Partner, Executive Committee Member, Co-Head of Private Debt
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 is a Partner of Quilvest Private Equity and its credit focused QS Capital Strategies group. Charles 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, Charles’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.
Charles 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).
Charles is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.
Partner, Co-Head of Private Debt
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.
Michael is a Vice President and is responsible for the diligence and structuring of new investments as well as post-closing portfolio company activity.
Prior to joining Quilvest in 2018, Michael was as an Associate at Capital Southwest, a credit-focused BDC that is a lender to middle market companies across the capital structure.
Prior to Capital Southwest, he served as an Analyst in Jefferies’ Global Industrials division where he worked on debt, equity and M&A transactions. Michael graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.
Matthew is a Senior Associate in the Private Debt team and is responsible for the diligence and structuring of new investments, as well as post-closing portfolio company activity.
Prior to joining Quilvest in 2021, Matthew was an Associate at M3 Partners, a restructuring and turnaround advisory firm. Prior to M3 Partners, he served as an Assistant Vice-President at GAMCO Investors, where was responsible for sourcing and making industrial-focused investment recommendations across the capital structure.
Matthew received an MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated with honors from Roger Williams University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.
Spencer is an Associate in the Private Debt team and is responsible for the diligence and structuring of new investments, as well as post-closing portfolio company activity.
Prior to joining Quilvest in 2021, Spencer was an Associate in the Leveraged Finance Group at Modern Bank, N.A. where he evaluated and underwrote lower middle market sponsor-backed debt investments. Prior to Modern Bank, Spencer served as an Associate in KPMG’s Securitization Practice where he provided advisory services to issuers and underwriters across CMBS transactions.
Spencer graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Certification in Management Information Systems.