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 Principal 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.
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.
Antoine Baudesson, Director, Paris. Prior to joining H.I.G. in 2013, Antoine worked as an Investment Manager in the private equity arm of the Quilvest Group in London and in Paris, where he notably participated in the analysis, structuring and monitoring of various direct transactions in Europe, the Middle-East and Mexico. He was also involved in the Fund of Funds activity of the Quilvest Group with coverage of the French territory.
Antoine graduated with an MSc from HEC, Paris and with a CEMS Master in International Management from the Copenhagen Business School.
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.
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.
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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).
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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.
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.
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 Principal 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.
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, Principal, 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).
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.
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.
James Mitchell is a Director in our London office, covering growth equity, leveraged buy-out and distressed investments across the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Nordic region with a particular focus on Healthcare.
Prior to joining H.I.G. in 2014, James worked at Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm, where he focused on Healthcare and Retail sectors. Previously, he was a Surgical registrar at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.
James obtained an MBA from INSEAD, as well as Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Medical Science degrees from the University of Nottingham.
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.
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.
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.
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.