Olav König joins HarbourVest as Managing Director and Head of Sales and Client Service for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
10 September 2013
HarbourVest Partners, LLC (“HarbourVest” or the “Firm”), a leading private markets investment firm, today announced that Olav König has joined HarbourVest Partners (U.K.) Limited as a Managing Director and Head of Sales and Client Service for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In this role Olav, a German national and a lawyer by background, will expand and enhance HarbourVest’s relationships with investors and their advisers in the EMEA geographic region.
“We are very pleased to have Olav join our team,” said George Anson, Managing Director at HarbourVest. “He brings extensive experience of working with clients in private markets, and as investors work to navigate the post-AIFMD environment, that experience will be particularly valuable.”
Olav will be based in London and will focus on providing private markets solutions to institutional investors, whether they are looking for a manager of their global private equity and debt program, or a manager to complement their existing team.
He said: “I am very excited to be joining such a leader in its field, with strong credentials across a broad range of products and excellent, long standing track record and the ambition to continue to build their European operations. Most importantly, I look forward to working together with existing and prospective clients to provide them with attractive solutions for their private markets portfolios.”
Olav will work alongside HarbourVest’s existing team, which includes Hannah Tobin, a Principal who is focused on client and consultant relations, and HarbourVest’s 28 investment and client service professionals based in Europe.
Olav joins from Eaton Partners, a global placement agent where he was a Partner and Head of Europe, with a focus on German-speaking countries and U.K.-based LPs. Prior to that, he spent eight years at Capital Dynamics in Zurich and London, latterly as Managing Director, Business Development. Earlier in his career he worked for Sitka Partners and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson.
Olav received a Master of Law and studied at Bonn, Freiburg, and Kiel University in Germany in 1995 and is a fully qualified German lawyer (“Rechtsanwalt”).
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HarbourVest Partners, LLC is an independent global alternative investment firm and an SEC-registered investment adviser. HarbourVest provides investment programs for institutional investors to invest in venture capital, buyout, mezzanine debt, and distressed debt through primary partnerships, secondary purchases, and direct investments. HarbourVest and its subsidiaries have more than 250 employees, including nearly 80 investment professionals deployed in Boston, London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bogotá, and Beijing. In more than 30 years of investing in private equity, the team has committed more than $25 billion to newly-formed funds, completed over $10 billion in secondary purchases, and invested $4 billion directly in operating companies. The firm’s clients include pension funds, endowments, foundations, and financial institutions throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, Latin America, and Japan.