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New York / Frankfurt, 24 June 2019. HQ Capital, a leading specialist in global private equity investments, is strengthening its global secondaries practice with two new additions. Ben Wilson and Alec Brown will join HQ Capital’s investment team in New York as Managing Director and Director in July. Both secondary specialists previously worked in Pantheon’s global secondaries team.


Ben is a secondaries expert with more than a decade of relevant experience in the industry. Before working with Pantheon he was a Managing Director in the secondaries group of PEI Funds, focusing on sourcing, evaluating, analyzing and pricing secondary transactions. Ben has an investment banking background and holds a Business Studies degree from Washington and Lee University, as well as an MBA from Columbia University.


Alec worked in the Secondary Advisory Team within UBS’s Private Funds Group prior to joining Pantheon. He also has broad private equity expertise and an investment banking background working at Seven Mile Capital Partners, Citigroup and BNP Paribas. Alec holds a BS in Finance and International Business from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.


“We are excited that Ben and Alec are joining our global secondary practice. Both are very experienced and will add significant value to our company. We are convinced that they will contribute to and expand our global private equity platform for our clients”, says Stephen Wesson, Head of Global Private Equity at HQ Capital.


With the new investment team members, HQ Capital expects to further strengthen its footprint and position in the global secondary market.




Bad Homburg, 1 October 2018 – HQ Capital, a leading independent manager of alternative assets, today announced that Ulrich von Rotenhan has joined as Global Head of Communications & Investor Relations.


As a Director at HQ Capital, Ulrich will be leading all corporate communications, investor relations and broader marketing activities. As such, he will act as the strategic anchor point and will lead the team responsible for all internal and external communications efforts and the firm’s global brand management.


Ulrich joins HQ Capital from CNC Communications & Network Consulting, where he spent 12 years advising organizations on their external and internal business challenges and communications strategies. He is an established private equity specialist and has advised numerous private equity firms including HQ Capital over the last 18 months.


Georg Wunderlin, CEO of HQ Capital comments: “At HQ Capital, we want to become the partner of choice for bespoke investment solutions in private markets. The new team, led by Ulrich, will strengthen our voice in the market, grow our network and make communications a fully integrated part of how we operate. We are happy to welcome him on board”.


“Supported by its innovative and entrepreneurial culture, HQ Capital has grown rapidly in recent times. As the firm grows and diversifies where and how it invests, an aligned communications strategy will prove to be more important than ever, both for external and internal audiences,” said Ulrich von Rotenhan. “I’m thrilled to be joining the team and am excited to get started.”


Ulrich will be based in Bad Homburg and will report to Georg Wunderlin.


For more information please contact:

Ulrich von Rotenhan
Head of Communications & Investor Relations
+49 6172 402 818

Frankfurt/New York, NY, June 29, 2017. HQ Capital, a leading independent investment manager for alternative investments, announced today that it has appointed Jeremy Katz as Co-Head of its real estate group, HQ Capital Real Estate (“HQCRE”). Mr. Katz, formerly a Director within HQCRE’s Investment Management team, will join Paul Doocy, Co-Head of Real Estate, in implementing the firm’s strategic initiatives and managing the day-to-day administration of the business.

“Mr. Katz joins a dedicated senior management team that has an average tenure at the firm of more than twenty years,” said Dr. Georg Wunderlin, CEO of HQ Capital. “His appointment is aligned with our goal to foster future leadership from within the firm.”

Mr. Katz joined HQCRE in 2005 and has an extensive track record with the firm, having closed approximately 40 investments totaling over $2 billion in asset value. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Foundry Commercial, HQCRE’s commercial real estate affiliate.

Karin Shewer remains Vice Chairman of Real Estate and will continue to advise the management team on strategic initiatives as well as focus on expanding the firm’s partnerships.


