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Future 40 Leaders – 2022: Dealmakers

40 under 40: Future Leaders of Private Equity. Meet the dealmakers showing ingenuity and originality beyond their years.

Shohei Akiyama

Shohei Akiyama, 35
Director, chief administrative officer and management committee member
Nippon Sangyo Suishin Kiko

Described as “one of the brightest stars in Japan’s private equity industry”, Shohei Akiyama began his career at JPMorgan before joining Tokyo-headquartered firm NSSK when it was established in 2014. Peers highlight his ability to “execute in complex environments”, while demonstrating “maturity beyond his years”.

He is the youngest member of NSSK’s management committee, with a remit that spans investor relations, fund administration and accounting. Akiyama also leads NSSK’s ESG initiatives and spearheaded the successful launch of a family of impact funds dedicated to regional markets in Japan. Standout achievements include leading the firm’s investment in nursing home operator Vati. Akiyama played a key role in value-creation efforts at the organisation, which garnered NSSK a Private Equity International Operational Excellence Award in 2020.

Mathieu Badjeck

Mathieu Badjeck, 35
Co-head of the energy transition practice, private equity
Tikehau Capital

Mathieu Badjeck co-manages Tikehau Capital’s T2 Energy Transition Fund, which launched in 2018. The aim of the €1 billion fund is to support the goals of the Paris Agreement by providing capital to European SMEs that help lower greenhouse gas emissions. It has deployed more than €500 million so far, investing in 10 European businesses within the clean energy generation, low-carbon mobility and energy efficiency sectors.

Badjeck has completed more than 15 investments at Tikehau to date. His recent investment activity includes Valgo, a French company engaged in complex industrial site remediation. Badjeck is said to bring “a unique degree of experience to the firm’s investments in the energy sector”. After joining Tikehau as a private equity analyst in 2010, he spent two years at the French Energy Regulatory Commission as an associate, before returning to Tikehau in 2014.

Louise Boothby

Louise Boothby, 38
Investment partner

Former Coller Capital partner Louise Boothby has had a considerable influence on the secondaries market. Boothby became Coller’s youngest partner upon her promotion in 2018, and she is understood to have led numerous complex funds-related secondary transactions while at the firm, including more than $1 billion of investments for Coller Capital’s flagship fund, CIP VIII. In March, PEI’s affiliate title Secondaries Investor reported that Boothby was set to join Glendower Capital as an investment partner after a period of gardening leave.

Boothby has been described by peers as “a standout leader and mentor” who “combines sharp business acumen with a drive and passion for her job”. In 2020, she co-founded the Women in Secondaries network, which seeks to empower, promote and support women working in the secondaries industry through quarterly networking and knowledge-sharing events.

 

Christina Drakos

Christina Drakos, 33
Director
Advent International

London-based Christina Drakos, who was promoted to director in 2020, sits within Advent International’s healthcare team, where she focuses on origination, deal execution and portfolio management. Since joining Advent in 2013, Drakos has played an instrumental role in a number of standout deals. This includes Advent’s £4 billion ($5.2 billion; €4.8 billion) take-private of defence company Cobham in 2020, and the acquisition of marketing and communications services provider Williams Lea Tag in 2017.

Drakos also serves on Advent’s diversity, equity and inclusion committee in Europe and is a member of the mentorship programme at Level 20, a non-profit dedicated to improving gender diversity in the private equity industry. She is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and helped form AdventUNITE, an affinity group for staff who identify as LGBTQ+ and their allies.

 

Sofia Gerard

Sofia Gerard, 32
Member of management, private equity health and life
Partners Group

At just 32 years old, Sofia Gerard has played a critical role in developing thematic areas of focus within Partners Group’s health and life vertical, including women’s health, animal health and pharma services. Her achievements include sourcing and leading the firm’s investment in US women’s healthcare services provider Axia Women’s Health, and supporting the underwriting and execution of four global add-on acquisitions for outsourced pharmaceutical services provider PCI Pharma Services. Gerard is also understood to have been instrumental in co-ordinating the subsequent sale of PCI in 2020.

 

Kristen Hughes

Kristen Hughes, 31
Managing director
Centerbridge Partners

Kristen Hughes joined Centerbridge as an associate in 2015 and has quickly moved up the ranks – she was promoted to principal in 2018 and to managing director earlier this year. A member of Centerbridge’s healthcare team, Hughes develops thematic investment opportunities for the firm, and partners with portfolio company management teams to support value-creation initiatives.

She sits on the board of directors and audit committee for homecare provider Help at Home and is a board observer for clinical staffing provider Medical Solutions. Hughes is described by management teams as an “impactful partner” and a “thoughtful, well-reasoned voice, with a constant drive towards excellence”. She works to increase access to education and economic opportunities, and is a mentor for the CUNY Futures in Finance programme.

 

Steven Kooyers

Steven Kooyers, 35
Partner, co-head of the global internet and consumer practice,
Apax Partners

Steven Kooyers rocketed up the career track at Apax Partners to become the firm’s second-youngest partner in history aged 34. As co-lead of Apax’s online classified, internet and data services franchises, Kooyers is regarded as “pivotal” to the firm’s activity in the online marketplace sector. His experience spans a variety of transaction types, including public-to-private and private investment in public equity deals, as well as carve-outs and growth equity. Kooyers has sourced and led investments worth $1.5 billion in equity while at the firm.

