LDC grows Yorkshire team with two hires

New recruits pictured are Sophie Isaacs, second from right, and Ana-Marie Garaba, fourth from right, with Dan Smith third from right

Mid-market private equity firm LDC has expanded its team in Leeds with the appointments of Sophie Isaacs as Origination Manager and Ana-Maria Garaba as Investment Manager.

Sophie joins from BGF, where she spent three years as an investor supporting the firm with its origination, investment and portfolio management activities. Prior to that, she was a Corporate Finance Manager at Deloitte where she worked on LDC’s investment in leading technology platform NBS.

Ana-Maria has worked for Lloyds Banking Group for five years, most recently as an Associate Director in the Group’s Strategic Debt Finance team. Before joining that team, Ana-Maria was on Lloyds Banking Group’s Emerging Leadership Programme where she focused on mid-market commercial banking.

The appointments follow a busy 12 months for LDC’s team in Yorkshire, which completed transactions with a combined value of more than £475million in 2021. This includes the firm’s investment in leading manufacturer of electronic security products and services Texecom, and its exits of steel framing provider Sigmat and pest control product manufacturer Pelsis.

Looking ahead, Sophie and Ana-Maria will help the team to increase its support for mid-market businesses across the region. The private equity firm recently committed to investing in at least 100 SMEs nationally over the next five years.

Dan Smith, partner and head of LDC in Yorkshire, said: “We are actively looking to support more business leaders across Yorkshire and are excited to welcome Sophie and Ana-Maria to our growing team. Between them, they bring a suite of skills and experience that will help us to deliver on our commitment to back more management teams to realise their ambitious growth plans.”

To date, LDC has invested more than £700m to help more than 70 management teams across the Yorkshire and North East to grow their businesses.

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