The HarbourVest London Team

Alex Barker



About Alex

Alex Barker joined HarbourVest in 2010 and focuses on European buyout partnership investments.

He joined the team from Hermes GPE where he was responsible for evaluating European primary and co-investments. Prior to that, Alex spent six years at Gartmore Private Equity working on European primary and co-investments. Before joining Gartmore, Alex had previously worked in equity research at DLJ and Credit Suisse focusing on the banking sector.

He received a BA (with honors) from Oxford University in 2000.

Continuation solutions encompass a host of transaction types in which a GP secures interim liquidity and/or additional primary capital for their LPs in a strongly performing asset, or set of assets, that the GP will continue to own and control. Specifically, they include continuation funds, new funds created by GPs for the purpose of acquiring the asset(s) that continue to be managed by the same GP and capitalized by one or several secondary buyers, or equity recapitalizations involving a direct equity or structured equity investment into a portfolio company. These transactions can also include a parallel investment from the GP’s latest fund into that same pool of assets (a “cross-fund trade”).