Colony Capital hires Goldman Sachs banker to build European business

Colony Capital hires Goldman Sachs banker to build European business

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Infrastructure investment company Colony Capital has hired Latifa Tefridj-Gaillard from Goldman Sachs to develop its European presence.

Tefridj-Gaillard (pictured) will be managing director and head of Europe capital formation for Digital Colony, the group’s global digital infrastructure investment arm.

In a post on LinkedIn, she paid tribute to Marc Ganzi, Colony Capital’s head. “Thank you Marc. I am very excited to join the Digital Colony family and I am looking forward to expanding our footprint in Europe.”

She has spent more than 16 years in London at Goldmans following degrees in business administration and in banking, finance and insurance. She speaks fluent Arabic and French as well as English.

Kevin Smithen, Colony Capital and Digital Colony’s global head of strategy and capital formation, said: “Latifa has an outstanding track record of developing and cultivating strong relationships with investors in Europe and focusing on new ideas and solutions, shaped by distinct market opportunities. Her insight and expertise across equity and debt capital markets will help us continue to further develop Digital Colony’s regional presence and network of partners.”

Digital Colony’s portfolio includes telecoms company Zayo, tower companies Highline do Brasil, Mexico Tower Partners and Vertical Connect, plus small cell operators ExteNet in North America and FreshWave in the UK.

The company said that Tefridj-Gaillard will be responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships within the European investment community and focus on advancing Digital Colony’s strategy in the region.

The company said she “brings over a decade of experience in investor relations, capital formation and financial services to Colony Capital”. At Goldman Sachs “she successfully led a number of European transactions with a superior understanding of products and markets across asset classes”.

At the bank, she “assisted and managed the formation of over $40 billion in funds across the capital structure, including over $5 billion for private debt strategies”.