Governance

  • Board of Directors

    The Board of Directors ensures that the interests of the company and its shareholders are served and protected.

    • Adrien
      de Boisanger

      Board Member

      BIOGRAPHY

      Adrien de Boisanger is the Chairman of Quilvest S.A. and a director of Quilvest & Partners S.A. He is the co-founder of 360 Advisory LLP, an FCA regulated buy-side advisory firm, specialising in unlisted equity transactions.

      Prior to 360 Advisory, Adrien spent over 15 years working in various Investment Banking divisions of leading Financial Institutions (RBS, Merrill Lynch and BNP Paribas), in Madrid, Paris and London.

      During the course of his career, Adrien has advised Financial Institutions and Corporate clients in structuring highly complex financial engineering structures, working in both Fixed Income and Equity divisions.

      His managerial responsibilities ranged from origination and structuring, to the execution of cross-border financial transactions.

       

      Adrien acted as Guest Teacher in Finance at the London School of Economics, where he received an award for “outstanding contribution to teaching” in 2014.

      Adrien currently sits on the Board of Directors of Quilvest SA, Quilvest Wealth Management, Quilvest and Partners. He is a member of the supervisory board of Quilvest Banque Privée, and of the board of International Advisory Services, the Bemberg family council. He holds various business directorships, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Ecole Jeannine Manuel UK.

      Adrien graduated from Paris II University (MA Company and Tax Law), and holds two post-graduate degrees from University College London (LLM), and the London School of Economics (Finance).

      Adrien de Boisanger lives in London.

    • Adrien
      de Boisanger

      Board Member

      BIOGRAPHY

      Adrien de Boisanger is the Chairman of Quilvest S.A. and a director of Quilvest & Partners S.A. He is the co-founder of 360 Advisory LLP, an FCA regulated buy-side advisory firm, specialising in unlisted equity transactions.

      Prior to 360 Advisory, Adrien spent over 15 years working in various Investment Banking divisions of leading Financial Institutions (RBS, Merrill Lynch and BNP Paribas), in Madrid, Paris and London.

      During the course of his career, Adrien has advised Financial Institutions and Corporate clients in structuring highly complex financial engineering structures, working in both Fixed Income and Equity divisions.

      His managerial responsibilities ranged from origination and structuring, to the execution of cross-border financial transactions.

       

      Adrien acted as Guest Teacher in Finance at the London School of Economics, where he received an award for “outstanding contribution to teaching” in 2014.

      Adrien currently sits on the Board of Directors of Quilvest SA, Quilvest Wealth Management, Quilvest and Partners. He is a member of the supervisory board of Quilvest Banque Privée, and of the board of International Advisory Services, the Bemberg family council. He holds various business directorships, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Ecole Jeannine Manuel UK.

      Adrien graduated from Paris II University (MA Company and Tax Law), and holds two post-graduate degrees from University College London (LLM), and the London School of Economics (Finance).

      Adrien de Boisanger lives in London.

    • Craig
      Donaldson

      Board Member

      BIOGRAPHY

      Craig Donaldson was appointed to the board in 2018 – and is chairman of the Renumeration and Nomination Committee.

      With 30 years of experience in alternative investments, including private equity, real estate, energy, forestry, private debt and other control-oriented investment strategies, his responsibilities have included investments, portfolio management, business strategy and planning, team building, management, external communications, fundraising and client service.

      Mr. Donaldson was a founding partner of HgCapital, a leading private equity firm (he retired in 2017).  Craig was a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and served on its Investment, Portfolio Review and Valuation Committees. He led the partnership’s client functions, its co-investment activities, and its business strategy and planning work. Prior to co-founding HgCapital in 2000, Craig held investment, portfolio management and client roles at Clarion Partners, UBS and PGIM. He is a graduate of Babson College.

       

      Craig maintains an active non-executive agenda involving charitable, corporate and private business activities. He is an independent director and advisor to investment firms, portfolio companies and limited partners – and devotes significant time to mentoring. He is strategic advisor to London-based Tenzing Private Equity and to a private New York and Palo Alto-based investment group and family office. He also provides project-based advice to a European alternatives business. Craig was a board member of TPC Broadband, and mentored the company’s CEO (the business was sold to private equity in June, 2020). Craig co-chairs the Investment Committee for the endowment of Babson College, where he is a trustee and a member of the board’s Executive Committee.  Craig proudly serves as mentor to a US Naval officer and former Seal Team Commander.

    • Robin
      Filmer-Wilson

      Board Member

      BIOGRAPHY

      Robin Filmer-Wilson was appointed director of the Company on June 10th, 2016. His term of office expires in the year 2022. Mr. Robin Filmer-Wilson is a founding shareholder of LABCO SAS, Europe’s largest diagnostic group, which he developed from EUR 25m in turnover to EUR 650m in turnover between 2004 to 2015, when the group was eventually sold to Cinven.

      Robin is an experienced private equity professional with a global career beginning in 1998 at Brown Brothers Harriman in New York followed by Baring Private Equity, TCR Capital and most recently, ArchiMed SAS, Europe’s leading independent healthcare private equity group where he is a Managing Partner. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Hera Capital, a SE Asian private equity group and a Director of Menalabs Cerba, a Middle Eastern diagnostic group. Robin holds a BSFS from Georgetown University and an MBA from INSEAD.

    • Alexis
      Meffre

      Executive Chairman, Executive Committee Member, Board Member

      Paris

      BIOGRAPHY

      Alexis joined Quilvest Private Equity in 2018. He is the Executive Chairman.

