Pedro Abella Langa
Pedro is a Principal of H.I.G. Capital’s Real Estate team based in Madrid with responsibility for sourcing and executing real estate transactions in Spain and Portugal. Pedro has over 30 years’ experience in the Real Estate sector, and prior to joining H.I.G. he was in charge of the Spanish investment activities of Stam Europe, a Real Estate Fund Manager and Asset Manager.
Prior to joining Stam Europe, he was the Development and Commercial Director of the French Developer Nexity in Spain for 7 years. He began his career with CBRE handling different roles over a period of 13 years.
Pedro holds a diploma of Estates Management from the Alcalá de Henares University and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS). He also serves on a number of boards. Pedro speaks Spanish, English and French.
Jens Alsleben, Managing Director, Germany. Prior to joining H.I.G., Jens was a Managing Director with Strategic Value Partners in Frankfurt, a multi-billion dollar firm focusing on distressed opportunities, including restructurings, insolvencies, and debt for equity transactions.
Prior to that, he was the CFO for a leading European embedded software company. Jens began his business career at Deutsche Bank, where he spent ten years in Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance. Before joining Deutsche Bank, Jens served 8 years as an officer in the German Airforce (1st Lieutenant).
Jens received an MBA from the University of Federal Armed Forces (Hamburg, Germany) and Ashridge Business College (London, UK).
Luciano Anzanello is a Director in our Milan office. Prior to joining H.I.G., Luciano spent more than twelve years in the mergers and acquisitions industry, both as advisor and investor.
As partner at Atlantis Partners in Milan, the leading independent institutional investment firm focused on Italian mid-size companies in Special Situations, Luciano focused on investments in Manufacturing, Consumer Products, Media and Green Energy companies.
Before that, Luciano was a manager with H&C in Milan, an industrial family office, where he completed several investments in a broad range of sectors and situations, including start-ups, buyouts and restructurings. Previously, Luciano worked in Camuzzi Group, a multinational utility company.
Luciano graduated in Economy of International Commerce and Currency Market from University of Trieste.
Tuna is a Director of H.I.G. Realty Partners based in London. He is responsible for originating, structuring and executing real estate transactions across Europe.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Tuna was at Brookland Partners focusing on real estate debt and CMBS restructurings. Previously, Tuna worked at Lehman Brothers in their Global Real Estate Group with a focus on real estate backed transactions. During this time, he structured and executed UK and pan-European CMBS deals with total issuance in excess of €3 billion and he also focused on distribution of Lehman’s European real estate debt products.
Tuna holds an MPhil degree in Real Estate Finance from the University of Cambridge, Sidney Sussex College.
Juan Barnechea, Principal, Spain. Juan focuses on growth, LBO and special situations investments in the Iberian Peninsula. Before joining H.I.G., he was a Managing Director at The Riverside Company, a leading Global mid-market private equity firm. During his 5-year tenure at Riverside, he led the firm’s pan-European Origination team, directly sourced transactions in Spain, Portugal and Italy and managed the relationship with pan-European lenders. Previously, he was a Director and Head of corporate markets at Lloyds TSB Bank where he led the team responsible for originating and executing lending, structured and project finance transactions with Spanish companies.
Juan speaks fluent Spanish, English and Portuguese. He has a B.A. in Economics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, a HND in international Business from Leeds Metropolitan University and he completed an executive leadership development program at IMD Business School, Switzerland.
Anthony Bellau is a Director with H.I.G. in London, covering growth equity, leveraged buy-out and distressed investments across the United Kingdom.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Anthony worked at August Equity, a UK mid-market private equity fund where he focused on investments in the healthcare, education and business services sectors. Anthony has previous experience in 3i’s Growth Capital team and was a management consultant with Bain & Co. He also originally qualified as a corporate lawyer with Clifford Chance.
Anthony graduated from St. John’s College, Cambridge with First Class Honours (MA) in Law.
Jaime Bergel, Managing Director, Spain. Prior to joining H.I.G., Jaime was the Founder and Chairman of Gala Capital, a private equity firm named as a "top three Private Equity house in Spain" by Private Equity Investor Magazine.
Prior to founding Gala Capital in 2004, Jaime was Country Chairman of Merrill Lynch for Spain and Portugal and headed the largest investment banking operation and broker-dealer in the Iberian Peninsula with over 300 professionals. Before Merrill Lynch, he was a Managing Director in the investment banking division at Goldman Sachs. Jaime has served on several Boards of public and non-public companies, including the Madrid Stock Exchange, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Bacardi Limited.
Jaime received an MBA from Northwestern University and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas.
