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    Ulf von Haacke
    Partner, Managing Director, Head of Industrial Technology

    Germany / Private Equity

    Ulf von Haacke

    Partner, Managing Director, Head of Industrial Technology
    Germany / Private Equity
    Industrial Technology  

    Ulf joined 3i Germany in 2001 and was appointed joint Managing Director and co-head of Germany in May 2009. He invests into the Industrial Technology sector.

    Ulf has worked on a number of Private Equity transactions at 3i. His most recent deals include xSuite, MAIT, Formel D and Weener Plastics, where he also sits on the board. He has also led the successful exits of ATESTEO, GEKA and HILITE International.

    Ulf studied Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH), where he also received a PhD. He holds a degree in Business Administration from the University Hagen.

    3i office address

    OpernTurm
    Bockenheimer Landstraße 2-4
    60306 Frankfurt am Main
    +49 69 710000 0
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    Wolfgang Schmitz, CEO of ATESTEO, explains how 3i’s expertise in the automotive industry helped ATESTEO accelerate its international growth.
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    Jasi Halai
    Chief Operating Officer

    Board of Directors

    Jasi Halai

    Chief Operating Officer
    Board of Directors
     

    Jasi Halai is Chief Operating Officer. She was appointed to the Board in May 2022 and is a member of the Executive, Investment, Group Risk and ESG Committees.

    Jasi Joined 3i in 2005 and has held a variety of posts in the business, most recently as Group Financial Controller and Operating Officer. Prior to joining 3i, she worked for CDC Group (now British International Investment) and at Actis.

    Jasi is also non-executive director at Porvair Plc, is a Chartered Management Accountant and holds an MSc in investment management from the CASS Business School.

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    Nathaniel Haloua
    Associate

    France / Private Equity

    Nathaniel Haloua

    Associate
    France / Private Equity
    Business & Technology Services  

    Nathaniel joined 3i in 2022 as a member of its European Private Equity team and is based in Paris. He focuses on the origination and execution of investments in France as well as on the Business & Technology Services sector.

    Nathaniel started his career at L.E.K. Consulting in Paris, where he worked with corporate and private equity clients on engagements spanning commercial and vendor due diligence, growth strategy and operational projects. During his studies, Nathaniel also worked as a Private Equity analyst at PSP investments in London, an M&A analyst at Société Générale in Paris and as a business developer at Wibbitz in Tel-Aviv, an Israeli technology start-up.

    Nathaniel holds a Master of Science in Management from HEC Paris.

    3i office address

    29 rue de Berri,
    75008 Paris
    +33 1 73 15 11 37
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    James Hatchley
    Group Finance Director

    Board of Directors

    James Hatchley

    Group Finance Director
    Board of Directors
     

    James is Group Finance Director of 3i Group plc. He was appointed to the Board in May 2022 and is a member of the Executive and Investment Committees. James joined 3i in 2017 and was Group Strategy Director until June 2022.

    Prior to joining 3i, James was Chief Operating Officer of KKR in Europe and, before that, Co-CEO of Avoca Capital. Earlier in his career, James was a corporate finance professional for 20 years, holding various roles at Freeman & Co., Greenhill & Co. and Schroders. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1992.

    He holds a First Class Joint Honours degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Surrey. 

    3i office address

    16 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5JD
    +44 (0)20 7975 3131
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    Nicolas Hinse
    Associate Director

    Benelux / Private Equity

    Nicolas Hinse

    Associate Director
    Benelux / Private Equity
     

    Nicolas is an Associate Director in the Benelux Private Equity team. He currently serves as a Board Observer of Dutch Bakery.

    Prior to joining 3i in 2022, Nicolas was an investor at TowerBrook Capital Partners, focused on the Benelux region as well as Consumer, Retail and Food across Europe. Prior to TowerBrook, he started his career in the Leveraged Finance and Benelux M&A teams of J.P. Morgan in London.

    Nicolas holds a BSc in Economics and a BSc in Fiscal Economics from the University of Amsterdam, and an MSc in Finance from the Duisenberg School of Finance.