      Alexis has over 20 years of private equity and finance experience across Europe, the USA and the MEA.

      Prior to joining Quilvest, Alexis was a Director at ACG Capital (ex Groupama Private Equity): co-manager of the investment team and member of the investment committee. He was leading private equity fund Investments in primary and secondary opportunities, buy-out, venture capital / growth equity, debt funds / mezzanine, infrastructure and special situations. He was also actively involved in client relationship, fundraising and new products development.

      From 2003 to 2007, Alexis co-founded the Private Equity team at Proparco (a French Development Financial Institution) where he founded the Private Equity team, focusing on Emerging markets (direct investments, private equity fund investments and co-investments).

      He started his career as financial analyst in Sydney with BNP PARIBAS Equities Australia and then joined GOLDMAN SACHS Global Investment Research focusing on EMEA markets in London.

      Alexis sits on the Bemberg Family Council, as well as the Boards of Quilvest SA and Quilvest Wealth Management.

      Alexis is a graduate from HEC Paris (Hautes Etudes Commerciales) and IEP Paris (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris). He is married with four children

    • Ana
      Sainz De Vicuña

      Board Member

      BIOGRAPHY

      Ana Sainz de Vicuña is a director of Quilvest & Partners.

      From 1984 to 2003 she worked for Merrill Lynch in Spain both in the Private Banking and Investment Banking units holding a number of different managerial positions.

      Since 2004 she has been a board member of Corporación Financiera Guadalmar, a diversified Family Office with assets in Spain and Latin America (mainly Argentina and Chile). She supervises the Financial Investments Committee as well as the investments in hospitality in Chile.

      Ana is also member of the board of Grupo Security in Chile since 2009. Grupo Security is a Holding Company owning a Bank, an Insurance Company, an Asset Manager and a Services Company. It is listed in the Santiago de Chile Stock Exchange.

      In May 2014 she joined the Board of Inmobiliaria Colonial S.A a listed holding Company who owns Real Estate in Madrid, Barcelona and Paris. She is Chairman of the Audit committee.

      In June 2015 she joined the Board of Acciona S.A, a leading firm in Infrastructure, Renewable Energies and water services. She was also asked to join the Audit Committee. Acciona is also listed in the Madrid Stock Exchange.

      In February 2017 she joined the Board of Prosegur Cash, listed in the Madrid Stock Exchange. Its main activity is Cash Transportation in Europe, Asia and South America. She is a Member of the Appointments and Remunerations Committee.

      Ana holds a BSC Honours Degree in Agricultural Economics from Reading University. She also completed the 77th session of the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School in 2002.

    • Gonzalo
      Tanoira

      Board Member

      BIOGRAPHY

      Gonzalo Tanoira was appointed director of the Company on June 10th, 2016. His term of office expires in the year 2022. Mr. Tanoira lives in Buenos Aires and is a Director of several Argentine companies. He is the president of the Board of Directors of SA San Miguel, the largest citrus producer of the southern hemisphere, with operations in Argentina, Uruguay and South Africa.

      He is also Finance Director of Patagonia Gold, a mining company traded on the LSE with operations in the South of Argentina. He is director of Central Puerto, one of the largest energy generation companies in Argentina and of Grupo Peñaflor, a wine company.

      He has recently been appointed by the new Argentine government as director in its national airliner, Aerolineas Argentinas.

      In the past, Mr. Tanoira has worked in investment banking in New York as an analyst for Bear Stearns & Co, and in consulting as an Associate for Booz Allen & Hamilton in its offices in Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Santiago de Chile.

      He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Belgrano University (Buenos Aires) and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

      He is a member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization) and part of the business council of ESE, at the University of Los Andes (Chile)

  • Executive Committee

    The Executive Committee is composed of the senior management of the firm, and is in charge of designing and implementing the long term strategy and overseeing the various businesses.

    • Benton
      Cummings

      Partner, Executive Committee Member, Co-Head of Private Debt

      New York

      BIOGRAPHY

      Benton is a Partner of Quilvest Private Equity and is based in New York. Benton is responsible for credit focused products at Quilvest and has over 20 years of private equity experience. He is a member of  the Executive Committee and registered officer of Quilvest Securities (US Broker Dealer).

      Prior to joining Quilvest in 2012, Benton was a Managing Director at Prospect Capital, a New York based Business Development Company (BDC) with approximately $2 billion in assets. While at Prospect, Benton was a member of Investment Committee and was responsible for sourcing, evaluating, negotiating, and closing senior debt, junior debt, and equity investments.

      Before joining Prospect, Benton was a Managing Director at Allied Capital, a leading BDC with over $4 billion in assets. Benton led Allied’s private finance group in New York with responsibility for sourcing, evaluating, negotiating, and executing investments.

      Prior to Allied Capital, Benton was an Associate with Morgan Stanley in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group where he focused on M&A and public equity and debt offerings.

      Benton earned a BA in history from Dartmouth College and an MBA from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Benton is married with three children.

    • Jean-Benoit
      Lachaise

      Chief Financial Officer, Executive Committee Member

      Luxembourg

      BIOGRAPHY

      Jean-Benoît Lachaise is the Chief Financial Officer of Quilvest and heads in Luxembourg all group central activities. He is member of the Executive Committee.

      He is also the Managing director of Quilvest Luxembourg Services, a FSP regulated with the CSSF providing administrative services to the Quilvest private equity business line as well as third party clients.

