Chris Coles


Chris is a Partner based in the London office of Actis. As part of the Actis senior leadership team, Chris is the firm’s Chief Operating Officer, with management responsibility for the organisation’s support functions. In addition, Chris sits on the firm’s Investment Committees for private equity, energy and real estate and sits on the Executive Committee.

Prior to joining Actis in 2008, Chris spent 12 months on sabbatical from a career in investment banking, completing a Master’s degree in International Development. He had spent the previous 11 years as a Managing Director at Barclays Capital in London, where he founded the firm’s leveraged finance business and served on the firm’s Management Committee from 2002. Prior to joining Barclays Capital, he was a Director of SG Warburg and was also Group Treasurer of WPP Group plc in the early 1990s.

He began his career in US commercial banking and is a graduate of Oxford University.

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