Acorn Growth Companies Opens London Office

Acorn Growth Companies, a private equity firm investing exclusively in
aerospace, defense and intelligence, announced today the opening of its
London office. The new location will support the expansion of business
in Europe. Henry Gregson has been named a partner of the firm and will
lead the new location. In his role, Gregson will focus on identifying
and managing direct investment opportunities and transactions in the
European market.

“We are very pleased Henry has joined our expanding firm as a partner to
lead our efforts in the highly attractive European market,” said Rick
Nagel, Managing Partner of Acorn Growth Companies. “Henry brings
tremendous experience in private equity, delivering outstanding results
for investors. As an investor in our London-based business Aerospheres
we have had the opportunity to work with Henry over the past three years
and look forward to his role in growing our portfolio of aerospace,
defense and intelligence-focused companies in Europe.”

Gregson has spent 29 years in private equity during which he has made 25
investments, managed 29 investments, invested £881 million of equity,
and achieved an average money multiple for investors of 3.1x.

Gregson is the founder of GR Investment Partners, a firm that focuses on
investing its own and third-party money into U.K. and European
mid-market private equity transactions with enterprise values ranging
from €5 million to €200 million.

Prior to founding GR Investment Partners, Henry was managing director in
the London office of HIG European Capital Partners, a mid-market
European private equity investor; a partner at Pamplona Capital, a €1.3
billion fund based in London. He also spent several years at the private
equity arm of Royal Bank of Scotland, where he led several successful

Gregson earned an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business
Administration and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the
University of Bristol.

Acorn Growth Companies is a middle market private equity firm
focused exclusively on Aerospace & Defense. Acorn invests solely in
operating companies that strive to enhance global mobility and protect
national interests. Acorn has a formidable reputation in the industry
and is recognized for its deep understanding of the Aerospace & Defense
markets, with proprietary access to the best companies within these
sectors. With operational expertise and its ability to lead and manage
investments through variable economic and industry cycles, Acorn works
in tandem with management to build its portfolio companies into
significant market leaders.

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