      Prior to joining Quilvest in 2004, Jean-Benoît was CFO and Risk Manager of Credit Lyonnais Luxembourg (Euro 4 billion AUM). He became member of the Bank’s Executive Committee in 1999.

      He joined Credit Lyonnais Luxembourg in 1997 as Head of Internal Audit. Earlier, he was Internal Auditor at Credit Suisse Luxembourg from 1994 to 1997.

      Prior to his banking career, Jean-Benoît worked for two years as a Financial Controller for an automotive industrial company (Guardian Industries).

      He started his career with audit firms, first with Arthur Andersen and then with Coopers & Lybrand. Jean-Benoît is a graduate of ESC Bordeaux.

    • Alexis
      Meffre

      Executive Chairman, Executive Committee Member, Board Member

      Paris

      BIOGRAPHY

      Alexis joined Quilvest Private Equity in 2018. He is the Executive Chairman.

      Alexis has over 20 years of private equity and finance experience across Europe, the USA and the MEA.

      Prior to joining Quilvest, Alexis was a Director at ACG Capital (ex Groupama Private Equity): co-manager of the investment team and member of the investment committee. He was leading private equity fund Investments in primary and secondary opportunities, buy-out, venture capital / growth equity, debt funds / mezzanine, infrastructure and special situations. He was also actively involved in client relationship, fundraising and new products development.

      From 2003 to 2007, Alexis co-founded the Private Equity team at Proparco (a French Development Financial Institution) where he founded the Private Equity team, focusing on Emerging markets (direct investments, private equity fund investments and co-investments).

      He started his career as financial analyst in Sydney with BNP PARIBAS Equities Australia and then joined GOLDMAN SACHS Global Investment Research focusing on EMEA markets in London.

      Alexis sits on the Bemberg Family Council, as well as the Boards of Quilvest SA and Quilvest Wealth Management.

      Alexis is a graduate from HEC Paris (Hautes Etudes Commerciales) and IEP Paris (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris). He is married with four children

    • Maninder
      Saluja

      Partner, Head of Private Equity Funds and Co-Investments, Executive Committee Member

      Hong Kong

      BIOGRAPHY

      Mani is a Partner at Quilvest Private Equity and Head of Funds & Co-Investments globally. He joined Quilvest in New York in 2005 and opened Quilvest’s Hong Kong office in 2010, where he is currently based. He is a member of the Executive Committee.

      While at Quilvest, Mani developed the Asia and emerging market private equity programs and currently oversees Fund & Co-Investments globally, with a particular focus on Asia and the United States. Mani initially joined Quilvest in NY as a member of the direct investment team focused on lead and co-investments primarily in the United States.

      Prior to joining Quilvest, Mani worked at Alvarez & Marsal, a prominent crisis management and restructuring advisory firm, where he worked with creditors

      and distressed companies in various operational and financial turnaround situations.

      Prior to A&M, Mani worked as the Director of Finance and Strategic Planning for a data center and data communications provider in the Northeastern United States.  Mani started his career in the Media & Communications and International investment banking practices of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, both in New York and Hong Kong.

      Mani received his MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BBA with a concentration in finance from the University of Michigan. He is an advisory board member or board observer on a number of Quilvest’s funds and co-investments.  In addition, Mani is on the board of EMPEA, the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association.  He is married with three children.

    • Thomas
      Vatier

      Partner, Executive Committee Member, Co-Head of PE Direct Deals

      Paris

      BIOGRAPHY

      Thomas is a Partner based in Paris. He co-heads Quilvest’s direct investment team and he is a member of  the Executive Committee.

      Since joining Quilvest in 2005, Thomas has participated in numerous private equity investments in France and in Europe, and has served on the Board of Directors of a number of portfolio companies including Acrotec, Vanksen, Sogetrel, Eudonet, EDH and Phaidon.

      Thomas started his career in the Mergers and Acquisitions department of Lazard Frères, first in New York and then in London. While at Lazard, Thomas worked on buy-side, sell-side, and restructuring transactions in the US, Latin America, and Europe.

      Thomas is a graduate of ESCP (Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris) and holds a Master in Industrial Organization from La Sorbonne, awarded with honours.

      He lives in Paris with his wife and three children.

    • Emile
      Zakhia

      Partner, Executive Committee Member, Head of Business Development

      Paris

      BIOGRAPHY

      Emile is a Partner, he is in charge of Business Development and Consulting globally. He is a member of  the Executive Committee.

      Prior to joining Quilvest, Emile was the CEO of AXA Group Solutions, the subsidiary in charge of processes and IT convergence globally (750 professionals serving 25 AXA entities in 16 countries).

      From 1994 to 2008, Emile was with Accenture, where he lead numerous strategy and organization assignments for some of Europe’s leading Banks and Insurance Companies.

      He was promoted to Partner in 2004, and was appointed Managing Director of the French Insurance Practice in 2007.

      Emile sits on several Family and business Boards.

      Emile is a graduate of IEP Paris (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris). He is married with three children.

  • Investment Committee Members

  • MEMBERS OF PRIVATE EQUITY FUNDS & CO-INVESTMENTS INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

    • Benton
      Cummings

      Partner, Executive Committee Member, Co-Head of Private Debt

      New York

      BIOGRAPHY

      Benton is a Partner of Quilvest Private Equity and is based in New York. Benton is responsible for credit focused products at Quilvest and has over 20 years of private equity experience. He is a member of  the Executive Committee and registered officer of Quilvest Securities (US Broker Dealer).

