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Merrick McKay
Head of Europe – Private Equity at Aberdeen Standard Investments


Merrick joined SL Capital, now part of Aberdeen Standard Investments (“ASI”), in 2014 and is based in the Edinburgh and London offices. ASI’s European Private Equity business, with over €8bn AuM, encompasses primary and secondary fund investments and co-investment activities undertaken by a team of over 30 investment professionals. Merrick is Head of Europe and a member of the ASI Private Equity Investment Committee.

An Australian, Merrick has over 25 years’ experience in the European private equity industry. Prior to joining ASI, Merrick was Head of European Investments and Senior Partner of Macquarie’s Private Markets division. Previous roles include 13 years as a Partner and Investment Committee member of Primary Capital (the London-based, lower mid-market private equity firm) where he was responsible for leading, originating and managing numerous private equity investments in the UK. Merrick holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Queensland.

Merrick is a regular speaker at private equity conferences, and is a member of Invest Europe’s Limited Partner Council.

Agenda Sessions

  • LP/GP Debate: Lies, damned lies and private equity performance

  • European mid-market: expanding strategies by specialising in various ways to seek sustainable competitive advantage