Silver Lake Names Christian Lucas and Joe Osnoss Co-Heads of Investment Operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa
London, UK – November 16, 2010– Silver Lake, the global leader in private investments in technology and technology-enabled industries, today announced that it has appointed Christian Lucas and Joe Osnoss as co-heads of the Silver Lake Partners’ business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Mr. Lucas and Mr. Osnoss will be responsible for sourcing, arranging and managing investments across Europe and expanding the firm’s relationships in the broader EMEA region.
Mr. Lucas joins Silver Lake from Morgan Stanley, where for the past seven years he has served as managing director and head of technology investment banking in Europe. Mr. Osnoss is a managing director of Silver Lake and has been with the firm for more than eight years, most recently in its New York office. As they assume their new leadership roles, Mr. Lucas and Mr. Osnoss will be based in London, where they will lead a team of 16 investment professionals focused exclusively on technology investing.
“Joe and Christian are talented executives with deep expertise and complementary backgrounds within the technology sector,” said Jim Davidson, Silver Lake’s co-founder and co-CEO. “Joe is a proven leader within our firm and has an exceptional investment track record in his years at Silver Lake. Christian has built and led one of Europe’s premier technology banking franchises and has an intimate understanding of the European technology industry and unique relationships throughout the sector.”
“I look forward to working with Christian Lucas, who is a respected senior professional in the European business community,” Mr. Osnoss said. “Silver Lake’s strategy is to invest in leading technology and technology-enabled franchises worldwide, and Europe is home to many of the very best companies in these sectors.” Mr. Osnoss added: “Our firm has made several exciting European investments in recent years. Christian and I will work in tandem to continue this momentum.”
“I am thrilled by the opportunity to lead Silver Lake’s European operations together with Joe Osnoss, who has a successful technology investing background at Silver Lake,” said Mr. Lucas. “Silver Lake is the preeminent global investor in technology, with an unparalleled track record based on deep industry expertise. After 18 years in technology investment banking in Europe, this promises to be an exciting next chapter, during which I look forward to further expanding Silver Lake’s presence together with Joe.”
“We are very pleased to appoint Joe and Christian as our co-heads of EMEA,” said Dave Roux, chairman and co-founder of Silver Lake. “Consistent with Silver Lake’s global strategy, our leadership team in Europe in poised to help companies grow not only by investing capital, but also by offering strategic and operational expertise and access to an unrivaled global network of relationships in the technology industry.”
Christian Lucas is joining Silver Lake as a managing director. As head of the technology group at Morgan Stanley’s investment bank, Mr. Lucas worked on a range of major capital raisings and merger and acquisition transactions in the European technology industry. He has served as an advisor to companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, Amadeus, ASM International, ASML, Autonomy, Cap Gemini, Dassault Systemes, Ericsson, Gemalto, NXP, SAP, Soitec and ST Microelectronics. Mr. Lucas earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and also has degrees from ESSEC Graduate School of Management and from ASSAS Law School, both in France.
Joe Osnoss is a managing director at Silver Lake. He is a director of Interactive Data Corporation, Mercury Payment Systems and Sabre Holdings and previously was on the board of Instinet Incorporated. Prior to joining Silver Lake, Mr. Osnoss worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs, where he focused on mergers and financings in the technology and telecommunications industries. He previously held positions at Coopers & Lybrand Consulting in France and at Bracebridge Capital, a fixed income arbitrage hedge fund. Mr. Osnoss graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College.
About Silver Lake
Silver Lake is the global leader in private investments in technology and technology-enabled industries. Silver Lake invests with the strategic and operational insights of an experienced industry participant. The firm has over 90 investment professionals located in New York, Menlo Park, San Francisco, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo and manages over $14 billion across large cap and middle market private investment strategies as well as a credit investment strategy. Its portfolio includes or has included technology industry leaders such as Allyes, Ameritrade, Avago, Avaya, Business Objects, Flextronics, Gartner, Gerson Lehrman Group, Instinet, Intelsat, Interactive Data Corporation, IPC Systems, MCI, Mercury Payment Systems, Multiplan, the NASDAQ OMX Group, NetScout, NXP, Sabre, Seagate Technology, Serena Software, Skype, Spreadtrum, SunGard Data Systems, UGS and Vantage Data Centers. For more information, please visit www.silverlake.com.