Valérie Handal focuses on secondary investments, primarily in Europe. She joined HarbourVest in 2006 and has played a lead role in a range of secondary transactions, including SGV Capital plc, 3i Ventures, and RBS Special Situations. Valérie currently serves on the advisory boards of funds managed by CapVest, Draper Esprit, Forbion Capital Partners, Mandarin Capital, PAI Partners, Pollen Street Capital, and Phase4 Ventures.
Valérie joined HarbourVest from Merrill Lynch’s Private Equity Group in London, where she was a vice president. Her prior experience includes positions in investment banking and venture capital at Merrill Lynch, Banc of America Securities, and Softbank Europe Ventures.
Valérie received a BSc (honours) degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a native French speaker and also speaks Spanish.