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Graham Emmett Joins H.I.G. Europe to Lead Structured Finance Real Estate Activities
LONDON – January 11, 2016 – H.I.G. Capital, a leading global private equity investment firm with €17 billion of equity capital under management, is pleased to announce the appointment of Graham Emmett as Managing Director in the Real Estate team, based in the London office.
With over 25 years in a variety of real estate sector roles, Graham has extensive investment and transactional experience in all parts of the capital structure. Prior to joining H.I.G., he was an Investment Partner in the Real Estate division of Cheyne Capital, where he also was the lead portfolio manager of its listed real estate debt vehicle. Prior to Cheyne, he was a Partner at ICG Longbow, a leading London based real estate lender, and served as Head of Lending and Corporate Finance on the Executive management team of the National Asset Management Agency (or NAMA, Ireland’s “Bad Bank”). Earlier in his career, Emmett was a member of Goldman Sach’s Special Situations Group, where he was head of the European Mezzanine debt investments team, and Finance Director of Delancey Estate plc.
H.I.G. Capital’s European real estate platform targets direct principal equity investments, junior debt investments and whole loans in opportunistic real estate investments across Europe. The focus is on value add assets in all sectors through achievable repositioning strategies, thus improving asset performance, and achieving attractive risk adjusted returns for investors.
With offices in London, Madrid, and Milan, the H.I.G. European real estate team is active across a wide spectrum of real estate asset classes. It has completed 25 transactions across multiple jurisdictions in Europe in the last two years including the U.K., Ireland, Spain, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Finland. With the ability to invest in all parts of the capital structure, H.I.G. Capital is able to develop creative financing solutions and consummate transactions on an expedited basis. Typical investment size ranges from €10 million to €100 million.
In commenting on the appointment, Sami Mnaymneh, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of H.I.G., noted, “I am delighted to welcome Graham to the firm. He is a very experienced and successful real estate investor who significantly augments the expertise and capabilities of our team. I am confident he will play an instrumental role in growing H.I.G.’s real estate structured finance activities in Europe”.
About H.I.G. Capital
H.I.G. is a leading global private equity and alternative assets investment firm with €17 billion of equity capital under management.* Based in Miami, and with offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, and Atlanta in the U.S., as well as international affiliate offices in London, Hamburg, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Rio de Janeiro, H.I.G. specializes in providing both debt and equity capital to small and mid-sized companies, utilizing a flexible and operationally focused/value-added approach:
- H.I.G.’s equity funds invest in management buyouts, recapitalizations and corporate carve-outs of both profitable as well as underperforming manufacturing and service businesses.
- H.I.G.’s debt funds invest in senior, unitranche and junior debt financing to companies across the size spectrum, both on a primary (direct origination) basis, as well as in the secondary markets. H.I.G. is also a leading CLO manager, through its WhiteHorse family of vehicles, and manages a publicly traded BDC, WhiteHorse Finance.
- Other H.I.G. funds invest in various real assets, including real estate and shipping.
Since its founding in 1993, H.I.G. has invested in and managed more than 200 companies worldwide. The firm's current portfolio includes more than 100 companies with combined sales in excess of €22 billion. For more information, please refer to the H.I.G. website at www.higcapital.com.
* Based on total capital commitments to funds managed by H.I.G. Capital and its affiliates.