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Alongside a total of 30 promotions, the appointments support the evolution of the firm, further reinforcing Hg as the largest technology team in Europe

Hg, Europe’s leading software investor, today announces four new Partner appointments as part of a number of senior promotions across the firm.

The promotions continue to strengthen the executive leadership team and further support the evolution of the firm, having now grown to over 200 employees. Today the team is made up of over 140 investors, more than 30 operational experts and several other transaction support teams, together comprising the largest technology investor in the region.

Hg has promoted four long-standing colleagues to Partner: Martina Sanow (Deputy COO), Luke Finch (Client Services), Joris van Gool and Stefan Margolis (Investment team). The average tenure of these four individuals at Hg is close to a decade, during which time they have all made a material individual contribution to the firm’s achievements as well as helping to build and shape the firm over that period.  

Hg is also pleased to promote several colleagues to Director: Yasemin Arik, Viviana Kane, Manuela Thomys, Richard Earnshaw, Hector Guinness, Benedikt Joeris and Carlo Pohlhausen.   Each of these colleagues has made a strong contribution to developing and leading investment activity at Hg over many years.

Matthew Brockman, Managing Partner at Hg, commented: “I am delighted to announce these positive developments, as we recognise individuals whose commitment and performance has stood out over years.  We are hugely committed to the long-term development of our people.  Each of these new Partners joined the firm as a junior team member nearly 10 years ago and since then have worked tirelessly across investments, deepening our client relationships and improving our business. They also share our values and each have supported several areas of the business during that time.  We are delighted to now have them as Partners.”

Martina Sanow joined the Client Services team in 2009 and has worked on all Hg fundraisings since then.  She was promoted to the role of Deputy Chief Operating Officer in 2019. Today Martina has responsibility for the firm’s operations including talent, finance, technology and ESG. She also leads the firm’s work on Diversity & Inclusion and has been leading the work in establishing the Hg Foundation. Most recently Martina was recognised in the ‘Future 40’ list of PE operators on course for stand-out roles in private markets.

Luke Finch joined Hg’s Client Services team in 2010 and has led this team for the last 18 months. Over the last decade he has worked on several fundraisings including Hg Mercury 1, Hg Genesis 7 (2012/13 vintage funds) and Hg Mercury 2, Hg Genesis 8, Hg Saturn 1 (2017 vintage funds), as well as the current fundraising activities.

Joris Van Gool joined in 2013 having previously interned with Hg when at Harvard Business School.  Joris has worked on, led and originated numerous deals on behalf of Hg. He is currently a board director of team.blue and Citation. His other investments at Hg have included Zenith, Parts Alliance, Raet/Visma (and the Benelux consolidation including Roxit, ProActive), JLA, Kinapse and A-Plan. Joris was recognised as a ‘Rising Star of Private Equity’ back in 2017.

Stefan Margolis joined in 2013 from Warburg Pincus. Stefan works from the Munich office and led current Hg investments into Transporeon and Medifox and in addition is also a Board Director of STP.  He has also been a strong contributor to a series of other successful investments including e-conomic, Speedledger, P&I, Eucon, Visma and Teufel.