial period in Cinven’s London office, it is expected that Benoît will join Cinven’s office in Paris in 2007. Benoît is a graduate of HEC in Paris.
Commenting on his appointment, Benoît Valentin said:
“I am joining Cinven at a time when there are very significant opportunities for the firm in Europe. This, combined with Cinven’s leading position in the European private equity sector, investment style and €6.5 billion fourth Fund, make it a very exciting place to be; I very much look forward to working with the teams across Cinven’s European platform.”
Robin Hall, managing director of Cinven added:
“The €6.5 billion fourth Cinven fund is the largest fund dedicated to pan-European buyouts and we have been busy over the past year broadening both our investment team and our geographic reach in advance of the completion of this fund raising. We see significant opportunities for investment across Europe and Benoît’s experience both in the private equity sector and more broadly in mergers and acquisitions will be a great asset. We welcome him as a partner of the firm.”