NexPhase Capital Expands Business Development Functionality with Addition of Leila Rashtchi

New York, NY-February 27, 2024

NexPhase Capital, LP (“NexPhase” or the “Firm”), an operationally-focused, independent private equity firm, today announced the appointment of Leila Rashtchi as a Business Development Senior Associate. In this role, Ms. Rashtchi will play a key part in supporting the firm’s business development efforts and strategic growth initiatives.

With a diverse professional background spanning the public and private financial markets, software operations, quantitative analytics, and relationship management, Ms. Rashtchi will further augment NexPhase’s deal origination efforts. She will work alongside Partner and Head of Business Development, Lex Leeming. The addition of Ms. Rashtchi represents an expansion of NexPhase’s dedicated business development function as the Firm deploys capital from its latest fund.

“We are thrilled that Leila has joined our team,” said Lex Leeming, Partner and Head of Business Development.  “In a market that is increasingly competitive, the need for targeted, creative, and founder-centric origination is greater than ever.  Leila is an ideal candidate for this position and will assume a central role in identifying attractive investment opportunities, broadening our relationships with investment bankers, and communicating our differentiated approach to partnering with leading companies.  We welcome her and look forward to witnessing her contributions to the organization.”

“I am excited to contribute to the Firm’s momentum sourcing impactful, growth-oriented businesses across the software, consumer, and healthcare sectors,” said Ms. Rashtchi. “Coming from a family of entrepreneurs that built businesses from the ground up, I understand how transformative a trusted investment partner can be for unlocking a company’s potential. The NPC  strategy especially resonates with me because of its focus on building upon the dreams of founders without neglecting the foundations on which they were built.”

About Ms. Rashtchi

Ms. Rashtchi joins NexPhase from BlackRock, where she most recently served as an Associate in the Hedge Fund Solutions group, conducting due diligence and analysis across various investment strategies. Prior to that, she worked within BlackRock’s Aladdin unit, advising clients on software solutions for investment management. Aside from her core career, Ms. Rashtchi is also passionate about supporting founder-led businesses and has successfully facilitated a number of early-stage venture transactions within the consumer and software sectors. She has also held positions at Houlihan Lokey and PIMCO. Ms. Rashtchi holds a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Finance from Duke University.

About NexPhase Capital

NexPhase Capital is a thematically driven and operationally focused lower middle-market private equity firm that makes control investments in growth-oriented and capital-efficient companies within three distinct industry verticals: healthcare, software, and consumer. NexPhase partners with companies that have reached a growth inflection point and are seeking a value-added partner to help navigate the company’s “next phase.” The NexPhase team has extensive industry and operational experience and NexPhase’s Partners have invested together for over a decade. NexPhase has completed over 100 investments, including add-ons, and targets control equity investments between $25 million and $150 million. Since inception, NexPhase has raised and managed approximately $2.6 billion of capital. For more information, please visit