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Former Harper Top Aide Nigel Wright Returns to Onex

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July 28 (Bloomberg) -- Nigel Wright, former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has returned to Onex Corp., Canada’s largest private-equity firm.

Onex said Wright will rejoin the firm in its London office as a managing director.

“We missed Nigel during his leave of absence and are excited to have him back,” said Chief Executive Officer Gerry Schwartz, in a statement today. “Nigel is an experienced investor and a great asset to our team. His move to the U.K. reinforces our commitment to the London office.”

Schwartz said in a June 4 interview he was hopeful Wright would return to the firm shortly.

Wright, a Harvard-trained lawyer and former managing director at Toronto-based Onex, took a leave of absence from the firm to become Harper’s top aide in 2010. He resigned in May 2013 after accepting sole responsibility for writing a C$90,000 ($83,000) check to help Senator Mike Duffy repay improperly claimed expenses.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in April Wright would not face criminal charges in the matter.

Wright will join Onex as it makes a strategic push into Europe. It has five executives there, including Managing Directors Tony Morgan and David Hirsch.

“I am very pleased to be back at Onex and am looking forward to helping build our business,” Wright said in a statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Scott Deveau in Toronto at sdeveau2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: David Scanlan at dscanlan@bloomberg.net Cecile Gutscher

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