Wolfgang Biedermann, Managing Director, leads H.I.G.'s private equity team in Europe and is the firm's German country head. Wolfgang, a German national, was prior to H.I.G. the CEO of Pricap Venture Partners, an investment firm he co-founded in 2000 focused on small buyouts and growth capital investments in Germany.
Previously, he was a Managing Director of Thomas J.C. Matzen GMBH, a small cap buyout firm founded by Thomas Matzen who built Schroders (today Permira) in Germany. Before that, he was with Schroders Private Equity in Germany and BCG in Germany for three years.
Wolfgang earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and speaks English, German, Italian, and French.
John is an Executive Managing Director of H.I.G., having joined the firm in 1993. He is responsible for leading H.I.G.’s Credit Platform, which manages approximately $9 billion of capital across multiple investment funds.
John has more than 25 years of experience focused on credit investments, including primary loans and distressed debt, as well as private equity investments. He currently serves on the board of several privately held companies. Prior to joining H.I.G. in 1993, he was at the management-consulting firm of Bain & Company, a leading worldwide management-consulting firm, where he directed domestic and international assignments for Fortune 500 clients. Prior to joining Bain & Company, he worked for three years as the Assistant to the President of Chemed Corporation (NYSE: CHE), a specialty chemical company.
John is a graduate of Lehigh University with a B.S. degree in Computer Science and earned his M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Kenneth Borton is a Managing Director of H.I.G. WhiteHorse in London, with a focus on primary lending in the U.K. Mr. Borton has over seventeen years of experience in direct lending, investment banking, structured finance and special situations. Prior to joining H.I.G. WhiteHorse, he was a Managing Director at Citi with responsibility for the Credit Opportunities business in EMEA, managing over $500 million of direct lending transactions across sectors and throughout the region.
Mr. Borton received a BSc in Economics and Politics from the University of Bristol. After university, Mr. Borton spent 6 years as an infantry officer in the British Army.
Olivier Boyadjian, Managing Director, France. Olivier heads up H.I.G.'s team in France. Prior to joining H.I.G., Olivier was the head of the investment team at CDC Capital Investissement, managing a fund of € 700 Million. At CDC, he led a number of successful private equity investments in France.
Prior to that, Olivier was the managing director of leverage finance for Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) in France, where he led a significant number of financings for private equity transactions.
Following a business school degree (ISG), Olivier has earned a MA degree in business from Lyon University and subsequently received a MA degree in corporate law.
Sean is a Managing Director of Bayside Capital. He is responsible for all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, transaction structuring, negotiation and portfolio company oversight. Sean has led numerous successful Bayside Capital transactions and currently serves on the board of directors of several portfolio companies.
Sean has over 15 years of private equity and special situations investing experience across a broad range of industries including business services, retail and consumer, building products, and education. Before joining Bayside, Sean was a Principal at Apax Partners, a global private equity firm. He began his private equity career at Saunders Karp & Megrue, a middle market U.S. private equity firm. Prior to Saunders Karp, Sean worked as an investment banker in the financial sponsors and leveraged finance groups of First Union Securities.
Sean received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Wake Forest University.
Sanjoy is a Managing Director of H.I.G. Bayside Capital based in London. He joined the firm in 2013 and is responsible for investing and monitoring real estate investments across Europe.
Sanjoy has 16 years of experience in real estate as an investor, a workout professional, and an investment banker. He has invested in direct real estate and non-performing loans in all real estate sectors plus hotels. He was most recently responsible for special situations investing at Benson Elliot, a real estate opportunity fund. Prior to that, Sanjoy spent six years at Morgan Stanley’s real estate fund (MSREF) as Vice-President. Sanjoy started his career at Merrill Lynch in the investment banking group.
Sanjoy holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Masters in Electronic Engineering (Gold Medal) from Imperial College, London.
Jackson is a Managing Director of Bayside Capital. Currently, he is responsible for all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, transaction structuring, financing and post-closing growth strategies. Jackson brings over fourteen years of experience in private equity investing into this capacity.
Before joining Bayside, Jackson spent ten years with DDJ Capital Management, LLC, a leading middle market high yield debt and private equity firm. While at DDJ, he co-managed the private equity strategy and led investments across a number of sectors. Jackson also sat on the Board of Directors of several DDJ portfolio companies. Prior to DDJ, Jackson worked with Morgan Stanley as a research analyst on the special situations trading desk.
Jackson obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Vermont.
Riccardo is Managing Director and Head of H.I.G. Realty Partners in Europe. He is located in H.I.G.'s London office and is responsible for investment origination, transaction structuring and oversight of the European portfolio.
