Rosen, Gerson and Chou earn promotions

From our Women's PE Briefs - week commencing June 7, 2021

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Rosen and Gerson earn promotions at CapitalG

CapitalG’s Jamie Rosen and Nina Gerson earn promotions. Jamie and Nina are both now vice presidents with the independent growth fund of Google parent Alphabet. Both joined CapitalG in 2019. Jamie, who previously was with Bain & Co., has invested in Orca Security and Expel. Nina earlier this year became an observer on the board of Strive Health after helping lead CapitalG into the kidney care company. Her portfolio also includes Next Insurance.

Chou is promoted to principal at Felicis Ventures

Felicis Ventures promotes Grace Chou. Grace is now a principal with the Menlo Park venture firm. She has sourced and worked on the firm’s investments in TrialSpark, Sprout Therapy, Torch, Good Dog, Marigold Health, Floravere, LabGenius, Sendoso and Kyklo. Prior to Felicis, Grace was senior manager of corporate development at Walmart eCommerce.

Felicis last year closed its seventh and largest-ever fund at $510 million. It does everything from seed to Series C deals.

Mirani to oversee HarbourVest’s new Singapore office while Hao joins HarbourVest’s Hong Kong office

HarbourVest appoints Lydia Hao to its Hong Kong investment team and opens a Singapore office overseen by Hemal Mirani.

Lydia joins the firm as a managing director. She was previously at Neuberger Berman where she was a principal in their Asia private equity team. Lydia also has experience on the CPP Investment Board in Hong Kong as one of the founding members of the private equity Asia team.

The new Singapore office will be overseen by Hemal, who oversees the firm’s operations and strategy for Asia Pacific, including Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul and Tokyo. The Singapore team will initially include four employees from across the investment, investor relations, operations and regulatory functions, including chief administrative officer Mary Traer and Hemal. Mary oversees the tax team, solutions and deal structuring and office services.

HarbourVest is an independent, global private markets investment specialist with over 35 years of experience and more than $76 billion in assets under management.

Bohannon, Graves Lennix and Oswald join Tikehau Capital

Tikehau Capital adds Amy Bohannon, Djena Graves Lennix and Ellen Oswald to its New York team.

Amy joins as U.S. general counsel. She previously was associate general counsel at J.C. Flowers & Co and prior to that, spent time as an attorney in Shearman & Sterling’s asset management practice.

Djena is now the executive director on the sales & marketing team, responsible for U.S. regional business development and LP coverage. She has more than 16 years of financial services experience, most recently at Partners Group, where she was a regional leader of U.S. institutional fundraising. Djena’s background also includes stints with ICV Capital Partners and Morgan Stanley.

Ellen joins as a vice president on the sales & marketing team responsible for U.S. consultant and select regional LP coverage. Ellen’s previous experience includes working in private markets such as Capital Dynamics, where she was a member of the consultant relations team.

Tikehau Capital is a global alternative asset management group with expertise in private debt, real assets, private equity and capital markets strategies.

Scherbel earns a promotion at AllegisCyber Capital

AllegisCyber Capital promotes Jennifer Scherbel. Jennifer is now a senior associate at the early-stage venture capital firm. Jennifer has held a wide range of accountant positions and has contributed her investment and operational skills to the firm since 2019.

Before AllegisCyber, Jennifer was director of alumni relations for Cougar Capital, the student-run venture capital and private equity fund at the Marriott School at Brigham Young University. Before Cougar Capital, she served as a finance effectiveness management consulting senior associate, corporate responsibility fellow, and audit associate for PwC.

Based in Palo Alto, Calif., AllegisCyber has a strategic partnership with cybersecurity start-up studio DataTribe.

Brozyniak leaves MJ Hudson Limited to join Charles Russell Speechlys

Private equity attorney Edyta Brozyniak has changed law firms. Edyta has left MJ Hudson Limited to join Charles Russell Speechlys. She joins the law firm’s financial services and funds team as a partner. With a focus on family offices and foundations in Europe, specifically Germany and Switzerland, Edyta advises institutional and ultra-high-net-worth individuals on investments in private equity funds, venture capital funds, co-investments and investor negotiations. She has experience in limited partner representation and advising on investment management agreements.

