HIG Capital Managing Director Said to Depart New York Office

  • Christopher Laitala had been with buyout firm since 2002
  • Involved in deals including InterDent, Surgery Center

A senior deal maker at HIG Capital, a Miami-based private equity shop, is leaving the firm, said people familiar with the matter.

Christopher Laitala, a managing director in the company’s New York office, is in the process of departing, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. Laitala, who joined HIG in 2002, also worked with growth capital group Great Point Partners, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University.

Laitala didn’t respond to e-mail requests for comment and his name is no longer listed on HIG’s website. A representative for HIG didn’t respond to e-mail requests seeking comment.

HIG, which was founded in 1993 by Sami Mnaymneh and Tony Tamer, now has $19 billion in assets under management across private equity, real estate and credit funds, according to the firm’s website. HIG’s most recent fund, its first to focus on Brazil and Latin American buyouts, closed at $740 million this year, exceeding its $600 million target.

Laitala worked on deals in sectors including health-care and business services. He worked on HIG’s 2012 purchase of dental practice management company InterDent Inc. He also served as a board member on surgical facilities operator Surgery Partners Inc., which went public last year, pricing below the indicated range at $19 a share.

An earlier version corrected a misspelling of Tony Tamer’s name.

(Updates with Laitala’s education in second paragraph.)
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