The HarbourVest London Team

William Thompson



About William

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

William joined the Firm from Goldman Sachs, where he was most recently an executive director in the Investment Banking division focused on mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare sector. Prior to this, he was a senior analyst in the Healthcare Investment Banking division at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey.

William received a BS (with distinction) in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008, where he received the Walter S. Spearman Chancellor’s Award for achievement in scholarship, leadership, and character.



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”).