NEW YORK and LONDON, 5 December 2011 – Jefferies today announced the appointment of Michael Collinson as a Managing Director and European Co-Head of Consumer and Retail Investment Banking. Mr. Collinson will be based in the firm’s London office and will partner with Robert Foster, European Co-Head of Consumer and Retail Investment Banking.
“During the last 18 months we have been expanding our presence in the consumer products sector to complement our strong position in retail investment banking,” said Benjamin D. Lorello, Global Head of Investment Banking and Capital Markets at Jefferies. “Michael’s hiring brings to Jefferies a highly respected senior consumer banker with strong M&A expertise to lead our European business in this sector.”
“Michael’s strong relationships with leading food and beverage companies, as well as with key private equity firms focused on the sector, complements well with our existing retail business in Europe,” commented Dominic Lester and Peter Bacchus, European Co-Heads of Investment Banking at Jefferies.
“Michael brings extensive consumer product deal experience to Jefferies, and has advised on a number of significant European consumer M&A transactions during his career,” added Jim Walsh, Global Head of Consumer and Retail Investment Banking at Jefferies. “Michael’s client base will be highly complementary to our existing retail presence in Europe led by Robert Foster.”
Mr. Collinson brings to Jefferies 18 years of experience and joins the firm from The Royal Bank of Scotland (and its predessor ABN Amro), where he spent seven years and was a Managing Director in the Consumer Industries Group of the Global Banking and Markets Division, responsible for Consumer Products. Previously, he spent eight years at Credit Suisse First Boston in Europe focusing on mergers and acquisitions and capital raisings for leading Consumer companies. Mr. Collinson received his MSc from The London School of Economics and Political Science and holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degrees from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
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