Bain appoints new leaders for Europe and MENA private equity practice

29 November 2018 4 min. read
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Bain & Company has appointed new heads for its private equity practice in Europe, the Middle East and Africa – marking a series of moves in the segment for the firm across the globe.

Global management firm Bain & Company has appointed Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) private equity practice leader Graham Elton as its new chairman for the combined region, with long-time Brussels managing partner Christophe De Vusser taking on Elton’s former role. The firm has meanwhile elevated Rebecca Burack to lead its private equity practice in the Americas, effective from the beginning of next year.

Graham Elton

A Harvard Business graduate and eight-year former BCG consultant in the UK, Elton has been with Bain for nearly two decades, appointed to lead the firm’s EMEA private equity practice in 2005. After more than twelve years in the role, during which time he increased Bain’s private equity business in the region eight-fold, Elton has now been appointed as the division’s new Chairman for the EMEA.

“As a leader in the firm’s Private Equity practice for many years, Graham has earned the trust of our most senior partners and industry leaders around the world,” said Bain’s global private equity practice leader Hugh MacArthur.  “His reputation and expertise will be invaluable to our largest private equity clients as they look to address their most pressing strategy, organisation and operations challenges.”Bain appoints new private equity leaders for EMEA practiceAccording to the firm, Elton will continue in his new role to advise senior deal-makers, CEOs and directors representing some of the Bain’s most important clients across the region, while also leading the practice’s engagement with industry forums in the region and providing ongoing guidance and professional development for its team of senior leaders – among them, Grégory Garnier, who leads the firm’s private equity practice in the Middle East.

Christophe De Vusser

Replacing Elton is Christophe De Vusser, who has led the firm’s Brussels office for the past six years since his appointment to managing partner in 2012. Like Elton, De Vusser has been with Bain & Company coming up on 20 years, developing extensive experience in deal advisory, due diligence and post-acquisition work across both corporate mergers & acquisitions and private equity clients, including portfolio companies owned by financial investors.

“Christophe is a key advisor to our clients with deep insights on the rapidly changing private equity landscape across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. I am confident that under his leadership, we will continue to strengthen our client and people assets and build on our reputation as a trusted advisor to the private equity industry,” stated MacArthur, with the firm noting that De Vusser will be tasked with accelerating the growth of Bain’s private equity business with a focus on business and client development along with external recruiting.

The leadership changes follow a recent push in Bain’s private equity practice across the globe, including the naming of current global head of post-acquisition Rebecca Burack to lead the firm’s Americas private equity division from the start of next year and the bolstering of its partnership ranks across Europe. In recent months, Enver Adakan and Hendrik Lamché were elevated to partners in Germany, where the firm recently opened its fourth country office, while former Roland Berger CEO Martin Wittig joined the firm’s Financial Service practice in Switzerland.