Northleaf makes legal hire

Matt Murphy has been appointed legal counsel in the private equity firm’s Toronto office.

Northleaf Capital Partners has appointed a legal counsel in its Toronto headquarters, according to a statement.

The firm, which is returning to market this year to raise capital for its sophomore secondaries fund, hired Matt Murphy who will advise on its private markets investments.

Murphy will work with deal teams and external legal counsel to review, structure and complete investments and will also be involved in Northleaf’s investor relations, business development and fund formation activities, as well as compliance and corporate matters.

He was most recently an associate at Torys, a North America-focused commercial law firm. There he advised on private equity transactions and fund formation matters.

Northleaf has added a number of staff in recent months, including associates in its infrastructure and private credit teams.

The firm plans to launch Northleaf Secondary Partners II as well as its seventh global private equity fund, Northleaf Private Equity Investors VII, according to its 2016 Year in Review, published in mid-February.

It made 30 investments across its private equity platform last year.

The series of hires rounds off a busy first quarter for Northleaf, which held a final close on its Infrastructure Capital Partners II on $950 million.