      Prior to joining Quilvest in 2012, Benton was a Managing Director at Prospect Capital, a New York based Business Development Company (BDC) with approximately $2 billion in assets. While at Prospect, Benton was a member of Investment Committee and was responsible for sourcing, evaluating, negotiating, and closing senior debt, junior debt, and equity investments.

      Before joining Prospect, Benton was a Managing Director at Allied Capital, a leading BDC with over $4 billion in assets. Benton led Allied’s private finance group in New York with responsibility for sourcing, evaluating, negotiating, and executing investments.

      Prior to Allied Capital, Benton was an Associate with Morgan Stanley in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group where he focused on M&A and public equity and debt offerings.

      Benton earned a BA in history from Dartmouth College and an MBA from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Benton is married with three children.

    • Carlos
      Heneine

      Senior Executive Officer

      Dubai

      BIOGRAPHY

      Carlos Héneiné is Senior Executive Officer of Quilvest Dubai, which handles co-investor relationships with regional family offices and institutions. He is the co-founder of Quilvest Private Equity in Emerging Markets and a Senior Advisor to Quilvest Private Equity, serving on the Investment Committee of Quilvest Global Funds and EM Co-investments.

      Carlos started his career at British Aerospace (now BAE Systems) and after his MBA embarked on a 10 year stint in Consulting at Booz Allen and Hamilton (now Booz Inc) and Mercer Management (now Oliver Wyman).

      He shifted to the financial sector in 1999 when he joined Banque Saradar as Head of Strategy before assuming his functions at Quilvest in 2005.

      Carlos holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelors degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College of Science and Technology at London University. He is an Advisory board member or board observer on a number of Quilvest’s funds and co-investments. In addition Carlos is on the Latin Council of EMPEA, the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association. He is married with twin daughters.

    • Michele
      Kinner

      Senior Advisor

      New York

      BIOGRAPHY

      Michele joined Quilvest in 2005 as Partner in charge of all Quilvest private equity fund investments in the US. She became a Senior Advisor in 2018 and is a member of the Investment Committees for developed and emerging markets fund programs.

      Michele has over 30 years of private equity and banking experience. For 3 years, she managed private fund investments for Royal Bank of Canada, consulting extensively throughout North America to investors interested in the asset class. Prior to RBC, she was with JPMorgan Chase and its predecessors for over 22 years.

      She oversaw clients’ multi-manager private equity portfolios for Chase Alternative Asset Management, Inc., conducted due diligence and made investment recommendations for Chase’s private equity funds of funds, managing over US $1 billion in the portfolios. Earlier in her career with JPMC, she held various management positions in Private Banking, Corporate Banking, Acquisition Finance and Risk Management.

      Michele also recently assumed the role of US Advisory Director for Campbell Lutyens, a global placement and advisory firm to private alternative investments industries. She holds an MBA from the Whittemore School at the University of New Hampshire and an AB in Economics and Psychology from Smith College. She is married with two sons.

    • Jean-François
      Le Ruyet

      Partner

      London

      BIOGRAPHY

      Based out of our London office, Jean-François is a Partner of Quilvest Private Equity within the Funds and Co-investments team with a focus on Europe. Jean-François is a member of the Development Markets and Emerging Markets Investment Committees. He also sits on the Advisory Board of various PE funds.

      Prior to joining Quilvest, Jean-François gained seven years of management and strategic consulting experience as a Senior Associate Consultant with Bain & Company and a Junior Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company.

      At McKinsey, Jean-François worked with several European private equity funds in various industries, in particular the media and consumer goods sectors. His assignments included strategic and market due diligence, and merger and acquisition valuations. Prior to his consulting career, Jean-François worked for two years as an Analyst at Société Générale in São Paulo, Brazil.

      Jean-François is a graduate of HEC (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales) and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

    • Maninder
      Saluja

      Partner, Head of Private Equity Funds and Co-Investments, Executive Committee Member

      Hong Kong

      BIOGRAPHY

      Mani is a Partner at Quilvest Private Equity and Head of Funds & Co-Investments globally. He joined Quilvest in New York in 2005 and opened Quilvest’s Hong Kong office in 2010, where he is currently based. He is a member of the Executive Committee.

      While at Quilvest, Mani developed the Asia and emerging market private equity programs and currently oversees Fund & Co-Investments globally, with a particular focus on Asia and the United States. Mani initially joined Quilvest in NY as a member of the direct investment team focused on lead and co-investments primarily in the United States.

      Prior to joining Quilvest, Mani worked at Alvarez & Marsal, a prominent crisis management and restructuring advisory firm, where he worked with creditors

      and distressed companies in various operational and financial turnaround situations.

      Prior to A&M, Mani worked as the Director of Finance and Strategic Planning for a data center and data communications provider in the Northeastern United States.  Mani started his career in the Media & Communications and International investment banking practices of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, both in New York and Hong Kong.

      Mani received his MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BBA with a concentration in finance from the University of Michigan. He is an advisory board member or board observer on a number of Quilvest’s funds and co-investments.  In addition, Mani is on the board of EMPEA, the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association.  He is married with three children.

    • Catherine
      Shih

      Partner

      Hong Kong

      BIOGRAPHY

      Catherine joined Quilvest in 2010. She is a Partner in the Hong Kong office.  Catherine is responsible for the due diligence and execution of Private Equity fund investments and co-investments for QS GEO PEP, with a focus on Asia.

      Prior to joining Quilvest, Catherine spent several years at HarbourVest Partners (Asia) in Hong Kong, most recently as a Vice President.  She focused on primary partnership investments across Asia Pacific and committed over $150 million in capital to managers across developed and emerging Asia.

