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Laura Thaxter

Managing Director, Global Head of Client Service


About Laura

Laura Thaxter joined HarbourVest in 2000 and leads the Firm’s Client Experience team. The Client Experience team focuses on enhancing the client experience from client due diligence and product marketing through client onboarding and client service. The team also works closely with Investor Relations to enhance relationships with clients and consultants.

Laura began her career at the Firm as the Director of Marketing and Client Communications. In that role, Laura enhanced the Firm’s communications efforts and built the marketing and client communications team over a period of 18 years. Laura joined HarbourVest from Thomson Financial where she was a marketing director with the Investment Banking and Capital Markets group, whose products included private markets data and publications such as Venture Capital Journal, Private Equity Week, and Buyouts. Her other experience includes marketing positions with First Variable Life Insurance and IDG Books Worldwide.

Laura received a BA in Government and Economics from Dartmouth College in 1993.

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”).