Technology advisor Gajan Rajanathan joins Highland Europe
- MATCHESFASHION.COM investor hires new growth investor
- One of Europe’s only dedicated growth stage funds strengthens its London team
- Gajan was advisor on £1.43bn Skyscanner sale to Ctrip, amongst other landmark deals last year
London, 19 September 2017: Highland Europe is delighted to announce that tech advisor and investor Gajan Rajanathan will join the team in September.
In the last 18 months, Gajan has advised on some of the UK’s biggest tech deals including the £1.43bn sale of Skyscanner to Ctrip of China and the sale of Swiftkey to Microsoft in March 2016. He also advised on the sale of Withings, the French wearable tech company, to Nokia in early 2016.
He has previously worked closely with the Highland Europe team, advising on the $40 million fundraising round for enterprise videoconferencing company StarLeaf which completed in May this year.
Gajan has more than a decade’s experience working in mergers and acquisitions with a focus on working with technology companies in Europe and the US. He joined Silicon Valley’s Qatalyst Partners in 2009 and was responsible for building and growing the M&A advisory firm’s European operations. Prior to that he worked in Credit Suisse’s M&A group in New York.
Gajan said: “I am incredibly excited to be joining the Highland Europe team this autumn. Having worked with a multitude of technology investors in the past, I have always had tremendous respect and admiration for the way the Highland Europe partnership works with founders and portfolio companies. It is a privilege to be joining such a talented and hungry team that continues to grow from strength to strength. I am particularly looking forward to finding and backing the next generation of exceptional entrepreneurs building fast growth software, fintech and consumer internet companies.”
Laurence Garrett, partner at Highland Europe, said: “We have got to know Gajan very well over many years and he will fit in brilliantly to the team here at Highland Europe.”
“Investing in and building up tech companies is a long game, which requires huge amounts of energy, attention to detail and patience. Gajan has what it takes to complement the other members of the team here and we can’t wait for him to get started. Growth stage investing is on the rise in Europe, reflecting the increasing number of European companies leaving their startup years behind them to embark on the next stage of their life cycle. It’s great timing by Gajan - but what else would you expect from a gifted individual.”
About Gajan Rajanathan:
Gajan is a technology advisor and angel investor who has worked in New York, San Francisco and London. He previously founded and grew the European operations of Qatalyst Partners, a technology focused Silicon Valley based M&A advisory firm. His deal experience includes advising on the 2016 sale of SkyScanner to China’s Ctrip and the sale of SwiftKey to Microsoft. Other deals he has worked on include Autonomy’s sale to HP ($11.7Bn), Alcatel-Lucent’s sale of Genesys to Permira/TCV ($1.5Bn) and Cúram Software's sale to IBM. Gajan holds an S.B. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
About Highland Europe:
Highland Europe is exclusively focused on Growth Stage internet, mobile and software businesses. Launched in 2012 and with over €580m ($640m) in capital raised across two funds, the firm’s origins were as the European operations of Highland Capital Partners, a US venture capital firm. Highland Europe is based in London and Geneva and its current portfolio includes MATCHESFASHION.COM, GetYourGuide, WeTransfer, Nexthink and Malwarebytes, among many others.