Forget London, if you work in private equity in Europe today, Munich is increasingly seen as the place to be. The only trouble is that Munich private equity funds typically only employ native German speakers. It's helpful, therefore, that a late stage venture capital investor from Munich is in the process of expanding globally - and is willing to hire non-German speakers from investment banks.
Burda Principal Investments has been expanding globally this year and last. A division of Hubert Burda Media, a media and technology conglomerate based in Munich, it opened an office in Singapore in March 2017 and an office in London in July 2016. It's since been adding staff in both, slowly.
Burda's latest London hire is Thomas Juvin, a former associate from Nomura in London. Juvin isn't German: he's French. He's also not new to the buy-side: he spent six months at Apax Partners in Paris before joining Nomura's consumer and retail investment banking team. Nearly four year's later, he's off to Burda.
Burda's other recent hires in London include Natalie Schmitke, a (German) ex-J.P. Morgan leveraged finance and M&A associate who spent a year working for New York-based Angel AI after an MBA at Harvard. The London office is run by Camille Dolan, a former team leader at Bain & Co., ex-partner at VC fund MMC Ventures and one-time summer analyst at Morgan Stanley.
The Singapore office is run by Albert Shyy, a Berkeley graduate who joined in March 2017 after a career that began in the M&A division of Monitor Group, Deloitte's consulting arm and moved onto online shopping and VC investments in South East Asia.
With around four staff in London, four in Singapore and one "advisor" in the U.S. it seems likely that Burda will make additional hires in the New Year. Now may therefore be a good time to get in touch - particularly if you have previous consumer investment banking or VC experience. The firm's past investments include both Etsy and NotontheHighStreet.com, which explains its preference for candidates with an understanding of online shopping markets.
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