Highlander Partners Adds Three To Private Equity Team

Apr 9 2014 | 7:46am ET

Dallas-based investment firm Highlander Partners has added three new members to its private equity team.

The firm—which boasts over $1 billion in assets under management—has hired Drew Koecher, Allen Schaar and Charles Thomas, bringing the firm’s North American private equity team to 11 professionals.

Michael Nicolais, the firm’s president, said, “Our capital base has grown significantly since our inception with over $1 billion of assets under management and over $600 million allocated to private equity today. With expected exits in 2014, it will continue to grow and we expect to focus that redeployment into private equity.”
 
Koecher, who joins Highlander as a partner, comes from KPMG, where he served as a partner from 1999 to 2014, advising on both domestic and global transactions for corporate and financial M&A clients across a variety of industries.

Schaar, who joins Highlander as an operating partner, previously served as interim president of Eagle Healthcare Physicians, a Highlander portfolio company, during 2013.  From 2007 to 2012, he served as a partner and president of Bain’s Corporate Renewal Group. 

Finally, Thomas joins the firm as an associate. He was most recently a hedge fund analyst with Stadtler Capital Management in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jeff Hull, managing partner, commented on the appointments, saying “We continue to strengthen our team to enhance our sourcing capabilities, execute transactions, and grow our portfolio. We have become one of the most active middle market firms and intend to accelerate our growth over the next few years.”


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