HarbourVest Partners launches Toronto office, names principal to lead it

HarbourVest Partners has opened an office in Toronto and appointed Senia Rapisarda as a principal to lead it. Rapisarda’s work background includes positions at Nur Energie in London, London Business School, Nomura International and Salomon Brothers.

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9 April 2015 – HarbourVest Partners, a leading private markets investment firm, has today announced the establishment of an office in Toronto and that Senia Rapisarda has joined the firm as a Principal to lead the local presence in Canada.

HarbourVest currently manages US$1.5 billion on behalf of several institutional Canadian investors. Senia Rapisarda has been working with HarbourVest for over a year on a consulting basis to explore the Canadian market opportunity and help develop plans for a local presence.

“We are very pleased to announce our latest global office in Toronto and to welcome Senia Rapisarda to our team. Senia brings significant Canadian growth equity investment experience to our team and complements our firm’s global perspective,” said Rob Wadsworth, managing director at HarbourVest. “Our first office and dedicated team in country enable HarbourVest to expand our long history of investing in Canadian private market opportunities and to provide our clients with access to compelling investment opportunities.”

The firm has a long track record of investing in Canada (since 1989), with more than US$425 million of indirect investments into over 200 Canadian companies through primary fund investments and secondary investments and investments of US$40 million in Canadian growth equity transactions. The firm plans to increase its focus on Canada and its sourcing of primary fund investments, secondary deals, and direct co-investment opportunities across the market.

About Senia Rapisarda
Senia Rapisarda joined HarbourVest to focus on partnership and direct co-investments in Canada and to expand HarbourVest’s local presence in the market. Senia joined from BDC Venture Capital, where she was responsible for the establishment of a team focused on direct and indirect investments across Canada. Her previous experience includes positions at Nur Energie in London, London Business School, Nomura International, and Salomon Brothers, among other roles. Senia received a JD (summa cum laude) from LUISS University in Rome in 1987 and a Masters in Law and Economics (Fulbright Scholar) from Columbia University in 1989. An Italian citizen who holds permanent resident status in Canada, Senia also speaks fluent Italian, French, and Spanish.

About HarbourVest
HarbourVest Partners, LLC is an independent private markets specialist, providing investment programs and customized solutions focused on venture capital, buyout, mezzanine debt, credit, and real assets through primary fund investments, secondary purchases, and direct co-investments. HarbourVest has more than 300 employees, including 80 investment professionals, deployed in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. In more than 30 years of investing in private equity, the team has committed more than $25 billion to newly-formed funds, completed over $11 billion in secondary purchases, and invested $4 billion directly in operating companies. The firm’s clients include pension funds, endowments, foundations, and financial institutions around the globe. To learn more about HarbourVest visit www.harbourvest.com