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    James Thompson
    Associate Director

    UK / Private Equity

    James Thompson

    Associate Director
    UK / Private Equity
    Industrial Technology, Healthcare  

    James is an Associate Director in the UK Private Equity team. He focuses on originating and executing Private Equity investments across a range of industry sectors within the UK and has been involved in 3i's investments in Digital Barriers and Scandlines as well as GartenHaus's investment in Outdoor Toys.

    Prior to joining 3i in 2016, James worked as a consultant at Roland Berger and Deloitte.

    James holds a MEng in Materials Science from the University of Oxford.

    3i office address

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

    Investments

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    Jo Thomson
    Active Partnership Practice Director

    UK / Private Equity

    Jo Thomson

    Active Partnership Practice Director
    UK / Private Equity
     

    Jo Thomson leads the Active Partnership team. Her core responsibilities include the sharing of best practice across our investors as well as our portfolio companies. This incorporates the delivery of key events such as the CEO and Chairman Forums, developing Active Partnership related training, creating visibility of advisor performance on Active Partnership initiatives as well as working on key business priorities, for example digitisation and sustainability. She is also responsible for the marketing and internal communications for the Private Equity business.

    Prior to joining 3i, Jo worked at EY, initially in their Transaction Advisory Services group and then as Operations Director for their Global Private Equity team.

    3i office address

    16 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5JD
    +44 (0)20 7975 3131
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    Oscar Tylegard
    Director

    UK / Infrastructure

    Oscar Tylegard

    Director
    UK / Infrastructure
     

    Oscar joined 3i in 2013 and is responsible for the origination, execution and asset management of infrastructure investments. His transaction experience includes ESVAGT, East Surrey Pipelines, Infinis, Alkane Energy, Elenia and Tampnet. He is currently on the boards of Tampnet and ESVAGT. 

    Prior to joining 3i, Oscar worked in the investment banking department of Macquarie, with a focus on power and utilities.

    Oscar holds a MSc in Economics from Uppsala University.

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    Nicolas Urban
    Director

    Germany / Private Equity

    Nicolas Urban

    Director
    Germany / Private Equity
    Consumer  

    Nicolas joined 3i in 2014 and is a Director in the Private Equity team based in Frankfurt.

    He was part of the deal team in 3i's investments in Luqom Group, GartenHaus, MPM, Weener Plastics and KINOLT. He currently sits on the Boards of Luqom Group and Christ and was an Observer on the GEKA Board.

    Previously, Nicolas worked in Deutsche Bank’s investment banking team with a focus on M&A.

    3i office address

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

     

    Investments

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    Yaad Virdee
    Director

    UK / Infrastructure

    Yaad Virdee

    Director
    UK / Infrastructure
     

    Yaad is a Director in 3i’s Infrastructure team in London and joined 3i in November 2014. He is primarily responsible for the origination and execution of deals and the management of assets in the infrastructure sector.

    Prior to joining 3i, Yaad worked in the Corporate Finance division of Ernst & Young. Yaad is a chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and holds a BSc in mathematics from Bristol University.

    3i office address

    16 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5JD
    +44 (0)20 7975 3131
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    Rutger Vos
    Director

    Benelux / Private Equity

    Rutger Vos

    Director
    Benelux / Private Equity
    Consumer  

    Rutger Vos joined 3i in 2015 where he is a member of the Benelux Private Equity and global Consumer teams.

    He is currently involved in 3i’s investments in Mepal, nexeye (formerly Hans Anders), and Action and previously worked on the acquisitions of Dutch Bakery, Royal Sanders and the divestment of Refresco. He currently serves on the Boards of Mepal and nexeye.

    Prior to joining 3i, he worked in J.P. Morgan’s Benelux M&A team in London. He holds an MSc in Finance from Duisenberg School of Finance, a BSc in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam and a BSc in Economics & Business from VU University Amsterdam.

    3i office address

    Cornelis Schuytstraat 72
    1071 JL Amsterdam
    0031 / 20 3057444

     

    Investments

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    nexeye CEO, Bart van den Nieuwenhof, discusses how the partnership with 3i helped nexeye transform from a discount optical brand to a leading omni-channel retail platform.
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    Ross Warshauer
    Associate

    North America / Private Equity

    Ross Warshauer

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

    Ross joined 3i in 2021 as a member of its North American Private Equity team based in New York. Ross has since been involved in 3i’s investments in SaniSure and ten23 Health.