      In addition, she took a lead role in strategic and portfolio construction planning for the region.

      Prior to that, Catherine worked as a Consultant at Bain & Company in its Hong Kong, New York, and Boston offices.  She advised clients on strategic and operational issues, including a number of projects with private equity managers and their portfolio companies.

      Catherine holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Brown University with concentrations in Computer Science and Business Economics.

    • George
      Varughese

      Senior Advisor

      New York

      BIOGRAPHY

      George Varughese is a member of the investment committee of the GEO PEP S.C.A., the fund investment program of Quilvest. He is a  Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal in New York and CEO of A&M Securities. He leads A&M’s  Corporate Finance practice and provides advice on merger and acquisitions, financing and restructurings and has more than 30 years of experience in providing advice on a variety of financial transactions in several industries. He is also the Chairman of the firm’s opinion committee.

      Before joining A&M, he was managing director with DLJ and later Credit Suisse where he was a partner in the Merchant Banking group.

      George earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University. He has served as a Professor of Finance at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of Birch Family services and the Vellore Foundation.

    • Thomas
      Vatier

      Partner, Executive Committee Member, Co-Head of PE Direct Deals

      Paris

      BIOGRAPHY

      Thomas is a Partner based in Paris. He co-heads Quilvest’s direct investment team and he is a member of  the Executive Committee.

      Since joining Quilvest in 2005, Thomas has participated in numerous private equity investments in France and in Europe, and has served on the Board of Directors of a number of portfolio companies including Acrotec, Vanksen, Sogetrel, Eudonet, EDH and Phaidon.

      Thomas started his career in the Mergers and Acquisitions department of Lazard Frères, first in New York and then in London. While at Lazard, Thomas worked on buy-side, sell-side, and restructuring transactions in the US, Latin America, and Europe.

      Thomas is a graduate of ESCP (Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris) and holds a Master in Industrial Organization from La Sorbonne, awarded with honours.

      He lives in Paris with his wife and three children.

  • MEMBERS OF PRIVATE EQUITY DIRECT DEALS INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

    • Benton
      Cummings

      Partner, Executive Committee Member, Co-Head of Private Debt

      New York

      BIOGRAPHY

      Benton is a Partner of Quilvest Private Equity and is based in New York. Benton is responsible for credit focused products at Quilvest and has over 20 years of private equity experience. He is a member of  the Executive Committee and registered officer of Quilvest Securities (US Broker Dealer).

      Prior to joining Quilvest in 2012, Benton was a Managing Director at Prospect Capital, a New York based Business Development Company (BDC) with approximately $2 billion in assets. While at Prospect, Benton was a member of Investment Committee and was responsible for sourcing, evaluating, negotiating, and closing senior debt, junior debt, and equity investments.

      Before joining Prospect, Benton was a Managing Director at Allied Capital, a leading BDC with over $4 billion in assets. Benton led Allied’s private finance group in New York with responsibility for sourcing, evaluating, negotiating, and executing investments.

      Prior to Allied Capital, Benton was an Associate with Morgan Stanley in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group where he focused on M&A and public equity and debt offerings.

      Benton earned a BA in history from Dartmouth College and an MBA from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Benton is married with three children.

    • Henrik
      Falktoft

      Partner, Co-Head of Private Debt

      New York

      BIOGRAPHY

      Henrik Falktoft is a Partner of Quilvest Private Equity. He joined Quilvest USA in 2007, responsible for sourcing, negotiating and closing private equity investments in the U.S., including growth equity investments, recapitalizations and buyouts. Since 2012 Henrik has responsible for credit focused products at Quilvest.

      He has four decades of international business experience and has held senior positions in private equity, investment banking and general management. He started his career in 1976 with A.P. Moller-Maersk, first in his native Denmark and then in Taiwan, Tokyo and New York in marketing and sales for Maersk Line’s shipping routes.

      After earning his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1987, Henrik joined Morgan Stanley in New York, where he worked on M&A, corporate finance and capital markets transactions, including a four-month stint in London.

      Henrik joined ZS Fund L.P., a New York private equity firm, as a partner in 1990. During his tenure, the firm made successful lead investments in a number of companies across a range of industries. He served as a director for public and private companies and was responsible for acquisitions and several highly profitable assets sales.

      Henrik next worked with Deutsche Bank in Tokyo, building a new private equity group for the bank and later in acquiring distressed mortgage portfolios. He was responsible for a number of strategic corporate initiatives, including a partnership with Mitsui Bank in investment banking and the formation of an Asian venture capital fund.

      He lives with his wife and daughter in New York City.

    • Loeiz
      Lagadec

      Partner

      Paris

      BIOGRAPHY

      Loeïz is a Partner in Quilvest’s direct investment team. He works on the due diligence of direct buyout investments in Europe. Since joining Quilvest in 2006, he has served on the Board of Directors of a number of portfolio companies including Sogetrel, EDH, and Tortilla.

      Before joining Quilvest in 2006, Loeïz spent 2 years with the Boston Consulting Group in Paris and Barcelona.

      Loeïz is a graduate of HEC (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales), and was awarded an MBA from Harvard Business School. He also holds a masters in French corporate law.

    • Lawrence
      Neubauer

      Partner

      New York

      BIOGRAPHY

      Larry Neubauer joined Quilvest in 2006 as a Partner based in New York.  Larry focuses on making direct private equity investments in the United States.