With over 17 years in the real estate industry, Riccardo has extensive investment and transactional experience across a number of jurisdictions in Europe. Prior to H.I.G. Capital, he was at AXA RE, where he was Head of Alternatives and Special Situations. During his time at AXA RE, he also held the position of Head of Transaction Europe and Head of Asset Management and Transactions in France. Prior to AXA RE, Riccardo worked at Grove International Partners, and before that in the JPMorgan Partners Real Estate Group in London.
Riccardo holds an MSC in Finance from Bocconi University and studied at The Wharton School of Business.
José María de León
José Mª de León is a Director of H.I.G. Capital based in Spain. José focuses on growth, LBO and special situations investments in the Iberian Peninsula.
Before joining H.I.G., he worked at Gala Capital Partners, a leading Spanish Mid-Market Private Equity firm, completing several transactions in a diverse range of industries and situations.
José Mª holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE).
Borja de Parias
Borja de Parias, Director, Spain. Before joining H.I.G. in 2012, Borja worked at Houlihan Lokey (Special Situations team) covering the Iberian market and completing several transactions in a diverse range of industries. Borja began his career at Morgan Stanley in London.
Borja graduated from ICADE (Madrid) and Northeastern University (Boston) in International Business.
Graham is a Managing Director of H.I.G. Capital’s Real Estate team, based in the London office. He is responsible for investment origination, transaction structuring and oversight of the European portfolio with a focus on credit investments.
With over 25 years in a variety of real estate sector roles, Graham has extensive investment and transactional experience in all parts of the capital structure. Prior to joining H.I.G., he was an Investment Partner in the Real Estate division of Cheyne Capital, where he also was the lead portfolio manager of its listed real estate debt vehicle. Prior to Cheyne, he was a Partner at ICG Longbow, a leading London based real estate lender, and served as Head of Lending and Corporate Finance on the Executive management team of the National Asset Management Agency (or NAMA, Ireland’s “Bad Bank”). Earlier in his career, Emmett was a member of Goldman Sach’s Special Situations Group, where he was head of the European Mezzanine debt investments team, and Finance Director of Delancey Estate plc.
Graham holds a BSc Honours degree in Banking and Finance from Loughborough University.
Kyle Fox is the Global Head of Capital Markets for H.I.G. Capital and is responsible for sourcing financings and other capital structure alternatives across the firm’s investment strategies at the fund level. She manages and cultivates capital market relationships across a broad array of institutions including corporate and investment banks, funds, and institutional investors.
Prior to joining H.I.G. Capital, Kyle held various roles in banking including securitisation and relationship management at Deutsche Bank and Lloyds. She also has experience in principle investing and providing advisory services for middle market and distressed assets.
She earned her MBA at the University of Fordham Gabelli School and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison.
Mihai is a Director of H.I.G. Realty Partners in the London office. Mihai is focused on European NPLs and real estate special situations, involving all aspects of the investment process from origination and negotiation to structuring and execution. He is also responsible for investing and monitoring real estate investments across Europe including France.
Prior to joining H.I.G. Realty Partners, Mihai worked for Moelis & Company, a global investment bank, where he focused on corporate restructuring advisory. Previously, Mihai was in the Corporate & Investment Banking Division of BNP Paribas in London concentrating on corporate restructurings. Mihai started his career as an auditor working for Deloitte in France.
Mihai is a graduate of EM Lyon Business School and of Paris-Sorbonne University.
Natale is a Director of H.I.G. Realty based in London. He has more than fifteen years of real estate credit experience, employing both senior and mezzanine strategies across a broad spectrum of real estate asset classes across Europe. At H.I.G., he is responsible for investment origination and transaction structuring of European credit investments.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Natale was the Head of Funding of CNM Estates, a commercial and residential London-focus developer, responsible for arranging and structuring development and investment credit facilities. Prior to CNM, he was the Head of Real Estate Finance department at Gatehouse Bank (a leading London based real estate lender majority owned by The Kuwait Investment Authority), where he was responsible for originating and structuring credit investment opportunities in Europe. Natale was also a member of both Credit and Investment Committees of the bank. Previously, he spent almost ten years at CBRE in various offices (London, Madrid, Amsterdam and New York) where lately as European Head of the Debt & Structured Finance department, he was responsible for arranging and structuring credit investment opportunities across Europe. Earlier in his career, Natale was part of the NPLs portfolio management team of Goldman Sach’s Special Situations Group in Italy.
Natale holds an MSc in Corporate Finance from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy and studied (exchange programme) at National University of Singapore. He also holds a postgraduate CEMS Master’s in International Management (CEMS MIM) a joint degree delivered by CEMS Academic Members.
