Lead Forensics

Chris works closely with management teams across the South looking to grow their business. He is responsible for identifying ambitious teams that would benefit from the support of a private equity partner and working with them throughout LDC’s investment.

He joined the LDC South team permanently in 2018, having previously worked within other LDC regional teams on secondment. Most recently, Chris led LDC’s investments into data and network security specialist Phoenix Datacom and digital transformation services provider Foundation SP, and was on the board of specialist communications technology provider Babble, working closely with the management team to execute a successful buy and build strategy before Babble’s £90m buyout in 2020.

Other LDC transactions include LDC’s investments in Aquavista, the largest operator of inland marinas in the UK, and recruitment technology provider Amberjack.

After graduating from Newcastle University, Chris spent nine years at Lloyds Banking Group in roles covering private equity, leveraged finance and restructuring. He was an Associate Director in the Group’s Acquisition Finance team for four years, where he supported mid-market private equity buyouts recapitalisations and acquisitions. Prior to this he worked in the Equity Investments team, where he worked on debt for equity conversions and other restructuring transactions during the global financial crisis.

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We know that partnering with LDC will help us to scale while remaining true to our culture and ethos.”
Simon Grosse, CEO
Foundation SP


Large Deal of the Year (sale of Babble)

Thames Valley Deals Awards

Private Equity House of the Year

Thames Valley Dealmakers Awards