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Stirling Square Capital Partners appoints Julien Horreard as Executive

January 2008

London – 30th January 2008: Stirling Square Capital Partners [“Stirling Square”], the pan-European private equity firm, today announced the appointment of Julien Horreard as Executive.

The appointment follows Stirling Square’s string of successful pan-European, complex mid-market transactions, including the investment and subsequent sale of Global Design Technologies in May 2007 for $343m, and the sale of Schoeller Arca Systems for €428m in July 2007. The sale of GDT was named ‘France and Benelux Deal of the Year’ at the EVCA Private Equity Awards held in Barcelona in December 2007.

From July 2004 to December 2007 Julien Horreard worked in the M&A team at UBS Investment Bank in London, where he was promoted to Associate in July 2007. There, he advised on a number of transactions including AS Watson’s $1bn cash offer on Marionnaud, the £200m sale of Cory to Montagu, the $9bn disposal of PacifiCorp by ScottishPower, the €9bn acquisition of ASF by Vinci and the €900m IPO of Rezidor.

Prior to UBS, he worked from April 2003 to June 2004 as a Junior Analyst within the Leveraged Finance team at BNP Paribas in New York, and from August 2001 to July 2002 served an internship within the Investment Banking department of JP Morgan in Paris.

Martin Calderbank, Partner, said: “I am delighted to welcome Julien Horreard to the Stirling Square team. His arrival consolidates our international capabilities, with 50% of the deal team now Francophone. Julien will be working alongside Stirling Square’s senior partners to ensure that our reputation for the successful execution of high value, complex mid-market transactions continues to be strengthened.”

Commenting on his appointment, Julien Horreard said: “I am excited to be joining Stirling Square and I look forward to working with the team to strengthen its position as one of Europe’s leading mid-market private equity investors”.

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For further information contact:

FD (for Stirling Square Capital Partners):
Nigel O’Connor, Tel: (+44) 20 7269 7105 Email: nigel.oconnor@fd.com

Stirling Square Capital Partners

Stirling Square Capital Partners is one of Europe’s leading mid-market private equity investors. SSCP seeks to invest in ‘mid-market’ firms characterised by proven business models, market leadership, high cross-border development potential and talented management teams.

SSCP targets European transactions between €50-500 million from a wide spectrum of industries and specialises in complex, cross border deals. Since inception in September 2002, the Fund has led ten leveraged acquisitions. The partners at SSCP collectively bring over 80 years of private equity experience.

www.stirlingsquare.com