Stanford Search Opens its Doors

November 15, 2018 – An array of new recruiting firms have launched around the world this year. The latest: London-based boutique firm Stanford Search has been founded by Jake Tapsell in partnership with Recruitment Entrepreneur.

The new firm will be working on front-office positions across private equity, investment banking and broader alternative investments.

Stanford Search is designed to identify and engage with top talent from analyst to senior board level hires in partnership with clients in the U.K., U.S. and across Europe.

“I chose to partner with Recruitment Entrepreneur because they’ve created a platform that enables Stanford Search to compete alongside more established search firms,” said Mr. Tapsell. “It facilitates me in fast-tracking the business to become the best version of itself from the very beginning, with no fundamental resources or support lacking. With input from seasoned experts, alongside my vision, I’m very much looking forward to Stanford Search becoming the leading premier supplier of talent within for investment banks and investment institutions, globally.”

Growing Portfolio

“We’re looking forward to working with someone as dedicated and accomplished as Jake,” said James Caan, chairman of Recruitment Entrepreneur. “His substantial experience in the recruitment sector and global focus make him a promising addition to a rapidly growing portfolio.”

Mr. Tapsell most recently served as manager of corporate finance and alternative investments at Charles Levick Limited, an independent financial recruitment firm serving banking, finance, software houses and professional services organizations. There he built a strong network among reputable boutiques, mid-sized entities and the larger industry figures. Before that, he served in various roles with Altus Partner and PageGroup.

At Stanford Search, Mr. Tapsell said he intends to capitalize on the current global surge in activity within private equity and corporate finance markets to encourage “a recruitment without borders” approach.

“Present opportunities within investment and M&A are vast and as a result Jake has been fortunate to partner with innovative, high growth investment vehicles, as well as leading elite investment banks which have worked on several of the most notable transactions in recent years,” Recruitment Entrepreneur said in a release. “In the evolving investment landscape it’s extremely helpful to be able to partner with clients and educate them on strategically identifying talent, which increasingly comes from fields previously overlooked.”

“It’s always exciting to launch a new business,” said Abid Hamid, CEO of Recruitment Entrepreneur. “What we see in Jake is a natural leader with a clear vision for Stanford Search and we’re looking forward to supporting him in achieving it.”

Recruitment Entrepreneur invests in early to mid-size recruitment start-ups. The organization has invested in 27 founders, across 22 global office locations, enabling them to launch and scale businesses. Mr. Caan founded Recruitment Entrepreneur in 2014 and plays a close role in shaping each business within its portfolio. He has been in recruitment for over 30 years and invests in recruitment companies of all sizes across various geographies and sectors. Alexander Mann, his first recruitment business, sold in 2013 for £260 million. His second recruitment venture, Humana International, grew to 140 offices across 30 countries. With 3 million followers, Mr. Caan was named LinkedIn’s second most influential voice of 2017.

Open for Business

Over the past year new recruiting firms have put out shingles around the world in a wide range of industries. Here’s a look at a recent sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Apotheker Search & Advisory, an executive search and advisory firm specializing in the life sciences industry, recently opened for business in New York City. Suzana Farah Rahman serves as the firm’s managing director. Apotheker’s primary fields of focus include but are not limited to biotech, diagnostics, medical device, pharmaceutical, and venture-capital / private equity funds.

Former DHR International recruiters Tina Winner and Steven Oberhoffer have launched Winner Partners in St. Petersburg, FL. Ms. Winner has experience in the fields of human resources, information technology, finance, accounting, engineering, operations, sales and marketing and supply chain.

City Executive Search has been launched in the U.K. by Mike Lee, Dale Williams and Duncan Powell. The firm provides executive search services to organizations in a range of sectors including financial services, information technology, fintech, human resources, sales and marketing.

FIND Executive Consulting recently opened its doors in New York City. The firm was launched by former Martens & Heads! search consultants Kate Benson, Theresa Fuchs-Santiago and Jennifer Puckett. FIND’s industry focus spans the worlds of fashion, beauty, retail, luxury and lifestyle.

Wealth management industry veteran Michael Brody, along with KDS Strategic Search, announced the establishment of Fiduciary Search Group (FSG), a recruiting, placement and search firm offering a new model designed to provide fiduciary representation for premier wealth managers, RIAs and small to mid-sized broker dealers.

Flashlight Partners, an executive recruitment firm based in Carmel, IN, has opened for business. “I believe that one should live intentionally and not vicariously,” said founder and CEO Laura Latham in a recent interview. “For me, being intentional meant starting a company where values and relationships mattered more than business transactions.”

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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