Stonehaven functions as a robust platform for a diverse community of independently branded Affiliate Partner groups.
Affiliate Partners join the Firm to leverage our comprehensive due diligence, structuring, market positioning, compliance, sales strategy, pipeline management, accounting, legal resources, and integrated technology systems. The Firm’s infrastructure provides Affiliate Partners with the economies of scale and best practices of an industry leading institution. This foundation and support allow Affiliate Partners to focus on their core competency: sourcing and structuring high quality investment ideas to introduce to their ever-evolving network of investor relationships.
Affiliate Partners focus on investment opportunities they originate and often opt into representing additional mandates originated by Stonehaven’s internal team and other Affiliate Partners. Stonehaven maintains a significant number of active mandates simultaneously across the platform which are complementary to each other in strategy, geography and vehicle structure, giving Affiliate Partners an extensive portfolio of potential products that create revenue synergies.
This broader opportunity set enables Affiliate Partners to deliver a more diverse set of products to their relationships and increases the potential of success on our platform compared with operating independently. Affiliate Partners also leverage other partners of the platform to expand distribution on mandates they source, often accessing different geographies or types of investors.
Affiliate Partner groups are carefully selected by Stonehaven based on their industry reputation, sourcing capability, proven ability to raise capital, compliance orientation, financial stability, and the differentiation of their business model. Stonehaven cultivates a dynamic community among our Affiliate Partners who often collaborate on various mandates and/or share information on the marketplace to optimize their activities.
CEO and Founder: Mark Sanor
Strategy Focus: Private Equity, Private Credit, Real Estate, Venture, Hedge Funds, Direct Deals, Film Finance, Secondaries
Geographic Coverage: North America, Europe and Middle East, LatAm, Asia
Mark Sanor | CEO and Founder
Mark Sanor is the CEO and Founder of 360 One Firm Capital, LLC. 360 One Firm Capital is a global platform by and for family offices, offering direct investing opportunities and partnerships with funds. The firm hosts roundtables and conferences in 40+ cities and 15+ countries where family offices interact and share ASKs. In parallel, 360 One Firm Capital forms strategic relationships with funds across asset classes to access or partner on deals, and helps them connect with family offices as potential limited partners.
Prior to launching 360 One Firm Capital, Mr. Sanor partnered with a family office in co-founding Chiron Capital, a merchant bank focused primarily on PE investing with middle market funds, advisory to family offices, as well as operational roles in portfolio companies. The family office invested into MLV & Co. LLC, an independent full-service investment bank and institutional broker-dealer where Mr. Sanor became a Managing Director and Co-Head of Merchant Banking.
Mr. Sanor began his career as a lawyer with Hahn Loeser in Cleveland, before moving into Corporate Finance at PriceWaterhouse, and becoming Partner at Arthur Anderson and later Ernst & Young in their Transaction Advisory Services group responsible for Russia and the CIS and oversight on other emerging markets.
Mr. Sanor graduated from Denison University with a B.A. in Political Science and History. Mr. Sanor earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, with a semester at Leiden University in the Netherlands studying EU and Russian law. For his alma maters, Mr. Sanor founded networking platforms (Denison Connecting! and Michigan Connecting!) with over 5,000 alumni participating so far at interactive events around the world.
Mr. Sanor currently holds the Series 7, 79 and 24 registrations with FINRA.
Joe Azzaro, CFA | Managing Director
Joe Azzaro is a Managing Director of 360 One Firm Capital, LLC. Mr. Azzaro focuses his efforts on capital raising activities for alternative investment managers and has a personal interest in impact oriented strategies.
Prior to joining 360 One Firm Capital, LLC Mr. Azzaro served as a Managing Director and Head of Business Development at PhaseCapital, a quantitative macro fund. Mr. Azzaro manages institutional relationships and has significant experience in credit and security analysis. Prior to joining PhaseCapital, Mr. Azzaro was a Director of alternative investment sales at Stonehaven. Prior to Stonehaven, Mr. Azzaro was an Assistant Vice President in the Credit Risk Management department of Deutsche Bank where he was the primary credit officer on a $700 million leveraged loan portfolio, evaluating the underlying credit risk of new transactions and monitoring credits for corporate events and overall credit risk. Previously, Mr. Azzaro was an Associate in the Leveraged Loan Portfolio group at Deutsche Bank and served as a junior portfolio manager. In this role, he was responsible for coordinating origination efforts, amendments, and refinancings among leveraged finance, capital markets, credit risk management, and the asset-based lending group.
Mr. Azzaro earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Scranton. Mr. Azzaro is a CFA charter holder and member of the CFA Institute, and the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA). Mr. Azzaro holds the Series 7, 63, 31, and 3 registrations with FINRA
Managing Partner: Leslie Carranza
Strategy Focus: Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Real Estate
Geographic Coverage: United States, Canada, Europe
Leslie Carranza | Managing Partner
Leslie Carranza is the Managing Partner of Adara Capital. Prior to founding Adara Capital, Ms. Carranza was a Managing Director of Ridgeway Capital Group, LLC. While at Ridgeway Capital, Ms. Carranza raised in excess of $275 million for alternative investment managers in the private equity and hedge fund arena both in developed and emerging markets. Prior to joining Ridgeway Capital in New York, Ms. Carranza served as an Executive Search Consultant conducting senior level assignments for a variety of private and public real estate owners, developers, private equity funds, family offices and investment managers. Prior to recruiting she served as an Account Executive with Bloomberg LP. Ms. Carranza spent the first eleven years of her finance career as an Institutional Taxable Fixed Income Salesperson for Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan and Cowan & Company.
