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17Capital expands team to support deal flow

The London-based preferred equity specialist adds two secondaries experts to the investment team as deal flow increases.

17Capital, which specialises in preferred equity strategies, has added two new staff with secondaries expertise.

Vjerana Spajic
Vjerana Spajic

The London firm has hired Vjerana Spajic, who joins from The Carlyle Group’s AlpInvest in Amsterdam, and Nicolo Colombo, from Adams Street Partners and previously Credit Suisse in London. Both have backgrounds in evaluating and executing secondaries transactions, and this brings the total staff at the firm to 16, according to a statement.

The firm also hired Beate Pelz as director of investor relations. Pelz has fifteen years of experience as an investment professional in private equity and banking, and has worked at Bridgepoint Capital, Halder and Lazard.

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Nicolo Colombo

“Deal flow has never been so strong. A larger team is an important part of our growth and ability to successfully deploy Fund 3,” said Pierre-Antoine de Selancy, managing partner and co-founder, in the statement.

17Capital manages about €800 million and closed its 17Capital Fund 3 on its €500 million hard-cap in December last year after several months of fundraising, according to the firm. Its strategy involves giving preferred equity to limited partners in private equity funds, fund of funds and evergreen funds that are trying to accelerate liquidity or to general partners looking for more capital.