    3i office address

    Cornelis Schuytstraat 72
    1071 JL Amsterdam
    0031 / 20 3057444

    Investments

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    Rupert Howard
    Partner

    UK / Private Equity

    Rupert Howard

    Partner
    UK / Private Equity
    Consumer  

    Rupert is a Partner based in London. He co-heads the UK PE team, leads the consumer team and sits on the board of MPM.

    Rupert joined 3i in 2018 prior to which he was a Director in the Consumer, Retail and Leisure team at Rothschild in London. He brings 12 years’ experience advising both public and private companies on transactions across the UK and Europe.

    Rupert graduated with a BA from Durham University.

    3i office address

    16 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5JD
    +44 (0)20 7975 3131
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    David Hutchison OBE
    Chairman

    Board of Directors

    David Hutchison OBE

    Chairman
    Board of Directors
     

    Non-executive Chairman since November 2021 and non-Executive Director since November 2013. Chief Executive of Social Finance Limited. 

    Previous experience

    Until 2009 Head of UK Investment Banking at Dresdner Kleinwort Limited and a member of its Global Banking Operating Committee. From 2012 to 2017, a non-executive director of the Start-Up Loans Company.

    Committee involvement:

    Nominations - Chairman
    Remuneration - Member
    Valuations - Member

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    Sophia Walwyn-James
    Director

    UK / Fund Investor Relations

    Sophia Walwyn-James

    Director
    UK / Fund Investor Relations
     

    Sophia is a Director in the 3i Private Equity team, responsible for managing 3i's private equity funds, interacting with Limited Partners, new fundraising and co-investment activity.

    She also leads the Private Equity Sustainability initiative and works closely with both 3i deal teams and portfolio companies to deliver ESG and sustainability projects across Europe and the US.

    Sophia joined 3i in 2011 from the Royal Bank of Scotland and holds an honours degree in History from the University of Durham.

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    Linus Jesch
    Associate

    Germany / Private Equity

    Linus Jesch

    Associate
    Germany / Private Equity
    Consumer  

    Linus joined 3i in 2021 and is an Associate in the Private Equity team based in Frankfurt.

    He focuses on the origination and execution of investments in Germany as well as in the Consumer sector. He is involved in 3i’s investment in Christ and GartenHaus.

    Prior to joining 3i, he worked as an Analyst at DTCP in Germany.

    Linus holds a MSc in International Finance from Nova SBE in Lisbon and a BSc in International Business from the University of Maastricht.

    3i office address

    OpernTurm
    Bockenheimer Landstraße 2-4
    60306 Frankfurt am Main
    +49 69 710000 0

    Investments

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    Robert Jones
    Associate Director

    North America / Private Equity

    Robert Jones

    Associate Director
    North America / Private Equity
    Business & Technology Services  

    Robert joined 3i in 2020 as a member of its North American Private Equity team based in New York. Robert focuses on Business & Technology Services and has been involved in 3i’s investments in WilsonHCG and arrivia.

    Prior to joining 3i, Robert worked as a Vice President at Bridge Growth Partners, where he invested in the technology and tech-enabled services sectors. He was also previously an Analyst at J.P. Morgan in the Financial Institutions investment banking group.

    Robert graduated with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a BS in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School along with a History minor from the College of Arts & Sciences.

    3i office address

    One Grand Central Place
    60 E. 42nd St, Ste 4100
    New York, NY 10165
    +1 (212) 848 1400

    Investments

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    Pieter de Jong
    Co-Head, Private Equity

    Benelux / Private Equity

    Pieter de Jong

    Co-Head, Private Equity
    Benelux / Private Equity
    Industrial Technology, Business & Technology Services  

    Pieter joined 3i in 2004, was Managing Director of 3i Benelux and has been co-Head Private Equity and a member of the Executive Committee since 2019. He is based in Amsterdam.

    He was a key member of the deal teams involved in Yanga, Mepal, Dutch Bakery, Royal Sanders, Basic-Fit, Weener Plastics, Lampenwelt, Refresco and Action. He currently sits on the Boards of Mepal, Dutch Bakery and Royal Sanders and is a Board Observer at Weener Plastics.

    Pieter has more than 25 years’ experience in corporate finance, management and operations. He started his career at Stork in the US, before joining Van Den Boom Groep, a corporate finance consulting firm in Benelux, where he became partner responsible for M&A. After selling the company to NIBC, Pieter headed the M&A department.

