Ignacio Blasco

Ignacio Blasco

Ignacio is a Managing Director at H.I.G. WhiteHorse. He is based in the Madrid office and is responsible for all key aspects of private debt transactions in Spain, including deal origination, transaction structuring and negotiating, and post-closing portfolio company oversight. He has 30 years of experience in finance and investment banking, with most of his career focusing on structured and leveraged loans.

Prior to joining H.I.G., he was a Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey’s Corporate Finance division in Madrid, being responsible for Capital Markets Advisory and Financial Sponsor Coverage. Before that, Ignacio was a Managing Partner at Montalbán Debt Funds.

From 2011 to 2016, Ignacio was Head of Leveraged Capital Markets EMEA for Société Générale in London. Before that, he was Head of Leveraged and Acquisition Finance for Société Générale in Spain.

Ignacio holds a Law degree from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and an M.B.A. from ESADE in Barcelona.

John Bolduc

John Bolduc

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

Kenneth Borton

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.

Charles Bourgeois

Charles Bourgeois

Charles is a Principal at H.I.G. WhiteHorse based in the Paris office. He focuses on the French market and is responsible for all key aspects of private debt transactions, including deal origination, transaction structuring and negotiation, and post-closing portfolio company oversight. He has 13 years of experience in direct lending and corporate finance.

Prior to joining H.I.G., he was an Executive Director in the Private Debt division of Tikehau Capital in Paris. Before that, Charles worked at GE Capital, SG and LD&A Jupiter.

Charles holds an MSc in Management from EMLyon Business School.

Rob de Bruin

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 Green

Keith Green

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.

Pankaj Gupta

Pankaj Gupta

Pankaj is the President of WhiteHorse U.S. and Global Head of Originations. In this capacity, he oversees the U.S. Direct Lending business, as well as origination and deployment efforts for WhiteHorse globally. Pankaj serves on the management and investment committees of both WhiteHorse U.S. and WhiteHorse Europe. He has over twenty three years of experience in private debt and equity investing across a broad range of industries, including business services, manufacturing, distribution, telecom, healthcare, consumer products and consumer services.

Before joining WhiteHorse, Pankaj was a Managing Director with American Capital (NASDAQ:ACAS), a middle-market investment firm. While at ACAS, he was a co-head of the debt investment business. Pankaj also sat on the Board of Directors of several ACAS portfolio companies. Prior to ACAS, Pankaj spent six years at Audax Group, a Boston and New York-based private equity and mezzanine firm with $5 billion under management. As a Senior Vice President with Audax, Mr. Gupta was responsible for the origination, structuring, execution and monitoring of mezzanine investments.

Pankaj received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Dartmouth College.

Alexandru Hristea

Alexandru Hristea

Alex is a Director at H.I.G. WhiteHorse, based in the London office. He is responsible for transaction underwriting and execution, and post-closing portfolio company oversight.

Prior to joining H.I.G., Alex was at Barclays in London within the Leveraged Finance team. He had previous experiences in private equity with Nordic Capital and leveraged finance with Morgan Stanley.

Alex holds a MSc in Economics and International Financial Economics from the University of Warwick and a BSc in Economics and Finance from the University of York.

Marcel Koch

Marcel Koch

Marcel is a Principal 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., 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.

Sebastian Lorenz

Sebastian Lorenz

Sebastian is a Principal at H.I.G. WhiteHorse. He is the Head of the DACH region for WhiteHorse and is responsible for all key aspects of private debt transactions including deal origination, transaction structuring and negotiating, and post-closing portfolio company oversight. He has 11 years of experience in direct lending and leveraged finance.

Prior to joining H.I.G. he was leading the DACH region for the Private Finance division of Barings. Before that, Sebastian was working at Ares Management.

Sebastian holds a Diploma in Business Administration from University of Bayreuth, Germany.

Michael Lucas

Michael Lucas

Michael is a Managing Director at H.I.G. WhiteHorse. He is based in the London office and is responsible for all key aspects of private debt transactions including deal origination, transaction structuring and negotiating, and post-closing portfolio company oversight. He has 27 years of experience in direct lending and leveraged finance.

Prior to joining H.I.G. he was a Founding Partner and Head of the UK at Bridgepoint Credit. Before that Michael spent over 20 years at ING, where he most recently served as Global Head of Financial Sponsors.

Michael holds a BSc in Business Economics from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.

Pascal Meysson

Pascal Meysson

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

Sami Mnaymneh

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.

Rick Rosen

Rick Rosen

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. 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 Schwartz

Brian Schwartz

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.

Tony Tamer

Tony Tamer

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.

Laurent Vaille

Laurent Vaille

Laurent is a Principal at H.I.G. WhiteHorse based in the London office. He focuses on the French market and is responsible for all key aspects of private debt transactions, including deal origination, transaction structuring and negotiation, and post-closing portfolio company oversight. He has 13 years of experience in direct lending and corporate finance.

Prior to joining H.I.G., he was an Executive Director in the Private Debt division of Tikehau in Paris. Before that, Laurent worked at Ernst & Young and Deloitte Finance.

Laurent holds an MSc in International Strategy Management & Consulting from Audencia Nantes School of Management.

Hendrik Worschech

Hendrik Worschech

Hendrik is a Director at H.I.G. WhiteHorse. He is responsible for transaction underwriting and execution, and post-closing portfolio company oversight with a focus on the DACH region.

Prior to joining H.I.G., Hendrik worked for J.P. Morgan in London and was a Vice President in the Leveraged Finance team. Hendrik has extensive experience in underwriting financings for sponsor-backed companies in a broad range of industries.

Hendrik earned a BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick in the UK.

Senior Members of Direct Lending Team