The head of TPG’s European credit management arm, Oliver Blechner, has resigned.
TPG’s credit management arm was formed in 2005, to target distressed and undervalued assets. Switzerland-born Blechner joined TPG from Sandell Asset Management, a privately owned hedge fund sponsor, where he was director of German investments.
Blechner’s resignation comes amid speculation of a personality clash in top management, according to the Financial Times. Sources close to the firm told PEO that Blechner’s departure is not a reflection on the performance of the funds.
TPG was founded in 1992 and has more than $50 billion under management. In 2008 it closed three multi-billion funds totalling approximately $30 billion. Late last year TPG stunned the private equity world when it allowed its limited partners to cut their capital commitments by 10 percent, or a total of $2 billion, in a bid to reduce the stress on its LPs following the global market slowdown. It also reduced management fees by one-tenth and promised not to call more than 30 percent of LPs’ commitments in 2009.
TPG declined to comment.