Edmund Lazarus is a dedicated professional in the Private Equity industry based in London. He founded EMK capital in 2004 and currently serves as a managing partner at the firm.
Before stepping into the professional world Mr. Lazarus studied at the University of Oxford. Located in Oxford, England the school is the oldest school in the english-speaking world and the second oldest in the entire world. While attending school at Oxford Edmund pursued a master’s degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. He graduated from the University in 1989.
After graduation Edmund began his career as a strategy consultant for Bain and Company. He then moved onto a position with S.G. Warburg as an M&A and corporate finance advisor. After some time at S.G Warburg, he moved into the same position at Merrill Lynch. Edmund got his first experience in the private equity industry with the company Morgan Stanley Private Equity. He served as a member of the global investment committee.
Edmund Lazarus truly enjoyed private equity, so he decided to be a founder of his own company. In 2002, he started Bregal Capital; after 7 years, he became a managing partner in 2009. During his tenure at the private equity firm, Edmund was considered a valuable asset in the office. He led 15 investments and approximately £900 million of investment at cost. From here Mr. Lazarus decided to spin out from Bregal (with their full support) and found EMK Capital. Since its beginnings EMK Capital has steadily grown. In 2017 alone the company raised its first £575m fund rapidly from some of the most experienced and prestigious limited partner investors in the private equity industry.
Edmund has a great passion and commitment to public service. From 1992 – 2002 he served on the Westminster Council as the Chairman of Finance and Deputy Leader. He was nominated by the Mayor of London to serve as the Chairman of Finance of the London Development Agency from 2008 to 2012 and as Chairman of the London Green Fund from 2012 to 2016. He was also elected president of the Oxford Union in 1989.
About EMK Capital
EMK Capital has a specific phrase behind the letters “EMK”: Enterprise, Management, and Knowledge. It’s through this motto and entrepreneurial decision making that the company strives to provide the best growth for investee companies. EMK Capital takes pride in its commitment to gaining deep knowledge of the sub-sectors targeted for investment and investment in portfolio company management. Edmund Lazarus and his team take responsible investing seriously. They always look to achieve high standards of ESG or Environmental, Social, and Governance throughout all parts of their portfolio. EMK firmly believes that “improving ESG performance in our portfolio companies will lead to enhanced value creation by helping to capture opportunity and avoid risks that occur at the intersection of sustainability and commerciality.”
Edmund Lazarus thinks that EMK is set apart from other mid-market competitors because of sustained high investment returns driven by growth. Over 27 track record investments (deploying £1.2 billion at cost), EMK’s team has delivered four times multiple of cost with performance primarily driven driven by growth. Personally, Mr. Lazarus enjoys “deep participation in developing the strategies, actions, and leadership development needed to deliver the growth rates we target.”
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