Ms. Carranza earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.E. in Civil Engineering, graduating magna cum laude, from Villanova University. Ms. Carranza currently holds the Series 7, 63 and 79 registrations with FINRA.
Partners: Brian R. Gill, Samuel S. Glass, Corey J. Chisnell
Strategy Focus: Real Estate, Private Equity
Geographic Coverage: North America
Brian R. Gill | Partner
Prior to the formation of Artis, Mr. Gill was a co-founding Managing Director of Kalorama Realty Capital, a predecessor company to Artis. Before forming Kalorama, Mr. Gill was an Associate Director at Cushman & Wakefield, where his transaction volume exceeded $500 million. Prior to Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Gill acquired and financed over $150 million in multifamily properties at Bonaventure Realty Group, where he rose from Analyst to Vice President.
He serves as Adjunct Professor of Finance and Real Estate at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and has also taught MBAs at George Washington University. Mr. Gill holds Masters degrees in business and economics from Northwestern University and the London School of Economics and a BA from the University of South Florida. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA). Mr. Gill currently holds the Series 7, 24, 63 and 79 registrations with FINRA.
Samuel S. Glass |Partner
Samuel Glass is a co-founding Partner of Artis. Mr. Glass works primarily in sourcing and executing compelling real estate investment opportunities.
Prior to the formation of Artis LLC, Mr. Glass was a co-founding Managing Director of Kalorama Realty Capital, a predecessor company to Artis LLC. Previously, Mr. Glass worked for Federal Capital Partners (FCP), a real estate private equity firm which has acquired more than $2 billion of real estate assets and debt in the mid-Atlantic. At FCP, Mr. Glass’ responsibilities included financial projections, asset management, investor relations, acquisitions and capital events (dispositions and refinancings).
Before joining FCP, Mr. Glass was an Investment Analyst with The World Bank’s Pension Investments Department, where he focused on limited partnership investments and co-investments with sponsors of private equity and real estate investment funds. Mr. Glass’ prior experience also includes two stints at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in investment banking and real estate principal investing, respectively.
Mr. Glass received his MBA from Columbia Business School and BA from Yale University. He is an active member of PREA and the DC Real Estate Group. Mr. Glass currently holds the Series 7 and 63 registrations with FINRA.
Corey J. Chisnell | Partner
Corey Chisnell is a Partner of Artis. Mr. Chisnell works primarily in sourcing and executing compelling real estate investment opportunities.
With over 20 years in the real estate and investment banking industries, Mr. Chisnell has completed transactions totaling over $30 billion in aggregate, spanning M&A, recapitalizations, equity private placements and offerings of public equity, preferred stock, public debt and bank debt.
Prior to joining Artis, Mr. Chisnell was engaged as a consultant with PRP, LLC and Ridge Property Trust, raising institutional private equity. From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Chisnell was a Director in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group of BMO Capital Markets, where he led transaction coverage of public REITs and private real estate companies. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Chisnell was a Principal in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, where he was responsible for transaction execution of public offerings of equity and debt, M&A, and private placements. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Chisnell was responsible for business origination and transaction execution as a Senior Vice President for Moag & Company, a boutique investment banking firm focused on the sports and media industries.
Mr. Chisnell received a BBA from the University of Wisconsin, majoring in Real Estate & Finance, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Mr. Chisnell currently holds the Series 7 and 63 registrations with FINRA.
President: Anand Shahi, CFA, CFP
Strategy Focus: Real Estate, Private Equity
Geographic Coverage: United States, Europe, India, Israel
Anand Shahi, CFA, CFP | President
Anand Shahi is the President of BAR Capital, LLC. Mr. Shahi specializes in advisory and capital raising services for alternative investment opportunities. In particular, his firm focuses on private investments in Real Estate, Healthcare (including Cannabis), and Technology.
Prior to BAR Capital, Mr. Shahi served as a Vice President – Quantitative Risk Analyst for Morgan Stanley where he designed and implemented stress tests to identify securities market risk for the firm’s Wealth Management division. He was also in charge of identifying and approving risk mitigating actions across all of the division’s securities market exposures. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mr. Shahi served as a Senior Quantitative Analyst at S&P Capital IQ where he synthesized large and complex datasets to develop analytics products helping clients improve risk-adjusted returns.
Mr. Shahi also served as a Senior Analyst for Atlas Capital Partners where he led a team of research analysts for a $500M small cap focused hedge fund. Prior to Atlas, Mr. Shahi was part of a Wealth Management team at Merrill Lynch where he co-managed discretionary portfolios for ultra-high-net-worth clients.
