Highland Europe taps Tardy-Joubert as advisory partner

Highland Europe has named Jean Tardy-Joubert as advisory partner. Tardy-Joubert has been senior adviser, founder and head of the European practice of Qatalyst Partners since 2009.


London, 26 March 2018: Highland Europe is delighted to announce that Jean Tardy-Joubert, senior advisor, founder and head of the European practice of Qatalyst Partners since 2009, the technology focused investment bank, has joined the team as an Advisory Partner.

Jean has helped shape the European Technology landscape over the last 25 years, advising on landmark transactions including Matchesfashion.com’s sale to Apax Partners, Skyscanner’s $1.8B sale to CTrip, SwiftKey’s sale to Microsoft, Autonomy’s $11.7B sale to HP, NXP’s demerger from Philips, Genesys’ $1.5B sale to a private equity consortium, Alcatel’s $7B acquisition of Newbridge Networks, the initial public offerings of CSR, Sequans, Virata and Wavecom, and the recent financing of Farfetch.

The Highland Europe team have known Jean for over 20 years and have had the fortune to work with him on several occasions, most recently on the successful sale of Matchesfashion.com to Apax Partners.

“I am a big believer in people, brand, platform and operating ethos, and on all four counts, Highland Europe feels like home. I know that entrepreneurs across the continent are very positive about working with Highland Europe,” said Jean. “I am confident that new technology category leaders will increasingly come from Europe, where the ‘Old Continent’ can leverage its traditional strengths in sectors such as luxury, design, travel, automotive and many others.”

He added: “I have had first-hand experience of working with the Highland team and their cohesive, productive and fun culture made my decision to join very easy. I look forward to contributing to making Highland Europe even more successful.”

Laurence Garrett of Highland Europe said: ”Jean has a tremendous track record and has helped shape the European technology ecosystem. His network of entrepreneurs, investors and technology companies is unparalleled and we are thrilled that he has chosen to join our team. We share common values and look forward to working together to help entrepreneurs achieve their full potential.”

From a group of five partners in 2013, the investment team now includes eleven investment professionals whose sole objective is to find and invest in Europe’s leading growth technology companies. The active portfolio includes twenty-seven companies that, collectively, have over €1.1B of revenues. Highland Europe’s most recent liquidity events include the sales of MatchesFashion.com and SocialPoint. Other notable exits from prior funds are Photobox, Privalia and myOptique.

About Highland Europe: Highland Europe is exclusively focused on Growth Stage internet, mobile and software businesses. Launched in 2012, the firm’s origins were as the European operations of Highland Capital Partners, a US venture capital firm. Highland Europe is based in London and Geneva and its current portfolio includes GetYourGuide, WeTransfer, NewVoiceMedia, Nexthink and Smartly.io, among many others.

About Jean Tardy-Joubert: Jean joined Qatalyst in February 2009 to found and head Qatalyst’s European practice and has 25 years of investment banking experience, the last 20 of which have been focused on advising technology companies in EMEA. Jean became a senior advisor to Qatalyst in 2018 and will continue in that role for the foreseeable future.

Prior to joining Qatalyst, Jean served as head of European Technology Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch, co-head of the European Technology, Media and Telecom group for Credit Suisse, and head of the European Technology Group for Credit Suisse.

Jean’s clients and transaction experience include IPOs and advisory assignments for: ADVA, Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion/Floware, ARM, Ascom, Autonomy, Bosch, Cambridge Silicon Radio, CapGemini, Cúram Software, Cyvera, ECI Telecom, Ericsson, Farfetch, France Telecom, Gemplus, Ingenico, Logitech, Marconi, MatchesFashion.com, Native Networks, Nokia, NXP/Philips, Psion, Quandoo, Sequans, Siemens, Skyscanner, STMicroelectronics, SwiftKey, Tenovis, Virata/Globespan, Vivendi, Wavecom, Withings, and Xyratex.

Among other deals, Jean has advised Alcatel on its $7B acquisition of Newbridge Networks, Alcatel-Lucent on the sale of its Genesys business to a private equity consortium for $1.5B; Autonomy on its $11.7B sale to HP; Virata on its merger with Globespan; the sale in two transactions of Bosch Telecom. He also advised on the successful hostile defence of Wavecom (merged with Sierra Wireless); the separation of Philip’s semiconductor business (NXP) to a sponsor-led consortium, Skyscanner on its $1.8B sale to CTrip, and MatchesFashion.com on its sale to Apax Partners.