Mid-market private equity investor, LDC, has strengthened its South West and Wales team, based in Bristol, with the appointment of a new Investment Director, Stefan Gunn.
Stefan joins LDC’s team from NatWest, bringing more than 15 years of relevant experience to the firm.
In his new role, Stefan will be responsible for identifying potential investment opportunities, leading transactions and supporting LDC’s portfolio of investment companies.
Stefan was previously a Director at NatWest’s Bristol-based Structured Finance operation, with responsibility for originating and executing transactions across the South of the UK.
Stefan started his career at Mazars, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2006. He worked for Deloitte’s Corporate Finance team and HSBC’s Corporate and Structured Banking team, advising both private and listed businesses in the mid-market, before joining RBS Group, initially establishing RBS William & Glyn’s Structured Finance operation and latterly developing and growing NatWest’s Structured Finance team and the business across the South of England.
Stefan’s appointment coincides with a period of significant growth and success for LDC in the South West and Wales, following the investment in outdoor adventure business ZipWorld, as well as the sales of Devon-headquartered traffic management specialist Amberon and fume extraction and filter technology manufacturer BOFA.
LDC has recently teamed up with The Prince’s Trust for its three-year Backing Youth Ambition initiative to support youth enterprise across the South West and Wales. The partnership aims to help over 1,200 young people across the UK explore and launch their own businesses through start-up grants and additional funding for The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme.
Commenting on the appointment, Andy Lyndon, Head of LDC in the South West & Wales said: “Stefan brings additional expertise to our team at a time when we’ve pledged to invest £1.2bn nationally over the next three years. His considerable skills and experience in identifying high quality investment opportunities will be valuable as management teams across the South West and Wales look externally for investment to back their growth plans.”
Stefan Gunn, Investment Director at LDC added: “LDC has a market leading reputation and proven track record of supporting management teams at the helm of South West & Wales businesses to create real value and scale within its portfolio. I’m thrilled to be joining LDC and look forward to contributing to its future success.”