    Prior to joining 3i, Ross was an Investment Banking Analyst with Perella Weinberg Partners in the Healthcare Group, where he focused on M&A advisory and capital raising transactions.

    Ross graduated from Emory University with a B.B.A. in Finance and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics.

    3i office address

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

    UK / Infrastructure

    Phil White

    Vice Chair of Infrastructure
    UK / Infrastructure
     

    Phil joined 3i in 2007 and is Vice Chair of 3i’s Infrastructure business and a member of 3i’s Investment Committee. From 2014 to 2022 he was Managing Partner, Head of Infrastructure.

    Prior to joining 3i, he was Division Director in Macquarie’s Infrastructure Funds business, where he managed investments in the transport sector. Phil has over 20 years of infrastructure investment, advisory and finance experience from earlier roles at Barclays and WestLB.

    Phil has an MBA from London Business School.

    3i office address

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

    3i’s Phil White and Elenia’s CEO, Tapani Liuhala, and COO, Jorma Myllymäki, discuss how Elenia grew and developed during our 5 year partnership.

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    Richard Widdowson
    Director, Portfolio and Operations

    UK / Infrastructure

    Richard Widdowson

    Director, Portfolio and Operations
    UK / Infrastructure
     

    Richard is Director of Portfolio and Operations for 3i’s Infrastructure business and joined in 2016. He manages the operations of the Infrastructure investment team and leads key projects and initiatives across the business. Richard also manages various portfolio management initiatives and supports some of the Investor Relations activity for 3i Infrastructure plc.

    Prior to joining 3i, Richard worked at Barclays plc where he held a number of front office senior business partnering roles within the investment bank and a strategy role in Barclays Group.

    Richard is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and holds a degree in Economics from Loughborough University.

    3i office address

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

    UK / Infrastructure

    Esme Wilson

    Associate
    UK / Infrastructure
     

    Esme joined 3i in October 2021 and is an Associate in the Infrastructure team based in London. She is primarily responsible for the origination and execution of deals and the management of assets across the economic infrastructure space.

    Prior to joining 3i, Esme was an Associate in the Infrastructure and Utilities M&A team at Deutsche Bank, where she focused on deal origination and execution.

    Esme holds a BA in Economics & Management from the University of Oxford.

    3i office address

    16 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5JD
    +44 (0)20 7975 3153
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    Peter Wirtz
    Co-Head, Private Equity

    Germany / Private Equity

    Peter Wirtz

    Co-Head, Private Equity
    Germany / Private Equity
    Consumer  

    Peter joined 3i Germany in 1998. He was appointed co-Managing Director 3i Deutschland in May 2009 and Co-Head of Private Equity in April 2019.

    During his time at 3i, Peter has taken a leading role across more than 15 transactions including GartenHaus, Luqom (Lampenwelt), Christ, Scandlines, Amor and MotorenWerkeMannheim (MWM).

    Further transactions in which Peter has been involved include 3i’s investments in arrivia (ICE), Action, Basic-Fit, NORMA, Hyva and Azelis. Peter currently sits on the Boards of Luqom, Christ, MPM and GartenHaus.

    Prior to joining 3i, Peter worked for Procter & Gamble and Deutsche Bank. He holds a degree in Business and Administration from the University of Bamberg.

    3i office address

    OpernTurm
    Bockenheimer Landstraße 2-4
    60306 Frankfurt am Main
    +49 69 710000 0
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    Peter Wirtz gives an overview of our Private Equity team’s activity in 2021
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    Lorenz Woelfel
    Associate

    UK / Infrastructure

    Lorenz Woelfel

    Associate
    UK / Infrastructure
     

    Lorenz joined 3i in June 2022 and is an Associate in the Infrastructure team based in London. He is primarily responsible for the origination and execution of deals and the management of assets across the economic infrastructure space.

    Prior to joining 3i, Lorenz was an Associate in the Infrastructure Equity team at UBS Asset Management in London, where he also focused on origination and execution of new transactions and the management of existing assets.

    Lorenz holds a B.Sc. in Management & Technology from the Technical University of Munich and a M.Sc. in International Finance from HEC Paris.

    3i office address

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