Mr. Shahi earned his B.A. in Computer Science and Economics from the University of Rochester. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the CFA Society of New York where he previously served on the Board of Directors. Mr. Shahi currently holds the Series 7 & 63 registrations with FINRA.
Amy Ericson | Vice President
Amy J. Ericson is the Vice President of Bar Capital where she works closely with its founder Anand Shahi in facilitating private equity investments in real estate, technology and healthcare. Ms. Ericson joins Bar Capital from Greystone & Co., where she raised approximately $40 million dollars in EB-5 proceeds for multifamily and skilled nursing facility developments across the United States from investors in China, India, Vietnam, Brazil and the Philippines.
Ms. Ericson volunteers for In God’s Love We Deliver and the Henry Street Settlement Good Companion Senior Center, which are both located in lower Manhattan. She enjoys practicing yoga, reading the Wall Street Journal opinion section, traveling, and spending time with her fiancé and their toy poodle Rexi and rescue cat Chloe.
Ms. Ericson earned her B.A. manga cum laude in Political Science from Emmanuel College (Boston, Massachusetts). She holds Series 7 and Series 63 securities licenses.
Managing Partner: Peter Bergen & Thomas Gatto
Strategy Focus: Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Private Credit
Geographic Coverage: North America
Peter Bergen | Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Peter Bergen is a Co-Founder of and Managing Member of BG Partners, LLC, a capital raising firm focusing on assets for niche alternative investment managers in North America. Mr. Bergen has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Prior to forming BG Partners, Mr. Bergen served in various senior institutional business development, sales and relationship onboarding roles.
Peter began his career on the equity trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and served in institutional sales and trading roles within fixed income and equity products at several NYSE Member firms.
Mr. Bergen holds a B.A. from Roanoke College. Mr. Bergen currently holds the New York State Insurance licenses, as well as the Series 7 and 63 registrations with FINRA.
Thomas Gatto | Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Tom Gatto is a Co-Founder and Managing Member of BG Partners, LLC, a capital raising firm focusing on raising assets for niche alternative investment managers in North America. Mr. Gatto has 30 plus years of experience in the financial services industry.
Prior to forming BG Partners, Mr. Gatto was a Director at Artivest, a fintech platform connecting HNWI individuals, advisors and families to private equity, hedge funds and real estate. Prior to Artivest, Mr. Gatto was Head of Advisor Relations at Gotham Asset Management where he was responsible for distributing Gotham’s liquid and private strategies to the intermediary marketplace. Mr. Gatto also had roles at PIMCO and BlackRock where he helped grow the retail channel and was the Northeast Divisional Manager at BlackRock.
Mr. Gatto graduated from Fairfield University with a B.A. in Economics and received the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation at The Wharton School. Mr. Gatto holds the series 3, 7, 24, and 63 registrations with FINRA.
Founder & Managing Partner: Francisco J. Sánchez
Strategy Focus: Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Direct Deals, Real Estate
Geographic Coverage: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia
Francisco J. Sánchez | Managing Partner
Francisco J. Sánchez served as Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce, a post he was nominated to by President Barack Obama in 2009. As Under Secretary, Mr. Sánchez lead the International Trade Administration. As one of the architects of the President’s National Export Initiative (NEI), with the ambitious goal of doubling U.S. exports by the end of 2014, Mr. Sánchez directed programs and policies that promote and protect the competitiveness of American businesses. Under his leadership, working with partners in government, U.S. exports reached all-time highs in both 2011 and 2012.
During the Clinton Administration, he served as the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Mr. Sánchez previously served in the White House as a Special Assistant to President Clinton and Chief of Staff to the Special Envoy to the Americas.
Mr. Sánchez also spent more than 15 years working with several leading consulting companies on projects involving negotiation strategy and training, most recently as a partner with CMPartners. Among his private-sector achievements, Mr. Sánchez served as a consultant to the President of Ecuador in negotiations that led to the resolution of a long-running border dispute with Peru.
Mr. Sánchez was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine and also one of the top Hispanics nationwide by Poder Magazine. Mr. Sánchez is on the board of directors for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. Currently, Mr. Sánchez sits on the board of directors of Archer Daniels Midland.
He has been awarded the National Point of Light Award and the Governor’s Point of Light Award for Outstanding Community Service. In 2010, he was named to the National Hall of Fame for the Boys and Girls Club of America. Sánchez obtained his B.A. and J.D. from Florida State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Mr. Sánchez currently holds the Series 7 and 63 registrations with FINRA.
Managing Partners: Daniel Rummery, Tim Chamberlain
Strategy Focus: Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Real Estate
Geographic Coverage: United States, South America with a focus in Brazil, Canada, Europe, Middle East, Asia
Daniel Rummery | Partner & Co-Founder
Daniel Rummery is a Partner and Co-Founder of Brunel Partners. Prior to co-founding Brunel Partners, Daniel set up LatAm Capital Partners in Sao Paulo when he moved to Brazil in 2013.
