Jens Alsleben, Senior Advisor, 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.
Tuna is a Principal 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.
Emma is a Director based in H.I.G.'s London office. She is responsible for a variety of aspects of the real estate lending process including deal origination, transaction structuring and negotiating, and post-closing transaction oversight. Emma is focused on building H.I.G.'s portfolio of credit investments in Europe
Emma's career spans more than 10 years, with experience in the finance industry, and prior experience in real estate as a Chartered Surveyor. She has been a Director at H.I.G. since January 2020. Prior to H.I.G., she was an Associate Director in HSBC’s Global Banking division in the Real Estate Finance team. Her role primarily involved structuring and executing commercial real estate investment and development transactions across EMEA. Before that, she was an Associate at J.P. Morgan in the Appraisal Services Group and prior to that qualified as a Chartered Surveyor at Savills Commercial Limited in their Commercial Valuations team.
Emma earned an B.A. from UCL and an M.A. from Cass Business School.
Federica is a Director of H.I.G. Realty Partners and she is based in H.I.G.’s London office. She is part of the Asset Management team and focuses on Southern European investments.
Federica is a member of RICS and has more than 15 years of experience in managing a diverse range of real estate assets including retail, offices, industrial and hotel. Before joining H.I.G., Federica was a senior associate in Savills Investment Management in London and Milan, with a focus on Portfolio Management in Europe. Prior to Savills Investment Managment, Federica was an analyst in the Retail Capital Market team of Jones Lang LaSalle in Milan.
Federica holds a degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan and a Master in Real Estate Management from the Politecnico of Milan.
Bertrand is a Director of H.I.G. Realty Partners based in London, where he focuses on equity and credit investment opportunities in all major classes of real estate.
Bertrand has over eight years of experience in finance. Prior to joining H.I.G., Bertrand worked for Blackstone where he focused on real estate equity investments in Germany and in France. Prior to Blackstone, Bertrand was working at J.P. Morgan, advising large corporates and financial institutions on M&A transactions.
Bertrand earned a Masters in International Finance from H.E.C. Paris, a Masters of Arts in Public Affairs from Sciences Po Paris and an Engineer’s degree from the Institut d’Optique Graduate School (ParisTech Group).
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.
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, Executive Managing Director and Head of Europe buyouts, leads H.I.G.'s private equity team in Europe. 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.
Dominik is a Director in H.I.G. Europe’s Hamburg office, where he focuses on LBO and growth equity investments, in particular in the TMT and industrials sectors. Dominik is responsible for all aspects of the investment process and represents H.I.G. on the board of several portfolio companies.
Prior to joining H.I.G. in 2014, he worked for six years with McKinsey & Company as an Engagement Manager. As part of the Corporate Finance, Private Equity and Restructuring Practice he advised various corporates and medium-sized companies and supported several M&A transactions. Before McKinsey & Company, Dominik developed software for small and medium-sized companies on a freelance basis.
Dominik earned an M.B.A., with distinction, from INSEAD in France and Singapore and studied at the University of Münster, Germany, and at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid obtaining a dual diploma degree in mathematics and computer science.
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.
Tobias is a Director in H.I.G.'s London office and member of the European Middle Market LBO team, where he is responsible for all aspects of the investment process.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Tobias co-led the private equity investment operations of a well known family office in London. Before that, he was a Principal at Rhône Group, a global private equity firm, where he focused on a diverse range of investments, including leveraged buy-outs and corporate carve-outs, across several industries and geographies. He started his career in M&A with Citigroup in London.
Tobias earned a B.A. from International School of Management, Dortmund, Germany.
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.
Baptiste Boye-Møller is a Director of H.I.G. Realty Partners. He is located in H.I.G.’s London office and focuses on equity and credit investment opportunities in all major classes of real estate, including hotels.
Before joining H.I.G., Baptiste was an Associate Director at UBS Investment Bank in its Real Estate, Leisure and Lodging Group where he worked on a wide range of M&A, equity and debt capital market transactions in the UK and Continental Europe. Prior to UBS, Baptiste was an Associate at Jefferies & Co. in its investment banking division.
Baptiste received a Bachelor of Laws and a Master’s Degree in Corporate & Commercial Law both from the University of Paris Pantheon-Assas (Paris II).
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.
Gaëlle is a Director of H.I.G. Capital in the London office. She is part of the Asset Management team and focuses on French and Northern European transactions.
Prior to joining H.I.G. Capital, Gaëlle was at Salamanca Group focusing on fund and investment management and transactions execution. Previously, she worked at AXA RE investing notably in hotels and medical assets. Before that, she was at Barclays Capital in the CMBS team where she managed a pan-European securitized and balance sheet loan portfolio backed by commercial properties. Gaëlle started her career in Paris at Auxiliaire de Finance as a consultant working on asset sales and advisory services.
