|This article relies on references to primary sources. (September 2009)|
Europa Partners Limited is a London-based investment bank registered with the Financial Services Authority of the United Kingdom ("FSA"). The firm has around twenty partners and provides mergers and acquisitions and fund-raising advice to corporations and private equity firms. It is authorised to do business throughout the European Union (source: FSA website).
Europa Partners was founded in 2000 by former Warburg Dillon Read managing director, David von Simson, and his fellow managing partner, Paul Zisman, who both still run the firm. The firm prides itself on its independence, and cites being wholly owned by its partners as being vital to the culture. First registered with the Securities and Futures Association in 2001, it embarked on an aggressive recruitment campaign in 2004, and attracted a number of partners from major investment banks, whose biographies are on the firm's website.
Industry and Geographic Specialisations
The firm appears to cover a number of industries, although individual partners appear to specialise within narrow industry verticals. Whilst predominantly London based, the firm's activities cover Europe as a whole, in addition to Latin America, with partners being of several nationalities and based in locations as diverse as Peru and Prague (source: company website). It is not known whether overseas activities are conducted by the London based firm or by other entities of the group.