Daniel also co-founded Ridgeway Capital LLC in 2007. Ridgeway Capital, headquartered in New York, is a leading global placement agent. Daniel started his capital raising activities at TARA Capital, a European hedge fund marketing firm, where he focused on global asset raising with a focus on bringing international investors to Brazil. He was successful in raising over USD $1bn for Brazilian Managers, both funds and transactions. Mr. Rummery began his career at JP Morgan.
Mr. Rummery earned a B.A. from Bournemouth University in the U.K. Mr. Rummery lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mr. Rummery currently holds the Series 7, 63 and 79 registrations with FINRA.
Tim Chamberlain | Partner & Co-Founder
Mr. Chamberlain is a Partner and Co-Founder of Brunel Partners. Mr. Chamberlain has been based in Sao Paulo, Brazil since 2010 and since arriving in Brazil has been an investor and partner in an Agribusiness-focused finance firm, and later worked on the restructuring of a large Brazilian asset manager.
In late 2013, Mr. Chamberlain established his own firm, Cabrera & Company which was focused on capital raising within the alternative investment industry in Latin America. Mr. Chamberlain began his career with Euromoney Institutional Investor in Hong Kong in 2000, and later joined the hedge fund database company, Eurekahedge at its launch in Singapore in 2002. Mr. Chamberlain served in multiple roles at Eurekahedge and was instrumental in launching its capital raising business, Eureka Capital Partners, and opening their New York office in 2004.
Mr. Chamberlain received a B.Sc. from Oxford Brookes University in the UK. Currently, Mr. Chamberlain holds the Series 7 & 63 registrations with FINRA.
Oliver Tilleard | Senior Associate
Oliver Tilleard is a Senior Associate with Brunel Partners. Mr. Tilleard focuses his efforts on supporting the capital raising services provided by Brunel Partners.
Prior to joining Brunel Partners, Mr. Tilleard raised capital as a Senior Broker for a UK based, FCA regulated FX brokerage, City Credit Capital. Mr. Tilleard spent time in London and Sao Paulo in his role for City Credit Capital. Prior to City Credit Capital, Mr. Tilleard worked as an Associate Broker at Lumina International in Sao Paulo where he was the first ranked Associate Broker for each of the two years during which he worked at the firm. Prior to Lumina International, Mr. Tilleard served in several business development roles in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Tilleard holds the Series 7 & 63 registrations with FINRA. Mr. Tilleard currently lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Nick Smale | Associate
Nick Smale is an Associate with Brunel Partners. Mr. Smale focuses his efforts on supporting the capital raising services provided by Brunel Partners.
Mr. Smale has been working in international capital raising since 2012 when he joined Matterhorn Investment Management, an emerging market equities hedge fund based in London. Mr. Smale was responsible for all areas of investor relations and capital raising with investors in North America, Europe and Australasia. Mr. Smale moved to Brazil in 2017 to head up investor relations at a Latin America long/short fund before joining Brunel. Prior to Matterhorn, Mr. Smale worked in European M&A Advisory with DC Advisory in London.
Mr. Smale graduated with a BSc in Economics and Geography from University College London. Mr Smale is based between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mr. Smale currently holds the Series 63 registrations with FINRA.
Managing Partner & Founder: L. Eston Woodard III, CAIA
Strategy Focus: Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Real Estate, Direct Deals
Geographic Coverage: North America
L. Eston Woodard III, CAIA | Founder & Managing Partner
Eston Woodard is the Managing Partner and Founder of CognitiveG Capital Partners LLC. Mr. Woodard focuses his efforts on capital raising for alternative investment managers with niche and non-correlated strategies.
Prior to launching CognitiveG Capital Partners, Mr. Woodard was a Managing Director at Riverside Management Group/BCW Securities, a boutique merchant bank where he was responsible for deal sourcing, alternative investment manager research, and institutional capital formation. As a Managing Director, Mr. Woodard spearheaded engagements for venture capital, emerging hedge fund, technology, and real estate private equity managers. During his tenure at RMG, Mr. Woodard either advised or participated in approximately $250M of successful financings across many verticals including: maritime, natural resources, real estate and infrastructure.
Mr. Woodard also has an extensive background in high-technology. As a Lead Sales Executive at IBM he positioned their flagship hybrid-cloud computing platform on Wall Street. He leveraged competitive intelligence and strategic product positioning to optimize enterprise IT economics and enhance system resiliency. Mr. Woodard helped launch a completely new, transformational IT life-cycle paradigm and articulated the nuances of organizational change-management. He delivered DCF financial models for infrastructure capital investment driving millions in revenue.
As an IBM Partner, he engaged market data latency, clock synchronization and feed handling complexities of buy-side technology for global capital markets. He closed an enterprise private cloud deal with a U.K. based investment bank that improved market resiliency, scalability, and efficiency. Prior IBM, Mr. Woodard was one of Oracle Corporation’s leading national business development executives for Retail SaaS applications.
Mr. Woodard earned an AB from The College of William & Mary, an MA in Religion with a concentration in Social Ethics from Yale University, and an MBA in Banking with Merit from The University of London in 2011. He currently holds the Series 7, 62, 63, and 65 registrations with FINRA, and has earned the designation of Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). Mr. Woodard is a former NCAA Division 1A springboard diver, Classic America’s Cup yacht racing sailor, and international adventurer. Mr. Woodard lives in Westport, CT and enjoys spending time with his girlfriend Loren and their dog, Pal.