Gaëlle is a graduate of ESLSCA Business School.
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.
Darryl is a Principal of Bayside Capital based in Miami. He is involved in all aspects of the investment process, including origination, due diligence, structuring, and portfolio company oversight. Darryl has investing experience across a wide range of industries, including business services, consumer, industrials, and healthcare.
Prior to joining Bayside, Darryl worked in private equity at Madison Dearborn Partners and began his career in the mergers and acquisitions group at Credit Suisse.
Darryl earned an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.B.A in finance and accounting from the University of Michigan.
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 20 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.
Rob de Bruin
Rob is a Principal in H.I.G. WhiteHorse and is based in Amsterdam, where he focuses on direct lending activities in Benelux. Rob is responsible for originating and executing debt financings to middle market companies.
Rob has 12 years of experience in various leveraged finance roles, having worked at Lloyds Banking Group, Jefferies, NatWest Markets and NIBC previously. He has primarily focused on leveraged finance and sponsor coverage in the UK and Benelux, originating a wide range of financing structures including senior, stretched senior, "ABL plus cash flow", "first-out, last-out" and super senior facilities for sponsor-led transactions.
Rob earned a MSc in Finance and Investments from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
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.
Emeric Déramaux is a Director of H.I.G. based in the Paris office. Prior to joining H.I.G. in 2016, he worked as a Principal in the private equity team of the strategy consulting firm Roland Berger. Previously, Emeric was a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Paris and New York.
Emeric graduated with an MSc in Finance from ESCP Europe Business School (Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris).
Jérôme is a Managing Director in H.I.G. Capital's London office, where he focuses on pan-European real estate investments for H.I.G. Realty Partners.
Jérôme has more than 15 years of experience in real estate private equity. Prior to joining H.I.G. Capital in 2019, Jérôme worked for GIC, Colony Capital and Heitman, where he completed over +€1 billion of equity and debt investments in real estate and asset heavy platforms across Europe. His experience ranges from Core Plus to Opportunistic investments, including portfolio acquisition, distressed investments, property developments and corporate acquisitions.
Jérôme earned an M.B.A. from London Business School and undergraduate degree in Finance and Economics from Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Rouen.
Mihai is a Principal 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.
Stefano is a Principal on the Middle Market team in London.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Stefano was a partner and founding member of Amlon Capital, an investment vehicle focused on consumer goods and retail. Prior to Amlon Capital, Stefano worked at Apax Partners and BC Partners in London and Milan. He started his career in investment banking at Citigroup and Merrill Lynch in London.
Stefano holds a degree from the Bocconi University in Milan and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Sam is a Principal of WhiteHorse Capital based in New York. Sam is involved in all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, transaction structuring and execution.
Sam has over 15 years of credit investing experience in a broad range of industries, including media, telecommunications, business services, retail, industrial, and specialty finance. Before joining WhiteHorse Capital, Sam was a Vice President with Cerberus Capital Management. In this role, he was responsible for the origination, structuring, execution and monitoring of private debt investments. Prior to Cerberus, Sam worked in the leverage finance and mergers & acquisitions groups at Salomon Brothers.
Sam received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Denison University and a dual M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and London Business School.
Keith is a Principal with H.I.G. WhiteHorse based in London. He is responsible for originating and executing debt financings to middle market companies, with a focus on Private Equity clients in the UK market.
Keith has over 15 years of experience, having worked at Lloyds Banking Group, ING Bank and National Australia Bank previously. He has primarily focused on leveraged finance debt products covering first and second lien facilities, asset-backed facilities, high yield bonds, bridge financing and mezzanine financing to assist clients in raising capital for acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs, refinancings and recapitalisations.
Keith earned a BSc in Economics and Business Finance from Brunel University.
Giovanni is a Principal in H.I.G. Europe’s Milan office.
Prior to joining H.I.G. in 2018, Giovanni was a Partner at Synergo, a Milan-based private equity firm focused on mid-market investments. During the 12 years he spent at Synergo, Giovanni completed a number of buyouts and growth capital investments across a wide range of industries including business services, industrial manufacturing, healthcare, and information technology.
Giovanni earned a M.Sc., summa cum laude, in Corporate Finance and an undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in Business Administration from Bocconi University.
Jenny is a Managing Director in H.I.G. Realty Partners in London. She is involved in originating and executing real estate transactions across a number of European geographies.
