H.I.G. Capital hires ex-Inflexion executive as head of London buyouts team

Prior to H.I.G., Harper was a partner at Inflexion. 

H.I.G. Capital hired John Harper as managing director and head of the London LBO team. Harper leads the firm’s small-cap investments in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and Holland. Prior to H.I.G., Harper was a partner at Inflexion.

Press Release

H.I.G. Capital, LLC (“H.I.G.”), a leading global private equity investment firm with over €34 billion of equity capital under management, is pleased to announce today that John Harper has joined H.I.G. Capital as a Managing Director and Head of the London LBO team, leading H.I.G.’s small cap investments in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and Holland.

John has 25 years of mid-market private equity investing experience. He has originated, transacted and exited numerous investments across a wide range of sectors including financial and business services, manufacturing, healthcare, IT and consumer and leisure. Prior to joining H.I.G. he was a Partner at Inflexion, having previously held senior positions at Duke Street and LDC.

Wolfgang Biedermann, Executive Managing Director and Head of Europe buyouts, said, “We are delighted to welcome John to the team. He has an impressive track record of successful investments and I am absolutely confident that he is the right person to further strengthen H.I.G.’s franchise in northern Europe.”

About H.I.G. Capital

H.I.G. is a leading global private equity and alternative assets investment firm with over €34 billion of equity capital under management.* Based in Miami, and with offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Atlanta in the U.S., as well as international affiliate offices in London, Hamburg, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Bogotá, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, 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.

H.I.G.’s real estate funds invest in value-added properties, which can benefit from improved asset management practices.

Since its founding in 1993, H.I.G. has invested in and managed more than 300 companies worldwide. The firm’s current portfolio includes more than 100 companies with combined sales in excess of €27 billion. For more information, please refer to the H.I.G. website at www.higcapital.com.