EIF expert seconded to EVCA

Thomas Meyer, co-author of ‘Beyond the J-Curve’ and European Investment Fund veteran, will spend three years at EVCA working to develop policies to improve the legislative framework for venture capitalism.

Thomas Meyer has been seconded to the European Venture Capital & Private Equity Association from the European Investment Fund, with effect from January 2009.

At EIF, which is the European Union’s specialised financial institution for small businesses, Meyer was responsible for establishing a risk management function, focusing on valuation and risk management models and investment strategies for venture capital funds of funds. He has been working for EIF since 2001.

During his three year placement at EVCA, Meyer intends to develop policy proposals for “an appropriate legislative framework” for the venture capital industry, in order to garner “an improved level of understanding of its activities among institutional investors in the wider world,” according to a statement.

Thomas Meyer

At EVCA he will also look at the appropriateness of current methods of venture research.

Meyer’s accolades include the co-authorship of Beyond the J-Curve: Managing a Portfolio of Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds with Pierre-Yves Mathonet; a doctorate in computer science from the University of Trier; an MBA from London Business School and a Masters degree in Japanese from the University of Sheffield.

Meyer’s expertise and in-depth experience in the market will be critical to the clear goals of EVCA’s Venture Platform

Javier Echarri,
EVCA secretary general

He spent 12 years in the German Air Force before joining the corporate finance team at German bank Allianz in 1992, eventually becoming chief financial officer of Allianz Asia Pacific.

“Over the next few years, the way in which institutional investors and policymakers view European venture capital will be critical to the industry’s future prosperity. Meyer’s expertise and in-depth experience in the market will be critical to the clear goals of EVCA’s Venture Platform,” Javier Echarri, secretary general, said in a statement.

EVCA has more than 1,300 members and develops research, policy making, and promotes venture capitalism and private equity among institutional investors and entrepreneurs, including holding training and networking events. It was founded in November 1983.