Founder & Managing Director: Ameesh Jalundhwala
Strategy Focus: Private Equity, Venture Capital, Hedge Funds, Secondaries and Direct Deals
Geographic Coverage: North America, UK, Western Europe, GCC Region, Asia and India
Ameesh Jalundhwala | Founder & Managing Director
Mr. Jalundhwala has been based in New York City area since 2000 and has over 26 years of diverse professional experience in the areas of institutional capital raising, investment advisory, management consulting and corporate finance. Since 2004, he has worked with institutions and family offices globally providing investment advisory services largely on alternative investments and has specialized in capital raising for private equity, venture capital & hedge fund managers and private companies, from origination to distribution, and has successfully secured numerous commitments from global investors. On origination, Mr. Jalundhwala focuses on three regions – the US, Asia and India. On distribution, he has developed and expanded significant institutional relationships with development financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, endowments & foundations, insurance companies, bank platforms, fund of funds & family offices across North America, UK, Western Europe, GCC Region and Southeast Asia including India. With his expansive deep network and access in both the US & India, Mr. Jalundhwala has often been, within the US-India corridor, the bridge to connect global investors and companies to US/Indian fund managers and companies and help them on their “US/India go-to strategy.”
Prior to founding Conflux Capital, Mr. Jalundhwala worked for past 16 years on institutional capital raising & corporate consulting as a Managing Director with firms – Bradley Woods & Bhargava Capital, on investment advisory as a Managing Director with Blue Spruce Global Advisors and as a Financial Advisor with UBS. Before that, he spent 4 years on management consulting (strategy & business technology transformation with a focus on CRM solutions) with firms – Ernst & Young Consulting and Kyra Infotech Consulting for their financial services, pharma & telecom sector clients – JP Morgan Chase, Key Bank, Cigna, Johnson & Johnson, Sprint & Motorola. Prior to re-locating to US in 1999, he spent the first 6 years of his career in India as a Head of Corporate Finance, Finance Executive & Engineer with firms – Gujarat State Financial Services, Larsen & Toubro and Ingersoll Rand respectively.
Mr. Jalundhwala has completed a Strategic Management Program from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a CRM Core Consultant Program from The Oracle Siebel University, an MBA-Finance from Mumbai University, a DBF-Accounting & Finance from ICFAI University and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Gujarat University.
Mr. Jalundhwala currently holds the Series 7 and 66 registrations with FINRA.
Principal and Founder: Robert Cook
Strategy Focus: Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Private Credit, Real Estate, Direct Deals
Geographic Coverage: Europe, North America, Australia
Robert Cook | CEO
Robert Cook is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cook Capital Group LLC. Mr. Cook spearheads Cook Capital Group’s capital raising efforts with a focus on international institutional investors.
Prior to Cook Capital Group, Mr. Cook spent 17 years at AllianceBernstein, serving as the Managing Director of Institutional Equity Sales where he oversaw the international distribution of top ranked global research products. While at AllianceBernstein, Mr. Cook played a key business development role in building the firm’s global sales practice. Prior to AllianceBernstein, Mr. Cook served as Vice President of International Institutional Sales at UBS where he focused on sales of primary and secondary products to accounts throughout EMEA and Australia. Mr. Cook began his career in institutional sales at CJ Lawrence Inc. where he developed account relationships throughout Europe and worked in the firm’s office in Sydney, Australia.
Mr. Cook graduated from the University of Richmond with a B.S. in Marketing/Finance and earned his Master’s Degree in Finance from the London Business School. Mr. Cook currently holds the Series 7 and 24 registrations with FINRA.
Sean Roh | Managing Partner
Sean Roh is a Managing Partner with Cook Capital Group, LLC. Mr. Roh focuses his efforts on capital raising services for alternative investment opportunities.
Prior to joining Cook Capital, Mr. Roh served as President and CEO of Mersenne50 Inc., where he advised overseas investors on various global fund management strategies. Prior to Mersenne50, Mr. Roh was a Managing Director and the head of the Global Hedge Fund Division at White Whale Group (“WWG”), a global asset management company in Seoul, Korea. Prior to WWG, he was a Senior Portfolio Manager at Verition Fund Management, LLC, a multi-strategy investment management firm based in Greenwich, CT, where he managed a proprietary investment strategies fund focusing on US equities and derivatives. He also served as a Managing Partner and a Lead Portfolio Manager at Heimdallr Capital Management, LLC, a global multi-strategy hedge fund based in NYC, where he developed various long/short investment strategies and built a global multi-strategies investment platform. Prior to Heimdallr, Sean was a Lead Portfolio Manager in the In-House Equity Management division at Korea Investment Corp (KIC), where he launched and managed a Global Developed Market Equity fund (USD 10bn), a Global Emerging Market Equity fund (USD 3bn), and a North America Active Multi Strategies fund (USD 5bn). Prior to KIC, he worked as a Senior Portfolio Manager at National Pension Service, and a Senior Research Analyst covering the Auto Parts/Industrials sectors at Shinhan Investment Corporation based in Seoul, Korea.