The financial services and funds team at CRS works with clients from across the financial services industry including commercial and private banks, funds, fintech innovators, family offices, insurance companies and market infrastructure providers, advising them on regulatory, transactional and strategic matters.

In a statement, Edyta said, “the importance of access to the Luxembourg market for UK-based investment managers has never been greater. I am thrilled to join a full-service international law firm, which benefits from having a well-respected Luxembourg office and funds practice. I look forward to working alongside teams across the firm’s international network as I continue to grow my practice.”

Schlagenhauf joins Baird Capital as a vice president

Baird Capital adds Becca Schlagenhauf to its team. Becca left Northwestern Mutual Capital to join Baird’s global private equity team as vice president. In this role, she will focus on investments within the industrial technology and solutions sector.

In her prior role at Northwestern, Becca was responsible for managing all aspects of the investment process, including deal origination, business, market and legal due diligence, investment thesis construction, valuation and security pricing and structuring. She previously spent six years at Baird on its equity research team. In a statement, Becca said, “I am thrilled to join Baird Capital and return to the firm’s deeply collaborative culture.”

Baird Capital makes venture capital, growth equity and private equity investments in strategically targeted sectors around the world.

Bonnet leaves High-Tech Gründerfonds to join Alantra Energy Transition

Lucille Bonnet leaves her role as a principal with High-Tech Gründerfonds to help lead a new energy transition fund. Lucille is now managing director with Alantra Energy Transition. She and Bastien Gambini will co-lead the Klima Energy Transition Fund, which was formed by Alantra and Enagás. Alantra said the fund has held a first close at 80 million euros. The goal for the fund is 150 million euros. Klima will target companies accelerating the energy transition and will focus on low carbon gases; smart power grids, energy storage and renewable technologies; digitalization of the whole energy equation; and sustainable transportation.

Larsen Wildman joins Vestar Capital Partners as a senior advisor

Vestar Capital Partners adds Jane Larsen Wildman to its team. Jane joins the private equity firm as a senior advisor focused on the beauty and personal care sector. In this role, she will work closely with Vestar’s consumer group to actively seek and evaluate new investment opportunities in the beauty and personal care sector and help portfolio companies enhance their strategy and operations.

Jane brings over 30 years of experience, having led companies on strategy, brand building, channel expansion and digital transformation. She most recently served as president and board member of Combe, Inc., a family-owned personal care business, and prior to that was a partner at The Partnering Group. She spent more than 25 years at Procter & Gamble, where she served as general manager of beauty care and global vice president and chief marketing officer for baby care.

In a statement, Jane said, “I am honored to join the Vestar team at this important time in the rapidly evolving consumer and retail markets. Vestar’s strong team and their strategy of building long-term enterprise value through deep partnerships with their portfolio companies attracted me to the firm. Their collaborative approach with management teams and founders is crucial in realizing maximum growth, and I look forward to working with the team to help companies achieve their goals.”

Vestar is a middle-market private equity firm specializing in management buyouts, recapitalizations and growth equity investments in the consumer, health care and business and technology services sectors.

Castillo McAniff is now head of diversity and inclusion at Oaktree Capital Management

After 13 years at Oaktree Capital Management, Jerilyn Castillo McAniff has moved into a new role. Jerilyn, a managing director, is now head of diversity and inclusion with the alternative investment firm. Previously, she worked on the firm’s U.S. High Yield Bond Group and served as co-head of Oaktree’s diversity and inclusion council.

Formed in 1995, Oaktree had $153 billion in assets under management in March. It invests in high yield bonds, convertible securities, distressed debt, real estate, control investments and listed equities.

Tuttle and Ali-Ahmad join BBH Capital Partners

Elena Tuttle and Karima Ali-Ahmad are joining BBH Capital Partners, a private equity strategy of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. Elena and Karima are now business development officers and will be reporting to Alice Birnbaum, the firm’s head of business development.

Prior to joining the firm, Elena was a business development officer with PNC Business Credit, where she sourced and structured senior secured lending solutions for middle-market businesses pursuing management buyouts, recapitalizations, acquisitions, refinances, growth capital and turnarounds.

Karima came to BBH from Guggenheim Partners, where she led business development and origination efforts specific to founder, family and entrepreneur-owned companies, with an emphasis on non-control investment opportunities.

BBH Capital provides friendly capital solutions to growth-oriented middle-market companies.

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