Jean Tardy-Joubert, founder of of Qatalyst Partners, has joined Highland Europe as an advisory partner.
Tardy-Joubert has worked in tech as a senior adviser for about 25 years. He has helped out on landmark transactions including Matchesfashion.com’s sale to Apax Partners, Skyscanner’s $1.8bn sale to CTrip, SwiftKey’s sale to Microsoft and Autonomy’s $11.7bn sale to HP.
“I am a big believer in people, brand, platform and operating ethos, and on all four counts, Highland Europe feels like home. I know that entrepreneurs across the continent are very positive about working with Highland Europe,” said Tardy-Joubert.
“I am confident that new technology category leaders will increasingly come from Europe, where the ‘Old Continent’ can leverage its traditional strengths in sectors such as luxury, design, travel, automotive and many others.”
He added: “I have had first-hand experience of working with the Highland team and their cohesive, productive and fun culture made my decision to join very easy. I look forward to contributing to making Highland Europe even more successful.”
Before moving to the technology focused investment bank Highland Europe, Tardy-Joubert headed up the European practice of Qatalyst Partners since 2009.
Laurence Garrett of Highland Europe said: ”Jean has a tremendous track record and has helped shape the European technology ecosystem.
“His network of entrepreneurs, investors and technology companies is unparalleled and we are thrilled that he has chosen to join our team,” they added.
With the addition of Tardy-Joubert, Highland Europe’s investment team includes 11 investment professionals seeking to find and invest in Europe’s leading technology companies.
The firm’s active portfolio includes 27 companies, which collectively boast more than €1.1bn in revenues.