SVP Team

José Barreiro

Mr. Barreiro is a member of SVPGlobal’s advisory council and is primarily involved in furthering the European franchise, in particular Spanish relationships. Mr. Barreiro has more than 30 years of experience in the banking sector. He is one of Europe’s most experienced bankers, having held a number of executive positions at BBVA from 1998 to 2012, including Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking from 2005. He was also a member of BBVA’s Executive Committee at Group level from 2005 onwards and most recently a Senior Advisor to the bank. Prior to BBVA, Mr. Barreiro held senior positions at a number of financial organizations, including Banco Santander, Bankers Trust Company and Chase Manhattan Bank. In addition to non for profit board roles, he was, until recently, Deputy Chairman of Bolsas y Mercados Españoles, the operator of all stock markets and financial systems in Spain.

Prof. Dr. Bernd Fahrholz

Prof. Fahrholz is a member of SVPGlobal’s advisory council and is primarily involved in furthering the European franchise, and in particular, German, corporate and real estate franchise.  Previously, Prof. Fahrholz served as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Allianz AG and as Chief Executive Officer of Dresdner Bank AG.  Presently he is (among other activities) serving on several Advisory Boards (e.g. Supervisory Board of Fresenius Medical Care AG,  Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Smartrac NV, Amsterdam). He is also a Professor at Frankfurt University.

Flip Huffard

FlipHuffard0111 (107x160)Mr. Huffard is a member of SVPGlobal’s Advisory Council and is primarily involved in furthering the North American franchise. Mr. Huffard is a retired Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group, where he was employed from 1995 to 2014. Mr. Huffard was one of the leaders of Blackstone’s Restructuring and Reorganization Group, where he provided financial advisory services to companies and creditors in a wide range of situations. Among others, he worked on transactions including Patriot Coal and Tribune Co. and led Blackstone’s restructuring efforts in the shipping industry with deals such as ZIM Integrated Shipping and Excel Maritime. Prior to Blackstone, Mr. Huffard worked at Hellmold Associates, Inc., a distressed investment and advisory firm, and in corporate finance at Smith, Barney, Harris Upham & Co. Mr. Huffard is also Chairman of the board of Vubiq Networks, Inc., a wireless broadband networking technology company and a member of the board at CORE Media Group. He received an AB in Economics from Harvard College in 1985 and an MBA with a concentration in finance and accounting from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1992.

Dagmar Kent Kershaw

Ms. Kershaw is a member of SVPGlobal’s Advisory Council and is primarily involved in furthering the European franchise. From 2008 to 2016, Ms. Kent Kershaw was a partner at Intermediate Capital Group Plc, where she was Head of Credit Fund Management, Europe and Australia and led a €9bn AUM business investing in alternative credit:  leveraged finance, direct lending and structured credit.  Prior to ICG, Ms. Kent Kershaw spent ten years at Prudential M&G where she was variously Head of Structured Credit Products and Head of Debt Private Placements. She began her career at Scotia Capital and NatWest Bank. Ms. Kent Kershaw received a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) in Economics from the University of York; she is also a graduate of the Investment Management Programme at the London Business School. She currently serves as a board member of Aberdeen Smaller Companies Income Trust Plc.

Leonardo Mathias

Mr. Mathias is a member of SVPGlobal’s Advisory Council and is primarily involved in furthering the European franchise with a focus on Portuguese relationships.  Mr. Mathias currently serves as President of the Fiscal Council of Tagus – Sociedade de Titularização de Crédito, member of the board of directors of Swipe News, Advisor to Brightgate Capital, and member of the board of directors of Abypay. From 2013 to 2015, he served as Secretary of State of Economy as a Member of the XIX Constitutional Government of Portugal.  Mr. Mathias founded Dunas Capital, an independent asset manager in 2010, which he sold in 2015.  Prior to this, Mr. Mathias was a Managing Director at Schroders for ten years, where he held various positions covering both Spain and Portugal, served on the European Investment and Savings Product Development committee and served as a member of the board of directors of Schroders’ Alternative Funds in Luxembourg. He began his career at Banco Espirito Santo focused on Debt and Derivative investments.  Mr. Mathias received a BA in Business Administration and International Finance and Marketing from American University in 1988.

