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 è Director dell’ufficio di Milano. Prima di unirsi a H.I.G. Luciano ha maturato un’esperienza di oltre dodici anni nel mercato M&A, sia come advisor che come investitore.
Come partner, a Milano, di Atlantis Partner, primaria società d’investimento indipendente focalizzata sulle medie imprese italiane in Special Situations, Luciano si è specializzato su investimenti in aziende attive nel settore manifatturiero, dei beni di consumo, media e green energy.
In precedenza, a Milano, Luciano è stato investment manager di H&C, family office di estrazione industriale, dove ha completato diversi investimenti in un ampio spettro di settori e situazioni, inclusi start-up, buyout e ristrutturazioni. Precedentemente Luciano ha lavorato nel Gruppo Camuzzi, multinazionale attiva nel settore delle utility.
Luciano si è laureato in Economia del Commercio Internazionale e dei Mercati Valutari all’Università di 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.
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.
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).
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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 fourteen years of private equity experience, having completed transactions ranging from LBOs to restructurings and credit investments across industry sectors, with a particular focus on business services and healthcare.
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 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.
Raffaele Legnani, Managing Director, è a capo delle attività di H.I.G. in Italia. Raffaele opera nel mercato del private equity italiano dal 1996.
Prima di unirsi a H.I.G. Raffaele è stato il partner fondatore di Atlantis Partners a Milano, primaria società d’investimento indipendente focalizzata sulle medie imprese italiane in Special Situations. In precedenza Raffaele ha completato un significativo numero di investimenti, sia direttamente che con fondi di private equity (Stellican, basato a Londra, e Wexford Management, basato negli Stati Uniti) ricoprendo il ruolo di consigliere d’amministrazione operativo in diverse partecipate. Precedentemente Raffaele ha lavorato nell’investment banking di Goldman Sachs a Londra.
Raffaele si è laureato con lode in Economia Aziendale e Finanza all’Università Bocconi di Milano.
Edouard Lesieur, Director, Paris. Prior to joining H.I.G. in 2007, Edouard worked as a Senior Manager in the leveraged finance department of the Royal Bank of Scotland in France. He notably participated in the structuring and financing of numerous LBO transactions in France and in Europe. Edouard started his career at CACIB (acquisition finance department) in Paris and London before joining BNP Paribas’ loan market department in New York.
Edouard graduated with an MSc in Finance from ESCP Europe Business School (Ecole Supérieur de Commerce de Paris).
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.
Sami Mnaymneh è fondatore e co-CEO di H.I.G. Capital. Ha guidato lo sviluppo della società dalla sua fondazione nel 1993 e ne approva tutti gli investimenti. Sami attualmente fa parte del Consiglio di Amministrazione del Columbia College e del Dean’s Council della Harvard Law School.
Prima di fondare H.I.G., Sami è stato Managing Director di Blackstone Group a New York. In precedenza è stato Vice President della divisione M&A presso Morgan Stanley & Co. dove ha dedicato la maggior parte del suo tempo ad operazioni di leveraged buyout, lavorando come Senior Advisor per importanti società di private equity. Durante la sua carriera Sami ha condotto oltre 75 transazioni in una ampia gamma di settori.
Sami si è laureato, con lode e primo del proprio corso, alla Columbia University e successivamente ha conseguito un J.D. degree ed un M.B.A. con lode, rispettivamente presso la Harward Law School e la Harvard Business School.
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 è un Director del nostro ufficio di Milano. Prima di unirsi al team di H.I.G., Vania era un Director in AlixPartners dove si è occupato di progetti di incremento redditività e di casi di ristrutturazione per aziende nei settori industriale e nei beni di largo consumo.
In precedenza, Vania era un Associate Director in 3i Private Equity dove ha partecipato a operazioni in Italia, Spagna e Francia ed era membro del gruppo di professionisti specializzati in aziende industriali. Prima di 3i, Vania ha lavorato in Bain & Company. Vania ha iniziato la sua carriera professionale come ingegnere di produzione in Pirelli lavorando in Italia e negli Stati Uniti.
Vania ha ottenuto un MBA all’INSEAD, è laureato in Ingegneria Gestionale al Politecnico di Milano e all’ICAI di Madrid. Parla correttamente Italiano, Inglese e Spagnolo.
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 è fondatore e co-CEO di H.I.G. Capital. Ha guidato lo sviluppo della società dalla sua fondazione nel 1993 e ne approva tutti gli investimenti. Tony ha guidato innumerevoli investimenti di successo presso H.I.G., sia management buyout che growth capital. Vanta una vasta esperienza avendo lavorato e guidato sia aziende in via di sviluppo che medie imprese. Tony è membro del Consiglio di Amministrazione di diverse società del portafoglio di H.I.G. Attualmente fa parte anche del Dean’s Council della Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Prima di H.I.G., Tony è stato partner di Bain & Company dove ha sviluppato business unit e strategie operative, implementato progetti di performance improvement e completato acquisizioni e cessioni per vari clienti Fortune 500. Tony ha una vasta esperienza operativa. Ha ricoperto ruoli operativi nelle funzioni marketing, engineering e produzione presso Hewlett Packard e Sprint Corporation.
Tony, dopo una laurea triennale presso la Rutgers University, ha conseguito un M.B.A. presso la Harvard Business School e un Master in Ingegneria Elettronica presso la Stanford University.