The HarbourVest Boston Team

James Athanasoulas

Managing Director


About James

James Athanasoulas joined HarbourVest in 2018 to focus on private credit investments.

Prior to joining the Firm, Jamie spent 13 years at Bain Capital Credit (formerly known as Sankaty Advisors) where he originated, structured, and underwrote and managed a number of debt and equity private investments in the middle market. He was a managing director in the Private Credit Group while at Bain Capital and has experience investing senior, junior, and equity capital in sponsored and non-sponsored transactions. While at Bain Capital, Jamie was an Executive Officer and Treasurer of Bain Capital Specialty Finance (or “BCSF”), an externally managed specialty finance company focused on lending to middle market companies, from its inception until his departure in 2018. Prior to joining Bain Capital Credit, Jamie worked at Bain and Company where he focused a considerable amount of his time in the private equity group.

Jamie received a BA from Georgetown University in 1994 and an MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 2001.

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”).