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Michael Taylor

Senior Advisor

About Michael

Michael Taylor joined HarbourVest in 1998 and served as a Managing Director focused on primary partnership investing in venture and buyout funds. In January 2020, he became a Senior Advisor.

Michael was originally a member of the Boston office and in 2014, he relocated to Asia to complement our local offices. He currently resides in Singapore. Michael has experience across all investment areas of the HarbourVest platform including direct, secondary and primary partnership investing. He served on the advisory boards of many US and Asian private equity partnerships as well as on the board of directors of several portfolio companies. He also served in senior leadership positions at HarbourVest including the Executive Committee, Global Client Services, Compensation Committee and Asian Primary Partnership Investment Committee.

Michael’s prior experience includes several years with Morgan Stanley’s investment banking division. He also served as a Lieutenant Commander with the United States Navy, as a Naval Aviator, and he maintains his commercial pilot ratings.

Michael received a BS (with distinction) from the United States Naval Academy in 1986 and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. Michael serves on the Board of Directors of the United States Naval Academy Foundation and the ASEAN Regional Board of Room to Read.

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”).