People

Sequoia believes one of its major strengths is the excellence and commitment of its professional staff. The talent and passion of our people is critical to our success. Together, we share a common set of values rooted in integrity and excellence. The Sequoia team consists of a valuable mix of experience, skill sets and interests.

Dirk Brouwer founded Sequoia in 2002 and continues to act as the firm’s Managing Director. Mr. Brouwer worked in the financial services sector for most of his professional career. He has been involved in over 100 transactions with a combined transaction value in excess of EUR 100 billion in wide variety of industry sectors. As corporate financier and mergers and acquisitions specialist, he has a lot of experience in leading complex (cross-border) M&A transactions, capital markets transactions (both equity and debt), private placements and leveraged buy outs.

Mr. Brouwer co-founded Catalyst Microfinance Investors, ASA International and MC Groep and is responsible for each of the firm’s private equity investments.

Prior to Sequoia, Mr. Brouwer was Managing Director and Head of Benelux Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch (London) from 1995-2002 and Director of Investment Banking at PaineWebber (New York/London) from 1987-1995.  He started his professional career as an analyst at McKinsey & Co. (Amsterdam) from 1984-1985.

Mr. Brouwer has a MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, Palo Alto, California (1987) and a Masters of Economics from the Erasmus University, Rotterdam (1985).

Sequoia currently has six core professional staff members.