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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Guido Lorenzi is a Principal 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.