  • Private equity and real estate investment expertise to reside under a single brand
  • Auda, Real Estate Capital Partners and Equita become HQ Capital
  • HQ Capital will become a leading global independent provider of alternative investments with over US$12 billion under management

Frankfurt, September 1, 2015. The HQ Group today announced that it will combine its private equity and real estate businesses under the HQ Capital brand. This move will create a leading global independent alternative investment manager, with currently more than US$12 billion under management in private equity and real estate.

As part of the rebranding, Auda, the private equity firm, and Real Estate Capital Partners, the real estate investment company, will operate under the new HQ Capital brand. Equita, the mid-cap buyout firm, will become a subsidiary of HQ Capital and be renamed HQ Equita.

“We have been investing in alternative assets for over 25 years, which makes us one of the pioneers in our industry,” said Dr. Ernest Boles, Chief Executive Officer of HQ Capital. “Our clients appreciate our experience and stability as well as the entrepreneurial perspective we bring to investing. By combining our resources under a single operating structure, we will create a broader investment program and service platform for our clients, while at the same time generating new growth opportunities for our firm.”

Alongside Dr. Boles, the management team of HQ Capital includes Dr. Georg Wunderlin as Chief Operating Officer, Tim Avery, Chief Financial Officer, and David Pierce, Head of Asia. Together with Karin Shewer, Paul Doocy, Steve Wesson and Chris Lawrence, the management team will form a cross-functional operating committee to oversee the strategic direction of the firm.

The three-member supervisory board of HQ Capital is chaired by Dr. Thomas Jetter, who has more than 30 years of capital market experience. He is also chairman of the supervisory board of Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. The other members of the supervisory board include Gabriele Quandt and Dr. Axel May.

In private equity, HQ Capital provides a full range of investment programs through funds and separate accounts, including primary fund investing, the acquisition of assets on the secondary market and co-investments with primary fund managers. HQ Equita pursues buy-out opportunities in mid-cap enterprises in the German-speaking regions of Europe.

In real estate, HQ Capital invests in existing properties as well as in real estate development projects across the United States. Investments include multifamily residential, office, industrial, retail, hotel and mixed-use properties. Investment strategies range from core and value-add acquisitions to opportunistic joint venture developments.

In both businesses, HQ Capital seeks to leverage its extensive global network to provide clients with the benefit of its investment experience and the relationships of its local teams on the ground in Europe, North America and Asia.

Clients of HQ Capital include institutional investors such as pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, endowments and foundations, as well as family offices and high net worth individuals.

Auda International L.P. (“Auda”) the global investor in private equity, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dongao Yan as a Senior Vice President and Jessie Chenxian Gao as a Senior Associate. Both professionals will be based in Auda’s Hong Kong office. “We are delighted to have Dongao and Jessie join Auda’s growing team in Asia,” said David Pierce, Head of Asia for Auda with responsibility for the firm’s Asian private equity business.

Yan and Gao join an Auda team that last year added Jacob Chiu and Lucian Wu as Asia-based managing directors and now has 10 private equity investment professionals in the region, working out of offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

“It is great to be joining Auda,” Mr. Yan said. “I am very impressed by the company’s commitment to Asian private market investments and excited to join the firm’s growing team in the region.” Auda invests through commingled primary funds-of-funds, secondary funds-of-funds and direct/co-investment funds, as well as on behalf of separately managed accounts. The sources of the firm’s capital include the Harald Quandt family of Germany as well as other family offices, insurance companies, public and private pension funds and sovereign wealth funds.

Prior to his appointment with Auda, Mr. Yan was a Principal with FLAG Squadron Asia (formerly Squadron Capital), and before that he led the China practice of a Swiss headquartered global management consulting firm. A native of China, Mr. Yan holds an MBA from IMD of Switzerland and a BS from the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Ms. Gao joins Auda from Partners Group, where she was an investment executive based in that firm’s Singapore office, and was previously an associate with KPMG Corporate Finance. She started her career with AXA Private Equity in Paris. A native of China, Ms. Gao holds an MBA from ESSEC Business School and a BBA from Fudan University.