Seth is a Principal of Bayside Capital and is involved in all aspects of the investment process, including origination, due diligence, structuring, financing and portfolio company oversight.
Seth has over eight years of investing experience across a broad range of industries, including defense and government services, homebuilding and education. Before joining Bayside, he was with GSC Group, a special situations and private equity investment firm focused on the middle-market. He began his career in the Natural Resources group at Lehman Brothers. Seth has served on the board of several portfolio companies and currently serves on the boards of DiscoverReady and Pendum.
Seth received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Dartmouth College.
Manuel Guerrero is a Director of Bayside in the Madrid office. He focuses on Spanish and Portuguese special situations and is involved in all aspects of the investment process including origination, structuring and monitoring portfolio investments.
Manuel has over 12 years of corporate banking experience, focused on debt restructuring and project finance across various industries. Before joining Bayside, Manuel worked at Barclays as deputy head of the restructuring team and also worked for the structured finance team. Prior to Barclays he worked at Deutsche Bank in the corporate banking team.
Manuel holds a holds a B.A. in Economics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and an Executive M.B.A. from IESE Business School.
Carl Harring, Managing Director, U.K. A Swedish national, Carl has more than 17 years of private equity experience, having completed transactions ranging from LBOs to restructurings and credit investments across industry sectors, with a particular focus on technology enabled services. Carl heads the UK office and is responsible for investments in the UK, Benelux and the Nordics.
Prior to joining H.I.G. Capital, Carl held senior positions at HgCapital and Apax Partners, where he led several successful investments across Europe. Before that, he worked as a Strategy Consultant in London for Marakon Associates.
Carl received a Graduate Diploma in Business and Strategy from the London School of Economics, a MSc in Molecular Medicine and a BSc in Molecular Biology from University of Lund, Sweden.
Louis-Matthieu Heck is a Managing Director of H.I.G. and focuses on the French WhiteHorse activities of the firm.
Louis-Matthieu has over twenty years of banking and structured finance experience across Europe. Louis-Matthieu is an acquisition finance specialist, having spent 15 years in the LBO market and arranged over 30 mid & large cap transactions. Prior to joining H.I.G. WhiteHorse, Louis-Matthieu was Head of the Acquisition Finance team of IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG in France.
Previously, Louis-Matthieu was a Director in the Leveraged Finance Group of the Royal Bank of Scotland in Paris and an Assistant Vice President in the European leveraged finance group at Merrill Lynch in London. He has also worked in the telecom finance and loan syndication teams of Bank of America in London, in the corporate banking team of Sanwa Bank in Paris and for Credit Lyonnais in Copenhagen.
Louis-Matthieu holds a management degree from EM Lyon, a masters in finance from IEP Paris and an MBA from INSEAD.
Johannes Huttunen is a Director in our London office, covering growth equity, leveraged buy-out and distressed investments across the United Kingdom and the Nordic region.
Prior to joining H.I.G. in 2014, Johannes worked at Silverfleet Capital, a pan-European mid-market private equity fund, where he focused on investments in the UK and Nordic region. Previously, he was at European Capital, working on UK buyouts, and in the Investment Banking Division of Deutsche Bank in London, concentrating on Mergers & Acquisitions.
Johannes obtained a First Class BSc Honours degree in Management Sciences from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Finance from the London Business School.
Holger Kleingarn, Managing Director, Germany, is a German national who has been working in the Private Equity Industry for over ten years. Throughout his private equity career Dr. Kleingarn has focused on mid cap buyouts, growth investments and turnarounds across Europe with a focus on the German-speaking countries.
Prior to joining H.I.G. Capital, he was a Partner and Member of the Management Committee at London-based Palamon Capital Partners, a private equity group focusing on mid-sized companies across Europe. Previously Holger led the management-buy-out of a Mittelstand software company as CEO. He started his career in strategic management consulting with Bain & Company and Roland Berger, most recently as Partner and member of its financial services management team.
Holger holds a doctoral degree in business administration from the University of Federal Armed Forces in Munich and graduated from the University of Hamburg.
Christian Kraul-von Renner
Christian Kraul-von Renner is a Director in our Hamburg office. Prior to joining H.I.G. in 2007, he was a senior consultant with L.E.K. Consulting in Munich and London, where he advised numerous financial and strategic investors in merger & acquisition situations. In addition, he supported larger corporations in the course of portfolio valuations and implementing growth strategies.
Before L.E.K., he worked as a consultant with the Brand Science Institute, a research-based consultancy.
Christian obtained a Diploma in Business Administration at the University of Hamburg. During his studies he worked over one year in New York and London.
