Ex-Skandia Chief Joins New PE Firm Lime Tree

Jan 30 2012 | 7:58am ET

Brett Williams, the former CEO of Skandia UK and Cofunds, has joined the newly established private equity firm Lime Tree Investment Partners as a founding partner.

Williams founded the investment platform Selestia in 2001 before going on to become CEO of Skandia UK and then CEO of Cofunds.

In his new role at Lime Tree, Williams will focus on opportunities in the financial services sector, where Lime Tree’s current clients include Future Capital Partners and wealth management platform Novia Financial. Williams will also be responsible for driving Future Capital Partners’ distribution strategy.  Future Capital Partners focuses on the design and promotion of alternative investments to individuals and companies, through financial advisers.

The UK-based Lime invests in companies in the financial services, clean technology, real estate, biotechnology and entertainment sectors. The firm provides target companies access to capital, a robust support and regulatory infrastructure and advice and guidance from a network of professional advisors and non-executive directors.

Williams joins Lime Tree Founder Partner Tim Levy, Tim West and Neil Lewis. All three are also currently directors of specialist investment provider Future Capital Partners, founded by Tim Levy, and which has completed over £6 billion worth of transactions in a range of investment sectors since it was established in 2000. West was previously COO for Europe for Babcock &Brown and European COO for iShares and Lewis also held senior roles at Babcock & Brown, and spent nine years at Freshfields.

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