NEW YORK, October 12 (PRNewswire) - Greenhill & Co., Inc. (“Greenhill”), a leading independent investment bank, announced today that Brian Phillips has joined the firm as a Managing Director based in London. Mr Phillips will spearhead the establishment of a European primary merchant banking business, focused on small and midcap opportunities, to complement Greenhill Capital Partners, which was launched in 2000 in New York.
Mr Phillips, 46, who joins from Legal & General Ventures (“LGV”), has over 20 years experience as an investment professional. During his six year tenure at LGV, Mr Phillips initiated and executed a number of buyouts. He served on the Boards of Directors of several of these companies, including Vue Cinemas and Tragus Holdings, the operator of the Café Rouge restaurant chain. Mr Phillips earned his degree from the University of Glasgow and qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in Scotland.
Robert F. Greenhill, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Greenhill, said, “Following the success Greenhill Capital Partners has enjoyed in North America, we are delighted to be expanding our primary merchant banking business to Europe. With Brian’s help, I am confident that our endeavours in Europe will add significant value to our investors.”
Simon Borrows, President of Greenhill’s European operations, said, “Brian brings a wealth of private equity experience to Greenhill and we look forward to working with him in this new initiative to develop a European focused primary merchant banking business.”
Robert H. Niehaus, Chairman of Greenhill Capital Partners, said, “This represents another milestone for Greenhill. Brian has an outstanding track record and with him on our team we have a very exciting opportunity to expand our business in Europe.”
Greenhill is a leading independent investment bank that provides financial advice on significant mergers, acquisitions and restructurings and manages merchant banking funds. It acts for clients located throughout the world from its offices in New York, London, Frankfurt, Toronto and Dallas.