GREENWICH, Conn., Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- General Atlantic LLC (GA), a leading global growth equity firm, today announced that David Topper, a former Vice Chairman of J. P. Morgan and leader in its capital markets group, has become a Special Advisor to the firm. Mr. Topper has nearly 30 years of capital markets and investment banking experience. He will be working closely with GA's portfolio group as well as GA's portfolio company management teams on specific projects.
Bill Ford, CEO of General Atlantic, said, "We are extremely pleased to have David join us as a Special Advisor. His extensive experience in the global capital markets will be extremely valuable to us as we work with our portfolio companies on their global growth initiatives and public market strategies."
Mr. Topper added, "General Atlantic's specific focus on providing growth capital and strategic expertise for companies worldwide has proven consistently relevant in today's global economy. I have long admired General Atlantic and I look forward to working with their global team."
Most recently, David Topper was with J. P. Morgan where he joined in 2005 as Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets (ECM). He was Chairman of ECM, Vice Chairman of Investment Banking and Chairman of the Commitments Committee. During his time at J. P. Morgan, David led many of the firm's major advisory and capital raising transactions in the financial institutions, healthcare, media and other sectors.
Prior to joining J. P. Morgan, David spent 22 years at Morgan Stanley where he served as Co-Head of U.S. Equity Capital Markets, Managing Director and Chairman of the Equity Commitment Committee from 2001-2005. Prior to that, David was responsible for equity capital markets coverage of the Media and Telecom and Financial Sponsor sectors. Before joining Equity Capital Markets, he held leadership positions in debt capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and high yield finance.
David serves on the Board of the Duke University Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Museum of New York, the Advisory Board of Common Sense Media and the Board of Directors of the Adams Memorial Foundation. He holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
General Atlantic's Special Advisor network consists of several experienced industry executives who work closely with GA's investment professionals in identifying new opportunities and providing strategic advice and guidance to GA and its portfolio companies. Founded in 1980, GA has been active globally across six sectors: financial services, healthcare, internet & technology, business services, energy & resources and emerging markets consumer. Recently announced investments include Mu Sigma (U.S.), Fourcee (India), Klarna (Europe), TenFu Tea (China) and a partnership with Grupo Suro (Latin America).
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GENERAL ATLANTIC is a leading global growth equity firm providing capital and strategic support for growth companies. GA combines a collaborative global approach, sector specific expertise, a long-term investment horizon and a deep understanding of growth drivers to partner with great management and build exceptional businesses worldwide. Established in 1980, GA manages approximately $17 billion in capital and has more than 75 investment professionals based in Greenwich, New York, Palo Alto, London, Düsseldorf, Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, Mumbai and Sao Paulo. For further information and a listing of GA's public and private portfolio companies see www.generalatlantic.com.
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