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Dustin Willard

Managing Director


About Dustin

Dustin Willard joined HarbourVest in 2008 and rejoined the team in 2013 after receiving his MBA. Dustin focuses on global secondary opportunities, including traditional and complex transactions. He has played a lead role on several complex transactions, including the restructuring and tender offer to investors of The Endowment Fund, an SEC-registered investment vehicle with more than 13,000 high net worth individual investors, as well as the acquisition of 20 Asian direct equity positions by NewQuest Capital Partners, a private equity fund backed by HarbourVest to acquire the assets from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Dustin’s prior experience includes working for Wachovia Securities, where he was an investment banking analyst in the Leveraged Finance Group.

Dustin received a BS in Economics and Political Science from Duke University in 2006 and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2013.

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”).