Whitehorse Liquidity Partners Expands Team, Announces Promotions, Nominations for PE Awards

January 08 2019

  • Leah Boyd joins as General Counsel from Goodmans
  • Rob Gavin and Sean Connor promoted to Partner
  • Team quadrupled in less than two years from 7 to 28 professionals
  • Nominated as “Secondaries Firm of the Year (Americas) and “Firm of the Year Canada” by Private Equity International

TORONTO, ONT, January 8th, 2019 – Whitehorse Liquidity Partners Inc. (“Whitehorse”), a specialized investment manager focused on providing structured liquidity solutions to private equity portfolios, is pleased to announce that Leah Boyd has joined the firm as General Counsel, Rob Gavin and Sean Connor have been promoted to Partner and the organization has now grown to 28 professionals.

Prior to joining Whitehorse, Leah spent over 10 years in private practice at Goodmans LLP, a leading Canadian law firm, most recently as a Partner. At Goodmans, Leah maintained a corporate and securities law practice with a focus on private equity and mergers and acquisitions. In her private equity practice, Leah advised institutional investors, private equity funds and family offices on a range of matters, including fund formation, investment activities, secondary transactions, acquisitions and divestitures. Leah also regularly advised companies and boards on matters relating to corporate governance and regulatory compliance. Leah holds a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Economics from the University of Toronto.

“Since our inception in 2015, Whitehorse has received a tremendous reception from the market, both from investors and users alike. To capture this significant market opportunity, we have, and expect to continue to, invest in our firm through the growth of our organization.” said Yann Robard, Managing Partner of Whitehorse. “In in less than two years, we have quadrupled the size of our organization from 7 to 28 professionals. This includes the recent hiring of Leah Boyd as General Counsel.  Our goal is simple, to predict and proactively address the increasing complexity of our organization, not react to it.”

“We are very pleased to have Leah join the Senior Leadership Team of Whitehorse and expect she will have an immediate positive impact to our growing organization.” said Sean Connor, Partner and CFO of Whitehorse. “We expect to leverage Leah’s significant experience executing on numerous private equity secondary transactions, fund formation related work and corporate activity.  We look forward to having her on board in February 2019.”

“We are also delighted to announce the promotion of Rob Gavin and Sean Connor to Partner.  Both individuals have had a tremendous impact to the organization since joining Whitehorse in early 2016.” said Michael Gubbels, Partner of Whitehorse. “Rob has led the origination, execution and closing of numerous transactions and received well deserved external industry validation as one of the Top Guns of Secondaries in 2017 by Secondaries Investor. Sean has played an integral role in institutionalizing the organization and built a best in class operations department over a short period of time. We welcome both as Partners of the firm.”

“Our growth is reflective of the significant market adoption of the Whitehorse Solution. We are flattered to have been nominated for two prestigious awards by Private Equity International, namely, Secondaries Firm of the Year (Americas) and Firm of the Year Canada.” said Giorgio Riva, Partner of Whitehorse. “The nominations provide market recognition to the strong momentum we are experiencing at Whitehorse for which we remain very grateful.”

About Whitehorse Liquidity Partners

Whitehorse Liquidity Partners is a private equity firm focused on providing structured liquidity solutions for private equity portfolios. Whitehorse has identified what it believes is a significant and untapped market opportunity in the utilization of structured products to generate liquidity on private equity portfolios. Whitehorse was formed in 2015 and seeks to provide customized and flexible liquidity solutions for private equity investors. Since its inception, Whitehorse has raised $1.4 billion in committed capital and has closed or committed to 24 transactions with a value of over $1.3 billion. For more information, please visit www.whitehorseliquidity.com. 

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