CVC Capital Partners (“CVC”), a leading global private equity house is pleased to announce the appointment of Charles-Henri Filippi as Senior Advisor, with immediate effect. Mr. Filippi will be based in France and will work with CVC to develop investment opportunities in the region, as well as advising CVC’s Global Financial Institutions Team on deal generation and execution.

CVC has established itself as one of the top five Private Equity houses in both Europe and Asia with some of the largest dedicated funds in each region.

Mr. Filippi has spent over 20 years in banking, most recently as Chairman and CEO of HSBC France and Member of the Management Board of HSBC Holdings plc. Prior to this he spent several years within the French Administration and Ministry Cabinets.

Geert Duyck, a Managing Partner at CVC heading France and Belgium, said: “ We are delighted to welcome Mr Filippi to CVC, he is one of the most experienced and respected bankers in France and across Europe and he brings a wealth of experience to our team.”

Charles-Henri Filippi said: “I have met many private equity firms and CVC is a leading and global private equity firm with an unrivalled investment experience across many sectors. I believe its track record as a long term and trusted investor globally makes it very well placed for continuing to invest in France. CVC has a reputation for integrity, professionalism and execution. CVC has a very strong investment team, a value added approach towards investments and sizeable funds under management. I look forward to being part of CVC’s future development.”

In addition, Charles-Henri Filippi is the founder and CEO of ALFINA, an independent financial company specialized in Asset Management and Financial Restructuring. He will remain Chairman of HSBC France until 31 December 2008.