HGGC beefs up team with six new additions

HGGC has expanded its team with six new hires. Joining the firm are Colin Phinisey as a principal and Christopher Guinn as an executive director. And, HGGC’s new associates are Zachary Adams, William Spector, Patrick Malanga and Hao Qin.


PALO ALTO, Calif.—October 1, 2018—HGGC, a leading middle market private equity firm, today announced that it is expanding its team with six new hires across the financial, operations and investment functions. These additions—all of which come to HGGC from blue-chip financial and business brands—will help ensure that HGGC has the talent and bandwidth to execute its successful investment strategy and foster portfolio company value creation as it continues its growth trajectory.

Colin Phinisey joins as a Principal responsible for leading HGGC’s capital markets efforts across its portfolio. Phinisey is a seasoned investment banking professional who has experience with a range of capital markets transactions, including leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, and debt financings across numerous industries. Phinisey was most recently a Director in the Leveraged Finance Group at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., where he worked for more than eight years. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Phinisey spent four years as a Senior Financial Analyst at Wachovia.

“Colin brings substantial capital markets experience that will help further institutionalize best practices and lead our financing efforts with Wall Street,” said Rich Lawson, HGGC CEO and Co-Founder. “In the last year alone, we’ve been involved in $4.3 billion of financings, and we expect 2019 to be an even bigger year for us.”

Christopher Guinn joins HGGC as an Executive Director who will focus on working actively within HGGC’s portfolio. Prior to HGGC, Guinn led acquisition integration for Golden Gate Capital portfolio company Ply Gem Industries. Previously, Guinn held the Chief Financial Officer role at Atrium Corporation and Neways International, both Golden Gate Capital portfolio companies.

“Chris expands the roster of HGGC’s operational professionals that work closely with portfolio companies to ensure growth and success with operations, leadership and financials,” Lawson said. “Additionally, we’re pleased to announce the addition of a talented new group of associates in the busiest year yet for HGGC.”
Zachary Adams was previously an Associate at Boston Consulting Group, where he focused on pricing and market studies in the industrial and retail spaces. Prior to that, Adams was a Market Risk Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

William Spector was most recently a Corporate Finance Business Analyst at leading management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he advised on strategic, financial, and operational issues for M&A, corporate portfolio strategy, and finance transformations.

Patrick Malanga was previously an Investment Banking Analyst in the Financial Sponsors Group at Credit Suisse, where he worked on leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, and debt and equity financings.

Hao Qin joins HGGC from Onex, one of Canada’s largest private equity firms, where he was an Associate. Qin was previously an Investment Banking Analyst at Goldman Sachs.

About HGGC
HGGC is a leading middle-market private equity firm with $4.3 billion in cumulative capital commitments. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., HGGC is distinguished by its “Advantaged Investing” approach that enables the firm to source and acquire scalable businesses at attractive multiples through partnerships with management teams, founders and sponsors who reinvest alongside HGGC, creating a strong alignment of interests. Over its history, HGGC has completed more than 100 platform investments, add-on acquisitions, recapitalizations and liquidity events with an aggregate transaction value of more than $17 billion. More information is available at www.hggc.com.