Simon is a Managing Director of H.I.G. Capital based in London and is responsible for Asset Management across the H.I.G. European Real Estate portfolio.
Simon has over 20 years of experience working in the European real estate market in both advisory and investor roles. As a qualified MRICS surveyor, he has managed a diverse range of real estate projects, including retail, offices and industrial portfolios covering acquisition, development, operational management and value add roles. Prior to joining H.I.G. Capital, Simon was Director and Head of Asset Management at Evans Randall Limited, a real estate investment firm whose holdings included a number of high profile assets such as the Gherkin building in London. He has also held senior real estate positions with F&C REIT Asset Management (now BMO Real Estate Partners) and Cushman & Wakefield.
Simon holds a BSc Degree (Hons) from University of Central England and a MSc Real Estate and Development qualification from University of East London.
Miguel Lasso is a Director of H.I.G. WhiteHorse in the Madrid office and focuses on the Spanish and Portuguese direct lending activities of the firm.
Miguel joined H.I.G. from PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he spent four years in the Debt & Capital Advisory department of the Madrid office advising companies and private equities on raising new debt and capital from credit funds, refinancing, and restructuring their existing debt. Prior to that, Miguel was an Associate within BBVA´s Project & Leveraged Finance team in New York. His career commenced at Banco Popular Español in Madrid where he was part of the Structured Finance department.
Miguel holds a Law degree, a Diploma in Business Administration at ICADE (Madrid) and an International MBA from IE Business School.
Raffaele Legnani, Managing Director, heads up H.I.G.'s activities in Italy. Raffaele has been investing in the Italian private equity market since 1996.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Raffaele was founding partner of Atlantis Partners in Milan, the leading independent institutional investment firm focused on Italian mid-size companies in Special Situations. Before that, Raffaele has successfully invested in a significant number of buyout transactions, both directly and through specialized private equity funds (the London based Stellican and the US based Wexford Management) serving as operating board member for several portfolio companies. Previously, Raffaele worked in investment banking for Goldman Sachs in London.
Raffaele graduated with honors in Finance and Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan.
Edouard Lesieur, Director, Paris. Prior to joining H.I.G. in 2007, Edouard worked as a Senior Manager in the leveraged finance department of the Royal Bank of Scotland in France. He notably participated in the structuring and financing of numerous LBO transactions in France and in Europe. Edouard started his career at CACIB (acquisition finance department) in Paris and London before joining BNP Paribas’ loan market department in New York.
Edouard graduated with an MSc in Finance from ESCP Europe Business School (Ecole Supérieur de Commerce de Paris).
Guido Lorenzi is a Director in the Milan office of H.I.G. WhiteHorse and focuses on the Italian direct lending activities of the firm.
Guido joined H.I.G. from Banca IMI, where he spent three years originating and structuring financing transactions for Financial Sponsor and Corporate clients across several European jurisdictions and being instrumental in establishing the Bank’s middle market European presence. Prior to that Guido was a Vice President at Barclays where he focused on arranging debt solutions predominantly for Southern European Corporate and Financial Sponsors clients. His career started at Deutsche Bank in Milan where he was part of the Work Out team within the Risk Management function.
Guido graduated in Financial Markets at Bocconi University in Milan.
Gabriele is a Principal of Bayside Capital with responsibility for sourcing and executing real estate transactions in Italy.
Gabriele has been investing in European real estate for more than twelve years, most recently as the Head of Southern Europe for the Alternative and Real Asset team of Deutsche Bank, focusing on Italy, Spain and Portugal, where he was responsible for the acquisition and management of real estate assets across a wide range of asset classes and investment strategies. Gabriele began his career in real estate investment banking at JPMorgan Chase based in London.
Gabriele holds a B.A. in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan.
Mathilde is a Director in the London office of H.I.G. WhiteHorse and Bayside Capital. She focuses on European corporate debt situations and is involved in all aspects of the investment process from origination and research to structuring and execution.
Mathilde has nine years of performing and distressed credit investing experience in Europe. She has successfully completed a number of investments at all levels of the capital structure and in a broad range of industries. She previously worked for Nomura Investment Advisor Ltd for five years, where she was focusing on European senior and mezzanine debt investments.
Mathilde graduated from HEC Paris business school.
Antonin Marcus is a Director of H.I.G. Before joining H.I.G. in 2011, he worked in the investment banking team of Goldman Sachs, mainly in Paris.
