Wat bieden wij onze klanten

Primary=Investments

Primaire investeringen

Zogeheten Primary investments zijn de beleggingen in private equity-fondsen die tijdens de initiële kapitaalverwerving worden gedaan. Een portefeuille van primaire fondsbeleggingen, ook wel een dakfonds genoemd, geeft beleggers met één belegging toegang tot de expertise van meerdere fondsbeheerders en diverse bedrijven. Onze lange ervaring als primary investor betekent dat onze klanten profiteren van:

  • Een zorgvuldig, beproefd beoordelingsproces;
  • Wereldwijde toegang tot toonaangevende fondsbeheerders, met een uitgelezen keuze aan beleggingskansen;
  • We bouwen al meer dan 25 jaar lang aan onze relaties, dus we kennen onze algemene partners door en door, en hebben het volste vertrouwen in onze beleggingsbeslissingen;
  • Een proces waarbij ESG-interactie centraal staat.

Secondary-Investments

Secundaire investeringen

Zogeheten Secundary investments hebben betrekking op het in- en verkopen van bestaande beleggingsposities in private equity-fondsen. We zijn uitstekend gepositioneerd en actief op de secundaire markt waar onze hechte relaties, sterke reputatie en ons netwerk van tussenpersonen ons een onderscheidend voordeel bieden en ons in staat stellen onze klanten moeiteloze toegang tot deze markt te bieden.

Co-investments

Co-investeringen

Private equity co-investeringen of directe investeringen, zijn investeringen die samen met een andere algemene partner direct in een bedrijf worden gedaan. Co-investeringen kennen veel voordelen, zoals de mogelijkheid blootstelling te verwerven aan wat wij aantrekkelijke beleggingskansen vinden terwijl we besparen op kosten voor tussenpersonen. Ook in dit marktsegment hebben we ons dankzij onze hechte, langdurige relaties met algemene partners, gecombineerd met onze bewezen ervaring kunnen ontwikkelen tot toonaangevende spelers.
Equity Trust

Beleggingstrust

De beleggingsdoelstelling is het bereiken van een totaalrendement op de lange termijn door het aanhouden van een gespreide portefeuille aan private equity-fondsen, en directe investeringen in private bedrijven samen met private equity-managers ("co-investeringen"), waarvan de meeste gericht zullen zijn op Europa.
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  • Primary=Investments

    Primaire investeringen

    Zogeheten Primary investments zijn de beleggingen in private equity-fondsen die tijdens de initiële kapitaalverwerving worden gedaan. Een portefeuille van primaire fondsbeleggingen, ook wel een dakfonds genoemd, geeft beleggers met één belegging toegang tot de expertise van meerdere fondsbeheerders en diverse bedrijven. Onze lange ervaring als primary investor betekent dat onze klanten profiteren van:

    • Een zorgvuldig, beproefd beoordelingsproces;
    • Wereldwijde toegang tot toonaangevende fondsbeheerders, met een uitgelezen keuze aan beleggingskansen;
    • We bouwen al meer dan 25 jaar lang aan onze relaties, dus we kennen onze algemene partners door en door, en hebben het volste vertrouwen in onze beleggingsbeslissingen;
    • Een proces waarbij ESG-interactie centraal staat.

  • Secondary-Investments

    Secundaire investeringen

    Zogeheten Secundary investments hebben betrekking op het in- en verkopen van bestaande beleggingsposities in private equity-fondsen. We zijn uitstekend gepositioneerd en actief op de secundaire markt waar onze hechte relaties, sterke reputatie en ons netwerk van tussenpersonen ons een onderscheidend voordeel bieden en ons in staat stellen onze klanten moeiteloze toegang tot deze markt te bieden.

