The Valence Group Appoints Paul Lakind as Chief Administrative Officer

The Valence Group, a specialist M&A boutique offering advisory services to companies and investors exclusively in the chemicals, materials and related sectors, today announced that Paul Lakind has been appointed Chief Administrative Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Lakind, who will be based in New York, will help support the international expansion and overall growth of Valence.

Mr. Lakind has extensive experience in growing and overseeing company operating initiatives. In his role at Valence, he will be responsible for Valences compliance, recruitment, human resources, IT, finance, legal, marketing and general firm management. Prior to joining Valence, Mr. Lakinds previous leadership roles included serving as Chief Operating Officer of Credit Agricole Cheuvreux, a leading broker-dealer, as well as Chief Operating Officer of EDGE Services, an IT consulting firm. Mr. Lakind has also served as Chief Operating Officer of a number of U.S. retail banks, including the private bank of the United States Senate and United States Supreme Court.

Pauls appointment is another important milestone marking our growth as one of the leading strategic advisors to the chemicals, materials and related industry sectors, said Telly Zachariades, Partner. Pauls deep and broad experience in managing organizations will play an instrumental role in creating the proper infrastructure for the continued development of our global advisory platform.

Mr. Lakind, 41, holds an MBA and a BA in Economics and Religion from Rutgers University. He has also taught Global IT Strategy and Global Marketing Strategy in the Global MBA Program at Kean University.

About The Valence Group

The Valence Group is a specialist M&A boutique offering advisory services exclusively to companies and investors in the chemicals, materials and related sectors. The firm has developed broad and deep transactional expertise: sell-side, buy-side, joint venture, private companies, public offers, corporate carve-outs, LBOs and management buy-outs. The founders and senior members of The Valence Group have worked together for between 10 and 15 years and collectively have more than 100 years of transactional experience gleaned both at major investment banks and within chemical companies. The firms offices are located in London, New York and Shanghai.