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Highlander Partners Opens New CEE Office in Romania and Adds to Management Team

July 18, 2018 – Dallas, Texas and Bucharest, Romania – Highlander Partners, L.P., a leading middle-market private investment firm based in Dallas, announces a new office in Bucharest, Romania.  This is Highlander’s second office in central and eastern Europe, after entering the Poland market in 2008.  Ben Slater, who joined Highlander in 2016 and is based in Dallas, has been promoted to a Director in Highlander’s US private equity practice and will also serve as Head of CEE – Romania, overseeing the team of four investment professionals in Bucharest.  Highlander Partners, CEE – Romania will be located at Charles de Gaulle Plaza, Charles de Gaulle Square no. 15, 16th floor, sector 1, Bucharest, Romania 011857.

“We are very excited to expand our presence in this region,” said Jeff L. Hull, President and Managing Partner of Highlander. “Establishing the Bucharest office reflects on our ongoing commitment to opportunities in this area and provides a local base from which to continue our investment activities.  We see the same great promise in the Romanian market for private equity investments that we have seen in other central and eastern European countries and we aim to replicate our success here in Romania, as we have experienced in our Warsaw, Poland office.”

Highlander also announces several additional promotions and new hires.  Stewart Baseley, who joined the firm in 2008, has been named Chairman, CEE – Poland.  Mr. Baseley will oversee the activities in Poland, which continue to be managed by Dawid Walendowski and Artur Dżagarow, as Co-Managing Partners of CEE – Poland.  Jeff Partridge, based in Dallas and an Operating Partner since 2017, has been named a Managing Director.  Mr. Partridge’s focus is on the firm’s Food and Beverage strategies and investments.  Bobby Koudelka, who joined Highlander in 2017 and is based in Dallas, has been promoted to an Associate.  Lastly, John Rabenhorst has joined the firm as a Director in the Dallas office.  Mr. Rabenhorst’s focus is on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the supply chain across all the portfolio companies.  He most recently served as a Principal at A.T. Kearney.

“As Highlander continues to grow, it is important to find and recognize outstanding and talented investment professionals who can continue to contribute to our success,” added Mr. Hull. “We are very excited to announce these promotions and additions to our team.”

About Highlander Partners

Highlander Partners, L.P. is a Dallas-based private investment firm with over $2.0 billion of assets under management. The firm focuses on making investments in businesses in targeted industries in which the principals of the firm have significant operating and investing experience, including basic manufacturing, food, chemicals, building materials, consumer products and others.  Highlander Partners uses a “buy and build” investment approach, creating value by helping companies grow organically and through acquisitions.  For more information, visit www.highlander-partners.com.