  • Co-investments

    Co-investeringen

    Private equity co-investeringen of directe investeringen, zijn investeringen die samen met een andere algemene partner direct in een bedrijf worden gedaan. Co-investeringen kennen veel voordelen, zoals de mogelijkheid blootstelling te verwerven aan wat wij aantrekkelijke beleggingskansen vinden terwijl we besparen op kosten voor tussenpersonen. Ook in dit marktsegment hebben we ons dankzij onze hechte, langdurige relaties met algemene partners, gecombineerd met onze bewezen ervaring kunnen ontwikkelen tot toonaangevende spelers.
  • Equity Trust

    Beleggingstrust

    De beleggingsdoelstelling is het bereiken van een totaalrendement op de lange termijn door het aanhouden van een gespreide portefeuille aan private equity-fondsen, en directe investeringen in private bedrijven samen met private equity-managers ("co-investeringen"), waarvan de meeste gericht zullen zijn op Europa.

Our team

Merrick Mckay

Merrick McKay

Head of Europe - Private Equity

Merrick joined the company in 2014 and is based in the Edinburgh and London offices. abrdn's European Private Equity business, with over €8bn AuM, encompasses primary and secondary fund investments and co-investment activities undertaken by a team of over 30 investment professionals. Merrick is Head of Europe and a member of the abrdn Private Equity Investment Committee.
An Australian, Merrick has over 25 years’ experience in the European private equity industry. Prior to joining abrdn, Merrick was Head of European Investments and Senior Partner of Macquarie’s Private Markets division. Previous roles include 13 years as a Partner and Investment Committee member of Primary Capital (the London-based, lower mid-market private equity firm) where he was responsible for leading, originating and managing numerous private equity investments in the UK. Merrick holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Queensland.
Merrick is a regular speaker at private equity conferences, and is a member of Invest Europe’s Limited Partner Council.
mark nicolson

Mark Nicolson

Head of Primary Investments

Mark is based in Edinburgh and joined the company in 2007. He is responsible for making investments across the private equity spectrum (Primaries, Secondaries and Co-investments) as well as having overall responsibility for abrdn's Primary Investment business.

Mark is a member of abrdn's Private Equity Operating Committee and Investment Committee. He also sits on the Advisory Boards of a number of leading private equity funds. Prior to the merger that created abrdn in 2017, Mark was a Partner and Head of Primary Investments at SL Capital Partners where he joined in 2007. Before this, Mark spent seven years working as a lead adviser in the corporate finance teams of EY and KPMG, focusing principally on buyouts. Mark is a Chartered Accountant and has BA (Joint Honours) degrees in Accounting and Economics from the University of Strathclyde. Mark is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.
Patricl Knechtli

Patrick Knechtli

Head of Secondaries

Based in Edinburgh, Patrick heads up the secondaries team of abrdn and is involved across the private markets activities of the firm. He joined predecessor firm SL Capital in 2009, which then merged with the company’s private markets business in 2017. Prior to joining, Patrick spent eight years at Coller Capital in London, where he worked on numerous secondary portfolio transactions. His early career consisted of seven years in investment banking, first at Baring Brothers and then at ABN Amro Corporate Finance. Patrick has a MA (Hons) in Modern Languages from the University of Exeter and is fluent in French and Spanish.
Collin Burrow

Colin Burrow

Head of Co-Investments

Colin Burrow is Head of Co-Investments based in the Edinburgh office. He is responsible for all aspects of co-investing including sourcing, evaluating and execution. He is a member of the Investment Committee. Colin joined the company in 2014 from the Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP) heritage team. Prior to joining SWIP in 2013, he led a dedicated co-investment team at Lloyds Banking Group responsible for origination and asset management. Colin joined Lloyds from Bridgepoint where as an Investment Director he spent six years investing in mid-market European buyouts. He began his career advising on mid-market buyouts with Andersen Corporate Finance. Colin holds an LLB (Hons) in Law from the University of Strathclyde and a Securities Institute Diploma.
Alistair Watson

Alistair Watson

Head of Strategy Innovation – Private Equity, abrdn

Based in Edinburgh, Alistair is Head of Strategy Innovation at abrdn Private Equity Europe and joined the firm in 2008. Alistair is a member of abrdn Private Equity Europe’s Investment Committee, Senior Management Team and ESG Committee. He is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing private equity investments, principally direct co-investments and secondary investments. Alistair leads abrdn Private Equity Europe’s coverage of the French and European growth markets. Alistair is portfolio manager for several investment mandates and also serves on the Advisory Boards of a number of leading private equity funds.

