There are 25 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the EU which employ 94 million people in the region and contribute to 60% of the European economy. SMEs are the driving force in Europe representing growth, innovation, employment and social integration. Private Equity GPs are noticing that the lower segment of the private equity market offers a higher return, with median and top quartile higher than large caps.
Join us as we discuss the lower middle-market private equity landscape in Europe and their underlying SMEs with Eric Halverson, Founder of Qualitas, one of the leading European Fund of Funds. Eric will share his extensive experience investing in direct private equity, secondary investments and co-investments in the lower middle market. He will discuss a broad array of topics including value creation, generating returns in the European lower mid-market and managing volatility.
Participants must register by Noon on October 12th to receive details on joining the discussion. The Zoom link will be sent out 24 hours before the event.
Please note that no refunds will be issued.
Managing Partner at Qualitas Funds
In 2003, Eric Halverson founded Qualitas Equity Partners with Iñigo Olaguibel and since 2015 has developed the Qualitas Funds activity. Mr. Halverson led the investments of Azuvi, Befesa, Forte and Grupo Garnica and served as member of the Board of Directors in all of them. Mr. Halverson is also highly involved in the relationships with international investors.
Before founding Qualitas Equity Partners, Mr. Halverson worked at UBS Capital as Investment Director, where he led investments worth over €450 million in value, and at the Corporate Finance department of UBS Warburg, advising companies on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising. Mr. Halverson began his career at McKinsey & Co. as an associate, providing management consulting services to large companies in Spain and Scandinavia.
Eric Halverson holds a degree in Economics from Cornell University, and Masters’ Degrees from Cambridge University and from Harvard University.
Hemali Dassani, MBA 1999, is an experienced fundraiser and investor relations professional within the alternative investments space and is currently a placement agent and consultant to multiple Private Equity funds. Hemali was previously Director of Investor Relations for Argand Partners and Castle Harlan, middle market private equity funds. Hemali was also a Managing Director with Old City Investment Partners, a multi-family office dedicated to finding high quality investments for the firm’s clientele of family office investors. Ms. Dassani has an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University. She was President of the Harvard Business School Club of Greater New York and currently sits on the Board of the Club. Ms. Dassani is a soon to be published author of “Marketing Alternative Investments: A Comprehensive Guide to Fundraising and Investor Relations for Private Equity and Hedge Funds” (https://www.amazon.com/Marketing-Alternative-Investments-Comprehensive-Fundraising/dp/1264627645).
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