Six women included in Leaders League's ranking of top Spanish PE professionals for 2022.

Posted Tuesday, March 1st 2022
Six women included in Leaders League's ranking of top Spanish PE professionals for 2022.

From top left to bottom right: Winnie Wutte, Maite Ballester, Cristina Badenes, Laura Muries, Célia Pérez-Beato and Carmen Alonso

Venture capital in Spain has grown by leaps and bounds recently, raising more than €1bn in 2020 alone and investing a record €833m in 433 startups despite the outbreak of the pandemic, the second year in a row of record investment. From 2015 to 2020, a total of €29.583bn has been invested in Spanish private equity, according to the Spanish Association of Capital, Growth, and Investment (ASCRI, according to its Spanish acronym). The industry now counts a total of more than 448,000 employees in Spain.

But despite the impressive growth in recent years, the industry remains sharply divided along gender lines. According to a recent study by Diversity VC and sponsored by CaixaBank, only 12% of VC firm members are women, although this number rises to 25% at corporate venture capital firms. Perhaps most importantly, women make up only 12.4% of partners, according to the study. And while 74.5% of firms that in the study invest in the information and communication technologies sector, women represented only 9.5% of decision-making positions in this area. Two-thirds of the firms that responded reported having no female partners and a third said they had no women on their investment teams at all.

Level 20 is one organization that is trying to change that. The group, which has chapters across Europe, operates mentoring programs for women in private equity and organizes networking events, including an event at the University of Carlos III in Madrid. The group’s mentoring program is in its second year in Spain.

Below are six women who made Leaders League's rankings for private equity in Spain for 2022:

Célia Pérez-Beato, Nazca Capital - Ranked Leading in: Best Private Equity Firms for Small to Mid-Cap LBO 

Partner and head of Nazca's V Fund.

Laura Muries, PAI Partners – Ranked Excellent in: Best Private Equity Firms for Large-Cap LBO 

Partner and head of Iberia at PAI Partners.

Winnie Wutte, Asterion Industrial Partners – Ranked Highly Recommended in: Best Private Equity Firms for Small to Mid-Cap LBO 

Founding partner and member of Asterion's investment committee.

Maite Ballester, Nexxus Iberia - Ranked Highly Recommended in: Best Private Equity Firms for Small to Mid-Cap LBO 

Managing partner at Nexxus Iberia.

Cristina Badenes, Meridia Capital - Ranked Recommended in: Best Private Equity Firms for Small to Mid-Cap LBO 

Partner and head of corporate development at Meridia Capital. She also chairs the Spanish Committee of Level 20, a UK based not for profit organization focused on increasing gender diversity in the European private equity industry.

Carmen Alonso, Tikehau Capital - Ranked Recommended in: Best Private Equity Firms for Small to Mid-Cap LBO 

Head of United Kingdom and head of Iberia at Tikehau Capital.

Click on the links below to access the full rankings:

https://www.leadersleague.com/en/rankings/private-equity-small-mid-cap-transactions-ranking-2022-investment-funds-spain

https://www.leadersleague.com/en/rankings/private-equity-large-cap-transactions-ranking-2022-investment-funds-spain

https://www.leadersleague.com/en/rankings/private-equity-venture-capital-ranking-2022-investment-funds-spain