Alantra reorganizes its Investment Banking division to accelerate global growth ambitions

Date 27 March 2023

Type Press Releases

  • The Firm announces the appointment of Miguel Hernandez as CEO of Investment Banking, based in London, and of Andy Currie and Franck Portais as Co-Chairmen
  • In Germany, Jan Caspar Hoffmann has joined the Firm as CEO and Managing Partner of Alantra Germany to develop Alantra’s Frankfurt office into one of the Firm’s key international hubs, next to London, Paris, and Madrid
  • The Firm has also promoted Philipp Krohn to CEO of Alantra in the US, based in New York and Boston, and Javier García-Palencia to CEO of Alantra Investment Banking in Spain
  • These appointments are part of a series of organizational changes aimed at fostering stronger integration and offering further value-accretive specialized services within Alantra’s Investment Banking division

London – Alantra, the independent global mid-market financial services firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Miguel Hernandez as CEO and Andy Currie and Franck Portais as Co-Chairmen of the investment banking division, among other leadership appointments across the business. These changes aim to foster stronger collaboration and offer additional and value-accretive specialized services globally with cross-functional teams, focused, among others, on Advanced Analytics & AI and the Energy Transition. This is a natural extension of Alantra’s traditional offering and symbolic of the next phase of the Firm’s evolution.

Miguel Hernández, who has been with Alantra for over 20 years, has been appointed CEO of the Firm’s Investment Banking business and will be based in London. He has an extensive track record in cross-border and Spanish M&A deals, both on the sell- and buy-side, especially in real estate, and also in the industrial and consumer sectors. In addition to his managerial responsibilities, Miguel will coordinate the coverage of large multifunds and support business generation in Spain during a transition period.

Andy Currie and Franck Portais have been appointed Co-Chairmen based in London and Paris, respectively. They have led the development of Alantra’s London and Paris offices into two of Alantra’s principal hubs. Andy led the integration of Catalyst Corporate Finance with Alantra in 2017 and focuses on the professional services and industrials sectors, as well as advising private equity, bank consortia, and other complex shareholder structures. Franck leads the Paris office and has over 20 years of experience in corporate finance, having advised entrepreneurs, families, corporate and private equity funds in France and Europe.

In Germany, Jan Caspar Hoffmann has joined Alantra as the new CEO and Managing Partner of Alantra Germany. He has 25 years of investment banking experience, having worked in leading positions across bulge bracket banks and global independent firms in Frankfurt and London (Merrill Lynch, Société Générale, Moelis & Company). Jan Caspar has also been active as an investor and advisor to predominantly technology firms regarding disposal processes and strategic partnerships.

Philipp Krohn has been promoted to CEO of Alantra USA, having been with the Firm since 2010. His last role was Partner and Head of Corporate Development. Philipp will be based in Boston and New York and lead the expansion of Alantra’s US operations from there. Javier García-Palencia has been promoted to CEO of Alantra Investment Banking Spain. He has been with Alantra since 2015 and used to be Head of Debt. Javier has over 18 years of Corporate & Investment Banking experience in New York, London, Lisbon, and Madrid. Miguel Hernández, Andy Currie, and Franck Portais said: “With the series of appointments, we have laid the ground for a new chapter of growth focused on meeting the demands of sector specialization, the digital age, and the energy transition. In the coming weeks, we will be announcing the addition of further highly reputable professionals who will bring expertise in key sectors to our Firm. We want to grow across sectors and products and continue to position ourselves in transversal themes affecting mid-sized businesses across industries. We now have a strong team across our key international hubs to deliver on these growth opportunities.”