Covering Investor Relations and Reporting to the Board is a dedicated team of Investment and Financial experts:

Martin Block
Head of the Portfolio Management Team

Martin leads the Portfolio Management team.

Martin joined HgCapital in 2001 having spent six years in leveraged finance at Royal Bank of Scotland. He focused on large cross-border transactions and was involved in the provision of both senior debt and mezzanine finance. Martin started his career at HSBC working in its leveraged finance team before joining County Natwest Merchant Bank.

From 2001 to 2008, Martin spent the majority of his time working in HgCapital’s Munich office, where he helped to build and lead our investment business there. Martin is on HgCapital’s Executive, Portfolio Review and Investment Committees and he is a director on the boards of Parts Alliance, Frösunda, Teufel, Zenith, QUNDIS and EidosMedia.

Martin holds a BA Joint Hons in Economics and Philosophy from University College London.

Stephen Bough
Partner, Chief Financial Officer

Stephen is a member of HgCapital’s Executive and Valuation Committees and the Renewable Power Partners Investment and Portfolio Review Committees and has responsibility for investor relations in respect of our listed client HgCapital Trust plc.

Stephen joined in 1998, having qualified as an accountant while at Prudential Assurance Company where he spent ten years. During that time he held various financial and management accounting roles within Prudential's general and life insurance divisions, the group’s tax department and the fund accounting business. Stephen is a Fellow of the Chartered Certified Accountants.

Matthew Brockman
Head of the Mercury TMT Team

Matthew is a partner at HgCapital focused on investment in technology.  Matthew heads the TMT-focused Mercury fund and HgCapital’s buyout Investment Committee.  He is also a member of the Portfolio Review Committee and sits on the boards of various technology investments including Achilles, Intelliflo, Allocate Software, Sequel Business Solutions and Valueworks.

Matthew joined HgCapital in 2010, having previously been a partner at Apax Partners. 

Matthew has a B.Eng from Imperial College, London and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Laura Dixon
Marketing & Communications Manager

Laura has responsibility for the Investor Relations of HgCapital Trust plc.

Laura joined HgCapital in 2010. Prior to this Laura has spent more than 20 years’ within financial services on both the buy and sell-side, initially at Smith New Court and Merrill Lynch and more recently at NewSmith Asset Management providing investor coverage to their hedge fund clients.

Nic Humphries
Senior Partner of HgCapital and Head of the TMT Team

Nic joined HgCapital in 2001, having previously worked at Geocapital Partners where he founded its European business. Prior to that, he was head of Barclays Private Equity’s IT and telecoms team. He started his career at 3i plc and has over 25 years’ experience of the private equity and venture capital industry. Nic’s investment experience has focused on the TMT sector.

Nic is a member of HgCapital’s Investment, Portfolio Review and Valuation Committees. He has led investments including The Foundry, e-conomic, Visma, IRIS, Rolfe & Nolan, Xyratex, Geneva Technology and NextGenTel. He has co-led investments in Addison Software, CS Group plc and SiTel Semiconductor. He is currently a director on the boards of The Foundry, Sovos Compliance, Visma, Lumesse and IRIS. Nic is also a World Fellow of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Nic holds a First Class degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Salford and was an IEEE and National Engineering Council scholar.

Matthew Rourke
Managing Partner and Head of the Services Team

Matthew is the Managing Partner at HgCapital and head of its Services investment team.  He also sits on the firm’s Investment Committee and Portfolio Review Committee.

Matthew joined HgCapital in 2009 having previously been a partner at Deloitte. After gaining his ACA qualification at Deloitte, he spent 14 years advising private equity firms transacting in Europe and Asia. Matthew is a director on the boards of Citation, JLA, Parts Alliance and Radius. He was previously a director on the boards of SHL which was sold in July 2012 and ATC Group which was sold in June 2013.

He graduated from the University of Liverpool with a law degree.

Justin Von Simson
Head of the HgCapital's Munich office and Head of the Industrials Team

Justin is Head of HgCapital’s Munich office, runs the Industrials team and is a member of the Operating Committee.

He joined in 2002 having previously worked for Goldman Sachs and Deloitte & Touche. During his time at HgCapital, he has led or co-led numerous transactions and sat on the boards of Hirschmann Electronics, Hofmann-Menü, SLV, SimonsVoss and Schleich. Currently Justin is a board director of P&I, SFC Koenig and QUNDIS.

He holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Cologne.

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