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The EVCA appoints Michael Collins as Public Affairs Director

24 Jan 2013

The European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (EVCA) has appointed Michael Collins as Public Affairs Director.

Michael will direct the EVCA's political advocacy and regulatory affairs strategy, taking responsibility for all policy areas affecting the European private equity and venture capital industry and heading up the association’s policy department.

He will develop the EVCA's long-term public affairs vision, coordinate advocacy work with associated organisations and ensure that the EVCA maintains its effective engagement with EU and national stakeholders in high-level policy discussions.

EVCA Secretary-General Dörte Höppner said: "The EVCA was founded 30 years ago to promote and sustain the private equity and venture capital industry and political advocacy has always played a central role in our work.

"Michael's wealth of experience and expertise will allow the EVCA to speak for private equity and venture capital in Europe with an even stronger voice. We are delighted to have him on board."

EVCA Chairman Vincenzo Morelli said: "Michael's appointment will ensure the EVCA is in a strong position to act on the wide range of European policy files which are impacting the private equity industry, our investors and ultimately the European economy.

"Michael will prove invaluable to our work on the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, the European Venture Capital Funds Regulation, the IORP Directive and Solvency II to name but a few. He will continue our constructive engagement with policymakers, to ensure that private equity, as a long-term asset class that provides benefits to investors, companies and employees, is able to thrive in Europe."

Michael said: "I am excited to be joining the EVCA at this crucial time for the industry, as it becomes regulated for the first time at EU level through the AIFM Directive. Private equity has a vital role to play in stimulating economic growth in Europe and I look forward to bringing my financial policy experience to bear in supporting the private equity industry."

Michael will join the EVCA on 6 April 2013 from Citibank, where he is currently Managing Director of European Government Affairs.

A graduate of Wadham College, Oxford, he was Financial Counsellor and Head of the Ecofin Section at the UK Permanent Representation in Brussels for four years before moving to Citibank in 2010.

Michael spent five years at HM Treasury in London before earlier positions with the UK Permanent Representation and the Scottish Office in Edinburgh.

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