Cogent Partners promotes three

The Dallas-based firm has named Bernhard Engelien as a partner in London and has added two vice presidents, one in Dallas and one in New York.

Secondaries-focused private equity advisor Cogent Partners has named Bernhard Engelien, a managing director in the firm’s London office, as a partner.

The firm has also promoted Andy Nick to vice president in Dallas, and Scott Beckelman to vice president in New York.

Engelien joined Cogent in 2006 from McKinsey & Company, and focuses on advising institutional clients on secondary transactions and new business development in Europe and the Middle East. Nick joined the firm in 2008 from Citigroup, where he worked in the investment banking division, and advises institutional investors on private equity portfolio sales. Beckelman has been at Cogent since 2005, having previously worked at Landmark Partners, and advises on secondary transactions in addition to assisting with new business development activities.

Cogent acts as an intermediary in secondary transactions and provides monitoring, due diligence and valuation services.

Founded in 2001, the firm is headquartered in Dallas, with offices in New York, London and Tokyo, and has advised on more than $50 billion in private equity commitments.