Jens Alsleben, Managing Director, Germany. Prior to joining H.I.G., Jens was a Managing Director with Strategic Value Partners in Frankfurt, a multi-billion dollar firm focusing on distressed opportunities, including restructurings, insolvencies, and debt for equity transactions.
Prior to that, he was the CFO for a leading European embedded software company. Jens began his business career at Deutsche Bank, where he spent ten years in Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance. Before joining Deutsche Bank, Jens served 8 years as an officer in the German Airforce (1st Lieutenant).
Jens received an MBA from the University of Federal Armed Forces (Hamburg, Germany) and Ashridge Business College (London, UK).
Luciano Anzanello is a Director in our Milan office. Prior to joining H.I.G., Luciano spent more than twelve years in the mergers and acquisitions industry, both as advisor and investor.
As partner at Atlantis Partners in Milan, the leading independent institutional investment firm focused on Italian mid-size companies in Special Situations, Luciano focused on investments in Manufacturing, Consumer Products, Media and Green Energy companies.
Before that, Luciano was a manager with H&C in Milan, an industrial family office, where he completed several investments in a broad range of sectors and situations, including start-ups, buyouts and restructurings. Previously, Luciano worked in Camuzzi Group, a multinational utility company.
Luciano graduated in Economy of International Commerce and Currency Market from University of Trieste.
Juan Barnechea, Principal, Spain. Juan focuses on growth, LBO and special situations investments in the Iberian Peninsula. Before joining H.I.G., he was a Managing Director at The Riverside Company, a leading Global mid-market private equity firm. During his 5-year tenure at Riverside, he led the firm’s pan-European Origination team, directly sourced transactions in Spain, Portugal and Italy and managed the relationship with pan-European lenders. Previously, he was a Director and Head of corporate markets at Lloyds TSB Bank where he led the team responsible for originating and executing lending, structured and project finance transactions with Spanish companies.
Juan speaks fluent Spanish, English and Portuguese. He has a B.A. in Economics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, a HND in international Business from Leeds Metropolitan University and he completed an executive leadership development program at IMD Business School, Switzerland.
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, Socio, España. Antes de unirse a H.I.G., Jaime fue el fundador y Presidente de Gala Capital, una firma de capital riesgo nombrada como una de las tres mejores empresas de Private Equity en España por la revista Private Equity Investor.
Antes de fundar Gala Capital en 2004, Jaime fue Presidente de Merrill Lynch para España y Portugal, dirigiendo la mayor entidad de banca de inversión en la Península Ibérica con más de 300 profesionales. Antes de Merrill Lynch, fue Managing Director del departamento de Banca de Inversión en Goldman Sachs. Jaime ha sido miembro de varios consejos de administración de empresas públicas y privadas, incluyendo la bolsa de Madrid y actualmente es miembro del consejo de administración de Bacardi Limited.
Jaime tiene un MBA de la Northwestern University y es ingeniero Civil por la Universidad de Texas.
Wolfgang Biedermann, Managing Director, heads up H.I.G.'s activities in Germany. 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 in excess of €700 Million. At CDC, he led a number of successful private equity investments in France.
Prior to that, Olivier was the head of leverage finance for Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) in France, where he led a significant number of financings for private equity transactions.
Olivier has earned a MA degree in corporate law, from CNAM Paris and subsequently received an MA degree in business from Lyon University.
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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.
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.
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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, 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.
Cédric Lépée, Principal, France. Before joining H.I.G. in 2008, Cédric worked as a Senior Investment Manager at Qualium (formerly CDC Capital Investissement), a French leading midcap buyout firm. Cédric began his career within the M&A division of Lazard in Paris. He took part to several transactions especially in the retail and industrial sectors.
Cédric graduated from ESCP Europe business school (Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris).
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 es Fundador y co-CEO de H.I.G. Capital. Ha dirigido el desarrollo de H.I.G. desde su fundación en 1993 y aprueba todas las inversiones realizadas por H.I.G. Es miembro del Consejo de Administración de varias empresas participadas por H.I.G. Sami actualmente forma parte de la Junta de la Universidad de Columbia y del Consejo del Decano de la Facultad de Derecho de Harvard.