      Larry has more than 15 years of experience on Wall Street as an investor, attorney and banker.  In his career on Wall Street, he has participated in over 30 buyouts transactions consisting of billions of dollars of capital.  From 2005 until joining Quilvest, he was at Centre Partners, a $1.2 billion private investment firm with a middle market focus.  Prior to joining Centre Partners, Larry was the founding member of Malakand Capital.  Quilvest and Malakand Capital partnered on their investment in Command Alkon, where Larry functions as the lead director.  From 1998 through 2002, Larry was at SG Capital Partners, a $450 million middle market private equity fund focused on growth and leveraged buyout investments.

      During his tenure at SG Capital Partners, Larry served on the board of directors of several portfolio companies.

      His previous professional experience includes positions at White & Case, Bankers Trust Company (in the LBO and Energy Groups), the U.S. Department of Commerce and The White House.

      At Quilvest, Larry serves on the Board of Directors of both Creative Extruded Products (manufacturer of extruded plastic products primarily serving the automotive segment) and Crown Health Care Laundry Service (outsourced provider of linen services).

      In addition to corporate boards, Larry serves as co-chair of the New York metro region for Aspire (the capital campaign of Princeton University), the National Annual Giving Committee and Development Leadership Council of Princeton University, the Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee, the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of Congregation Habonim and the Board of Directors of the READ Foundation.

      Larry earned his A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and his J.D., cum laude, and M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.  He is married and lives in New York City with his wife and daughters.

    • Jay
      Takefman

      Partner, Co-Head of PE Direct Deals

      New York

      BIOGRAPHY

      Jay is a Partner and the Co-Head of Quilvest’s Direct Private Equity Program based in New York focused on sourcing and closing buyout, leveraged recapitalization and growth equity investments in the U.S. and Canada. At Quilvest, Jay serves or has served on the Board of Directors of the following portfolio companies: Small Tubes Products (niche manufacturer of redrawn copper tube), Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza (casual dining restaurant chain), Crown Health Care Laundry Service (outsourced provider of linen services), Metro Franchising (largest Dunkin Donuts franchisee in the New York City metropolitan area), Luke’s Seafood (vertically integrated manufacturer and fast casual restaurant chain), Creative Extruded Products (manufacturer of extruded plastic products primarily serving the automotive segment) American Franchise Capital (Taco Bell and Applebee’s franchisee), Phaidon International (a multi-brand global staffing business) and QS Imaging (integrated provider to the diagnostic imaging equipment maintenance and repair market). Jay also has served as a Board Observer at Shock Doctor (branded sporting goods primarily focused on safety and performance).

      Prior to joining Quilvest in 2010, Jay was a Principal at Centre Partners, a middle market private equity firm with over $3.0 billion of assets under management.

      During his tenure at Centre, Jay served on the Board of Directors or as a Board Observer of the following portfolio companies: Ross Aviation (one of largest fixed base operators in the U.S.), Distant Lands Trading Co. (vertically integrated manufacturer of private label coffee), Orion International (specialty staffing business) and Maverick Media (owner of radio stations in small to medium sized markets).

      Before joining Centre Partners, Jay was a Senior Associate at Catterton Partners, one of the leading consumer-focused middle market private equity firms, with over $2.0 billion of assets under management. Prior to Catterton, Jay was a Senior Analyst in investment banking at Legg Mason, focused on mergers and acquisitions, public and private offerings of debt and equity securities and financial advisory services, primarily for middle market and emerging growth companies.

      Jay graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business with his Bachelor of Business Administration. Originally from Montreal, Canada, he is married and lives in New York City with his wife, daughter and son.

    • Thomas
      Vatier

      Partner, Executive Committee Member, Co-Head of PE Direct Deals

      Paris

      BIOGRAPHY

      Thomas is a Partner based in Paris. He co-heads Quilvest’s direct investment team and he is a member of  the Executive Committee.

      Since joining Quilvest in 2005, Thomas has participated in numerous private equity investments in France and in Europe, and has served on the Board of Directors of a number of portfolio companies including Acrotec, Vanksen, Sogetrel, Eudonet, EDH and Phaidon.

      Thomas started his career in the Mergers and Acquisitions department of Lazard Frères, first in New York and then in London. While at Lazard, Thomas worked on buy-side, sell-side, and restructuring transactions in the US, Latin America, and Europe.

      Thomas is a graduate of ESCP (Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris) and holds a Master in Industrial Organization from La Sorbonne, awarded with honours.

      He lives in Paris with his wife and three children.

    • Guy
      Zarzavatdjian

      Senior Partner

      Paris

      BIOGRAPHY

      Guy joined Quilvest in 2014 as a CEO of Quilvest & Partners. In 2018, Guy transitioned out of this previous role to become Senior Partner focused on the PE direct investments business. Guy has over 30 years of private equity experience across Europe, the USA and Emerging Markets. He has sourced and completed more than 50 private equity investments during his career in private equity.

      Prior to joining Quilvest, Guy was a member of 3i Group Management Committee, Managing Partner of Growth equity investments, Managing Partner of Developing Markets, Chairman and Managing Partner of France and Managing Director of Benelux.

      Before joining 3i Group in 1987, Guy worked at Eli Lilly and for a family owned business.

  • MEMBERS OF REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

    • Michael E.
      Foster

      Senior Advisor

      New York

      BIOGRAPHY

      Michael Foster is a Senior Advisor and member of the Investment Committee for Quilvest Real Estate since 2010.

