Alantra strengthens its Private Debt team as part of its diversification and growth ambitions

Date 20 April 2022

Type Alternative Asset Management

Alternative Asset Management

  • Alantra has reinforced its Private Debt practice with the addition, among others, of Alberto Pierotti and Jean-Philippe Lantrade as Managing Directors. They bring more than 20 and 15 years of experience to the role, respectively.
  • These hirings respond to Alantra’s growth strategy of diversifying and internationalising its asset management business.
  • In 2021, the private debt team closed nine transactions and invested more than €150m in its three investment strategies: corporate debt, real estate debt, and special opportunities.

Madrid – Alantra, the independent global mid-market investment banking and asset management firm, is pleased to announce the reinforcement of its Private Debt team with the hiring of Alberto Pierotti (Managing Director) and Jean-Philippe Lantrade (Managing Director), who together with the recent appointments of Alfonso Sousa (Director) and Carlos Pulido (Associate), will further support the growth plans of the private debt team and its internationalisation. Alantra Private Debt results during 2021 consolidated its position as one of the leading providers of alternative credit for mid-sized companies in Iberia.

Alberto Pierotti joins to develop the private debt business in Italy. His most recent experience includes stints at Seaport Global and Avenue Capital, where he spent 11 years as a Managing Director in the European team, focusing on public and private credit across multiple industries and Western European jurisdictions. During the last few years of his tenure at Avenue Capital, Alberto was based in Milan.

Jean-Philippe Lantrade joins from Be-Spoke Capital, a Madrid-based direct lending platform where he helped originate and fund more than 50 family-owned middle-market companies across Spain. Prior to Be-Spoke, Jean-Philippe was a partner and investment manager at BlueCrest Capital in London, managing a portfolio of private equity and private debt positions invested in illiquid power&mining assets in Emerging Markets. His experience also includes stints at Hanover Investors (activist equity fund) and Credit Suisse in their Financial Sponsors team based in London.

With them, Alantra has incorporated Alfonso Sousa (Director) joining from Avenue Capital where he spent six years and Carlos Pulido (Associate), from Sherpa Capital, to strengthen the team.

2021, a record year for Alantra’s Private Debt team

Alantra continued its solid investment activity in 2021, having closed nine investments during the year.

Alantra’s second corporate debt fund deployed more than €100m in 2021, closing five transactions in Spain and one in Germany, diversified by sector (food, health, industrial, insurance brokerage and digital marketing). On top of this, the team also closed two deals for the real estate debt fund (a hotel and a logistic asset).

“The firm keeps investing in its Alternative Asset Management division by attracting highly-talented professionals as part of its objective of developing a fully-fledged service offering for its clients, not only in Iberia but also in other European countries”, said Luis Felipe Castellanos, Managing Partner of Alantra.

In private debt, Alantra manages more than €820m of AUMs through its direct investment business and strategic holdings.