EPE Team

Giles Brand - Managing Partner

Giles is the founder and Managing Partner of EPE. Since 2001, Giles has led over 30 buyout, turnaround, distressed and growth capital transactions. Many of these transactions have made multiple bolt-on acquisitions in the UK and internationally. Exit routes have included initial public offerings, trade sales and secondary private equity sales. Giles is an experienced non-executive chairman and director, having served on the boards of multiple private companies including: Pinnacle Regeneration Group, a social housing operator; Palatinate Schools, a private schools operator; and Ryness Electrical, retailer of wiring accessories and related goods. He is currently Non-executive Chairman of Whittard of Chelsea and Luceco plc, and a Non-Executive Director of The Reader Organisation, a not-for-profit educational charity. He has extensive public markets experience gained as a corporate finance advisor at Baring Brothers International and at EPE. This includes a particular focus on investment trusts, having been investment advisor or investment manager to a number of listed investment vehicles whilst at EPE, including the Equity Partnership Investment Company plc (2001-2011), EPIC Brand Investments plc (2003-2005) and ESO plc (2003-present).

In the period between 2001 and 2006, when he led the buyout of EPE, Giles was a founding director of EPIC Investment Partners, a fund management business which at sale in 2007 had US$5 billion under management. Prior to EPIC Investment Partners, Giles spent five years working in mergers and acquisitions at Baring Brothers International in Paris and London and subsequently at ING Barings in London advising governments and corporates.

Sector Specialisation – Turnaround Situations (General), Retail/Consumer, Healthcare, Support Services, Advisory

Delphine Brand - Managing Partner

Delphine is a Partner of EPE. She was previously Global Head of Investor Relations at Rhône Capital, a trans-Atlantic private equity firm with US$5bn under management, and a Partner at BC Partners, with US$10bn under management for private equity investment. Prior to that Delphine worked in Mergers and Acquisitions at Baring Brothers. Delphine holds a masters degree in Finance and Business Administration from the HEC School of Management in Paris and law degree from Université de Paris-Sceaux. Delphine is the Chair of the Hackney Empire Theatre.

Sector Specialisation – Capital, Advisory & Placement

Hiren Patel - Managing Partner, Finance Director and Head of Compliance

Hiren is a Partner and EPE’s Finance Director and Compliance Officer. He has worked in the investment management industry for the past fifteen years. Before joining EPE, Hiren was Finance Director of EPIC Investment Partners. Before EPIC Investment Partners, Hiren was employed at Groupama Asset Management where he was the Group Financial Controller. 

Sector Specialisation – Financial & Administration Services, Asset Management

David Herbert - Chairman, Advisory and Placement

David is Chairman of EPE’s Advisory & Placement business. He is a former Chairman of Exillon Energy plc and non-executive director of GNG Retail Public Limited and MT Petrol Group. Prior to this, David spent 20 years as Managing Director and Head of Emerging Europe Corporate Finance at Baring Brothers/ING Barings. Before Barings, David was a senior executive at BP for 11 years. David read Economics at Trinity College Dublin and holds a doctorate from Brunel University, where he taught for eight years.

Sector Specialisation – Financial Services, Oil & Gas, Advisory, Equity Capital Markets

Antoine Del Serra - Managing Director, Advisory and Placement

Antoine is a Managing Director of EPE’s Advisory & Placement business. Antoine has over 15 years Mergers & Acquisitions experience advising both corporates and private equity houses in acquisitions, disposals and capital raisings. During a career at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Global Leisure Partners, Antoine built up extensive sector expertise of the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector including Food & Beverages, Household & Personal Care and Retail in both Western and Emerging markets. Antoine graduated from Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA).

Sector Specialisation – Consumer/Retail, Advisory

Robert Fulford - Managing Director

Robert worked at Barclaycard Consumer Europe before joining EPE. Whilst at Barclaycard, Robert was the Senior Manager for Strategic Insight and was responsible for identifying, analysing and responding to competitive forces. Prior to Barclaycard, Robert spent four years as a strategy consultant at Oliver Wyman Financial Services, where he worked with a range of major retail banking and institutional clients in the UK, mainland Europe, Middle East and Africa, specialising in strategy and risk modelling. He manages the investments in Nexus Industries and Whittard of Chelsea, where he is currently a non-executive director. Robert read Engineering at the University of Cambridge.

Sector Specialisation – Financial Services, Retail/Consumer, Manufacturing and Light Engineering

James Henderson - Managing Director

James worked in the Investment Banking division of Deutsche Bank before joining EPE. Whilst at Deutsche Bank he worked on a number of M&A transactions and IPOs in the energy, property, retail and gaming sectors, as well as providing corporate broking advice to mandated clients. He manages the investment in Pharmacy2U. James read Modern History at the University of Oxford and Medicine at the University of Nottingham.                      

