Willowridge partner Bego, organizer of annual secondaries dinner, leaves firm

Mike Bego, a partner at secondaries firm Willowridge Partners, who is known across the industry for organizing the super-secret annual secondaries dinner, left the firm earlier this year, according to a person familiar with Bego.

Bego has updated his LinkedIn profile to read “non-compete/non-solicitation period” and “secondary professional ‘in waiting’.” It’s not clear exactly when or why Bego left Willowridge, though his LinkedIn profile lists his tenure at Willowridge as October 2005 to March 2015.

Jerrold Newman, founder and partner at Willowridge, did not return a request for comment.

It’s not clear if Bego left Willowridge for a new job. He is likely to remain in the secondaries business, according to the person with knowledge.

Prior to Willowridge, Bego was a consultant at McKinsey & Co. from 2004 to 2005. He also worked as VP operations at Vincent Longo, according to his profile.

Bego has, for the past nine years, put together a dinner each fall for buyers on the secondary market. Last year the event, which began nine years ago with just four people, had more than 85 professionals from more than 50 of the biggest secondary funds in the world. Intermediary Setter Capital has sponsored the dinner for the past four years.

Willowridge closed its latest vehicle, Amberbrook VI LLC, in 2012 on $350 million, according to a Form D filing.

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