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Stirling Square strengthens team with two Executives

February 2010

Stirling Square Capital Partners (Stirling Square), a leading pan-European private equity firm, is pleased to announce the appointments of Gideon Glassman and Enrico Biale as Executives.

Gideon Glassman joins from Fidelity Equity Partners (FEP), a $500m transatlantic mid-market fund affiliated with Fidelity, which invested in service, media and technology businesses. At FEP, Gideon covered the UK and Netherlands markets.

Prior to FEP, Gideon spent four years as a strategy consultant at Monitor Group where he worked on projects in Europe, Africa and India, across a range of sectors including industrials, consumer goods, financial services and telecommunications. He previously worked as an engineer.

Gideon holds an MBA from INSEAD in France and Singapore, and MA and MEng degrees in Engineering from Cambridge University. He speaks English, Dutch and German.

Enrico Biale’s most recent experience was working on the turnaround of Euroceanica, a London-based shipping group. Prior to that he was an associate in Goldman Sachs’ European Healthcare Group, where he worked on transactions in healthcare and pharmaceuticals. His previous experience includes Brera Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm, and Deloitte’s corporate finance team in Italy.

Enrico holds an economics degree from the University of Genoa and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He speaks English, Italian and Spanish.

Commenting on the appointments, Stefano Bonfiglio, Managing Partner, said: "We are very pleased to add new talent to our team. Both Gideon and Enrico have proven capabilities in complex, international transactions, which is exactly the experience required to succeed here. The pair will have significant roles to play at Stirling Square."

Gideon Glassman, said: "I am excited by the opportunity to build on my experience in the international mid-market. Stirling Square has a reputation for successfully delivering strong returns through their transformational, growth-focused cross-border deals. I look forward to contributing to the Stirling Square team"

Enrico Biale, said: "I was attracted to Stirling Square’s diverse international approach. I am looking forward to working for one of Europe’s leading mid-market investors at a particularly interesting time in the private equity industry."

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Notes to Editors

About Stirling Square Capital Partners

Stirling Square is one of Europe’s leading mid-market private equity investors. Stirling Square invests in firms characterised by opportunities for transformational value creation, proven business models, market leadership, high potential for cross-border development and talented management teams.

Stirling Square targets European transactions with an enterprise value from €50m to €500m, across a wide spectrum of sectors. Since its inception in September 2002, Stirling Square has led, either directly or indirectly through its controlled companies, fourteenleveraged acquisitions across a variety of sectors and international markets.

For further information contact:

Leo Wood, Financial Dynamics

Tel: + (44) 20 7269 7137