Chris is responsible for identifying management teams across the South looking to grow their business with the support of a private equity partner. Based in Reading, he works side-by-side with management throughout the investment partnership to help them realise their growth ambitions.
Chris focuses on the technology sector and since joining LDC in 2015 has led the investments in Oracle specialist DSP, cloud data business Aker Systems, e-commerce fulfilment specialist James & James, recruitment technology provider Amberjack, HR software provider CIPHR and advanced filtration specialist BOFA International. Chris has also led the successful exits of CIPHR to ECI Partners, BOFA International to Donaldson Inc and Aker Systems to Abry Partners, after supporting these businesses to deliver earnings growth of more than 70% per annum.
Chris also supported Property Software Group on its exit to Zoopla plc and played an important role in LDC’s partnership and subsequent exit of Microlease after the business expanded overseas through six complementary acquisitions, He also supported Equiom with a global buy-and-build strategy of more than 25 acquisitions which grew earnings by 400% in five years.
After qualifying as a chartered accountant in 2004 at Reed Business School, Chris previously spent 10 years as an M&A Director in Grant Thornton’s Technology sector team.
Our relationship with LDC has been extremely successful, not just in terms of financial growth, but also the development of our offering to meet the needs of our customers. The support and experience provided by Chris Baker, Alastair Weinel and the rest of the team at LDC has been invaluable.”
Mid-range Deal of Year (investment in Aker)
Thames Valley Deals Awards
Real Deals Future 40
Private Equity House of the Year
Thames Valley Dealmakers Awards
Young Dealmaker of the Year
Chris Baker – Thames Valley Deal Awards