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Stephen Kempen

Global Head of Funds Administration


Stephen Kempen is the Global Head of Funds Administration. He is based in London having joined Apax in 2004.

Prior to joining Apax, Stephen was a senior manager in the Investment Management division at PwC LLP having previously worked at Towers Perrin.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town, a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Natal and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa. 

Living our values

"I grew up playing a lot of team sports including rugby. We were often not as strong or of the same towering physical stature as many of our opponents. Despite this, it often amazed me how a smaller, yet more cohesive and nimbler team could pull off surprising results. The frequency of these results made me realise that when everybody played their assigned role within the team it not only created a powerful dynamic but it also supercharged the potential outcome. To this day “succeed as one global team” reminds me of the impact a joined up team can have."

Contact information

+44 20 7872 6300



Stephen's Story

Stephen was attracted to the Firm over 15 years ago by the opportunity to shape a best-in-class fund operations platform. As Director of Fund Administration and various Apax group entities, he continues to enjoy working with an incredibly talented, collaborative, diverse and open-minded mix of professionals. Working in a smaller firm with talented people, and where views are encouraged, creates a unique ability for smaller teams to have an outsized positive impact. Stephen continues to enjoy the challenge of shaping new products, driving technological change and exploring how to improve the operational platform we have created.