13 June 2019
YFM Equity Partners (YFM) has today announced the appointment of Helen Villiers as Investment Manager. Based in the London office, Helen will be focussing on supporting YFM’s new investment activity, working with the existing team to deploy funds into growing businesses at points of transformational change.
Helen’s appointment comes at a time of significant activity for YFM, with investments in The Protein Works from its Buyout Fund 1, marking the eighth investment from the fund, as well as recent scale up capital investments in Frescobol Carioca, Elucidat, Wooshi and Tonkotsu from its two advised VCTs.
Helen, a qualified chartered accountant, joins from Grant Thornton’s Corporate Finance team in London, where she worked closely with management teams and entrepreneurs on a range of transactions, primarily in the Human Capital and TMT sectors.
Colin Granger, Partner at YFM said: “Helen is an important addition to the team at YFM. We are experiencing increasing levels of opportunity to provide funding to UK based companies, particularly in our core investment range of £2-10m. Helen’s experience in the market will be invaluable as we look to scale further in the future.”
Helen Villiers added: “I am delighted to be joining YFM at an exciting time and I’m looking forward to working with the YFM team to meet interesting businesses and ultimately to back dynamic, ambitious founders, entrepreneurs and management teams to transform and grow their companies.”