Jenny has 20 years of investment experience, primarily focused on real estate transactions. She was previously a Director at KKR, where she sourced and executed real estate investments across Europe. Prior to this, Ms. Hammarlund was a Director at Värde Partners in London and a Vice President at Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners in New York. She has participated in transactions totalling over €20 bn of value across multiple asset classes and geographies.
She holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and speaks four languages.
John is a Managing Director and Head of the LBO Fund’s London team, responsible for leading investments in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and Holland. He has 25 years’ experience of mid-market private equity investing.
John started his career at HSBC Private Equity in London and Düsseldorf and subsequently held senior positions at Duke Street and LDC. Prior to joining H.I.G., he was a Partner at Inflexion. John has originated, transacted and exited numerous investments across sectors including financial and business services, manufacturing, healthcare, IT and consumer and leisure.
John speaks German and French and holds a BA in Modern Languages from Durham University.
Elias is a Director in the London office of H.I.G. Capital. He focuses on European corporate debt situations and is involved in all aspects of the investment process from origination and research, to structuring and execution.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Elias was a Senior Associate in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley where he worked on a wide range of M&A, equity and debt capital market transactions, primarily in the healthcare and energy sectors. He previously worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London and Istanbul where he completed various equity and debt investments in CEE, CIS and Turkey.
Elias received a B.A. in Business from ESB Reutlingen, an M.A. in Economics from College of Europe in Bruges and an M.B.A. from the London Business School. He is also a CFA charterholder.
Johannes Huttunen is a Principal 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.
Rohin is a Managing Director in H.I.G.’s London office. He is responsible for all key aspects of the private investment transaction process including deal origination, transaction structuring and negotiating, and post-closing portfolio company oversight. Rohin is a member of the Investment Committee of the Europe Middle Market fund.
Rohin has over 15 years of experience in Private Equity covering a wide range of sectors, regions and investment strategies. Prior to joining H.I.G. in 2020, he lead the Healthcare Sector Team at Triton Partners. Prior to that, he worked at Mistral Equity Partners and UBS Investment Bank.
Rohin has a BScE and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Florian is a Managing Director of Bayside Capital and splits his time between the Hamburg and London offices. Florian is focused on European non-control distressed corporate debt situations with an emphasis on distressed and stressed credits in the German speaking markets. He is involved in all aspects of the investment process from origination and research to structuring and execution.
Florian has over 20 years of relevant experience across a broad range of industries including chemicals, building materials and general industrials. He spent the majority of his working life in European distressed debt investing but also has experience in principal investing and management consulting.
Prior to joining Bayside, Florian spent 14 years at Strategic Value Partners, a distressed and deep-value investment firm, where he was a Managing Director. Prior to this, Florian was an Associate Director at Carlyle Group Private Equity and a Senior Associate at McKinsey & Company.
Florian earned a German law degree from the University of Hamburg and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Richard is a Director of H.I.G. Realty based in London and is part of the real estate group’s structured finance investments team, with responsibility for structuring and deal execution.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Richard was a member of Deutsche Bank’s European commercial real estate finance team, working on real estate lending, securitisation and distressed debt transactions across Europe. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Richard qualified as a lawyer and practiced in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s private equity and real estate finance team.
Richard holds a degree in law from the University of Oxford.
Holger Kleingarn, Managing Director and Head of H.I.G.’s German office, is a German national who has been working in the Private Equity Industry for over fifteen 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.
Marcel is a Director at H.I.G. WhiteHorse in London, where he focuses on providing financing to middle market companies across Europe. Marcel is responsible for all aspects of the investment process, including the origination, underwriting, structuring and execution of both private equity sponsored and non-sponsored transactions.
Marcel has extensive experience investing in the European middle market, covering both credit and equity transactions across a broad range of industries, jurisdictions and risk profiles. Prior to joining H.I.G. in 2011, Marcel was an analyst in the investment banking division of J.P. Morgan in London, where he worked on several M&A and capital market transactions.
Marcel earned a BSc from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany.
Christian Kraul-von Renner
Christian Kraul-von Renner is a Managing 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.
Daniel is a Director in H.I.G. Europe’s Hamburg office, where he focuses on LBO and growth equity investments, in particular in the healthcare, chemicals, natural resources and industrials sectors. Daniel is responsible for all aspects of the investment process and represents H.I.G. on the board of several portfolio companies.
Daniel has more than a decade of experience in private equity, M&A and strategy consulting. Prior to joining H.I.G. Europe in 2014, Daniel worked for McKinsey & Company as an Engagement Manager and was part of the Private Equity leadership group in Germany. Before that, he worked at Credit Suisse’s M&A group in New York City, where he focused on transactions in the healthcare, chemicals, natural resources and industrials sectors.
