The Halifax Group, a Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm that partners with management to invest in entrepreneurial companies, has hired Shawn Xiao as a vice president.

Xiao is responsible for identifying, evaluating and executing investments and supporting portfolio companies. Prior to joining Halifax, he spent three years as a senior associate at GTCR. Previously, he was an investment banking analyst at both Morgan Stanley and Oppenheimer & Co.

 “Halifax aims to help build strong lower middle market businesses, and we expect that Shawn’s transaction and finance background, and in particular, his healthcare investment experience, will contribute meaningfully to our efforts,” says Scott Plumridge, managing partner at Halifax.