Mr. Roh earned a B.B.A. degree in Business/Finance and a B.S. degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Mr. Roh is also a Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). He currently holds the Series 7, 63 and 65 registrations with FINRA.
Founder and Managing Partner: Jeffrey Seo
Strategy Focus: Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Real Estate, Direct Transactions
Geographic Coverage: North America, Asia
Jeffrey Seo | Founder and Partner
Jeff Seo is the Founder and Managing Partner of ELA Partners. Mr. Seo specializes in capital raising services for alternative investment opportunities selecting mandates opportunistically from the full spectrum of structures and strategies within the private offering realm.
Prior to ELA Partners, Mr. Seo was a Senior Vice President on the Asian Equity Sales desk for Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc in New York. Prior to Macquarie, Mr. Seo was a Director and Head of Equity Sales Trading for Standard Chartered Bank in New York. Prior to Standard Chartered Bank, Mr. Seo was a Managing Director for Piper Jaffray in New York where he was responsible for the build-out of the Asian Equity sales and trading business in the United States.
Prior to his role as Managing Director for Piper Jaffray, Mr. Seo served as Head of the U.S. Offices for Kim Eng Securities, USA where Mr. Seo managed a highly successful team of Equity sales and trading professionals. Prior to Kim Eng Securities, Mr. Seo served as a Senior Corporate Tax Consultant for Ernst & Young.
Mr. Seo earned his B.S. in Accounting and Investment Banking from the New York University. Mr. Seo holds the Series 7, 24, 55, & 63 registrations with FINRA.
Founder and Managing Member: Marcel Herbst
Strategy Focus: Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Private Credit, Direct Deals
Geographic Focus: Europe, North America
Marcel Herbst | Founder and Managing Member
Marcel Herbst is the Founder and Managing Member of Elgin Crescent, LLC, a NY based capital advisory firm. Mr. Herbst focuses his efforts on capital raising activities for Private Equity, Private Credit, and Direct Deals.
Prior to launching Elgin Crescent, Mr. Herbst was a Partner and Head of Capital Formation at Acceleration Resources, a San Francisco based energy private equity firm backed by an institutional $50 billion family office. From 2013 through 2017, he was the inaugural Partner and Head of Capital Formation of Arena Investors, LP, a NY based global alternative credit firm. Mr. Herbst was deeply involved in building the firm and was integral in leading its growth to 41 employees and $1 billion of committed capital. From 2002 through 2013, Mr. Herbst was the Executive Director of Harcourt Group, a Swiss based Fund of Hedge Funds, where he led and managed the growth of the firm from zero to $6 billion in AUM until the sale of Harcourt AG to Vontobel Group, a Swiss private bank, for $300 million. During this time, Mr. Herbst created joint ventures and led acquisitions across Europe and the US, where he served as the Head and Chief Operating Officer of the US division. Mr. Herbst began his career in 2000 at Enron Corporation in London as an Analyst.
Mr. Herbst received an M.B.A. from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland in 2001. Mr. Herbst holds Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses with FINRA. He is also a board member of the rBaby Foundation and recipient of the “rBaby Hero Award” of 2013. Mr. Herbst lives in New York with his wife and two children.
Managing Director: Alan Fields, CFA, CAIA
Strategy Focus: Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Private Credit, Direct Deals
Geographic Coverage: North America
Alan Fields, CFA, CAIA | Managing Director
Alan Fields is the Managing Director at Engild Private Capital (“Engild”). Mr. Fields has over 20 years experience as an institutional sales professional, introducing investment solutions to institutional clients across a wide range of alternative products. Prior to founding Engild, he was a Principal at The Abraaj Group, where he covered fundraising and investor relations across North America. Prior to joining The Abraaj Group, he was a Managing Director with PineBridge Investments (and its predecessor entity AIG Investments). Mr. Fields has successfully raised over one billion in fund commitments in various private capital strategies including venture, growth, buyout, secondaries, emerging markets, infrastructure, and hedge funds. Prior to AIG/Pinebridge Mr. Fields was a Managing Director in institutional fixed income sales with Bear Stearns & Co, and before that he was with the auditing team of KPMG (f/k/a Peat Marwick & Mitchell).
Mr. Fields received his MBA in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Accounting from Pace University. He holds both the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Mr Fields currently holds the Series 3, 7, and 63 registrations with FINRA.
Carlton Holmes | Managing Director
Carlton Holmes is a Managing Director at Engild Private Capital who works closely with Engild’s founder and Managing Partner, Alan Fields, CFA, CAIA.
Prior to Engild Private Capital, Mr. Holmes was a principal at TACK37 Consulting where he provided consulting services to consumer goods companies, specializing in marketing and sales. Prior to TACK37 Consulting, Mr. Holmes was Vice President of OTC Marketing for Taro Pharmaceuticals where he grew an entire portfolio of profitable OTC generic /private label products. Prior to Taro Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Holmes was a Group Product Manager at Block Drug. Prior to Block Drug, Mr. Holmes served as a Product Manager for Johnson & Johnson.
