Jeff HammerSenior Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Secondaries at Manulife Investment Management
Mr. Hammer is a Senior Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Secondaries at Manulife Investment Management. He has more than three decades of experience in principal investing, investment banking, and building businesses in the private markets. He spent the past ten years as Co-Head of Houlihan Lokey’s Illiquid Financial Assets practice, a unit he co-founded and built into the leading investment banking group focused on customized transactions for holders of illiquid securities. Mr. Hammer was previously a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns & Co., where he. founded, built and co-led Private Equity Advisors, the private equity fund-of-funds and secondary investing unit of Bear Stearns Asset Management. In this position, Mr. Hammer developed and managed several secondary-focused private equity investment management programs that had an aggregate AUM over $2b. Mr. Hammer also served as the Global Head of Origination for the Private Funds Group upon its acquisition into Bear Stearns Asset Management. Mr. Hammer co-founded BDC Financial Inc., a firm that provided customized private equity investment management and advisory services to institutional and high-net-worth investors, which was sold to Bear Stearns. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hammer held investment banking positions at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. Mr. Hammer received an A.B. from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard University.