The HarbourVest London Team

Edward Holdsworth

Managing Director


About Edward

Edward Holdsworth joined HarbourVest in 2011. He focuses on originating and executing both traditional and complex secondary transactions, primarily in Europe. He currently serves on the advisory boards of a number of private equity partnerships including those managed by 3i, Bridgepoint, Montagu Private Equity, Hermes Global Private Equity, Compass Partners, Innova Capital, Magnum Capital, and MML Capital Partners.

Edward joined HarbourVest after five years with Matrix Private Funds Group in London, where he was a partner responsible for fund origination and placement across Europe. Prior to that, Edward was an executive at UBS Investment Bank in London in the equities department working in the Exotic Structured Derivatives Group. Additionally, Edward worked for Swiss Re and Ernst and Young LLP in the Banking and Capital Markets Group in London.

Edward graduated with a BA in Economics and Accounting with Law (honors) from Bristol University and holds an ACA from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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”).