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Columbia Lake Partners

Financing European Growth

 

Shortlisted for Specialist Debt Provider of the year at the 2016 Investor Allstars Awards

 

 

 

 

 

Funding growth of technology companies in Europe

 

Columbia Lake Partners is an experienced team of investors providing growth loans to European technology companies. In prior roles we have extended credit and managed portfolio relationships of greater than £300 million to over 100 companies.

CLP is backed by a knowledgeable group of investors, including partners at Bessemer Venture Partners. We have the capacity to invest up to $200 million from our fund. Transactions are $1 to $10 million and we will partner with other providers to write larger cheques. 

Our experience through the ups and downs of the past decade has taught us that no company has a straight path to success. Because of this, our approach is to take a "light touch" with no board seats, light covenants and standard reporting.

 

Phone

+44 (0) 20 3034 2050

 

Office Address

Unit V105

Vox Studios, 1-45 Durham Street

SE11 5JH

United Kingdom

 

 

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Team Members

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Craig W. Netterfield, CFA

Managing Partner

Craig is the founding partner of Columbia Lake Partners. Previously he was a Partner at Wellington Financial LP, providing growth capital loans to technology firms based in Canada and the United States.

Prior to joining Wellington in 2005, Craig worked at a mid-market financial advisory firm providing merger, acquisition advisory and business planning services. Previously, he was a Regional Director at Russell Investments (1999-2003). He started his career as a Systems Engineer with Xerox Canada where he held a variety of roles with increasing responsibility over eight years.

Craig earned his Bachelor of Mathematics (Honours) degree from The University of Waterloo. He earned his Masters of Business Administration (with distinction) from the Ivey School of Business and was awarded the Ivey Scholar for academic excellence. Craig is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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Donatella Callegaris

Director

Donatella joined Columbia Lake Partners in 2014. She is involved in the entire deal life cycle including assessing, evaluating and post investment monitoring. Donatella is focused particularly on CLP relationships with the equity sponsors ecosystem and on identifying high growth technology companies in need of growth financing that best suits CLP’s investment criteria. 

Prior to joining CLP, Donatella spent seven years working at Kreos Capital, managing several aspects of the investment process on a pre-term sheet and post-term sheet basis as well as managing the portfolio for technology and life science companies based in the UK, continental Europe and Israel.

Donatella also managed various levels of the fund corporate governance for Kreos II, Kreos III and Kreos IV funds. Prior to this, Donatella worked in trust management. She holds a degree in Business Management from Birkbeck College, University of London and speaks both Italian and English. 

 

Ed Salmon

Chief Financial Officer

Ed is the Chief Financial Officer of Columbia Lake Partners. He joined Columbia Lake Partners from Silicon Valley Bank where he was the Director of Finance and Treasury of their London branch since 2010.

Before working at Silicon Valley Bank, Ed was the Financial Controller at ETV Capital, a venture debt firm providing financing to hardware, software, information technology and life sciences companies in Europe

Ed is a Chartered Accountant having qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers in South Africa and later also worked in their San Francisco office. He holds a Masters in Finance from London Business School. 

 

Joyce Liu

Senior Associate

Joyce Liu is a Senior Associate at Columbia Lake Partners. She is responsible for the financial analysis, structuring, documentation, and management of debt relationships with technology companies.

Prior to joining CLP, Joyce worked as a Data Scientist at London-based TRULY Experiences. Previously she was an Associate in the Private Debt group at Ares Management and an Analyst in the Leveraged Finance team at J.P. Morgan.

Joyce graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Honours Business Administration (with distinction) from the Ivey School of Business.  Joyce is a member of the Organizing Committee of the C100UK and the London Ivey Chapter Alumni Board.

 

Stephanie Opdam

Associate

 

Stephanie Opdam is an Associate at Columbia Lake Partners. She is responsible for the screening of investment opportunities, financial analysis, structuring, due diligence and portfolio management of debt relationships with technology companies.

Prior to joining CLP, Stephanie worked as an Intern Structured Finance at NIBC Bank and as an Intern Product Development at ITPreneurs in the Netherlands. 

Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc), Honours International Business Administration (with distinction) from the Erasmus University Rotterdam and obtained a Master of Science (MSc), Finance & Private Equity (with merit) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). 

 

 

George bartlett

Associate

George Bartlett is an Associate at Columbia Lake Partners. He is responsible for the financial analysis, structuring, documentation, and management of debt relationships with technology companies.

Prior to joining CLP, George worked as a Senior Analyst in the technology lending team at Square 1 Bank.

George graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economic and Social History (First Class) from the University of Liverpool

 

Photos by Micaela Pigazzini

Board Members

 

Brian Feinstein

Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP)

Brian Feinstein is a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), where he focuses on consumer Internet and enterprise software investments. He also leads BVP's efforts in Brazil and Russia.

Brian has been involved in BVP’s investments in ClioPlaydomZooskMindbodyUnited CapitalKnewton, and an unannounced investment in Brazil. He was a founder and partner at Opera New Media, an online advertising agency, and worked in the private equity group at Blackstone. 

