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Gustavo Schwed

Gustavo Schwed

Joined Stern 2013

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 9-150
New York, NY 10012

E-mail gschwed@stern.nyu.edu


Gustavo Schwed is a twenty-five year veteran of the private equity industry. His career has included work in venture capital and large capitalization private equity firms. During this time, he has lived in and practiced private equity in the US, Europe, and Latin America.

Mr. Schwed received a BA with High Honors from Swarthmore College in 1984 and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1988. He began his post MBA career at the New York office of Sprout Group, the venture capital affiliate of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) where he developed the firm's practice in medical devices venture investing. In 1994 Mr. Schwed joined DLJ's Merchant Banking Group where he launched and led the firm's private equity effort in Latin America.

In 1995, Mr. Schwed joined Bassini, Playfair + Associates (BPA). He helped BPA raise and manage a $300 million Latin America private equity fund, one of the first of its kind. While at BPA, Mr. Schwed moved to Brazil where he opened and co-ran the firm's Brazilian office. In 1998, while still in Brazil, he joined Morgan Stanley Capital Partners where he launched and ran the firm's Latin American private equity business and became the Chairman of the firm's Global Emerging Markets Fund, Morgan Stanley's vehicle for private equity investing in Latin America, Asia, and Central Europe.

In 2000, Mr. Schwed moved to London where he became one of three partners running Morgan Stanley's European private equity business. In 2004, he joined Providence Equity Partners' London office as one of the partners responsible for Europe. Providence Equity is the world's largest media and telecommunications specialist private equity firm, with over $20 billion of assets under management. Mr. Schwed participated in the fund raising of Providence VI, a $12 billion fund which was the largest industry specialized private equity fund ever raised. At Providence Mr. Schwed led several transactions in the telecommunications industry, including the largest LBO in European history at the time and some of the firm's most successful deals in recent years. Mr. Schwed was a member of the firm's Portfolio Committee, charged with the oversight of the firm's portfolio of over fifty companies, and Valuation Committee. He retired from Providence in 2012.

Mr. Schwed currently serves on the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College, where he is a member of the Development, Finance, and Investment Committees. As part of the Investment Committee, he is responsible for the oversight of the college's $1.5 Billion endowment, where he focuses on the endowment's investments in private equity and real asset funds.

Mr. Schwed was born in Argentina. He is a US, UK and Argentine citizen and speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese fluently.

Courses Taught

  • Private Equity Finance

Academic Background

MBA, 1988
Stanford University

BA, 1984
Swarthmore College