Gerard is a founding partner of Avedon and its predecessor NIBC Capital Partners. Gerard spent six years at ABN AMRO before he joined NIBC in 1991 as a Senior Manager in the Food, Retail and Agribusiness Division. As from 1995 he was closely involved in the foundation of NIBC’s London operations. Before moving into NIBC’s private equity division, he was Head of the NIBC Bank’s Acquisition Finance Group. In 2002 he initiated and launched NIBC’s first CDO fund 'North Westerly'. Gerard studied Agri Economics at the HAS in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.