Dan McCarthy

Founder & Co-CEO

Dan founded One Search in 2006, at a time when Infrastructure was not even considered an investible asset class. He had a strong conviction that it would soon become not only investible, but highly sought after by investors around the world, and his vision was a search platform to partner with Infrastructure and Energy investment vehicles as they were built out from scratch. 

Since founding the company, Dan has had a part to play in helping create and augment many of the most notable platforms in the sector, globally. This has involved complex team lifts, as well as many first-of-kind hires, shaping new investment teams to deliver nascent strategies such as Renewables in the dim and distant past, and Decarb/NextGen today. He has personally executed searches in the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Poland, Russia, Sweden, South Africa, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Canada and of course the United States of America, where Dan now lives having opened the One Search Inc office in New York City in 2018. 

Dan is passionate about giving back, and has a particular interest in driving gender diversity in the Infrastructure investment community. As well as working in partnership with groups such as WIN to help mid-level women think about achieving their longer term career goals, Dan also conceived and set up our Young Women Into Finance Scholarship Program in 2018. The program works with young women (many of them underprivileged and without role models in the City/Wall St) from the age of 16 and guides them towards a career in Infrastructure investments, giving them mentorship and teaching them technical skills along the way. Dan is determined that a more balanced Infrastructure investment community will be his legacy at the end of his career.  

Outside of work, Dan is a proud and very involved father to his three children, with a wife and two Newfoundland dogs (70kg Stormzy and his 75kg nephew, Bear) making up the family unit.  He continues to pursue a lifelong passion for the world’s greatest football club, Manchester United, which has taught him renewed humility in recent times.

You can contact Dan at:
dan@one-search.com
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What Our Clients Say

“Over the past 10 years, we’ve had a strong partnership with One Search who helped us attract high-caliber and diverse talents in our investment teams and our investor relations team in Europe, North America and Asia. Their impact has been very significant, and we look forward to continuing this fruitful relationship for our future development plans.”

Melanie Biessy
Senior Partner and Chief Operating Officer
Antin Infrastructure Partners

“As we have built the Edmond de Rothschild AM Infrastructure Debt business since 2014, hiring top, diverse, adaptable and ambitious talent has been the key priority to provide our investors with the best investment portfolios and service.  One Search, led by the visionary Dan McCarthy, has been invaluable in this regard, working as a trusted partner and helping me, starting from scratch, to build a Franchise now consistently in the top 10 globally and growing.”

Jean-Francis Dusch
Global Head of Infrastructure
Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management

“Our partnership with One Search has been extremely fruitful, yielding high caliber talent acquisitions in our investment team, our investor relations/fundraising team and even C-suite placements into our portfolio companies.  We look forward to continuing this relationship long into the future”

Steven Sonnenstein
Senior Managing Director
DigitalBridge

“In our view, the key to a successful partnership with a search firm pivots on that firm’s understanding of the culture and ambition of the specific team. One has clearly made an effort to ensure every candidate reflected who we are.”

Deborah Zurkow
Chief Investment Officer
Allianz Global Investors

“Dan and his team have supported our growth globally over the last five years, hiring numerous managing directors who have moved the needle on our aggressive growth strategy.  It is also notable that One Search has achieved a perfect 50/50 gender balance in its placements at CIBC to date – no mean feat across 32 successful mandates!”

Laurie Mahon
Vice Chair
CIBC Capital Markets

“We have worked with One Search as our preferred recruitment partners for well over a decade. The team can be relied upon for hard work, dedication and finding great candidates that not just meet our skills requirements, but very importantly fit our culture.”

Niall Mills
Global Head of Infrastructure
First Sentier Investors

“I have worked with Dan at One Search several times, both as a client and a candidate. I have consistently been impressed by One Search; they know the market exceptionally well and deliver consistently. I would not hesitate to work with them again.”

Emma Haight
Partner, Head of EMEA Infrastructure Debt
AMP Capital Investors