Investment consultancy Bfinance has hired RPMI Railpen's Sweta Chattopadhyay as director of private markets to head its equity advisory practice.
She joined the firm on 20 August, leaving the £27bn UK Railways Pension Scheme where she was a senior investment manager and responsible for leading private equity and debt investments since 2016.
Her responsibilities at Bfinance include manager search and selection, direct and co-investment advisory, portfolio strategy and design, and monitoring solutions.
The firm's head of private markets Peter Hobbs said the appointment represents an important and timely addition to the Bfinance team: "Having been an institutional investor for most of her career, she brings valuable perspective on building/managing portfolios as well as sourcing and executing transactions."
Chattopadhyay added: "I am delighted to be joining Bfinance as the firm grows its client base and capabilities within private markets. I look forward to developing and broadening our private equity services, including providing greater support on direct and co-investments.
"As a former LP [private equity investor], the Bfinance philosophy of empowering asset owners was hugely attractive to me, as was the collaborative and aligned way in which the firm works with clients."
Chattopadhyay was previously a vice president at Swiss asset manager Adveq Management AG from 2014 to 2016. Prior to that, she worked on the private equity investments team for the Universities Superannuation Scheme for three years, having launched her career in 2006 as a merger and acquisitions analyst at Dutch bank ABN AMRO.
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