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Colin S.A. Welch

Colin S.A. Welch

Partner and Managing Director

TSG Consumer Partners

Colin S.A. Welch is a Partner and Managing Director at TSG Consumer Partners, generating new investment opportunities and diligencing new business opportunities, structuring transactions and working with partner companies and focuses on transactions in the consumer sector. Prior to this, Welch was President and Chief Operating Officer of Financo, LLC and Chief Executive Officer of the firm’s London-based European operation.

Mr. Welch has many year of experience in the retail and consumer sectors, both domestically, and in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. During his investment banking career, he has closed over 100 transactions across a wide range of consumer and retail industry sub-sectors and transaction types, including private and public company sales and buy-side acquisitions, initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, leveraged buy-outs, public and private debt capital raisings in both the investment-grade and high-yield markets.

Mr. Welch was a founding member of J.P. Morgan’s dedicated retail sector coverage effort. During his tenure, this group consistently achieved #1 market share for investment banking deal volumes in the North American retail sector.

In 2006, Mr. Welch relocated to London to lead the European retail sector investment banking coverage effort at Lehman Brothers, culminating with his role as a Managing Director and Co-Head of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Retail and Consumer Investment Banking. Immediately prior to joining Financo, Mr. Welch was a Managing Director and Head of EMEA Retail and Luxury Goods Investment Banking at Credit Suisse Securities Europe. During his tenure at Credit Suisse, he built a practice that achieved #1 market share status in Europe in the retail and luxury goods sectors.

Prior to embarking on his career in investment banking, Mr. Welch held various roles at Neiman Marcus Stores. He is a past board member of The Educational Foundation of the Fashion Institute of Technology. He has authored a guest column for Retail Week Magazine and Harvard Business School Case Study #9-698-098, “Merchandising at Nine West Retail Stores.”

Mr. Welch received his Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard University Business School and his Bachelor of Business Administration, with distinction, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.