Our firm

Quadrivium is an executive-centric, private equity-focused financial advisory firm specializing in management buy-in and buy-out transactions.

We partner with accomplished industry executives to create turn-key private equity investment opportunities designed to deliver superior returns for investors and to maximize career and co-investment opportunities for our executive clients.

In addition to acting as the conduit between private equity firms and senior executives, we also offer a wide range of comprehensive advisory and coaching services to executives interested in private equity.

The origin of our name

“Quadrivium”, Latin in origin, means “the place where four roads meet”. The four roads in our context are (1) the right executive, (2) the right financial sponsor, (3) the right target company, and (4) the right time. Our advisory service aims at bringing these four components together (i.e. they form the Quadrivium), so that a transaction can be completed to the benefit of all stakeholders involved.

Our team

Quadrivium Advisors is a small team of professionals with diverse finance, operating and consulting experiences led by Lars Hamkens.

Lars Hamkens

Prior to founding Quadrivium Advisors in 2009, Lars was a Managing Director at Blackmore Partners, a Chicago-based M&A advisory boutique he co-founded in 2006. Earlier in his career, he was a Chief Financial Officer at several firms. He also worked at Arthur Andersen, an international accounting firm, from 1993 - 2001. Lars’ work experience spans over various countries, including Canada, Germany, France and the U.S.

Lars holds an honors degree from the European Business School near Frankfurt, Germany, in finance and business administration. His international business program also included terms at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA and the Paris Business School in Paris, France. 


Advisory Board

Quadrivium's team is supported by an active advisory board consisting of high-calibre senior executives with diverse industry experience. Current advisory board members include:

Guy Manuel - Guy is the President & CEO of Stephenson's Rental Services Inc., an equipment rental service company located in Mississauga, ON and majority-owned by EdgeStone Capital Partners

Roch Lambert - After spending over 15 years with Bombardier/BRP, Roch has recently accepted the position of President of Project Boat Holding's (owned by Platinum Equity) recreational boat division, located in Cadillac, MI. In addition to his involvement with Quadrivium, Roch is a member of the advisory board of Wisconsin-based Husco International.

Frank Graves - Frank was previously the EVP/COO of several multinational pulp and paper producers, such as Tembec International and Russia-based ILIM Pulp Enterprises. He now serves on various public and private company boards, including Sweden-based Ekman & Co. AB.

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