Mr. Holmes received his MBA with a concentration in Marketing & Finance from Columbia Business School and he received his BA with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Economics from Cornell University. Mr. Holmes served as a Board Member of the Sag Harbor Hills Improvement Association. Mr. Holmes currently holds the Series 7, and is pursuing the Series 63 registrations with FINRA.
Managing Partner: Eli Johnson, CFA
Strategy Focus: Hedge Funds,Private Equity,Private Credit,Real Estate,Direct Deals
Geographic Coverage: Europe,North America,South America
Eli Johnson, CFA | Founder & Managing Partner
Eli Johnson, CFA is the Founder and Managing Partner of EverSky Capital, LLC. Mr. Johnson partners with select alternative investment managers with niche strategies to provide strategic consulting and capital raising services.
Prior to launching EverSky Capital, Mr. Johnson was a Vice President with The True Life Companies, an opportunistic real estate private equity firm where he was in charge of business development activities with institutions and family offices. Prior to joining The True Life Companies, he served 10 years as Vice President of Investments for Consumer Capital Partners, a single family office, where he sourced investments, conducted due diligence, and presented recommendations to the Investment Committee. In this role he evaluated hundreds of alternative investments including hedge funds, structured credit, private debt, private equity, and real estate. The resulting portfolio consistently exceeded the firm’s performance objectives.
Mr. Johnson has over 20 years of investment management experience as a trusted advisor for family office, high net worth, and institutional investors. Throughout his career he has utilized alternative investments to create absolute return strategies on over $1billion in assets.
With a keen focus on generating positive returns while managing downside risks, his investment recommendations have primarily involved real estate private equity structures, private debt, and non-correlated strategies. Mr. Johnson also has extensive investment banking, hedge fund management, and institutional fixed income investment experience. Mr. Johnson graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Leeds School of Business. He is a CFA Charterholder, a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society Colorado and also holds the Series 7 & 63 registrations with FINRA.
Managing Partner & Founder: Yaniv Zilberman
Strategy Focus: Real Estate, Hedge Funds, Private Equity
Geographic Coverage: North America, Israel
Yaniv Zilberman, CAIA | Founder
Yaniv Zilberman is the Managing Partner and Founder of Gesher Capital, LLC. Mr. Zilberman specializes his efforts on capital raising for alternative investment managers with a focus on Israeli strategies.
Prior to launching Gesher Capital, Mr. Zilberman was a Vice President for Meyler Capital, a marketing firm focused on leveraging modern marketing strategies and technologies. Prior to Meyler Capital, Mr. Zilberman was a senior trader at HTG Capital Partners, a proprietary trading firm located in Chicago. And prior to HTG Capital Partners, Mr. Zilberman served as a senior group trader for Transmarket Group, a privately held global markets proprietary trading firm. Mr. Zilberman began his career in finance as a proprietary trader at TradeLink. Mr. Zilberman also served as a Staff Sergeant and a Drill Sergeant within the Infantry Division of the Israel Defense Forces.
Mr. Zilberman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the School of Economics at the College of Management Academic Studies in Israel. Mr. Zilberman also earned a Master of Science degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently holds the Series 82 and 63 registrations and is pursuing the Series 7 registration with FINRA. Mr. Zilberman is also a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA), and a member of the CAIA Association. Mr. Zilberman lives in Chicago with wife and children.
Co-Managing Partners: Bruce McGuire & James Aiello
Strategy Focus: Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Real Estate, Opportunistic
Geographic Coverage: North America, Europe, and Asia
Bruce McGuire | Co-CEO
Bruce McGuire is the Co-Chair of the Greenwich Economic Forum, Co-CEO of Greenwich Business Institute, and Founder and President of the Connecticut Hedge Fund Association. Bruce is an attorney and a 26-year veteran of Wall Street, having held officer level positions at top firms, including Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Sought out for his advice and counsel, Bruce is a Director of the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Connecticut-China Council, and he serves on Dean John Quelch’s Finance Advisory Board at the University of Miami Herbert School of Business.
Bruce’s comments on the economy and the alternative investment industry have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Economist, Bloomberg, China Daily, and many other publications. In addition, Bruce has done segments on the hedge fund industry for China’s CCTV, and TV Tokyo.
Mr. McGuire is a graduate of the University of Miami and is a member of the Connecticut Bar. Mr. McGuire currently holds the Series 6, 7, 22, 31 and 63 registrations with FINRA.
James Aiello | Co-CEO
Jim Aiello is the Co-Chair of Greenwich Economic Forum and Co-CEO of Greenwich Business Institute, and has 30 years of real estate and financial services advisory experience. Jim’s investment career began in management consulting in New York, focusing on business strategy and profitability related to the investment management and other finance and real estate-related industries, including working at First Manhattan Consulting Group, Goldman Sachs, and Salomon Brothers. The Greenwich Business Institute currently produces the Greenwich Economic Forum and associated alternative industry events. Jim also Chairs the Greenwich Economic Development Council and Co-Chairs the Harvard Club of New York City Real Estate Special Interest Group.