Alistair has an MA (Hons) in Modern Languages from Oxford University and is a qualified solicitor.

John Dickie

John Dickie

Co-Head of Private Equity USA

John Dickie is Co-Head of Private Equity USA based in the Boston office. His primary responsibilities include sourcing, evaluating and executing primary investments and co-investments and he is a member of the Investment Committee. John joined the company in 2015 from the FLAG Capital Management heritage team where he held a role of Principal. Prior to joining FLAG in 2010, John was a Principal at Berkshire Partners. Previously, he worked at DLJ Merchant Banking Partners as a Senior Analyst-Private Equity. He began his career with Credit Suisse First Boston as a Financial Analyst in the Investment Banking division. John holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Middlebury College.
Scott Reed

Scott Reed

Co-Head of Private Equity USA

Scott Reed is Co-Head of Private Equity USA based in the Boston office. He joined the company in 2015 from the FLAG Capital Management heritage team where he held a similar role as Partner and Head of the Private Equity strategy. Prior to joining FLAG in 2007, Scott was a Principal at Portico Capital LLC, and a Senior Associate at J.H. Whitney & Co. Previously, he worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co. Scott holds an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a BA in Economics with Mathematics Concentration from Colby College and the London School of Economics.
Peter Lawrence

Peter Lawrence

Co-Head Global Venture Capital

Peter Lawrence oversees the abrdn Venture Partners program alongside Kirsten Morin and is a member of the strategy’s investment committee. As a co-founder of FLAG Capital Management, Peter has focused exclusively on venture capital fund investments and has been a member of the firm’s Private Equity investment committee since inception. Prior to co-founding FLAG in 1994, Peter spent twelve years managing both direct and indirect venture capital and private equity portfolios as Executive Vice President of the Marshall Field family office. He has over 30 years of experience in the private equity business. Peter holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Trinity College.
Kirsten Morin

Kirsten Morin

Co-Head Global Venture Capital

Kirsten oversees the abrdn Venture Partners program alongside Peter Lawrence and has been focused on the abrdn Venture Partners program since joining the firm in 2005. She has been involved in all aspects of the investment process, and has been particularly involved in screening the emerging manager ecosystem for investment opportunities. Kirsten also plays a central role in manager due diligence and oversees junior team members in the investment and fund monitoring process. She has worked on the AVP funds for the last sixteen years and was a Principal at FLAG Capital Management prior to its acquisition by AAMI in 2015. Prior to joining FLAG in 2005, Kirsten worked for IBM in a variety of analytical roles. Kirsten holds a BS from Babson College. She has over 16 years of venture capital experience.
Cammy Graham

Cameron Graham

Deputy Head of Secondaries – Private Equity

Cameron is based in the Edinburgh office and joined SL Capital Partners in 2008. SL Capital merged with the private markets team of Aberdeen Asset Management in 2017, when Aberdeen Standard Investments was formed. He has involvement in all aspects of primary fund investments, co-investments and has a particular focus on the secondary market. Cameron also has specific responsibility for the firm’s investment activities and relationships in the French market. He sits on the advisory boards of a number of European GPs. Before joining SL Capital, Cameron worked at Ernst & Young in their Financial Services Advisory practice.

Cameron has a BSc (Hons) degree in Management with French from the University of St Andrews

Karin Hyland

Karin Hyland

Senior Investment Director – Private Equity

Karin is a Senior Investment Director and member of abrdn’s Private Equity Operating Committee. She is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing co-investments and secondary transactions. Karin has been with abrdn since 2006. In this time, Karin has developed strong relationships with European private equity and private debt funds, with a particular focus on UK funds.