      Mike has over 35 years of real estate investing experience in over 13 countries around the world. He spent 15 years at Morgan Stanley where he was the Global Head of Asset Management and the CEO of Morgan Stanley Properties for all of the Morgan Stanley family of real estate funds (MSREF), responsible for over $90BN of assets under management, over 200 in-house professionals and over 50 different third-party operating partners in 13 countries throughout the world.

      Since retiring from Morgan Stanley in April 2008, Mike has provided consulting services on a variety of real estate projects to clients in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, and the U.S.

      Specifically, the major projects include building asset management companies in Spain, France and Germany, turning around a broken office development in Turkey, and liquidating the remaining asset portfolio in Europe for a major investment bank.

      He has also served as Senior Advisor to several PE Real Estate Firms such as GreenOak Real Estate, FREO Group, and most currently DEA Capital Real Estate France and Situs.

      Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he worked in the Goldman Sachs Whitehall Funds in their Asset Management Group, was Director of Corporate Real Estate at TIE/Communications and prior to that was Vice President of Operations at Citibank.

      Mike holds an MBA from Bryant College and a BA from Holy Cross College. He holds the IREM designation of CPM. He is also a retired Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserves.

    • Barry
      Hammerman

      Partner, Head of Real Estate

      New York

      BIOGRAPHY

      Barry joined Quilvest in January 2010. He is a Partner in the New York Office, where he is responsible for identifying and closing fund-level, secondary, and direct real estate investments across the Americas. Barry is a registered officer of Quilvest Securities (US Broker Dealer).

      Prior to joining Quilvest, Barry was a member of the investment team in DLJ/Credit Suisse’s Real Estate Private Equity Group where he held numerous positions of increasing responsibilities since 2001. During his tenure at Credit Suisse, Barry was responsible for acquiring and managing opportunistic real estate investments for their discretionary funds, where he focused on properties, operating companies and distressed debt secured by real estate throughout the capital structure and across all sectors in the industry.

      After executing the transactions, he remained involved with ongoing asset management responsibilities, including devising workout and repositioning strategies for portfolio investments, obtaining title to properties via the foreclosure and bankruptcy processes, and overseeing operating partners and business plans.

      Barry graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, with degrees in finance and accounting. He is married with three children.

    • David
      Hunter

      Senior Advisor

      New York

      BIOGRAPHY

      David has been a Senior Adviser to Quilvest Real Estate since 2009 and sits on the Investment Committee.  He is a professional strategic adviser focused principally on UK and international real estate. He is on the boards of both listed and unlisted companies in the UK and overseas, including as chairman of Custodian REIT PLC and ICG-Longbow (the real estate division of Intermediate Capital Group plc), a non-executive director of GCP Student Living plc and a director of two Indian property funds. He has previously been chairman of NR Nordic and Russia Properties and of South African Property Opportunities.

      David qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1978 and had over 25 years’ experience as a fund manager, including as managing director of Aberdeen Asset Management’s € 8bn property fund business, before he set up his consultancy in 2005. He is a past president of the British Property Federation and was actively involved in the introduction of REITs to the UK. He is Honorary Swedish Consul to Glasgow and an Honorary Professor of real estate at Heriot-Watt University.

    • Michael
      Kandarakis

      Partner

      London

      BIOGRAPHY

      Michael has over 23 years of experience in real estate private equity, having worked in Europe, Asia and the U.S. He started as one of the initiating members of the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds in Europe, working with the firm out of London and NYC. He was then a founding partner of Soros Real Estate (later Grove International Partners). He built up the firm’s business in Asia which at its peak held 7 investment platforms with close to $2.0bn equity invested in a variety of asset classes including commercial real estate, non-performing loans, hospitality, healthcare and retail. Michael was responsible for raising the firm’s largest $2bn RGI fund, he was the co-Chair of the partnership committee, a member of the investment committee and the co-Chair of Grove Fund Management.

      Most recently, he was an Operating Partner and Member of the Management Advisory Board of Towerbrook Capital Partners in London and a Managing Partner at Synaxia Capital. Michael received a BS in Management from the London School of Economics. He is Greek citizen. He speaks English, French and Greek.

    • Marc
      Manasterski

      Senior Partner

      Paris

      BIOGRAPHY

      Marc is a Senior Partner and Real Estate Advisor to the Executive Chairman of Quilvest Private Equity. He established and led Quilvest Real Estate until December 2018.

      Before joining Quilvest in February 2008, Marc was for more than 7 years Alliance Hospitality Group CEO. A group of companies which owned and managed Goldman Sachs key hotel portfolios in France, Belgium and Italy (80 hotels +/10.000 rooms over the period), sold to Blackstone in October 2007.

      Prior to that, Marc enjoyed more than 20 years of direct experience in Real Estate development. As CEO of several private investment funds owned by banks or/and high net worth individuals, he led the concept development and construction of two up market multi-component resorts and smaller redevelopment projects representing 180.000sqm of new built floor area.

      He also developed and sold before construction Mariott first fractional ownership resort in Europe. In addition, over the same period, Marc had the opportunity to audit, re-engineer or redevelop a dozen mixed-use developments, significantly changing the course of events.

      On the hospitality front, he restructured, renovated and managed two hotel portfolios (other than Goldman Sachs’) which included independent luxury hotels and mid-market branded properties.

      Overall, Marc has directly managed the bulk sale, or, divestment process of clusters of assets representing transactions between US$ 50 Million and US$ 1Billion, totalling US$ 1,7Billion.

