LYNDON LEA

LYNDON LEA

Lyndon Lea is a Founding Partner and member of the Investment Committee of Lion Capital and serves as its Managing Partner. Prior to founding Lion Capital, Lyndon was a Partner of Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst where he co-founded its European operations in 1998. Prior to joining Hicks Muse, Lyndon served at Glenisla, the European affiliate of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. He was previously an investment banker.

Lyndon is a strong supporter of Not For Sale (“NFS”), a charity dedicated to the abolition of modern day slavery. He currently sits on the Board of NFS. With a personal commitment from Lyndon, NFS recently built a children’s home in Romania that accommodates approximately 100 children reclaimed from trafficking.

Lyndon grew up between the UK, Southern Africa and Canada. He received his BA from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

ROBERT DARWENT

ROBERT DARWENT

Robert Darwent is a Founding Partner and member of the Investment Committee of Lion Capital. Prior to founding Lion Capital, Robert served with Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst for six years. Prior to joining Hicks Muse, he was employed in the private equity group of Morgan Stanley in London. Robert received his BA and MA from Cambridge University.

JAMES COCKER

JAMES COCKER

James Cocker is a Partner and member of the Investment Committee of Lion Capital. Prior to joining Lion Capital, he was employed by McKinsey & Company in London where he focused on the consumer and retail sectors. James received his BA and MA from Oxford University.

SIMON BROWN

SIMON BROWN

Simon Brown is Lion Capital's Chief Operating Officer.  Prior to joining Lion Capital, Simon was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at private equity firms Equistone and Cognetas. Previously Simon was Chief Operating Officer of Lord Rothschild’s family office and Finance Director of Lawrence Graham.  Simon received his BA in French and Spanish from Exeter University, he is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

JEFF CHANG

JEFF CHANG

Jeff Chang is a Partner of Lion Capital. Prior to joining Lion Capital, Jeff was employed by AEA Investors in New York where he focused on industrial and consumer investments. Prior to this, Jeff worked with Bain & Company in San Francisco and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, in their Technology M&A Group, also in San Francisco. Jeff received his BS from the University of California, Berkeley.

AUGUSTO COSULICH

Augusto Cosulich

Augusto Cosulich is an Associate of Lion Capital. Prior to joining Lion Capital, Augusto worked for private equity firm Terra Firma in London, where he focused on investments and portfolio businesses in a range of sectors. Prior to this, he was employed by Rothschild in Milan, where he worked in their M&A team. Augusto received his BA in Business and Management from the University of Exeter.

DAPHNE DOVERMANN

Daphne Dovermann

Daphne Dovermann is an Associate of Lion Capital. Prior to joining Lion Capital, Daphne worked for Terra Firma Capital Partners, a London-based private equity firm, where she focused on investment opportunities across a range of sectors. Daphne holds a BSc in International Business from Maastricht University and received her MSc in Finance and Private Equity from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

ADAM EPSTEIN

ADAM EPSTEIN

Adam Epstein is a Principal of Lion Capital. Prior to joining Lion Capital, Adam was employed by Oaktree Capital Management in New York, where he served in the Mezzanine Finance Group. Prior to this, Adam worked with Berenson & Company, a boutique investment bank based in New York. Adam received his BS in Applied Mathematics-Economics from Brown University and his MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business.

SAM GORMAN

SAM GORMAN

Sam Gorman is a Principal of Lion Capital. Prior to joining Lion Capital, Sam worked at Warburg Pincus in New York where he served on their Technology, Media & Telecom team. Before this, he worked at Gleacher & Company in their M&A group. Sam received his A.B. in Economics from Princeton University.

SHERIF GUIRGIS

SHERIF GUIRGIS

Sherif Guirgis is a Director of Lion Capital. Prior to joining Lion Capital, Sherif was employed by Apollo Global Management where he focused on retail and consumer investments. Prior to this, Sherif worked with Credit Suisse in Los Angeles, in their Financial Sponsors Group. Sherif received his BA from the University of Western Ontario.

