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RainMakers Private Equity expands its Paris team

RainMakers Private Equity, a specialist secondary advisory firm, has hired Tanya Heath, who has extensive experience as a director with several venture capital-funded companies in France,

RainMakers Private Equity, a specialist secondary advisory firm, has hired Tanya Heath, who has extensive experience as a director with several venture capital-funded companies in France, as a vice-president in its Paris office.

Heath has more than 15 years of experience in the technology sector, having previously been a management consultant in the strategy division of Gemini Consulting where she carried out various assignments throughout Europe in the telecommunications and energy sectors. She began her career in policy planning with Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa.

‘I am delighted to be joining RainMakers Private Equity, an innovator in the secondary space,’ Heath says. ‘The Paris office presents significant secondary opportunities due to the quality of many of the companies that have received venture funding yet have not been able to achieve a typical liquidity event.

‘My goal is to spread the word that secondaries are no longer about failure, a perception that lingers and is wrong. It’s really about portfolio management, and we are here to propose the most appropriate secondary vehicle to Parisian general partnerss so that they can optimise their time and resources to deliver superior returns to their limited partners.’

‘We are very pleased that someone with such a strong cross-Atlantic flavor and a real mix of hands-on and theoretical experience has joined our team,’ said Jim Soleymanlou, founding partner of RainMakers Private Equity. ‘Her skills, and especially her ability to innovate and create opportunities are complementary to the Rainmaker’s franchise and we look forward to further expanding our Venture fundraising and recapitalization business with Tanya’s expertise in understanding the value of technology and innovation combined with her ability to reach out to investors.’

RainMakers Private Equity is an investment banking boutique focused on the recapitalization of private equity funds and secondary transactions. Since 2004, RainMakers has distinguished itself by innovating in the secondary market, closing several sell-side, buy-side and GP-Side assignments and has built a reputation for timeliness, discretion and ingenuity.

In response to the twin pressures of greater time to a liquidity event for a venture investment and the increased difficulty to raise a new fund faced by many venture capital firms, RainMakers has developed the Fund Recapitalization. A Fund Recapitalization allows a GP to leverage an existing portfolio to raise new capital, refresh the LP base and buy more time for their investments allowing them to generate the highest level of returns for their LPs. The GP retains management of the portfolio and has additional capital to make follow-up or new investments.

With offices in San Francisco and Paris, RainMakers Private Equity has an extensive network of relationships which span various segments of the asset class, in the United States, Europe and the Middle East so that we can connect the most interested buyers with the secondary opportunities that we represent.

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