 

Andreas Kumeth

Andreas Kumeth, 38
Partner and co-head of healthcare
PAI Partners

As co-head of healthcare – one of PAI Partners’ core sectors of focus – Andreas Kumeth has a long and impressive list of deals to his name. The Germany-based professional led four significant transactions in 2021 alone, and his skills extend from deal sourcing and execution through to exit. The deals he has spearheaded include the acquisition of European ophthalmology network Veonet alongside Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan; the acquisition of German dental network Zahneins and its subsequent merger with KonfiDents; and the acquisition of German medtech firm Tracoe by portfolio company Atos Medical. More recently, in March, PAI Partners and Carlyle announced their agreement to acquire women’s health-focused pharmaceutical company Theramex from CVC.

 

Paul Moskowitz

Paul Moskowitz, 35
Principal in the healthcare vertical
Bain Capital Private Equity

Paul Moskowitz has been integral to the growth of Bain Capital’s healthcare technology portfolio. He has worked on several high-profile deals, including cloud-based healthcare software business Athenahealth, which was acquired alongside Hellman & Friedman for $17 billion. Other notable deals include investments in tech-enabled homecare platform Aveanna and B2B healthcare marketplace PartsSource.
Moskowitz’s interest in disruptive opportunities in healthcare is said to have informed his activities as a technology investor in the sector, where he seeks to create “win-wins for patients, payers and providers” and helps to make Bain “a sought-after partner for innovators seeking to bend the cost curve in healthcare”.

 

Xaviera Nallet

Xaviera Nallet, 30
Principal
Hg

The youngest person to make this year’s Future 40 list, Xaviera Nallet works on Hg’s Genesis funds, which focus on mid-market companies with enterprise values between $560 million and $1.7 billion. The 30-year-old, who is based between London and Paris, joined Hg in 2018 from investment bank Jefferies, and has since spearheaded Hg’s work in the compliance and enterprise resource planning software space. Notable deals for Nallet include the firm’s investments in legal tech platform Septeo, pharma commercial intelligence provider Evaluate, and US-based environmental, health and safety software provider ProcessMAP. Hg says Nallet is also heavily involved in encouraging the attraction and development of diverse talent across the firm. She is praised by peers for “bringing strategic thinking to life”.

 

Martha Osier

Martha Osier, 39
Partner
Adenia Partners

Nairobi-based Martha Osier established Adenia Partners’ East African office in 2018 and subsequently sourced and executed two retail investments in the region – Kenyan supermarkets Quick Mart and Tumaini. She is credited with orchestrating the merger between the two firms and guiding the combined group’s growth. Praised as a “highly analytical and astute dealmaker”, Osier is adept at scaling companies in the region’s consumer and healthcare sectors. Recent deals include the acquisition of East African life sciences equipment distributor Africa Biosystems, and the acquisition of Altilands, the parent company of Kenyan fresh-cut roses grower Red Lands Roses. Osier sits on the board of directors of four of Adenia’s portfolio companies. She also mentors high-achieving school students applying for competitive universities in the US.

 

Mark Richards

Mark Richards, 36
Managing director
BC Partners

Mark Richards has over 15 years’ experience in private equity, including five years at both Apax Partners and Macquarie. He has become a valuable asset at BC Partners, which he joined in 2017. He is understood to have helped establish the firm’s European technology team and now has overall responsibility for tech-enabled services.

During his time at BCP, he has been instrumental in several investments in the tech sector, among them BCP’s acquisition of a majority stake in specialist professional services and technology firm Davies Group in March 2021. He also played a key role in BCP’s investments in B2B software provider Advanced, European media operator United Group, and digital transformation services business Valtech.

Richards has drawn on his sector expertise to support these investments. Collectively, the four aforementioned firms are understood to have executed 22 bolt-on acquisitions across BCP’s investment period.

 

Christine Wang

Christine Wang, 35
Partner
Francisco Partners

This year began with a promotion for San Francisco-based Christine Wang, who made partner in January. Since joining Francisco Partners in 2015, Wang has led or supported 10 platform investments and more than 15 add-on acquisitions for the firm, where she focuses on tech investments and the application software sector in particular. She has also been instrumental in an array of complex carve-outs and strategic acquisitions. Recent examples include the acquisition of e-commerce retailer RugsUSA, education software companies BARBRI and Follett School Solutions, as well as management technology company Vendavo. In addition to serving on the board of directors for seven tech companies, Wang acts as a mentor and sponsor for a number of colleagues across Francisco Partners.

 

Mike Zabik

Mike Zabik, 37
Partner
RedBird Capital Partners

New York-based Mike Zabik leads the financial services investment business at RedBird Capital Partners, where he has executed several notable deals. This includes insurance distribution platform Constellation Affiliated Partners, which RedBird formed in 2019. Over the course of two years, Zabik sourced and executed an impressive M&A strategy to scale the business, with his hard work paying off in July 2021 when the platform was sold to Truist. One of the firm’s youngest partners, Zabik has demonstrated his ability to “work seamlessly across RedBird’s core verticals”, according to the firm. He has also contributed to expanding the firm’s legacy sports portfolio, helping to build hospitality business On Location Experiences in partnership with the National Football League.

 

Corrections note: BC Partners’ Mark Richards was originally listed in the Operators category. He has been moved to the appropriate category of Dealmakers