OS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Highview Capital, LLC (“Highview”) today announced the addition of six investment professionals with extensive collective expertise in private equity, credit and restructuring. Brice Baradel and Steve Russell have joined the team as Principals; P.J. Gilbert and Dan Picmann as Vice Presidents; and Tim Park and Kapish Haldia as Associates. All six will be based in Highview’s Los Angeles headquarters. These are the first hires for the Los Angeles-based opportunistic private equity investment vehicle since Highview announced the launch of its inaugural $500 million evergreen fund in October 2016.
Ryan McCarthy, Co-Founder and Senior Portfolio Manager of Highview, said, “I am thrilled to welcome the newest members of our team to Highview. All six are highly skilled and motivated professionals with backgrounds and expertise that will significantly strengthen our team. Our mandate allows us to provide capital through a variety of structures to middle-market companies in transition, and a critical driver of that approach is the diversity of our skills and experience. Our expanded team’s deep and broad range of expertise equips us to tailor solutions creatively to fit the current needs of a business and adapt our approach as a company evolves. With our dynamic mix of backgrounds, we are uniquely positioned to partner with management teams and bring value to companies throughout their life cycle.”
Brice Baradel, Principal, is responsible for leading Highview’s transaction sourcing efforts, managing new investment opportunities and driving the firm’s capital markets activities. Brice joins Highview after 18 years on Wall Street, where he executed 23 M&A transactions representing more than $17 billion of transaction value and 32 financings representing more than $13 billion of debt, equity and equity-linked capital. He most recently worked at TripleTree, a leading boutique M&A advisory firm focused on healthcare IT and healthcare services companies. Prior to that, he was at UBS for six years in the Healthcare Group and at Bank of America for nine years in the Technology and Energy & Power Groups.
Steve Russell, Principal, is responsible for all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, due diligence and execution of new investments. In addition, Steve will serve as an active board member and advisor to Highview’s management teams. Prior to joining Highview, Steve worked at Madison Dearborn Partners, a Chicago-based private equity fund with $23 billion under management, where he invested in private equity deals across industry sectors, including business services, healthcare, technology, media, and telecommunications. Steve previously served on the Board of Directors for Fleet Complete, LGS Innovations, Quickplay Media and America SCORES Chicago. Earlier in his career, he worked at Chilton Investment Company and in investment banking at J.P. Morgan.
P.J. Gilbert, Vice President, joins Highview from JLL Partners, a New York-based middle market private equity firm with $4.7 billion under management, where he invested in multiple industries, including the financial services, education and healthcare sectors. He previously served on the Board of Directors for First Community Holdings. Earlier in his career, P.J. worked at Lightyear Capital, Cetera Financial Group (a Lightyear Capital portfolio company), and in investment banking at Bank of America.
Dan Picmann, Vice President, joins Highview from Post Advisory Group, a Los Angeles-based value-oriented asset manager with $14 billion under management specializing in high yield and senior loans, where he invested in high yield securities, primarily in the technology sector. Earlier in his career, Dan worked in the Leveraged Finance Group at J.P. Morgan and in Bank of America’s Special Assets Group.
In addition, Highview has added two talented individuals as Associates. Tim Park has joined from Houlihan Lokey’s Capital Markets Group and Kapish Haldia has joined from Citigroup’s Global Industrials Group.