The HarbourVest Boston Team

Kaitlyn Shao

Vice President


About Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn Shao joined HarbourVest in 2019 and focuses on analyzing, structuring, and monitoring secondary private equity opportunities, including traditional and complex transactions.

Kaitlyn joined the Firm from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she was an investment banking analyst in the Technology Group focusing on mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions in the Internet, Software, and Semiconductor sectors.

Kaitlyn received a BS in Business Administration from University of Southern California in 2018. Kaitlyn is fluent in Mandarin.

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”).