Investment across Europe covers a wide range of fund sizes and fund focus. From single sector funds to multi-asset managers, public sector investors to family offices, our retained search and recruitment consultants are talking to people in these roles, all day and every day. Our investment team led by the director of the DACH region, Rupert Bell, brings connections and networks, market mapping and detailed research to every mandate.

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Investment placements in Europe in the last 12 months


Senior searches


Female placements


Open Investment roles in Europe


Building your future

Securing partners, directors, sector heads, and team leads at the senior search level necessitates a profound understanding of the market, familiarity with the culture and focus of each fund, and insight into the factors influencing personnel change.

Our experts have the insight to make the connections that bring the value-add to each search.

The key to a successful mid-level search is understanding who might be open to moving funds, which funds are in change mode and how culture differs between organizations. 

Armed with this knowledge, our mid-level search team can pinpoint likely movers from the detailed market maps our research team maintains.

Successful Associate & Analyst recruitment requires detailed market maps of the main candidate pools, efficient reach out and critically existing relationships of trust with target individuals.  

Our research team has been building this network among the student bodies and tracking candidates through their first jobs in banking and consulting, giving us unrivalled access to top talent when they join the investment industry.

Client Story

A well-established alternative investment group with multiple fund strategies in several international markets came to us to extend its successful equity business into the DACH market

We successfully placed an experienced private equity investor from our international network to lead this geographic expansion.

Established private equity buy-out firm

We were mandated to find a skilled Investment Manager for one of Europe’s best-established private equity buy-out firms with a superb track record of over 50 years in management buy-outs throughout Europe.

A French small-cap fund was looking to expand in DACH

They contacted us to learn more about the region’s investors, advisors, and subsequent candidate pool. After opting for Zurich, they mandated us to recruit a local Partner to establish and launch the fund locally. We ended up placing 2 experienced professionals who complement each other well in terms of culture, experience and expertise.

A successful entrepreneur had established a family office following the sale of their business

They asked PER to identify a new CEO to lead this to enable them to pursue other interests, while their investments are managed professionally.  Key criteria were broad investment management experience across different asset classes, clear leadership skills and the ability to work effectively with a hands-on, entrepreneurial owner. In the end, the soft skills were every bit as important as the hard ones, finding a match of technical skills, ambition and governance.

We worked with an internationally successful large-cap fund

They were looking for an accomplished Investment Professional with experience from a similar set-up. To encourage more exchange between the fund and the candidates, we organised a networking event, with a diverse shortlist of attendees containing candidates of that background. The role was filled by an extremely talented individual, who was convinced due to the team fit they established during the event.

A growing mid-market private equity and debt investor was looking for talented senior-level PE professionals to support in executing their next equity vehicle

We presented many good candidates, but the client liked the successful candidate from the start and was very committed and motivated to bring him on board. This search called for a thorough understanding of the client’s needs and team culture.

PER ran an extensive search to recruit an experienced Investment Director for a top quartile European mid cap buyout firm

They wanted to add capacity as they stepped up their deployment in the German speaking market. Drawing on all of our network built over more than 10 years, we presented the right candidate, demonstrating not just a deep execution record, but a cultural match to the firm’s values and ambitions.

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