Valérie Handal joined HarbourVest in 2006 and focuses on originating and executing both complex and traditional secondary investments, primarily in Europe. Valérie has led a range of European secondary transactions and currently serves on the advisory boards of several funds, including those managed by Mandarin Capital, PAI Partners, Pollen Street Capital, Forbion Capital Partners, Draper Esprit, and Phase4 Ventures.
Valérie joined the Firm from Merrill Lynch’s Private Equity Group in London. Her prior experience includes positions in investment banking and venture capital at Merrill Lynch, Banc of America Securities, and Softbank Europe Ventures.
She received a BSc (Honors) degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Valérie is a native French speaker and also speaks Spanish.