Brian holds a B.A. in government from Harvard University.

 

Wayne Goldstein

Co-Founder and Principal of The Endicott Group

Wayne Goldstein is a Co-Founder and Principal of The Endicott Group, an investment and financial advisory firm specializing in financial institutions which was established in 1996.  As such, Mr. Goldstein is responsible for the development of Endicott’s funds and the implementation of the investment strategy. In addition Mr. Goldstein provides financial, strategic and transaction advisory services to middle-market financial institutions, primarily banks.

 Prior to founding Endicott, from 1988 to January 1996, Mr. Goldstein was a Managing Director at Sandler O’Neill & Partners, L.P., an investment banking firm specializing in financial institutions. Mr. Goldstein held prior positions in equity research at L.F. Rothschild Holdings, Inc. and corporate lending at Irving Trust Company.  Mr. Goldstein received a Master of Business Administration in finance from New York University (1985) and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Brandeis University (1983).

Mr. Goldstein is currently a member of the Board of Directors of First Capital Holdings, Inc., an asset based lending and factoring company headquartered in New York City, and American Chartered Bancorp, a commercial bank headquartered in Schaumberg, IL, a Chicago suburb.  He also maintains observer or advisory status for a number of other middle market bank boards, including Sterling Bancorp (Montebello, NY), C&S Bancorp (Atlanta, GA), NewBridge Bancorp (Greensboro, NC), Florida Bank Group (Tampa, FL), Equity Bancshares (Wichita, KS) and Washington First Bancshares (Reston, VA).

 

Felda Hardymon

Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP)

Felda Hardymon is a partner in Bessemer Venture Partners’ Cambridge, Mass. Office. He joined BVP in 1981. At BVP, Felda focuses on investments in the software, communications and storage sectors.  He serves on the boards of Vertica (acquired by HP), Streambase (acquired by TIBCO), Goal.com (acquired by Perform) and Endeca. 

Past investments he was involved with at BVP include superconducting materials company American Superconductor (NASDAQ: AMSC); telecommunications providers Cascade Communications (acquired by Ascend) and Sirocco (acquired by Cascade); Celcore, a maker of switches for wireless-telephone networks (acquired by DSC); African telecommunications provider Celtel (acquired by MTC, now called Zain); Parametric Technology, a provider of product cycle-management software; sporting-goods chain Sports Authority; office-supply company Staples; and Axis Networks (acquired by ACE) a 4G, wireless-remote radio head supplier.

Since 1998, Felda also has taught and done research at Harvard Business School where he holds the appointment of MBA Class of 1975 Professor of Management Practice. He is currently on leave from Harvard and is a visiting professor of finance at The London School of Economics.  Prior to joining Bessemer, Felda worked at BDSI, the original venture subsidiary of General Electric, where he was an investor in Ungermann-Bass, Stratus Computer and Western Digital. Prior to that, he taught mathematics and served as director of systems and research at Duke University.

Felda has a B.S. from Rose Polytechnic, an M.A. and Ph.D from Duke and an MBA from Harvard.

 

Craig Netterfield

Founding Partner of Columbia Lake Partners

Craig is the founding partner of Columbia Lake Partners. Previously he was a Partner at Wellington Financial LP, providing growth capital loans to technology firms based in Canada and the United States.

Prior to joining Wellington in 2005, Craig worked at a mid-market financial advisory firm providing merger, acquisition advisory and business planning services. Previously, he was a Regional Director at Russell Investments (1999-2003). He started his career as a Systems Engineer with Xerox Canada where he held a variety of roles with increasing responsibility over eight years.

Craig earned his Bachelor of Mathematics (Honours) degree from The University of Waterloo. He earned his Masters of Business Administration (with distinction) from the Ivey School of Business and was awarded the Ivey Scholar for academic excellence. Craig is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

 

Ken Wilcox

Chairman Emeritus of Silicon Valley Bank

Ken Wilcox served as Chairman of Silicon Valley Bank and was the first President of SPD Silicon Valley Bank.

Mr. Wilcox was previously the CEO of SVB Financial Group. In that role, he successfully pursued a strategy of expansion and diversification, while remaining focused on the group’s core niches of technology, life sciences, venture capital and premium wineries.

Mr. Wilcox is a member of the Asia Society, the Equilibrium Capital Group, and the Young Adult and Family Center at the University of California, San Francisco. He is also an executive committee and board member of the Bay Area Council and an adjunct professor at Fudan University in Shanghai. Earlier in his career, Mr. Wilcox was a member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 2006 to 2012.

In 2008, Mr. Wilcox was named “Banker of the Year” by American Banker.  He earned the distinction of “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young in 2009 and in 2010. The Yangpu District of Shanghai has also honored Mr. Wilcox with an “Innovation Contributor Award”. In 2013, the Shanghai Municipal Government presented Mr. Wilcox with the “Magnolia Silver Award”, a municipal honor given to expatriates for their outstanding contribution to the city's economic, social or cultural development.

Mr. Wilcox earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

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