HarbourVest Partners Appoints Matt HoganBruen as Managing Director

March 24, 2021

BOSTON — HarbourVest Partners, a global private markets asset manager, today announced the hiring of Matt HoganBruen as a managing director and portfolio specialist focused on custom solutions and separate accounts.

“HarbourVest has been creating customized solutions and flexible separate accounts to address the needs of our clients for more than three decades,” said John Toomey, Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners. “We are pleased that Matt has chosen to return to HarbourVest to help us continue to expand this growing segment of our business.”

HoganBruen returns to HarbourVest after nearly three years at The Carlyle Group, where he was a managing director focused on product development, strategy, and investor relations. In his previous role at HarbourVest, Matt was a member of the Firm’s Emerging and Diverse team, which focuses on meeting the targeted mandates of institutional investors by seeking investment opportunities in emerging managers, diverse managers, the lower middle market, and underserved markets. He also oversaw the design and implementation of statistical tools that help HarbourVest’s Emerging and Diverse team measure the financial and social impact of its investments. Prior to joining HarbourVest as part of the Firm’s acquisition of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s (BAML) private equity funds business, Matt was a member of BAML’s Capital Access Funds business. During his more than two decades at Bank of America, in addition to investing in private equity funds, he managed a loan portfolio of for-profit and non-profit clients, and also worked as an economic development consultant.

“Many institutional investors have recognized separate accounts as an essential element of their portfolio construction toolkit,” said Brett Gordon, Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners. “Matt’s background in investments, investor relations, impact investing, ESG, strategy, product design, and his deep understanding of HarbourVest’s offerings and strategies, will greatly complement the capabilities of our SMA team.”

HarbourVest is an independent, global private markets investment specialist with over 35 years of experience and more than $71 billion in assets under management, as of December 31, 2020. The Firm’s powerful global platform offers clients investment opportunities through primary fund investments, secondary investments, and direct co-investments in commingled funds or separately managed accounts. HarbourVest has more than 675 employees, including more than 150 investment professionals across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. This global team has committed more than $45 billion to newly-formed funds, completed over $28 billion in secondary purchases, and invested over $21 billion directly in operating companies. Partnering with HarbourVest, clients have access to customized solutions, longstanding relationships, and actionable insights.


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