3i recruits Ruijter as director for Benelux team

3i has named Sander Ruijter as a director in its Benelux team. Ruitjer, who was previously a managing partner at Gate Invest, will be based in Amsterdam. Also, in the past few months, 3i expanded its private equity teams in Europe and North America with the addition of seven associates. And, the firm promoted three investment professionals in the private equity business to director.


3i announces the hire of Sander Ruijter as a Director in its Benelux team, seven Associates across its international offices and three senior promotions in its Private Equity business, reflecting another successful year for the team.

Sander Ruijter will join as a Director based in Amsterdam. Sander was previously a Managing Partner at Gate Invest, a Dutch mid-market private equity firm which he co-founded in 2016. Sander brings 13 years’ experience, having previously worked in the Benelux advisory team at Rothschild in London from 2006 to 2016.

The following seven Associates have joined 3i’s Private Equity teams across Europe and North America over the past few months:
Stephan Duwe, Frankfurt
Kristina Wiren, Frankfurt
Juliette Grognet, Paris
Charlie Kickham, London
Stephanie Handley, New York
Connor Rossner, New York
Jerin Thomas, New York

In addition, the following three investment professionals in the Private Equity business have been promoted to Director:
Rowena Gracey, London
Nikhil Patel, New York
Bastiaan Peer, Amsterdam

Pieter de Jong and Peter Wirtz, Managing Partners and Co-Heads of Private Equity, commented:
“We would like to welcome all the new joiners to 3i. Sander’s extensive experience in originating investments in the Dutch market will be of great benefit to our team, and the new Associates joining our international offices will significantly bolster our resources and capabilities in today’s challenging and competitive market. We would also like to congratulate our colleagues on their well-deserved promotions, underlining the strength and depth of the international team at 3i.”

In the year ended 31 March 2019, the Private Equity business realised £1,235m (gross of the reinvestment in Scandlines) and invested £332m of proprietary capital.