Aberdeen Asset Management Appoints Two To Alternatives Team

Sep 9 2016 | 10:40pm ET

Aberdeen Asset Management has strengthened its alternatives team by naming John Dickie as co-head of U.S. private equity while Whit Matthews was named a senior investment manager for the U.S. private equity team.

Dickie will run the team alongside Scott Reed. He will be based in Boston and report to Graham McDonald, head of private equity at Aberdeen. Prior to his promotion, he was a senior investment manager with diversified private markets manager FLAG Capital Management LLC, which Aberdeen acquired last year, and was previously a principal at Berkshire Partners and held analyst positions at DLJ Merchant Banking and Credit Suisse.

Matthews joins Aberdeen’s U.S. PE team from SL Capital Partners, where he served as a North America-based investment director focused on both primary and secondary investments in middle market buyout funds. Previously, he was an investment analyst at the University of Pennsylvania Endowment allocating capital to private equity, venture capital and hedge fund opportunities.

“John Dickie is a first class investor with deep middle market experience as well as extensive manager relationships,” said Reed in a statement. “He has made significant contributions to the expansion of our co-investment program, increasingly important to investors looking at private markets.” 

“Whit Matthews brings more than a decade of private equity investment experience in both primaries and secondaries, and is a great addition to the seasoned private markets team we have in place at Aberdeen,” Reed added.  

Along with $26 billion in private equity assets under management as of September 2016, Aberdeen’s alternatives platform encompasses multi-manager research, selection and portfolio management for hedge fund strategies, private debt and credit strategies, real asset investments and direct investments in infrastructure projects. The firm as a whole managed more than $400 billion as of June 30, 2016 on behalf of institutional and private investors.

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