Daniel earned an M.B.A., with distinction, from New York University Stern School of Business and a masters-equivalent degree in business administration (Diplom-Kaufmann) from EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht, Oestrich-Winkel, Germany.
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).
Gabriele is a Managing Director and Head of Asset Management for H.I.G. Realty Partners in Europe. He is also responsible for sourcing and executing real estate transactions in Italy.
Gabriele has been investing in European real estate for more than eighteen 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 Principal in the London office of H.I.G. Capital. She focuses on European corporate debt situations and is involved in all aspects of the investment process from origination and research to structuring, execution, and portfolio company oversight.
Mathilde has over ten 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 joined in 2011 from Nomura where she worked on European senior and mezzanine debt investments.
Mathilde graduated from HEC Paris business school.
Pascal, based in London, is a Managing Director and Head of H.I.G.’s European direct lending team.
Pascal has 24 years of experience including 16 years in the European direct lending market. Prior to joining H.I.G., he was a Managing Director at Alcentra, where he was a founding member of the European direct lending platform. Before Alcentra, he was with Deutsche Bank and Charterhouse in London.
Pascal earned an MSc in Management from ESSEC Business School.
Alastair is a Managing Director 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 nineteen 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 Principal in our London office, covering growth equity, leveraged buy-out and distressed investments across the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Nordic region and leads our Healthcare activities in Europe.
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.
Appu Mundassery is a Managing Director and Head of H.I.G. WhiteHorse in Europe. He is based in H.I.G.’s London office and is responsible for the European direct lending activities of the firm.
With over 17 years of experience in managing debt investments, Appu has extensive investment and transactional experience across Europe. Prior to joining H.I.G. WhiteHorse in 2009, 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 Managing Director 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.
Nishant is a Principal based in H.I.G.'s London office where he is focused on technology and telecom investments. He is responsible for all key aspects of the private investment transaction process including deal origination, transaction structuring and negotiating, and post-closing portfolio company oversight.
Nishant has over 13 years of private equity experience investing across the technology and business services sectors including tech enabled services, telecoms, software, and business services.
Prior to H.I.G., he was a Principal at Apax Partners where he spent 10 years on the TMT industry and led several successful investments. Before that, Nishant was a private equity investor at Warburg Pincus. Nishant began his career as a consultant at Bain & Co. Nishant received his undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science from Williams College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Tom is a Director of H.I.G. Bayside Capital in the London office. He focuses on the sourcing and trading of European distressed and special situation credit investments.
Tom has over 10 years of experience focused on credit investments and trading. Before joining H.I.G., Tom was an Associate in the markets division of Lloyds Bank, where he was part of a team who focused on the trading and sale of distressed and high yield securities and was instrumental in the bank’s asset sell down program after the financial crisis. Prior to Lloyds, Tom worked at Lehman Brothers Europe.
Tom received a B.B.A. from the University of Bath and a M.Sc. in Finance from Cass Business School, where he graduated first in his class with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Markus is a Managing Director and Head of the European Middle Market LBO team. He has 30 years of experience in finance and leveraged buyouts.
Prior to joining H.I.G., he was a partner and founding member of Pamplona Capital where he led a number of successful investments. Prior to Pamplona, Markus was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and was co-head of the financial sponsors group in London. He started his career in mergers and acquisitions with Merrill Lynch in New York.
Markus graduated with honors with an MA degree in Economics from Northwestern University.
Duncan is a Managing Director of Bayside Capital and co-heads 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.
Emilio is a Principal in the Madrid office of H.I.G. Bayside Capital, where he focuses on identifying and sourcing distressed and stressed credits in Spain and Portugal.
Before joining H.I.G., Emilio worked as a Director in the fixed income team at Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited where he was responsible for sourcing distressed and performing loans in the Iberian Peninsula. Prior to that, Emilio worked in the structured finance team at Bankia and Banco Sabadell structuring and executing loans for LBO, asset finance and corporate deals.
Emilio holds a B.A. in Economics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a Master in Stocks and Financial Markets from Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles (IEB).
Dr. Klaas Reineke is a Managing Director 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.
Rick is Co-President of H.I.G. Capital with over twenty-five years of private equity and M&A experience. In his current position, along with Co-President Brian Schwartz, he helps run the day-to-day operations of the firm and sits on the investment committees for all H.I.G. funds. Since joining H.I.G. in 1998, he has been involved in all aspects of the investment process; and has held leadership positions in several of the firm's funds. He also currently heads the firm's Middle Market Fund. Located in the Miami office, Rick currently serves on the Board of numerous H.I.G. Capital portfolio companies. He has worked with companies in a variety of industries, with a focus on healthcare, business services, specialty chemicals, and niche manufacturing.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Rick worked at General Electric Company and GE Capital. As part of their Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions teams, he coordinated a variety of strategic acquisitions in the financial services, plastics, medical systems, electronics, and aerospace industries. Before joining the M&A group, Rick was a member of the GE Corporate Finance Staff, where he helped design and implement improved business strategies and operating processes for GE Capital business units.