Antonin graduated with an MSc from the Ecole Polytechnique, Paris and an MSc in Financial Economics from the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
Neil McIlroy is a Principal with H.I.G. in London, covering growth equity, leveraged buy-out and distressed investments across the United Kingdom, Ireland and Continental Europe.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Neil worked for Cinven, a pan-European private equity fund, where he focused on investments in Healthcare and Industrials. Previously, Neil was an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley in London concentrating on mergers and acquisitions.
Neil received a First Class BA Honors in Business Studies from the University of Ulster and a MSc Finance with Distinction from Queens University Belfast. He is an Irish national.
Arturo is a Principal of H.I.G. WhiteHorse in the Madrid office and focuses on the Spanish and Portuguese direct lending activities of the firm.
Arturo joined H.I.G. from Grant Thornton, where he was leading the Debt Advisory practice for Spain and Portugal. Prior to that, Arturo was the Lead Director within the Lloyds’s Acquisition Finance team focused on leverage buyouts in Spain and Portugal and a member of the European Director’s committee. His career commenced at KPMG.
He has over fifteen years of transactional experience (M&A and Leverage Finance) and has worked on a large number of private equity and debt financings.
Arturo holds a Business Administration degree at Universidad San Pablo CEU (Madrid), an Executive M.B.A. from IE Business School and a PDG (Advanced Management Program) from IESE Business School.
Alastair is a Principal in the London office of H.I.G. Capital and the European head of Business Services. He focuses on both private equity and distressed investments. Alastair joined H.I.G. Capital from Gresham LLP where he was a Partner in the London Investment team focused on growth buy-out and buy and build transactions in the UK lower mid market.
Prior to Gresham, Alastair worked for the UK private equity teams of RBoS and Bridgepoint Capital. A British national he has a total of sixteen years private equity experience in the UK lower mid-market. Recent transaction experience includes the acquisition of Petrochem Carless, the turnaround of Smallsteps, the MBOs of Brand Addition, Synseal and Kondor and the corporate carve-outs of Fibercore (from Cisco) and Brand Addition (from 4imprint).
Alastair has an MSc in International Securities Investment & Banking from the ISMA Centre, Reading University and is a Member of the Securities Institute.
Giuseppe is a Managing Director of Bayside Capital.
Giuseppe has over fifteen years of private equity and distressed debt experience in Europe. Prior to joining Bayside, Giuseppe was Head of Distressed and Loan Research at BNP Paribas in London. Previously, Giuseppe was a European credit and distressed analyst at Cyrus Capital and Trafalgar Asset Managers, as well as a private equity associate at Morgan Stanley and Rhône Capital. He also co-founded and ran Tigon Capital, an advisory company for private equity and hedge funds. Giuseppe began his finance career as investment banking analyst at Citigroup and summer associate at Goldman Sachs. He is fluent in German, Italian, Spanish and French, and proficient in Portuguese.
Giuseppe holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance from Hochschule München and an MBA from Columbia University.
Sami Mnaymneh is a Founder and Co-CEO of H.I.G. Capital. He has directed the firm's development since its founding in 1993 and approves all capital commitments made by H.I.G. Sami currently serves on the Board of Columbia College and on the Dean's Council of the Harvard Law School.
Prior to founding H.I.G., Sami was a Managing Director with The Blackstone Group in New York. Prior to that, he was a Vice President in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Morgan Stanley & Co., where he devoted a significant amount of his time to leveraged buyouts, serving as senior advisor to a number of prominent private equity firms. Over the course of his career, Mr. Mnaymneh has led over 75 transactions in a wide range of industries.
Sami earned a B.A. degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Columbia University where he graduated first in his class, and subsequently received a J.D. degree and an M.B.A. degree, with honors, from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, respectively.
Appu Mundassery is a Managing Director of H.I.G. WhiteHorse and focuses on the European direct lending activities of the firm.
Appu has over 16 years of experience in leveraged finance and credit investments, both in Europe and the US. He has managed portfolios in excess of $5 billion, including leveraged loans, high-yield bonds and restructured equity.
Prior to joining H.I.G. WhiteHorse, Appu was a Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager at Highland Capital Management Europe based in London, where he helped found the London office and directed its growth for 5 years. Appu was also an investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and CSFB, where he worked on several leveraged finance, private equity, and mergers and acquisitions transactions.
Appu received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics & Economics from Brown University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.
Dr. Johannes Natterer is a Principal in our London office. He started his career with the Hoechst AG/Celanese AG where he worked as a plant manager in the basic chemicals division and as a Six Sigma Black Belt. He then joined McKinsey & Company and worked as an engagement manager on restructuring and efficiency enhancement projects in various industries. At his last position before joining H.I.G. in 2008, Johannes led an effort for global production site optimization with the specialty chemical company Degussa AG/Evonik AG. At H.I.G., he focusses on chemical investments as well as restructuring and operational improvement topics.