Sector Specialisation – Media, Healthcare, Support Services, Turnaround Situations (General)

Alex Leslie - Managing Director

Alex worked in Healthcare Investment Banking at Piper Jaffray before joining EPE. Whilst at Piper Jaffray he worked on a number of M&A transactions and equity fundraisings within the Biotechnology, Specialty Pharmaceutical and Medical Technology sectors. He manages the Company's investment in Luceco plc. Alex read Human Biological and Social Sciences at the University of Oxford and obtained an MPhil in Management from the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.

Sector Specialisation – Healthcare, Manufacturing and Light Engineering

Philip Van Overberghe - Managing Director, Advisory and Placement

Philip is a Managing Director in EPE's Advisory and Placement business.  Before joining EPE in 2019, Philip spent 6 years in capital raising and advisory roles,  covering pan-European institutional investors and consultants at Credit Suisse and as partner at an emerging hedge fund manager.  Prior to that, he gained over 10 years’ experience managing alternative and multi-asset portfolios at Cambridge Associates and Merrill Lynch. Philip began his career in Mergers & Acquisitions at Merrill Lynch, and also worked as a management consultant at Bain & Co. He holds a MBA from the Sloan School of Management at M.I.T., and a MSc. in Finance from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management. He speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch.

Sector Specialisation - Capital Raising & Placement

Ian Williams - Managing Director

Ian previously worked at Lyceum Capital Partners before joining EPE. Whilst at Lyceum Capital Partners, he was responsible for deal origination and engagement, with a primary focus on the business services and software sectors, as well as financial services, education and health sectors. Prior to Lyceum, Ian was a Director at Arbuthnot Securities, involved in transactions including IPOs, secondary fund raisings and M&A, focusing on the support services, healthcare, transport & IT sectors. Ian started his career at Hambros Bank, where he spent 6 years in the M&A team. Ian read Politics and Economics at the University of Bristol.

Sector Specialisation – Financial Services, Business Services, Software, Healthcare, Education

Rebecca Curran - Vice-President, Talent

Rebecca is VP Talent at EPE. She has a background in talent management consulting and inhouse HR. She was most recently at global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills as HR Project Manager, having worked previously in the Leadership Consulting practice of Heidrick & Struggles and at CEB SHL where she worked on shaping and delivering talent acquisition, talent mobility and organisational development solutions for clients. Her early career was spent in Executive Search at Heidrick & Struggles focusing on inhouse Legal, Risk and Compliance roles. Rebecca read English Literature at the University of York.

Dan Murray - Vice-President

Dan is a Vice President at EPE. Prior to joining EPE, he worked in the Corporate Finance department of Peel Hunt. Dan has a Masters in Mathematics from Cambridge University. 

Chris Cody - Associate

Chris is an Associate at EPE. Prior to EPE, Chris worked at Alchemy Special Opportunities and Ernst & Young in the Valuation, Business Modelling and Quantitative Advisory team. Chris read Physics at Oxford University and is a Chartered Accountant.

Giles Norris - Associate

Giles is an Associate at EPE. Prior to joining EPE, Giles completed an internship with Quayle Munro in London. Giles read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford.

Fergus Bentley - Executive

Fergus is an Executive at EPE. Prior to joining EPE, he completed an internship with Bowmark Capital in London. Fergus read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford.

Justin Hubbard - Executive

Justin is an Executive at EPE. Prior to joining EPE, he worked at LINUS Digital Finance, Stirling Infrastructure Partners, Burnbrae and Credit Mutuel. Justin has a Masters in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford and has completed the CFA Level 3 examination.

Edward Keen - Executive

Edward is an Executive at EPE. Prior to joining EPE, he completed a scholarship at Deloitte within the Corporate Finance team in Leeds and the Corporate Tax team in Manchester and an internship at Freshfields within the PE-backed M&A team in London. Edward read Law at the University of Cambridge.

Kunal Sharma - Senior Investment Analyst

Kunal is a Senior Investment Analyst at EPE. Prior to joining EPE, he worked with BNY Mellon. Kunal has a Masters in Finance from Trinity College Dublin and has completed the CFA Level 3 examination.

Prakul Agarwal - Investment Analyst

Prakul Agarwal is an Investment Analyst at EPE. Prior to EPE, Prakul worked at Genpact as a Business Analyst covering the Healthcare sector. He has completed CFA Level II, is a certified Company Secretary and has a Bachelor of Commerce from Delhi University.

Jivesh Choudhary - Investment Analyst

Jivesh is an Investment Analyst at EPE. Prior to joining EPE, he worked as a Business Analyst in Genpact. Jivesh has a Bachelor of Commerce from Delhi University and is a CFA Level 2 candidate.

Sanyam Dhingra - Investment Analyst

Sanyam is an Investment Analyst at EPE. Prior to joining EPE, he worked in the Corporate Finance and Audit division of KPMG. Sanyam has a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Delhi University and has also completed the CFA Level 3 examination. 

Pollyanna Johns - Personal Assistant

Prior to joining EPE, Pollyanna worked as a PA to both directors of interior design company Turner Pocock, and as an events planner before that. Pollyanna read History at the University of East Anglia.