Rede taps Credit Suisse M&A veteran for chief of staff

Mark Barbour-Smith has joined the advisory firm to focus on business operations as well as people and talent management.

Rede Partners, a London-based placement agent and advisory firm, has appointed Mark Barbour-Smith as its chief of staff, according to a statement from the firm.

He will be responsible for business operations, and people and talent management, as well as developing and implementing the firm’s growth strategy in the newly created role.

“Mark’s experience will prove hugely valuable in helping the business set and realise its growth prospects,” Adam Turtle, Rede co-founder, said in the statement.

“Of equal importance, will be his ability to ensure we continue to find, retain and develop talent, as in a people business such as ours, this will be critical for maintaining success.”

Barbour-Smith joins the firm from Credit Suisse where he spent more than nine years, most recently leading M&A training and development. Prior to this, Barbour-Smith was an M&A director in London and then operations officer at HSBC in both London and New York. He began his career as a corporate lawyer at Clifford Chance.

His hire follows the appointment of Dushy Sivanithy as head of origination and due diligence in October. Sivanithy previously spent 15 years in the fund investment industry at Pantheon, Hermes and CDC Group.

Rede has become a well-known name in the secondaries market, with a particular focus on complex transactions such as stapled deals, spin-outs and fund end-of-life solutions. Its secondaries team is headed by Yalon Zafir, who joined from Paul Capital in 2014, where he was a founding member of its European operations.