Johannes has obtained a PhD in physical chemistry at the University of Bonn after studying in Berkeley, Berlin and Bayreuth.
Vania Antonio Panizza is a Director in our Milan office. Prior to joining H.I.G., Vania was a Director with AlixPartners where he worked on profitability improvement initiatives and restructuring cases for industrial and consumer goods companies.
Previously, he was an Associate Director with 3i Private Equity, where he participated to midmarket transactions in Italy, Spain and France and was a member of the firm’s general industrial practice. Prior to that, he was with Bain & Company. Vania started his career as an operations engineer at Pirelli in Italy and in the United States.
Vania holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Master of Science in engineering from Politecnico di Milano and ICAI in Madrid. He speaks fluent Italian, English, and Spanish.
Duncan is a Managing Director of Bayside Capital and leads the firm's European non-control distressed corporate debt activities.
Duncan has over twenty years of investment banking and distressed debt experience across a broad range of industries across Europe. Prior to joining Bayside, Duncan was at Strategic Value Partners, a special situations and distressed debt hedge fund, for six years where he was a Managing Director and Head of European trading. Prior to this, Duncan was at Houlihan Lokey, a leading financial restructuring advisory firm, for four years, where he was a Senior Vice President. Prior to Houlihan Lokey, Duncan spent six years working in European mergers and acquisitions at Lazard and Morgan Stanley.
Duncan holds a Bachelor in Science in Economics and Accounting from Bristol University.
Leopoldo Reaño, Principal, Spain. Leo focuses on growth, LBO and distressed investments in the Iberian Peninsula. Before joining H.I.G., he was an Investment Director and, subsequently a Partner at Gala Capital Partners, a leading Spanish Mid Market Private Equity firm. During his 7-year tenure at Gala Capital Partners, he also acted as Chief Executive Officer of Núcleo de Comunicaciones y Control, S.L. for 2 years. Previously, he was a Vice President at Credit Suisse where he advised European small and mid cap companies on Corporate Finance and M&A transactions.
Leopoldo is a CFA Charterholer, holds a B.A. in Economics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Dr. Klaas Reineke is a Principal in the Hamburg office of H.I.G. Prior to joining H.I.G., he was as a Director with KPMG's Restructuring Advisory Services in Munich where he advised management and owners of numerous mid-sized companies in crisis situations; he also supported a number of Private Equity transactions, both on the buy and sell side.
Before KPMG, Klaas worked as an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company in Berlin and Singapore. He led numerous consulting projects for large corporations as well as for financial investors and their portfolio companies in the areas of strategy development and operational performance improvement.
Klaas holds a master-equivalent degree in Business Administration as well as a diploma in Journalism from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), where he also obtained a PhD in Business Administration. He is fluent in English and French.
Adam is a Managing Director of Bayside Capital. Since joining Bayside, Adam has been involved in all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, transaction structuring, negotiation and portfolio company oversight. He has led numerous successful Bayside Capital transactions and currently serves on the board of several Bayside Capital portfolio companies.
Adam has more than ten years of private equity, credit and investment banking experience working with middle market companies across a broad range of industries. Before joining Bayside, Adam was an Associate at Lindsay Goldberg, a middle market private equity investment firm. In this role, he was responsible for investment analysis and working closely with the management of portfolio companies to execute strategic initiatives. Prior to Lindsay Goldberg, Adam worked in the leveraged finance group at Goldman Sachs.
Adam received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Duke University and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Andrew Scotland is a Managing Director of Bayside Capital in the London office. Andrew is focused on European non-control distressed corporate debt situations, and is involved in all aspects of the investment process from origination and research to structuring and execution.
Andrew has seventeen years of investment banking and distressed investment experience. He previously worked as a Managing Director in RBS’s Special Situations Group for more than six years, where he was the senior analyst focused on European distressed investments. Before RBS, Andrew was a Director in the Equity Research department of ABN AMRO; and prior to that was in the top ranked Institutional Investor research teams at Citigroup and Credit Suisse.
Andrew is a CFA charter holder and a graduate of Oxford University.
Sensu is a Managing Director of Bayside Capital. She is one of the founding members of Bayside’s European platform. Sensu is responsible for identifying, sourcing and trading distressed and performing credits in primary and secondary markets.
Sensu has over eighteen years of experience in distressed debt work-out, sourcing and trading. Prior to joining Bayside, Sensu worked as a Director in Barclays Capital and Bank of America Distressed/Special Situations teams. She was responsible for sourcing and trading European and Asian stressed, distressed loans and high yield bonds as well as selling distressed loans to hedge and private equity funds. Sensu began her career at Credit du Nord, London work-out team.