Karin holds a BA (Hons) in International Business and Modern Languages from the University of Strathclyde.

  • Merrick Mckay

    Merrick McKay

    Head of Europe - Private Equity

    Merrick joined the company in 2014 and is based in the Edinburgh and London offices. abrdn's European Private Equity business, with over €8bn AuM, encompasses primary and secondary fund investments and co-investment activities undertaken by a team of over 30 investment professionals. Merrick is Head of Europe and a member of the abrdn Private Equity Investment Committee.
    An Australian, Merrick has over 25 years’ experience in the European private equity industry. Prior to joining abrdn, Merrick was Head of European Investments and Senior Partner of Macquarie’s Private Markets division. Previous roles include 13 years as a Partner and Investment Committee member of Primary Capital (the London-based, lower mid-market private equity firm) where he was responsible for leading, originating and managing numerous private equity investments in the UK. Merrick holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Queensland.
    Merrick is a regular speaker at private equity conferences, and is a member of Invest Europe’s Limited Partner Council.
  • mark nicolson

    Mark Nicolson

    Head of Primary Investments

    Mark is based in Edinburgh and joined the company in 2007. He is responsible for making investments across the private equity spectrum (Primaries, Secondaries and Co-investments) as well as having overall responsibility for abrdn's Primary Investment business.

    Mark is a member of abrdn's Private Equity Operating Committee and Investment Committee. He also sits on the Advisory Boards of a number of leading private equity funds. Prior to the merger that created abrdn in 2017, Mark was a Partner and Head of Primary Investments at SL Capital Partners where he joined in 2007. Before this, Mark spent seven years working as a lead adviser in the corporate finance teams of EY and KPMG, focusing principally on buyouts. Mark is a Chartered Accountant and has BA (Joint Honours) degrees in Accounting and Economics from the University of Strathclyde. Mark is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.
  • Patricl Knechtli

    Patrick Knechtli

    Head of Secondaries

    Based in Edinburgh, Patrick heads up the secondaries team of abrdn and is involved across the private markets activities of the firm. He joined predecessor firm SL Capital in 2009, which then merged with the company’s private markets business in 2017. Prior to joining, Patrick spent eight years at Coller Capital in London, where he worked on numerous secondary portfolio transactions. His early career consisted of seven years in investment banking, first at Baring Brothers and then at ABN Amro Corporate Finance. Patrick has a MA (Hons) in Modern Languages from the University of Exeter and is fluent in French and Spanish.
  • Collin Burrow

    Colin Burrow

    Head of Co-Investments

    Colin Burrow is Head of Co-Investments based in the Edinburgh office. He is responsible for all aspects of co-investing including sourcing, evaluating and execution. He is a member of the Investment Committee. Colin joined the company in 2014 from the Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP) heritage team. Prior to joining SWIP in 2013, he led a dedicated co-investment team at Lloyds Banking Group responsible for origination and asset management. Colin joined Lloyds from Bridgepoint where as an Investment Director he spent six years investing in mid-market European buyouts. He began his career advising on mid-market buyouts with Andersen Corporate Finance. Colin holds an LLB (Hons) in Law from the University of Strathclyde and a Securities Institute Diploma.
  • Alistair Watson

    Alistair Watson

    Head of Strategy Innovation – Private Equity, abrdn

    Based in Edinburgh, Alistair is Head of Strategy Innovation at abrdn Private Equity Europe and joined the firm in 2008. Alistair is a member of abrdn Private Equity Europe’s Investment Committee, Senior Management Team and ESG Committee. He is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing private equity investments, principally direct co-investments and secondary investments. Alistair leads abrdn Private Equity Europe’s coverage of the French and European growth markets. Alistair is portfolio manager for several investment mandates and also serves on the Advisory Boards of a number of leading private equity funds.

