We have investment experience across a variety of sectors and have transacted in multiple geographies. We are partners to our management teams and work closely with vendors to find the right solution for any situation.

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Elliott Nicholson

Managing Director
+44 (0) 782 463 5597

Elliott is a founding member of Longacre and responsible for its investments. Before Longacre, he was a member of H.I.G. Capital’s private equity team in London. Elliott has extensive investment experience completing a wide range of transactions in a variety of industries with a particular focus on industrials, business services and media.
Prior to H.I.G., Elliott was part of the investment banking team at J.P. Morgan Cazenove advising UK industrial clients.
Elliott graduated from University College London with a degree in Economics.


Stani Schmidt-Chiari

Managing Director
+44 (0) 77 133 151 94

Stani is a founding member of Longacre Group and responsible for its investments. He is on the board of Dycem, Taylor Hopkinson, MSS, Pura Diagnostics and Prowrap. Before Longacre Group, Stani was at H.I.G. Capital covering the UK and German speaking countries for private equity investments. Prior to that he worked at Apax Partners focusing on financial and business services companies. Stani started his career at Lehman Brothers in leveraged finance.

Stani graduated from University College London with a degree in East European Studies and Economics and holds an MBA from INSEAD. He is a native German speaker, is fluent in English and French and speaks conversational Russian.


James Moreton

+44 (0) 79 586 333 90

Prior to joining Longacre, James was a Director at Pitt Capital Partners the investment arm of Washington H. Soul Pattinson & Co Ltd (SOL.ASX), an Australian diversified investment house. In this role James led a number of private market investment strategies with a focus on financial and business services. Before joining Pitt Capital Partners, James worked in the financial institutions investment banking division of J.P. Morgan in Sydney and at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. James holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Nottingham.

Lisa Schnepp

Business Executive

Lisa is a Business Executive at Longacre and is responsible for Operational aspects. Prior to Longacre she was an Operations Consultant at Excluserv Ltd., a Chief of Staff at NobleCSS, a Cybersecurity Start-up, as well as varied other operational roles at a Service-Design Agency and Berlin Start-ups. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences Arnhem and Nijmegen.

Operating Partners

We work with outstanding industry leaders and have a deep bench of operational expertise through our Operating Partners and broader management network. We are keen to speak with high quality management candidates.

Stewart Cantley

Operating Partner

Stewart led the buy-in for Dycem allowing the existing owner manager to retire. Under his leadership the business has doubled in size and profits. Stewart started his career with large US multi-national Cummins engine company, following which he spent the last 25 years with B2B service sector and manufacturing businesses (equipment rental, washroom services, textile rental, recruitment and medical devices). He led several highly successful private equity backed businesses including Warner Howard (sold to PHS) and Laundrycraft (sold to Berendsen).

His expertise lies in management processes and structure together with increasing shareholder value through the development of international and national sales operations.

Brian Quarendon

Operating Partner

Brian is an Engineer by background with a long history in the sector starting his career with RACAL and Marconi before he became CEO of Industrial Acoustics Company a £400m turnover manufacturing business with operations across the USA and Europe. He has experience in a wide range of sectors including: Oil and Gas, Defence, Energy, Construction and Materials Handling.

Phil Hatton

Operating Partner

Phil is an experienced operational leader and has held a number of COO and senior transformational roles with PayZone, CloudXL, Barclays and Deloitte. He has a deep understanding of operational and transformational technology, development and compliance. Phil has worked extensively with Management on a number of investments, improving profitability, operational performance, and internal systems.

Simon Smith

Operating Partner

Simon is an entrepreneurial business leader focused on the technology, wholesale and distribution sector. Simon started Actebis Distribution (UK) Ltd from a green field and was part of the Management Team of Ingram Micro (UK) Ltd that turned a £650m turnover business from continual losses to profitability within 12 months. More recently, Simon completed an MBI of EET Europarts and exited to FSN Capital. Together with Longacre Group, Simon is actively looking for an acquisition in the distribution and wholesale sector.