Sensu has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from METU University.
Fredrik is a Director of H.I.G. Realty based in London. He is focused on European real estate transactions and real-estate backed NPLs, involving all aspects of the investment process from origination and negotiation to structuring and execution.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Fredrik worked for Sabal Financial, an affiliate of Oaktree Capital Management, where he focused on real-estate backed NPLs. Previously, he was with Lone Star Funds in London concentrating on corporate NPLs and financial institutions. Fredrik started his career at Societe Generale CIB in London.
Fredrik is a graduate of the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration and Bocconi University.
Tony Tamer is a Founder and Co-CEO of H.I.G. Capital. He has directed H.I.G.'s development since its founding in 1993 and approves all capital commitments made by the firm. Tony has led a number of successful investments at H.I.G. in both the management buyouts and growth capital arenas. He has extensive experience working with, and coaching, early stage and middle-market companies. Tony is a board member of several H.I.G. portfolio companies. He currently also serves on the Dean's Council of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Prior to H.I.G., Tony was partner at Bain & Company where he developed business unit and operating strategies, implemented productivity improvement initiatives, and led acquisition and divestiture activities for a number of Fortune 500 clients. Tony has extensive operating experience. He has held marketing, engineering and manufacturing positions at Hewlett-Packard and Sprint Corporation.
Tony holds an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School, and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. His undergraduate degree is from Rutgers University.
Ben is a Principal of Bayside Capital and focuses on all aspects of the investment process, including origination, due diligence, transaction structuring, financing, and portfolio company oversight.
Ben has over ten years of investing and investment banking experience across a broad range of industries, including business services, consumer/retail, financial services, industrials and transportation/logistics. Before joining Bayside, Ben was an investment banker with Pali Capital, a hedge fund focused securities firm, and Morgan Joseph, a leading middle market investment bank.
Ben earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Duke University.
Stelios is a Director of H.I.G. Realty based in London. He has more than ten years of real estate principal investment experience, employing both equity and credit opportunistic strategies across a broad spectrum of real estate asset classes across Europe. His experience includes turn-arounds, distressed acquisitions (e.g. NPLs and REOs), specialty financing platforms, corporate restructurings, portfolio break-ups, property developments and forward acquisitions.
Prior to H.I.G., Stelios was a Director with Deutsche Bank’s European credit structuring & trading teams and served as a senior originator to the Direct Lending business with a focus on special situations. Prior to that, he was a member of Deutsche Bank’s Alternative & Real Assets opportunistic investment team based in London.
Stelios holds an undergraduate degree in Operational Research & Marketing from Athens University of Economics & Business and a Master in Business Administration from INSEAD.
Herman Vocking is a Principal in the London office of H.I.G. WhiteHorse and focuses on the direct lending activities of the firm in the Benelux region.
Herman has over eighteen years of investment banking experience in North Western Europe both in corporate and leveraged finance markets. Prior to joining H.I.G. WhiteHorse, Herman was at NIBC Bank, a regional merchant bank active in the mid-market, where he worked in a variety of roles including leading the Industries and Manufacturing team responsible for origination and structuring of transactions. Before that he was heading NIBC’s Financial Sponsors Team, advising on a variety of private equity transactions. Herman started his career at ABN AMRO Bank.
Herman holds an LLM degree in civil and corporate law from Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Jerry is a Principal in the London office of H.I.G. WhiteHorse and focuses on the direct lending activities of the firm in the UK and Ireland.
He has a total of 24 years’ experience in structuring debt capital to support UK middle market companies across a broad spectrum of industry sectors. Jerry joined H.I.G. from Chenavari Investment Managers where he spent 5 years growing their direct lending capability in the UK. Jerry joined Chenavari when they purchased Palio Capital Partners, a start-up debt fund that Jerry founded. Previously, he worked in the leveraged finance business of The Royal Bank of Scotland, latterly as Managing Director and head of the mid-market team.
Jerry received a Bachelor of Music honours degree from the University of Surrey.
Chris Zlatarev is a Principal of H.I.G. Realty Partners based in London and is responsible for investing and monitoring real estate investments across Europe.
Chris has over ten years of principal investing experience across value added, opportunistic and distressed real estate strategies and has completed transactions for H.I.G. in both direct acquisitions and non-performing loans across multiple real estate sectors and geographies. Previously, Chris was a Partner at Kildare Partners and also held investment roles at Varde Partners and AIG Global Real Estate.
Chris holds a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Drexel University.