    Alistair has an MA (Hons) in Modern Languages from Oxford University and is a qualified solicitor.

  • John Dickie

    John Dickie

    Co-Head of Private Equity USA

    John Dickie is Co-Head of Private Equity USA based in the Boston office. His primary responsibilities include sourcing, evaluating and executing primary investments and co-investments and he is a member of the Investment Committee. John joined the company in 2015 from the FLAG Capital Management heritage team where he held a role of Principal. Prior to joining FLAG in 2010, John was a Principal at Berkshire Partners. Previously, he worked at DLJ Merchant Banking Partners as a Senior Analyst-Private Equity. He began his career with Credit Suisse First Boston as a Financial Analyst in the Investment Banking division. John holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Middlebury College.
  • Scott Reed

    Scott Reed

    Co-Head of Private Equity USA

    Scott Reed is Co-Head of Private Equity USA based in the Boston office. He joined the company in 2015 from the FLAG Capital Management heritage team where he held a similar role as Partner and Head of the Private Equity strategy. Prior to joining FLAG in 2007, Scott was a Principal at Portico Capital LLC, and a Senior Associate at J.H. Whitney & Co. Previously, he worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co. Scott holds an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a BA in Economics with Mathematics Concentration from Colby College and the London School of Economics.
  • Peter Lawrence

    Peter Lawrence

    Co-Head Global Venture Capital

    Peter Lawrence oversees the abrdn Venture Partners program alongside Kirsten Morin and is a member of the strategy’s investment committee. As a co-founder of FLAG Capital Management, Peter has focused exclusively on venture capital fund investments and has been a member of the firm’s Private Equity investment committee since inception. Prior to co-founding FLAG in 1994, Peter spent twelve years managing both direct and indirect venture capital and private equity portfolios as Executive Vice President of the Marshall Field family office. He has over 30 years of experience in the private equity business. Peter holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Trinity College.
  • Kirsten Morin

    Kirsten Morin

    Co-Head Global Venture Capital

    Kirsten oversees the abrdn Venture Partners program alongside Peter Lawrence and has been focused on the abrdn Venture Partners program since joining the firm in 2005. She has been involved in all aspects of the investment process, and has been particularly involved in screening the emerging manager ecosystem for investment opportunities. Kirsten also plays a central role in manager due diligence and oversees junior team members in the investment and fund monitoring process. She has worked on the AVP funds for the last sixteen years and was a Principal at FLAG Capital Management prior to its acquisition by AAMI in 2015. Prior to joining FLAG in 2005, Kirsten worked for IBM in a variety of analytical roles. Kirsten holds a BS from Babson College. She has over 16 years of venture capital experience.
  • Cammy Graham

    Cameron Graham

    Deputy Head of Secondaries – Private Equity

    Cameron is based in the Edinburgh office and joined SL Capital Partners in 2008. SL Capital merged with the private markets team of Aberdeen Asset Management in 2017, when Aberdeen Standard Investments was formed. He has involvement in all aspects of primary fund investments, co-investments and has a particular focus on the secondary market. Cameron also has specific responsibility for the firm’s investment activities and relationships in the French market. He sits on the advisory boards of a number of European GPs. Before joining SL Capital, Cameron worked at Ernst & Young in their Financial Services Advisory practice.

    Cameron has a BSc (Hons) degree in Management with French from the University of St Andrews

  • Karin Hyland

    Karin Hyland

    Senior Investment Director – Private Equity

    Karin is a Senior Investment Director and member of abrdn’s Private Equity Operating Committee. She is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing co-investments and secondary transactions. Karin has been with abrdn since 2006. In this time, Karin has developed strong relationships with European private equity and private debt funds, with a particular focus on UK funds.

    Karin holds a BA (Hons) in International Business and Modern Languages from the University of Strathclyde.

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