H.I.G. Capital has hired Simon Laker as principal and head of European Asset Management of the firm’s real estate portfolio. Laker will be based in the firm’s London office. Prior to H.I.G., Laker worked at Evans Randall, where he managed real estate investments across several European regions.
H.I.G. Capital, a leading global private equity investment firm with more than €13 billion of capital under management, is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Laker as Principal and Head of European Asset Management of H.I.G.’s real estate portfolio. Mr. Laker will be based in H.I.G.’s London office and joins the firm from Evans Randall, where he actively managed real estate investments across several European jurisdictions.
H.I.G. Capital’s real estate platform targets opportunistic real estate investments, with a focus on adding value, improving performance, and achieving attractive risk adjusted returns. The H.I.G. European real estate team is active across a wide spectrum of real estate asset classes and has completed 11 transactions across multiple jurisdictions in Europe in the last two years. 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.
Ahmed Hamdani, Managing Director in H.I.G. Capital’s European team added: “The appointment of Simon reflects our commitment to a hands-on, value-added strategy, which has enabled the firm to achieve superior results on a consistent basis.”
About H.I.G. Capital
H.I.G. is a leading global private equity and alternative assets investment firm with more than €13 billion of equity capital under management.* Based in Miami, and with offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York and San Francisco 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:
1) 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.
2) 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 on 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.
3) 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 80 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.