    Pieter has an MBA degree from Georgia State University (USA) and a BBA degree from Nijenrode University (Netherlands).

    3i office address

    Cornelis Schuytstraat 72
    1071 JL Amsterdam
    0031 / 20 3057444
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    3i’s Pieter de Jong and Rene Moos, CEO of Basic-Fit, discuss Basic-Fit’s growth story and the partnership with 3i.
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    Laura Kaps
    Associate Director

    UK / Infrastructure

    Laura Kaps

    Associate Director
    UK / Infrastructure
     

    Laura is an Associate Director in 3i’s Infrastructure team in London and joined 3i in August 2017. She is primarily responsible for the origination and execution of transactions in the infrastructure sector.

    Prior to joining 3i, Laura worked in the investment banking divisions of Evercore and J.P. Morgan in London and Frankfurt advising on Infrastructure, Transport and Energy transactions.

    Laura holds a MSc in International Business from Maastricht University, Netherlands and Queen’s University, Canada and a Master of European Studies from TU Berlin, Germany.

    3i office address

    16 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5JD
    +44 (0)20 7975 3131
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    Boris Kawohl
    Partner, Managing Director, Head of Consumer

    Benelux / Private Equity

    Boris Kawohl

    Partner, Managing Director, Head of Consumer
    Benelux / Private Equity
    Consumer  

    Boris Kawohl is Managing Director 3i Benelux, based in Amsterdam. He is responsible for 3i's global Consumer sector.

    He joined 3i in 2005 and has been involved in various deals including Action, Basic-Fit, Hans Anders (now nexeye), BoConcept, Eyes + More, Royal Sanders and Refresco.

    He is a Board Member at Action, BoConcept and nexeye.

    Prior to 3i, Boris worked in the M&A department of ABN AMRO and at Nederlandse Gasunie.

    3i office address

    Cornelis Schuytstraat 72
    1071 JL Amsterdam
    0031 / 20 3057444
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    Mikael Kruse Jensen, CEO of BoConcept, discusses how the partnership with 3i helped BoConcept grow from a furniture retailer into a global interior design brand.
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    Charlie Kickham
    Senior Associate

    UK / Private Equity

    Charlie Kickham

    Senior Associate
    UK / Private Equity
    Industrial Technology  

    Charlie is a Senior Associate in the UK Private Equity team.

    Charlie has worked on a number of 3i investments, including its acquisition of Sussex-based Aspen Pumps. Charlie is an observer on the board of Audley Travel, the leading provider of tailor-made travel. Charlie was also involved in the recent acquisition of London-based Digital Barriers, a leading provider of IoVT surveillance and security products.

    Prior to joining 3i in 2019, Charlie worked in the Industrial group at Evercore, advising clients on M&A and restructurings.

    Charlie graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in Economics.

    3i office address

    16 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5JD
    +44 (0)20 7975 3131
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    Hannah Kim
    Associate

    North America / Private Equity

    Hannah Kim

    Associate
    North America / Private Equity
    Business & Technology Services, Healthcare  

    Hannah joined 3i in 2022 as a member of its North American Private Equity team based in New York. Hannah is involved in 3i’s investment in Q Holding.

    Prior to 3i, Hannah was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Media & Communications Group at Citigroup, where she focused on M&A advisory and capital raising transactions.

    Hannah has her B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

    3i office address

    One Grand Central Place
    60 E. 42nd St, Ste 4100
    New York, NY 10165
    +1 (212) 848 1400

    Investments

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    Sean Klein
    Associate

    North America / Private Equity

    Sean Klein

    Associate
    North America / Private Equity
    Business & Technology Services, Healthcare  

    Sean joined 3i in 2022 as a member of its North American Private Equity team based in New York. Sean has since been involved in 3i’s investments in insightsoftware and SaniSure.

    Prior to joining 3i, Sean was an Investment Banking Analyst with Jefferies in the Global Technology Group, where he focused on M&A advisory and capital raising transactions.

    Sean graduated from Emory University with a B.B.A. in Finance and Information Systems, with high honors.

    3i office address

    One Grand Central Place
    60 E. 42nd St, Ste 4100
    New York, NY 10165
    +1 (212) 848 1400

    Investments

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