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OPTrust’s Kevin Warn-Schindel to lead HarbourVest’s real assets program

Kevin Warn-Schindel has joined U.S. private markets specialist HarbourVest Partners as a managing director. He will be responsible for HarbourVest’s real assets investment program, which is focused on energy, infrastructure, natural resources and real estate. Warn-Schindel was previously the group head and managing director of OPTrust Private Markets Group, the private equity and infrastructure investment arm of Canadian pension fund manager OPTrust. Prior to OPTrust, he worked for Macquarie Bank and RBC Capital Markets. Warn-Schindel was interviewed by peHUB Canada in August 2013 about OPTrust’s private investment strategy.


HarbourVest Continues to Expand Real Assets Expertise with Appointment of Kevin Warn-Schindel as a Managing Director

HarbourVest is pleased to announce that Kevin Warn-Schindel joined the firm as a Managing Director based in Boston to lead the Real Assets investment program which includes a focus on energy, infrastructure, natural resources, and real estate.

HarbourVest has expanded its capabilities and platform for investing in real assets to leverage its expertise, experience, and relationships in the market. The firm has expanded since early 2014 to include professionals focused on real assets who have integrated into our existing process and platform. HarbourVest currently manages nearly $1 billion of capital focused on investing in real assets.

“HarbourVest has been reviewing opportunities in real assets for quite some time. We continue to see strong interest in real assets and believe this is a natural extension of the HarbourVest platform across the private markets, said Brett Gordon, managing director of HarbourVest. Kevin’s leadership and depth of experience in real assets complement our team’s expertise in primary, secondary, and co-investment activities. As we build out this platform, we expect to add additional team members with real assets expertise who will be integrated into our existing teams and processes.”

Kevin Warn-Schindel joined HarbourVest in January 2015 to lead the Real Assets investment program. Kevin joined the firm after ten years as the Group Head and Managing Director of the OPTrust Private Markets Group, an investment unit of OPTrust, a Toronto-based defined benefit pension plan. At OPTrust, he led the creation of the global investment management platform with offices in Toronto, London, and Sydney and developed and executed a global portfolio of investment strategies. Prior to OPTrust, he was an investment executive at Macquarie Bank and an investment banker at RBC Capital Markets. Kevin is the Chair of the Board of Export Development Canada, the Canadian federal government trade finance agency and also a Director of the Economic Investment Trust Ltd, a TSX listed closed-end investment fund. Kevin received a BA from Simon Fraser University.

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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.

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