Meet the Midlands Team of Equistone Partners Europe; the Equistone Partners Europe Team in Birmingham Includes Three Well-Known Faces on the Midlands Private Equity Scene

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Phil Griesbach Having joined the business from KPMG in 1997, Phil is a Part-t ner in the Birmingham office specialising in Support Serv-v ices. Phil continues to head up the Equistone team in the Midlands. Phil has led a number of high profile transactions, including the pounds 85 million MBO of Gardman, the UK's leading supplier of wild bird care and garden products, the pounds 251 million flotation of LSL Property Services plc, one of the UK's largest property services groups and earlier this year the sale of Femcare Group Limited to a US trade acquirer.

Who is your role model in business and why? David Grove. Without doubt he was a well respected industrialist who believed in the Midlands and the skills that remain here today. His untimely and recent death is a sad loss to the local community.

What most excites you about being a Partner in Equistone? In a market which is full of bad news, and where private equity funds are often struggling to raise new money, it is certainly exciting to be part of Equistone's future. We have a fantastic track record to raise further funds for investment but we also have a blank canvass on which to operate.

How will Equistone continue to be successful given the difficult economic outlook? We aim to have a continuity of approach which has served us so well. So don't expect us to change our focus of investing in partnership with strong management teams or our rigorous approach to understanding what makes businesses tick. That is what has driven our success over the last 20 years.

Which business sectors really interest you? We have four main areas of focus in the UK: Consumer & Travel, Specialist Engineering, Financial Services and Support Services. Having said that, we remain opportunistic to back high quality and ambitious management teams across the spectrum.

Favourite business quote? The harder you work, the luckier you get! Gary Player Catherine Wall Originally a merchant banker, Catherine joined the business in 1984. After a spell with 3i from 1989 to 1993, she rejoined to open a new regional office in 1993. A Partner in the Midlands office, Catherine has specialised in portfolio matters since 1998 and has led numerous exits, with experience across all sectors, whilst retaining particular responsibilities for MBI and non-executive candidates and management team appraisals. In September this year Catherine led the sale of FirstAssist Insurance Services to Cigna Corporation, a major USA quoted insurer. This follows the disposal of FirstAssist Services to Capita plc in 2010, which she also led.

Who is your role model in business and why? I have worked with some great chairmen but I won't name individuals.

I really admire a combination of excellent judgment, good communication, and a sense of fun. …