Antes de fundar H.I.G., Sami fue Managing Director en The Blackstone Group en Nueva York. Con anterioridad, fue Vice President en el departamento de Fusiones y Adquisiciones en Morgan Stanley & Co., donde dedicó una cantidad significativa de su tiempo a asesorar y financiar leveraged buyouts, trabajando con un número destacado de empresas de Private Equity. En el transcurso de su carrera, el Sr. Mnaymneh ha llevado a cabo más de 75 transacciones en una amplia gama de industrias.
Sami obtuvo una licenciatura, Summa Cum Laude, de la Universidad de Columbia y posteriormente recibió el título de Doctor en Derecho y un M.B.A. con honores, de Harvard Law School y Harvard Business School, respectivamente.
Dr. Johannes Natterer is a Principal in our London office. He started his career with the Hoechst AG/Celanese AG where he worked as a plant manager in the basic chemicals division and as a Six Sigma Black Belt. He then joined McKinsey & Company and worked as an engagement manager on restructuring and efficiency enhancement projects in various industries. At his last position before joining H.I.G. in 2008, Johannes led an effort for global production site optimization with the specialty chemical company Degussa AG/Evonik AG. At H.I.G., he focusses on chemical investments as well as restructuring and operational improvement topics.
Johannes has obtained a PhD in physical chemistry at the University of Bonn after studying in Berkeley, Berlin and Bayreuth.
Vania Antonio Panizza is a Director in our Milan office. Prior to joining H.I.G., Vania was a Director with AlixPartners where he worked on profitability improvement initiatives and restructuring cases for industrial and consumer goods companies.
Previously, he was an Associate Director with 3i Private Equity, where he participated to midmarket transactions in Italy, Spain and France and was a member of the firm’s general industrial practice. Prior to that, he was with Bain & Company. Vania started his career as an operations engineer at Pirelli in Italy and in the United States.
Vania holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Master of Science in engineering from Politecnico di Milano and ICAI in Madrid. He speaks fluent Italian, English, and Spanish.
Leopoldo Reaño, Principal, España. Leo se concentra en inversiones de crecimiento, LBOs e inversiones en situaciones especiales y reestructuraciones en la Península Ibérica.
Con anterioridad a su incorporación a H.I.G., era Director de Inversiones y Socio de Gala Capital Partners, una firma de capital riesgo líder en el mid market español. Durante los 7 años que permaneció en Gala Capital Partners, ejerció durante dos años como Consejero Delegado de Núcleo de Comunicaciones y Control S.L.. Previamente, fue Vice President en Credit Suisse, donde asesoraba a compañías de pequeña y mediana capitalización en materia de Fusiones y Adquisiciones y Corporate Finance.
Leopoldo es titular de la designación profesional CFA y licenciado en Economía por la 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 es Fundador y co-CEO de H.I.G. Capital. Ha liderado el desarrollo de H.I.G. desde su fundación en 1993 y aprueba todos las inversiones realizadas por H.I.G. Tony ha liderado satisfactoriamente numerosas inversiones en H.I.G. tanto en el área de MBOs como en el de capital expansión. Tiene una amplia experiencia trabajando y desarrollando empresas en fase de desarrollo y de tamaño medio. Tony es miembro del Consejo de Administración de varias empresas participadas por H.I.G. Actualmente es miembro del Consejo del Decano de la Universidad de Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Antes de H.I.G., Tony fue socio en Bain & Company, donde desarrolló la estrategia de unidades de negocio y de operaciones, la implementación de iniciativas para mejorar la productividad y dirigió las actividades de adquisición y venta para un número importante de clientes del Fortune 500. Tony tiene una amplia experiencia operativa y de gestión. Ha ocupado posiciones en marketing, ingeniería y fabricación en Hewlett-Packard y Sprint Corporation.
Tony obtuvo un M.B.A. de Harvard Business School y un Máster en Ingeniería Eléctrica de la Universidad de Stanford, y una licenciatura de la Universidad de Rutgers.