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  • Charles
    Aponso

    Principal

    London

    Biography

    Charles joined Quilvest in 2015. He is Principal in the London office, with a focus on buyout fund investments and co-investments in Europe.

    Prior to joining Quilvest, Charles spent 2 years as a Senior Investment Associate at Sullivan Street Partners, a mid-market UK private equity firm. Prior to that, Charles worked for 2 years within the EMEA M&A team at Barclays Capital and for 4 years within the Emerging Europe M&A team at Nomura, where he focused primarily on cross-border transactions.

    Charles holds an MSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Warwick.

  • Lily
    Bui

    Vice President

    New York

    Biography

    Lily is a Vice-President, Portfolio Monitoring, in the private equity fund investments group. She performs due diligence on fund investments and co-investments in the emerging markets for QS GEO.

    Prior to joining Quilvest in 2010, Lily was an analyst for Zephyr Management, an asset management firm where she was responsible for the execution and due diligence of direct investments in the emerging markets. Lily holds an MBA from Colombia Business School and a BS in Economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

  • Vivian
    Chen

    Senior Analyst

    Hong Kong

    Biography

    Vivian is a Senior Analyst and joined Quilvest Private Equity in Hong Kong in 2019. She works on the due diligence of funds investments and direct co-investments in Asia (primarily China & India).

    Prior to joining Quilvest, Vivian was an analyst with Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division in Hong Kong. She holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Engineering from Princeton University.

  • Abhishek
    Damani

    Vice President

    Hong Kong

    Biography

    Abhishek joined Quilvest Private Equity in 2013. He is a Vice President in the fund investments and co-investments team in Asia, with a focus on India and Southeast Asia.

    Prior to joining Quilvest, Abhishek was an analyst in Nomura’s investment banking team in Singapore. Abhishek holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Qingkun
    Guo

    Vice President

    Hong Kong

    Biography

    Qingkun is a Vice President. He joined Quilvest Private Equity in Hong Kong in 2011. He works on the due diligence of funds investments and direct co-investments in Asia and other select emerging markets.

    Qingkun holds a master in Finance and Strategy from SciencesPo Paris. He is a top 1% graduate of SIRPA, Fudan University.

  • Finley
    John

    Principal

    New York

    Biography

    Finley is a Principal  in New York focused on sourcing and closing private equity fund and co-investments in North America. He is a registered officer of Quilvest Securities (US Broker Dealer).

    Prior to joining Quilvest, Finley was a Vice President at GE Equity, the $2.5 billion private equity arm of GE Capital.  Finley was responsible for all aspects of the investment process including the sourcing and execution of new investments.  Finley also managed a $500 million direct and co-investment portfolio.  Additionally, Finley was a member of Energy Technology Ventures, a joint-venture between GE, NRG Energy and ConocoPhillips focused on investing in next generation technologies within the energy space.

    Before re-joining GE, Finley was a Senior Associate at Loughlin Management Partners, a middle-market restructuring advisor.  Within his role, Finley managed and contributed to the execution of corporate restructurings in a variety of industries including TMT, Industrials and Consumer Products.

    Finley has also held various corporate finance advisory roles at GE Capital, KPMG and Deutsche Bank.

    Finley received an MBA from The Johnson School at Cornell University and a BBA from Pace University.  He is a CPA licensed in the State of New York and is a CFA charterholder.

  • Michele
    Kinner

    Senior Advisor, Investment Committee Member

    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, Investment Committee Member

    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.

  • Andrew
    Malkiewicz

    Associate

    New York

    Biography

    Andrew is an Associate based in New York focused on the closing and due diligence of private equity fund and co-investments in North America.

    Prior to joining Quilvest, Andrew was an Associate within Citi’s Loan Syndications Group where he executed corporate and private equity-backed syndicated debt financings. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Wake Forest University.

  • John
    Poirier

    Vice President

    New York

    Biography

    JK is a Vice President. He works on the closing and due diligence of private equity fund and co-investments in North America.

    Prior to joining Quilvest in 2016, JK spent over two years as an Analyst in Nomura’s Leveraged Finance Group where he worked on various debt financings. JK received his MBA and Bachelor’s degree from Bryant University where he studied Finance and Legal Studies.

  • Maninder
    Saluja

    Partner, Investment Committee Member, Executive Committee Member, Co-Head of PE Funds & Co-Investments

    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, Investment Committee Member

    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.

  • Henry Whitney
    Wagner

    Advisor

    New York

    Biography

    Whit was a Managing Director and General Partner of TCR, a Quilvest affiliated mid-cap buyout fund in the United States, for 17 years. During his tenure at TCR, he sourced, selected and closed several buyout transactions. ln 2003, Whit founded Clearbrook Advisors, a private equity advisory firm.

    Whit advises Quilvest and a select few other family offices in their fund selection process.

    Prior to TCR, Whit was a Vice President at Chemical Bank.

    Whit is a graduate of the University of Vermont, and is married with three children.