MIGUEL HOLLANDER-HO

MIGUEL HOLLANDER-HO

Miguel Hollander-Ho is an Associate of Lion Capital. Prior to joining Lion Capital, Miguel worked for Shamrock Capital Advisors, a private equity firm in Los Angeles, where he focused on investments and portfolio company management in the communications, media, and entertainment sectors. Prior to this, Miguel worked at RBC Capital Markets in New York City in the Communications, Media & Entertainment group. Miguel received his BS in Applied Economics and Management with honours from Cornell University.

HELENA MALCHIONE

Helena Malchione

Helena Malchione is a Principal of Lion Capital. Prior to joining Lion Capital, Helena worked for financial technology start-up MarketInvoice in London, where she focused on corporate strategy and analytics. Prior to this, Helena was employed by Morgan Stanley in New York, where she served in the Financial Institutions Group. Helena received her BA in Economics and East Asian Studies with honours from Yale University.

JEREMY MURAS

JEREMY MURAS

Jeremy Muras is Digital Director of Lion Capital. Prior to joining Lion Capital, Jeremy spent eight years at Burberry, most recently as Vice President of Digital Commerce. Prior to this, he led the digital team at Agent Provocateur. Jeremy received his BA (Hon) in Historical Studies from Portsmouth University.

CLAIRE NESLER

Claire Nesler

Claire Nesler is an Associate of Lion Capital. Prior to joining Lion Capital, Claire was employed by Cranemere, an investment holding company, in New York. Prior to this, she worked with Citigroup in New York, where she served in the Media and Telecommunications group. Claire received her BS in Finance and Economics from the University of Wisconsin and her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar.

MATTHEW NORDBY

Matthew Nordby

Matthew Nordby is a Partner of Lion Capital. Prior to joining Lion Capital, Matt served as President of Playboy Enterprises, leading their global licensing business to over $1.5B in annual revenue. Prior to this, Matt served as an executive in the technology industry which included building software start-up Greenplum, acquired by EMC in 2010.  He launched his career at Sun Microsystems where he held various leadership positions. Matt received his BA from Auburn University. 

RORY O’CONNOR

RORY O’CONNOR

Rory O’Connor is a Partner of Lion Capital based in our Los Angeles office. Prior to joining Lion in 2011, Rory was Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners Los Angeles. He began his private equity career in 1998 at Charterhouse Group in New York where he focused on the Consumer and Industrial sectors following six years in brand management at Colgate-Palmolive and H.J. Heinz. Rory received his BA from Skidmore College and his MBA from Columbia Business School.

AUSTIN SHEPHERD

Austin Shepherd

Austin Shepherd is an Associate of Lion Capital. Prior to joining Lion Capital, Austin was employed by Lazard Frères & Co in New York, where he served in the Consumer Retail Mergers & Acquisitions group. Austin received his MS in Finance and BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M University and is a licensed CPA.

GRAHAM TESTER

GRAHAM TESTER

Graham Tester is Director of Finance at Lion Capital. Prior to being appointed to this role, Graham served for three years as Lion Capital’s Financial Controller. Before joining Lion Capital, Graham spent five years in Montagu Private Equity’s finance and investor relations teams and four years with Northern Trust in Guernsey where he managed the administration of BC Partners’ funds. Graham is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

JULIA VAN TUYLL

JULIA VAN TUYLL

Julia van Tuyll is Director of Investor Relations at Lion Capital. Prior to joining Lion Capital, Julia  was employed by Vision Capital where she was involved with the implementation of the fund raising programme including raising capital from new and existing relationships. Julia graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne where she obtained an Honours Degree in International Politics.

MATTHEW WILSON

MATTHEW WILSON

Matthew Wilson is a Principal of Lion Capital. Prior to joining Lion Capital, Matthew worked at Morgan Stanley in London where he served in their private equity group, as well as the U.K. investment banking team. Matthew received his Masters of Physics degree from Oxford University.

JAN WOODS

JAN WOODS

Jan Woods is a Director of Lion Capital. Prior to joining Lion Capital, Jan completed a 20-year corporate career with IBM and PepsiCo. She served in a variety of international HR executive positions outside of the U.K. Most recently, Jan was the Group Human Resources Director for a Lion Capital-owned portfolio company. Jan received a BA in Theology from Hull University and an MBA from Portsmouth University.