Rick received his undergraduate degree with honors from Stanford University and earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Tareck is a Managing Director in the London office, with responsibility for European real estate debt investments.
Prior to joining H.I.G., he was head of commercial real estate debt investments for EMEA at PIMCO, focusing on private transactions. He previously held senior positions at Societe Generale and RBS, both on the public side, in the asset-backed trading team, and on the private side, as head of European CMBS structuring.
He has 22 years of investment and financial services experience and holds a master's degree in finance from the London School of Economics. He also has a statistics degree from ENSAE and an engineering degree from the Ecole Polytechnique.
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Esteban is a Principal with responsibility for sourcing and executing real estate transactions in Spain and Portugal.
Esteban has been investing in European real estate for more than twelve years, most recently as a Principal at Aermont Capital, focusing on Spain and Portugal, where he was responsible for the acquisition and management of a variety of real estate asset classes and investment strategies. Prior to Aermont (previously Perella Weinberg Real Estate), Esteban worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland´s Structure Property Finance Team, and before that in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of Lehman Brothers in London. Esteban started his career at McKinsey & Company in Madrid.
Esteban holds an M.B.A. degree from NYU Stern School of Business and a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from University Carlos III of Madrid.
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.
Brian is Co-President of H.I.G. Capital. He joined the firm in 1994. In his current position, along with Co-President Rick Rosen, he helps run the day-to-day operations of the firm and sits on the investment committees for all H.I.G. funds. Prior to this role, Brian held a number of leadership positions at the firm, as well as having led the acquisition of over 25 platform investments in a variety of industries.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Brian worked in PepsiCo’s strategic planning group. His responsibilities included managing strategic acquisitions for PepsiCo and evaluating new business opportunities. Brian began his career with the investment banking firm of Dillon, Read and Co. where he split his time between the corporate finance group and the private equity funds, Saratoga Partners and Yorktown Partners.
Brian earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and his B.S. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania.
Andrew Scotland, based in London, is a Managing Director and co-heads the firm's European non-control distressed corporate debt activities. 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 twenty-two 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.
James Smith is a Director based in H.I.G.’s London office. He works within the real estate asset management team, and specialises in U.K. and European real estate.
James’s career spans more than 20 years, having held senior positions in private equity and real estate investment businesses, covering all aspects of asset management, property development, acquisitions and disposals. Prior to working with H.I.G. he was an Executive Director and European Head of Asset Management for specialist retail investor and developer Thor Equities, where he oversaw the €2 billion European portfolio. Before Thor Equities, James was responsible for the M&A team of Atrium European Real Estate, where he was responsible for acquisitions and disposals throughout the European portfolio of €3 billion. Earlier in his career, James worked for Goodman and Europa Capital in various transaction and asset management roles.
James holds a BSc (Hons) in Urban Property Surveying from Northumbria University.
Igor Suica is a Principal in H.I.G.’s Paris office where he will focus on French and Belgian direct lending opportunities.
Igor has nearly two decades of experience in credit and leveraged finance. He joined H.I.G. from Alcentra Ltd. where he spent the last five years originating and structuring mid-market investments in the French market for the company’s direct lending funds, after having joined the company’s CLO investment platform in 2010. Prior to that, Igor was in charge of the credit team for West LB’s CLO. Prior to West LB, he held several positions at Bank of America in New York and London in acquisition finance, credit and financial sponsor coverage.
Igor earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton Business School and joint undergraduate degrees from Northeastern University in Boston and IFAM in Paris.
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.
Henrik Telle is a Principal in the Madrid office of H.I.G. WhiteHorse and focuses on direct lending activities in Spain and Portugal.
Prior to joining H.I.G. WhiteHorse, Henrik worked as a Director in the debt advisory team at PwC where he originated, structured and executed direct lending solutions for corporate clients and private equity investors in Spain. Before that, Henrik was an Associate Director in the Structured Finance team at HBOS/Lloyds Banking Group, financing LBOs both in Spain and in other European countries. Henrik started his professional career in the investment team of Allianz Life Insurance with a focus on public and private equity investments.
Henrik graduated with a degree in European Business Administration from Otto-Friedrich-University in Bamberg, Germany.
Stelios is a Principal 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.
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.