Bain Capital, LP is one of the world’s leading private investment firms with approximately $160 billion of assets under management that creates lasting impact for our investors, teams, businesses, and the communities in which we live. Since our founding in 1984, we’ve applied our insight and experience to organically expand into several asset classes including private equity, credit, public equity, venture capital and real estate. We leverage our shared platform to capture cross-asset class opportunities in strategic areas of focus. With offices on four continents, our global team aligns our interests with those of our investors for lasting impact.

Bain Capital Investor Portal Please log in to access your account information. If you have any questions regarding your account, please contact

Aaref Hilaly

Aaref Hilaly

San Francisco

Focus Area


Aaref joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2020. He focuses on seed and Series A investments in AI-powered applications, machine learning and cloud infrastructure. Previously, he spent seven years as a partner at Sequoia where he worked closely with the leadership teams of several category-defining companies and served on the boards of Clari, Guardant Health (NASDAQ: GH), Lightstep, MobileIron (NASDAQ: MOBL), Skyhigh Networks (acquired by McAffee), StackRox, and ThousandEyes (acquired by Cisco).

Before becoming an investor, Aaref spent 10 years building two companies as an entrepreneur. In 2000, he co-founded CenterRun, a pioneer in datacenter automation, and sold the company to Sun Microsystems three years later. He then became CEO of Clearwell, an early SaaS application, which automated e-discovery for legal teams. Aaref grew Clearwell from a handful of engineers into a profitable company with over $100 million in annual recurring revenue. In 2011, Symantec acquired Clearwell for $410 million, and Aaref became vice president of engineering in Symantec’s information management group.  


Aaref read philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) at Oxford University, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.