      Before shifting to Real Estate, he started his career as a Marketing Planner and then Client Servicing Director. For 6 years, he covered the MEA region advising international clients including: Gillette, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, British American Tobacco, Rowntree MacKintosh, Toyota Cars, Singapore Airlines.

      Marc holds a H.N.D. in Marketing from the College for the Distributive Trades (London) and an MBA from INSEAD. He is married with two children.

    • Lawrence
      Neubauer

      Partner

      New York

      BIOGRAPHY

      Larry Neubauer joined Quilvest in 2006 as a Partner based in New York.  Larry focuses on making direct private equity investments in the United States.

      Larry has more than 15 years of experience on Wall Street as an investor, attorney and banker.  In his career on Wall Street, he has participated in over 30 buyouts transactions consisting of billions of dollars of capital.  From 2005 until joining Quilvest, he was at Centre Partners, a $1.2 billion private investment firm with a middle market focus.  Prior to joining Centre Partners, Larry was the founding member of Malakand Capital.  Quilvest and Malakand Capital partnered on their investment in Command Alkon, where Larry functions as the lead director.  From 1998 through 2002, Larry was at SG Capital Partners, a $450 million middle market private equity fund focused on growth and leveraged buyout investments.

      During his tenure at SG Capital Partners, Larry served on the board of directors of several portfolio companies.

      His previous professional experience includes positions at White & Case, Bankers Trust Company (in the LBO and Energy Groups), the U.S. Department of Commerce and The White House.

      At Quilvest, Larry serves on the Board of Directors of both Creative Extruded Products (manufacturer of extruded plastic products primarily serving the automotive segment) and Crown Health Care Laundry Service (outsourced provider of linen services).

      In addition to corporate boards, Larry serves as co-chair of the New York metro region for Aspire (the capital campaign of Princeton University), the National Annual Giving Committee and Development Leadership Council of Princeton University, the Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee, the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of Congregation Habonim and the Board of Directors of the READ Foundation.

      Larry earned his A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and his J.D., cum laude, and M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.  He is married and lives in New York City with his wife and daughters.

  • MEMBERS OF PRIVATE DEBT INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

    • Benton
      Cummings

      Partner, Executive Committee Member, Co-Head of Private Debt

      New York

      BIOGRAPHY

      Benton is a Partner of Quilvest Private Equity and is based in New York. Benton is responsible for credit focused products at Quilvest and has over 20 years of private equity experience. He is a member of  the Executive Committee and registered officer of Quilvest Securities (US Broker Dealer).

      Prior to joining Quilvest in 2012, Benton was a Managing Director at Prospect Capital, a New York based Business Development Company (BDC) with approximately $2 billion in assets. While at Prospect, Benton was a member of Investment Committee and was responsible for sourcing, evaluating, negotiating, and closing senior debt, junior debt, and equity investments.

      Before joining Prospect, Benton was a Managing Director at Allied Capital, a leading BDC with over $4 billion in assets. Benton led Allied’s private finance group in New York with responsibility for sourcing, evaluating, negotiating, and executing investments.

      Prior to Allied Capital, Benton was an Associate with Morgan Stanley in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group where he focused on M&A and public equity and debt offerings.

      Benton earned a BA in history from Dartmouth College and an MBA from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Benton is married with three children.

    • Charles
      Davis

      Partner

      New York

      BIOGRAPHY

      Charles is a Partner of Quilvest Private Equity and its credit focused QS Capital Strategies group.  Mr. Davis is responsible for all aspects of investment activities including sourcing, evaluating, negotiating and closing senior debt, junior debt and equity investments. He has over 20-years of experience as a private debt and equity investor and investment banking professional.

      Prior to joining Quilvest during 2015, Mr. Davis’s principal investing experience included positions in the New York, NY offices of Allied Capital, a private debt and equity investment manager, and Kohlberg Capital’s credit platform.

      Mr. Davis began his career as an investment banking professional in the M&A, corporate finance and research departments at Lehman Brothers in Menlo Park, CA and New York, NY and Merrill Lynch in New York, NY.

      Charles is a registered officer of Quilvest Securities (US Broker Dealer).

      Mr. Davis is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.

    • Henrik
      Falktoft

      Partner, Co-Head of Private Debt

      New York

      BIOGRAPHY

      Henrik Falktoft is a Partner of Quilvest Private Equity. He joined Quilvest USA in 2007, responsible for sourcing, negotiating and closing private equity investments in the U.S., including growth equity investments, recapitalizations and buyouts. Since 2012 Henrik has responsible for credit focused products at Quilvest.

      He has four decades of international business experience and has held senior positions in private equity, investment banking and general management. He started his career in 1976 with A.P. Moller-Maersk, first in his native Denmark and then in Taiwan, Tokyo and New York in marketing and sales for Maersk Line’s shipping routes.

      After earning his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1987, Henrik joined Morgan Stanley in New York, where he worked on M&A, corporate finance and capital markets transactions, including a four-month stint in London.

      Henrik joined ZS Fund L.P., a New York private equity firm, as a partner in 1990. During his tenure, the firm made successful lead investments in a number of companies across a range of industries. He served as a director for public and private companies and was responsible for acquisitions and several highly profitable assets sales.

      Henrik next worked with Deutsche Bank in Tokyo, building a new private equity group for the bank and later in acquiring distressed mortgage portfolios. He was responsible for a number of strategic corporate initiatives, including a partnership with Mitsui Bank in investment banking and the formation of an Asian venture capital fund.

      He lives with his wife and daughter in New York City.