Jim Rutherford Leaves VSS for 3i Group

Jim Rutherford has joined 3i Group as a partner responsible for North American investor relations. He previously was with Veronis Suhler Stevenson. 3i also announced that Jennifer Dunstan is transitioning from the firm’s buyouts team to become a London-based partner focused on investor relations in Europe and Asia. 


3i, an international leader in private equity, today announces two senior appointments to its Fund Investor Relations (“FIR”) team as part of 3i’s focus to build out and further enhance its relationships with its Limited Partner (LP) investors around the world.

James (Jim) Rutherfurd joins 3i from Veronis Suhler Stevenson as a Partner responsible for Fund IR in North America while Jennifer Dunstan transfers from 3i’s Buyouts team as Partner to lead 3i’s London based Fund IR team and further develop 3i’s IR capabilities in Europe and Asia Pacific.

These newly created Partner roles further strengthen 3i’s Fund Investor Relations capability and deliver against 3i’s long term strategy to strive for the highest levels of service and transparent communications with 3i’s global investor base throughout North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Both Jim Rutherfurd and Jennifer Dunstan work with Paul Waller, Managing Partner of 3i’s global Fund Investor Relations team and a member of 3i’s management committee based in London. Jim will be based in 3i’s New York office focused on further developing 3i’s networks with new and existing institutional investors in North America, working alongside the New York based Growth Capital team. Jennifer is based in London where she leads the UK Fund IR team and will help widen 3i’s investor partnerships throughout Europe and particularly in Asia.

Jim Rutherfurd joins from his former role as executive vice president at Veronis Suhler Stevenson, where he was responsible for fundraising, investor relations, marketing and public relations. Between 2004 and 2009 he also managed VSS funds’ co-investment programme and directed initiatives to widen the firms’ investor base. In his prior role as head of the VSS investment banking group, Jim focused on both client M&A advisory services and the origination of investment opportunities for the VSS private equity and mezzanine funds. During the five years to 1999, Jim served as Managing Director of the M&A group at JP Morgan & Co. and also Co-Head of the Media Industry Investment Banking team. Previously he was Director at The First Boston Corporation’s Media Group before which he was a corporate and securities lawyer at New York law firm Rogers & Wells.

Jennifer Dunstan, a Partner in 3i’s UK Buyouts team since June 2005 and Head of 3i’s UK Consumer sector, joins 3i’s Fund Investor Relations (“FIR”) team as a Partner and Head of 3i’s London based Fund Investor Relations team. During her time at 3i, she has co-led deals including Mayborn Group, Agent Provocateur and the public to private transaction for Telecity Group and Redbus to create TelecityRedbus. Prior to joining 3i, Jennifer spent nine years at Terra Firma Capital Partners and Nomura’s Principal Finance Group, where she was Managing Director. Jennifer began her career as a solicitor for Allen, Allen & Hemsley in Sydney and London.

Paul Waller, 3i Managing Partner commented: “In an increasingly demanding market, our LPs seek a highly transparent and well articulated understanding of portfolio performance and genuine insights on future prospects for our core investment strategies. In welcoming such high caliber professionals as Jim and Jennifer to the IR team, 3i proudly demonstrates its commitment to client service excellence, investing to better serve LP needs through strong communication and shared vision on mid-market opportunities globally and to help our clients shape their own successful strategies.”

3i’s maintains its long standing objective to grow its business internationally, both directly and through management of third party assets under management.


For further information, contact:

Nathalie Masse, Ruder Finn for 3i North America +1 201 377 8144


Rachel Richards, 3i PR +44 (0) 20 7975 3573


About 3i
3i is an international leader in private equity. We focus on Buyouts, Growth Capital and Infrastructure and invest across Europe, Asia and North America. Our competitive advantage comes from our international network and the strength and breadth of our business relationships. These underpin the value that we deliver to our portfolio, shareholders and fund investors.
3i’s North America team is focused on Growth Capital and Infrastructure investments. 3i Growth Capital typically invests up to $250m per deal, in businesses with enterprise values ranging from $150m to $1.5bn, participates in both minority and change of control investments to help businesses achieve growth ambitions, restructure shareholdings, provide liquidity or change the balance of equity to debt. 3i North America’s total investment portfolio includes companies such as: Quintiles (CRO services to pharmaceutical industry), Gain Capital (FOREX.com retail foreign exchange trading platform), Butterfield Fulcrum Group (global hedge fund administrator) and MoldMasters (plastic injection mouldings).