Meredith Bourne, 36
Investor relations director
Inflexion Private Equity
Meredith Bourne has been busy since joining Inflexion Private Equity in February 2020, where she leads the firm’s investor relations programme. Despite taking on the role just weeks before the UK went into lockdown, Bourne helped raise the firm’s largest ever fund through a completely virtual process. Inflexion Buyout Fund VI closed at its hard-cap of £2.5 billion ($3.2 billion; €2.9 billion) earlier this year, and is double the size of its predecessor fund. Bourne played an integral role in establishing relationships with new and existing LPs, which resulted in an expanded and diversified investor base, as well as 70 percent of existing investors increasing their commitment.
Bourne also supports Inflexion’s ESG efforts as a member of its Responsible Investment Steering Group, including leading the process for Inflexion to become a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment.
Caitlin Brodie, 38
Managing director, head of Americas private equity investor relations
Caitlin Brodie was promoted to head of Americas private equity investor relations in January 2022, and, looking at her achievements across nine years at the firm, it is easy to see why. She is credited with transforming fundraising into a global, cross-sector function of the firm; taking a strategic approach to fundraising through the development of long-term partnerships and tailored mandates; leading Carlyle’s largest strategic relationships in the Americas; expanding the firm’s product offerings by raising anchor capital for first-time funds; and spearheading a four-year effort to institutionalise the firm’s approach to engaging large family offices.
Pamela Brylski, 37
Director, fundraising and senior relationship manager
“Pamela exemplifies the future of PE and embodies what this industry should strive to be, which is inclusive, solution-oriented and committed to clients.” So say those who know Pamela Brylski, who helps lead the alternative investments capital raising and institutional client relationship management business at BlackRock.
This “all-star networker” has an impressive résumé, including roles at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. Brylski represented private equity, hedge fund and corporate clients on domestic and international transactions while working as a lawyer for global law firms, and interned at the White House. She is also a national board member for the Women’s Association of Venture and Equity.
Ian Flavell, 34
Ian Flavell was described as a “driving force” in the expansion of Rede Partners’ business base outside of Europe, having left London to found the firm’s New York office in 2017, from where he leads the Americas advisory practice. During his seven-year tenure at Rede, Flavell has led several major fundraisings, including the $5.6 billion Thomas H Lee Equity Fund IX, which closed in October 2021, and TCV’s 11th fund, which closed in January 2021 with $4 billion. He stands out for his ability to provide GPs with “thoughtful advice at all stages of the fundraising process, as well as support between fundraises”, and for his “deep knowledge of the global LP landscape”. Before joining Rede in 2014, Flavell held roles at Barclays and PwC, as well as the UK Government Economic Service.
Ali Floyd, 35
Since joining Campbell Lutyens in 2016, Ali Floyd has been pivotal in building the firm’s sustainable investing advisory. Alongside colleague Paula Langton, Floyd established the firm’s sustainable investing team, which has raised over $14 billion for dedicated sustainable investing funds and advised some of the leading players in this space. He is understood to have developed coverage of specialist sustainability investors globally, while also taking the lead on the firm’s research activities into sustainable investing within the private equity industry.
Beyond his capital raising remit, Floyd drives business development for Campbell Lutyens’ European private equity fund placement practice, which has seen him bring on board a number of new clients. He also serves on the firm’s charity committee, and has helped organise several charitable events.
Hilary Hung, 37
Managing director, Institutional Client Solutions Group
Hong Kong-based Hilary Hung boasts an impressive list of achievements within the private funds industry. At Blackstone, Hung’s practice focuses on capital raising and LP relationships across Asia-Pacific. Hung is understood to have built relationships with some of Blackstone’s biggest institutional clients in the region, particularly in Greater China. She recently contributed to the successful closing of Blackstone’s second Private Equity Asia fund, which surpassed its $11 billion target and was nearly triple the size of its predecessor. Beyond her day-to-day work, Hung led the Blackstone Charitable Foundation’s efforts to support InspiringHK Sports Foundation, a Hong Kong charity focused on building confidence and teamwork for underprivileged students.
