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Chris Collins

Chris qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers and Lybrand Deloitte (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in 1990, spent two years in the group finance department of Dixons Group and joined Electra in 1996 from the corporate finance and advisory department of Ernst & Young.

Following the failed 3i bid for Electra Investment Trust in 2000, he helped to raise and invest the first European buyout fund (€ 1bn) for Electra Partners Europe.

In 2005 Electra Partners Europe raised its second buyout fund (€ 1.25bn), completed its separation from Electra Partners and formed a new partnership, Cognetas LLP, of which Chris was one of the founder partners.

Whilst at Electra and Cognetas Chris played a significant role in over a dozen transactions, including the buyouts of Premium Credit, Allflex, Capital Safety Group, Aspen Hospitals, Bezier, Danoptra, Ashbourne Healthcare, Covenant and Novus Leisure.

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