Headway Capital hires strategic advisor in Boston

The London-based secondaries firm appointed Clifford Meijer, who comes from Thomas Weisel Partners Group.

Clifford Meijer

Private equity secondaries firm Headway Capital Partners has hired Clifford Meijer, who joined in September as strategic advisor, a newly-created position, according to a statement from the firm.

Meijer is based in Boston, while Headway Capital Partners is located in London.

“I am excited to join the Headway team and look forward to working with them to broaden their North American footprint, providing their unique brand of tailored liquidity solutions to the full spectrum of private equity participants across the US,” Meijer said in the statement.

Prior to joining Headway, Meijer was a managing partner at Thomas Weisel Global Growth Partners, which was acquired by Stifel in 2010. In his 12 years at the firm he was responsible for secondaries investments in venture capital and growth equity funds.

In his career, he also worked as vice president for BancBoston Capital and as an associate for Abbott Capital Management.

Headway Capital Partners  was founded in 2004 by Christiaan de Lint, Sebastian Junoy and Laura Shen, who had worked together previously at Coller Capital. It is a small- to mid-cap secondaries firm that purchases limited partnership positions and portfolios of direct private equity investments, provides liquidity opportunities for cash constrained owners of private equity assets and acquires secondary co-investments in single companies. Headway invests globally, with a focus on Europe and the US.

Headway closed its most recent fund, Headway Investment Partners III, in 2012 with €175 million, below its €200 million target, according to PEI Media’s Research and Analytics division.