Kanika Kumar, 36
Since joining Warburg Pincus in 2016, Kanika Kumar has contributed to several of the firm’s major achievements. She has driven successful fundraising initiatives amounting to over $30 billion in the past five years, while also helping to double the size of the firm’s European investor base. Kumar also contributed to several strategic initiatives, including the firm’s first continuation fund.
A Coller Capital and Blackstone alum, London-based Kumar has gained plaudits for her innovative approach to investor engagement, having conducted live-streamed portfolio company tours during the covid-19 crisis. She was also a founding member of the diversity, equity and inclusion council at Warburg Pincus and is on the steering committee for Women@Warburg, a network dedicated to enhancing the careers of female employees across the firm.
Johanna Levander, 38
Head of investor relations and business development
Before joining Trill Impact in 2019, Johanna Levander already had over a decade of experience in institutional capital raising in private markets under her belt – she had previously been a director at Credit Suisse International Wealth Management in Zurich and worked in the investor relations and capital raising team at EQT Partners in Stockholm. At Trill, Levander played an instrumental role in raising the firm’s inaugural impact mid-market buyout fund, which held its final close last year with total commitments of €900 million. That such a fundraising was successful in the midst of the pandemic was, as one market commentator put it, “an extraordinary achievement”. Peers have also commended Levander’s “absolute motivation for impact investing”, as well as her efforts to “develop the impact ecosystem”.
David Lippin, 39
Managing director and head of investor relations,
One Equity Partners
Starting an investor relations function from scratch is no mean feat. Such was the challenge for One Equity Partners’ David Lippin, who joined the firm in 2016. Lippin was tasked with cultivating an investor base and building an IR team after the private equity business spun out from investment banking giant JPMorgan. He came prepared for the challenge, having previously been a principal at Sun Capital Partners where he is understood to have led the transformation and restart of investor relations after the global financial crisis. After leading the fundraising for OEP’s first fund using outside capital, Lippin led the raise of two additional funds, totalling commitments of more than $6 billion from over 200 global investors. During his time at OEP, Lippin has also initiated a subscription line of credit, changes in valuation policy, as well as legal team upgrades, contributing to significant operational improvements.
Bassirou Niang, 38
Director, investor coverage
Development Partners International
Last year, Development Partners International exceeded its $800 million target to close its third flagship fund on $900 million, alongside an additional $250 million of dedicated co-investment capital. Not only was African Development Partners III raised during the pandemic, it was also the first African fund signatory to the Operating Principles for Impact Management, an international standard for impact investing. Bassirou Niang played a key role in the fundraise, and has been described as “pivotal” to the firm’s global fundraising efforts, “thinking quickly and creatively to be just as effective in a virtual world”. He is said to have played a “transformational” role within DPI’s investor relations team, showcasing an ability to deliver “best-in-class client partnerships”.
Ellinor Schrewelius, 39
Investor relations director
Ellinor Schrewelius is praised by peers for her “unique combination of LP-GP insight”. Before joining Verdane in early 2021, Schrewelius was at Swedish pension fund AP6, where she served as investment director of fund investments, held a position on the fund’s dedicated sustainability and ESG team, and expanded its activities to invest in US growth and buyout funds.
At Verdane, her remit includes investor relations, ESG reporting, fundraising, co-investments and business development. Schrewelius is credited for her contribution to the fundraising efforts for Verdane’s impact fund, Idun I, which exceeded its €225 million target to close at its €300 million hard-cap. Those who have worked with Schrewelius applaud her drive, as well as her “long-standing commitment to sustainability and gender equality”.
Amir Rezvani, 35
Investor relations and syndication professional
Amir Rezvani always “puts investors’ needs first”, operates with the “highest integrity”, is “ahead of the game” and “constantly innovates”, according to several of his peers. Described as a “trusted partner of LPs”, Rezvani is part of the investor relations and syndication team at Investindustrial, where he works on global project management and distribution for the DACH region. Before joining the firm in 2018, he gained experience in the investment banking division at JPMorgan, where he focused on M&A and the TMT sector. Rezvani was also a PhD fellow at Harvard Business School, where he worked as a research associate.