Kostas joined Downing as a Partner in 2015. He is a member of the Downing Executive Committee and the Investment Committee and oversees the development of the private market businesses at Downing. He has more than 20 years’ experience in private markets, across a variety of sectors and investment structures. Prior to Downing, Kostas worked as a corporate finance advisor at PwC, where he advised institutions and management teams on private equity transactions, and subsequently joined the Bank of Scotland private equity team in 2006. He was then a member of the Caird Capital team that led a successful spin out of a £500 million private equity portfolio from Lloyds Banking Group in 2010. Kostas holds a degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular Genetics and is a Chartered Accountant with ICAEW.