New York, NY (August 2016) – Aksia LLC announced the recent additions of Leo Fletcher-Smith and Sylvia Owens. Leo, based in London, has joined as a Strategy Head, European Private Credit focusing on corporate lending, distressed and opportunistic strategies and working with Aksia’s institutional clients on their private credit allocations. Prior to joining Aksia, Leo provided advice to private equity sponsors and portfolio companies on debt raisings, refinancings and restructurings across the European leveraged finance sector for 10 years as an Associate Director within the Debt Advisory practice at Deloitte.
Sylvia, based in New York, has joined as a Senior Portfolio Advisor specializing in private credit and opportunistic strategies. Her role encompasses working with institutions on the construction and implementation of their private credit and opportunistic investment programs. Prior to joining Aksia, Sylvia held senior client relationship roles across distressed credit, private equity and long/short equity, working with a broad base of institutional investors. Sylvia also spent over 14 years at Goldman Sachs primarily focused on convertible bonds. She is a founding board member of the Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN).
Patrick Adelsbach, Partner, Head of Credit Strategies commented, “Leo and Sylvia’s relationships across GPs, LPs, and other market participants, combined with their in-depth industry knowledge, are tremendous additions to our private credit franchise. We are confident that their expertise will complement our substantial effort in this growing asset class.” “We are thrilled to welcome both Leo and Sylvia,” added Valerie Benard, Partner, Head of Aksia Europe. “As we continue to see an increasing appetite for fixed income substitute and opportunistic credit solutions, having a large global team of experienced professionals augments our capabilities.”
Aksia is a specialist research and portfolio advisory firm providing hedge fund, private credit, and opportunistic solutions to institutional investors. Aksia’s clients have over USD 67 billion committed to these alternative strategies. Aksia maintains seven offices across North America, Europe, and Asia, with headquarters located in New York City and main offices in London and Tokyo. Aksia employs 115 professionals, including 68 research professionals, and is 100% employee owned by its 11 partners.
Valerie Benard, Head of Aksia Europe, +44 203 471 6060
Matt Mullarkey, Head of Advisory, Americas, 212 710 5778