Wellington Financial Announces Appointment of Rob Helm and Sean Lynden as Partners and Opening of New North American Office

SAN JOSE, CA, and TORONTO, Sept. 8, 2014 /CNW/ - Wellington Financial L.P., a privately held specialty finance firm providing growth capital to Canadian and U.S.-based companies, announced the addition of Rob Helm and Sean Lynden to its growing team of professionals. 

Wellington Financial Fund IV, which announced its $200 million Fund IV in 2012, is a successor fund to three previous entities.  Wellington's re-circulating capital base positions the firm to provide entrepreneurs across North America with up to $600 million of True Growth Capital™ over Fund IV's life.  Fund III, which was capitalized with $150 million in un-levered equity commitments, led $315 million of financings via 50 loans over a 6-year period.  To date, Fund IV has committed in excess of $150 million of financing to many of North America's fastest growing innovation companies. 

"During their many years with Gold Hill Capital, Sean and Rob demonstrated the value of partnership to their portfolio companies and VC relationships," said Mark McQueen, President & CEO of Wellington Financial LP.  "Our new colleagues also generated excellent risk-adjusted returns for their limited partners on both Gold Hill funds, and we are delighted to have them join forces with us."

Rob and Sean will be based in Wellington's new office in San Jose, California.

Mr. Helm joins Wellington with 14 years of experience financing high-growth technology businesses.  Prior to joining Wellington, Rob was a Partner with Gold Hill Capital, with responsibilities for transaction sourcing and adjudication.  Before he joined Gold Hill in 2003, Rob spent three years with Silicon Valley Bank.  Rob graduated from California Polytechnic State University in 2000.

Mr. Lynden joins Wellington with over 20 years of experience providing debt financing to growth companies, primarily in the California region.  As a founding partner of Gold Hill Capital, Sean was involved in every facet of the business, including capital raising, transaction sourcing, credit reviews and portfolio management over a 14 year period.  Previous to Gold Hill Capital, Sean spent 12 years with Silicon Valley Bank, with senior executive responsibilities.  Sean graduated from Stanford University in 1988. 

"We are pleased to join forces with Wellington Financial," stated Mr. Lynden.  "Wellington has demonstrated their commitment to financing the same type of high quality technology companies that we supported at Gold Hill Capital over the past 14 years.  Rob and I are excited to have a new stable platform that will allow us to serve our market for many years to come."

Wellington also announced today that Craig Netterfield, based in the firm's Toronto office, had recently left the firm to join a start-up.

Wellington Financial Fund IV continues the firm's strategy of investing in both public and private companies with a demonstrated customer base, minimum of $5 million in trailing revenue, talented management and well-defined growth strategies.

About Wellington Financial LP

Wellington Financial LP is a privately-held specialty finance firm providing term, venture and amortizing loans up to $30 million. Wellington Financial LP is currently managing a $600 million investment program with offices in Santa Monica, San Francisco and Toronto. Wellington Financial LP is managed by a partnership controlled by fund management and Clairvest Group Inc. (CVG:TSX), who jointly have contributed a large financial stake to the Fund. LPs include several of Canada's largest institutional investors, crown corporations, financial institutions and pension funds. Please visit the fund website at www.wellingtonfund.com, or the Wellington Financial team blog at www.wellingtonfund.com/blog.

SOURCE: Wellington Financial LP

For further information: Wellington Financial LP, Tel: (416) 682-6007, smocherniak@wellingtonfund.com

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