Atosa Moini

Ms. Moini is a member of SVP funds’ Advisory Council and is primarily involved in furthering the European franchise. Ms. Moini has 21 years of investment banking experience in a range of roles including establishing, managing and restructuring business units with revenues in excess of $1bn and sourcing and evaluating distressed trading and investment opportunities in EMEA. From 2005 to 2016, Ms. Moini was at Goldman Sachs International, UK, as a Managing Director and then a Partner, where in her most recent roles she ran the EMEA Credit Sales and the Asset Backed Products Group.  She ran strategic client coverage programs which helped the repositioning of the credit business across multiple client segments and widened the distribution of a range of products including corporate and leveraged loans, Corporate and HY bonds, CLOs, structured finance and distressed debt. She was previously with Deutsche Bank/Bankers Trust, UK from 1995 to 2004 where she was Managing Director and head of Distressed Asset Origination. Ms.  Moini received a Bachelor of Arts (with Honors) in Industrial Engineering from the University of Surrey, UK and her Master in Business Administration from London Business School, UK.  She currently serves as a non-executive board member of Volta Finance Ltd.

Sandy Ogg

Sandy Ogg is a member of SVP funds’ Advisory Council and is primarily involved in management recruiting and leadership at SVP portfolio companies. Mr. Ogg is the Founder of, a consulting firm specializing in leadership and talent consulting. From 2011 to 2016, Mr. Ogg worked as an operating partner in private equity at the Blackstone Group, serving Blackstone’s nearly 100 portfolio companies. Prior to Blackstone, he was the Chief Human Resources Officer for Unilever, where he overhauled Unilever’s operating framework and leadership system. Throughout his career, Mr. Ogg has also held various other roles, including at Motorola, Dove Associates, The VIA Consulting Group (which he founded), and The Center for Leadership Studies. Mr. Ogg began his career performing sea rescues as a line officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy; he subsequently received a master’s in human development from George Washington University, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. He has served on the boards of INSEAD, The Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University, Netherlands), The European Academy for Business in Society (Vice Chairman), and BBH Advertising in London. In November 2015, he was inducted as a Fellow by the National Academy of Human Resources.

Goran Puljic

Mr. Pgoran-puljiculjic is a member of SVPGlobal’s Advisory Council and primarily involved in furthering the North American franchise.  His primary goal is to help broaden relationships with non-bank debt investors to augment SVP’s sourcing capabilities and help identify potential lenders to SVP portfolio companies. Mr. Puljic is a retired Partner of Oak Hill Advisors, where, from 2008 to 2016, he was a Portfolio Manager and Co-head of the Corporate Structured Products Group focusing on investments in CLOs. He also had primary responsibility for the creation of new Oak Hill CLO vehicles in both the US and Europe. In these capacities, he managed over $2 billion of CLO investments and was in charge of raising, structuring and placing over a dozen CLOs in both the US and Europe since 2011. From 2002 to 2008, Mr. Puljic was a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers Private Equity group where he founded and ran the Structured Products Investment Group.  Prior to this, Mr. Puljic was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs for nearly ten years, where he held various roles in derivatives and structured products including Head of Fixed Income for Goldman Sachs Germany. He began his career at Morgan Stanley, Westpac and Lehman Brothers. Mr. Puljic received a BA in Economics and graduated cum laude from Columbia University in 1986.

David Weaver


Mr. Weaver is a member of SVPGlobal’s Advisory Council and is primarily involved in furthering the European franchise. Mr. Weaver has over 34 years of experience in the financial services sector, most recently as CEO and Chairman of the Board at Jefferies International, where he led the firm’s European expansion over a nine year period.  Prior to this, Mr. Weaver was a senior banker at Deutsche Bank/ Alex. Brown & Sons, serving as Global Head of Technology Investment Banking, Head of Europe Client Coverage and Head of European Equity Capital Markets.  Mr. Weaver began his career at the Irving Trust and then founded and led a public-sector finance group at Sumitomo Bank in New York. Mr. Weaver graduated from Williams College in 1982 with a BA in English literature and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1990.