Mr. Aiello earned his BA in Government (cum laude) from Harvard University. Mr. Aiello is currently pursuing the Series 7 and 63 registrations with FINRA.
Managing Partner: David M. Key
Strategy Focus: AgriTech Direct Deals and M&A
Geographic Coverage: North America, South America
David Key | Managing Partner
David Key is the Founder and Managing Partner of Key & Company.
Mr. Key has more than 25 years of experience working with producers, processors and suppliers to the food and agriculture industries. In addition to serving as an advisor to a number of companies, Mr. Key has been directly responsible for more than 300 exclusive engagements for a wide range of clients in the industry. These engagements have included mergers, acquisitions and divestitures as well as working with financial institutions to evaluate and reposition distressed companies.
Prior to founding Key & Company, Mr. Key was CEO of BuyLogics, an Internet-based e-procurement systems supplier for food and agriculture companies based in Santa Clara, California.
From 1994 to 2000, Mr. Key was a partner in the corporate finance group of Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Key had responsibilities for directing the firm’s corporate finance activities for clients in the food, agribusiness and life science sectors.
From 1985 to 1994, Mr. Key was an investment banker in New York advising clients in the agribusiness and life science industries. His primary emphasis was in seed, plant science and animal health. Mr. Key began his Wall Street career in 1982 when he joined the Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation. This institution annually issued $100 billion of notes, bonds and specialized securities to investors on Wall Street to fund the operations of the Farm Credit System, the nation’s largest lender to agricultural producers and farm cooperatives.
Mr. Key was a County Agricultural Agent from 1977 to 1981 working for the University of Vermont Extension Service. In 1984, Mr. Key obtained an M.S. degree from the Graduate Program in Agricultural Economics at Cornell University. Mr. Key also obtained his B.S. in Agronomy from the University of Vermont. Mr. Key has also served as an Adjunct Lecturer at New York University where he teaches a course on mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Key currently holds the Series 7, 24, 63 and 79 registrations with FINRA.
Scott Welsh | Director
Scott Welsh is a Director at Key & Company.
Mr. Welsh has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and advisor in the agribusiness industries, with a particular focus on AgTech. He has co-founded several AgTech companies based on early stage technology, including serving as founding President for Boragen LLC, a novel Ag-Chemical company that went from inception to a $10 million Series A round of financing in less than 2 years.
Mr. Welsh provides technology commercialization, business development and financing strategy advisory services to clients across the agriculture value chain. Previously, Mr. Welsh was a Partner at a boutique project development and finance advisory group, Peconic LLC, in the biofuels industry. Prior to that, Mr. Welsh served as a Vice President at a regional agricultural consulting firm.
Mr. Welsh attended Bowdoin College where he studied Biology and Environmental Studies. Mr. Welsh then went to obtain his BS in Agricultural Science from Penn State University. Mr. Welsh currently holds the Series 7 and 63 registrations with FINRA.
Founder and Principal: Matthew Johan
Strategy Focus: Private debt placements within transportation, energy, and
infrastructure with possible related activity in private equity and M&A advisory assignments.
Geographic Coverage: North America and Europe
Matthew Johan | Founding Principal
Mr. Johan is the Founder and Principal of Maxwell Capital, LLC. Mr. Johan has 16 years of investment banking experience focused on raising capital for marine transportation and offshore energy companies.
Prior to launching Maxwell Capital, Mr. Johan opened and led the New York office and the US-focused corporate finance practice for Arctic Securities, a Norwegian investment bank with a focus on shipping and offshore energy segments.
Prior to Arctic Securities, Mr. Johan was a partner at RS Platou Markets where he had origination and execution responsibilities for private and public debt and equity placements in shipping and offshore energy. This firm was sold to Clarkson PLC and renamed Clarkson Platou Securities.
Prior to RS Platou Markets, Mr. Johan was an Investment Banking Analyst and Associate at Jefferies & Co. where he worked on origination and execution of high yield bond and private equity placements and advisory assignments focusing on shipping and agricultural commodity transactions. Mr. Johan worked from both the New York and Singapore offices.
Mr. Johan has focused on structures including Project bonds (IG/sub-IG), Senior debt, Sale-leasebacks, Mezzanine, and Private Equity. He has also focused on issuers which are privately held corporates which typically are non-US domiciled.
Mr. Johan received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Johan holds the Series 7, 24, 55, 63 and 79 registrations with FINRA. Mr. Johan lives in East Hampton, NY.
Founder and Principal: Danielle Lawson
Strategy Focus: Hedge Funds
Geographic Coverage: North America and Europe
Danielle Lawson | Founding Principal
Danielle Lawson connects innovative investment managers with sophisticated investors. With a background in engineering, an entrepreneurial mindset and a keen sense of sales, Ms. Lawson built Melete Partners on her experience raising capital and scaling operations with a focus on quantitative / market neutral strategies.
Prior to founding Melete Partners, Ms. Lawson was the Head of Business Development at Alambic Investment Management, LP where she was also a partner and member of the operating committee. Through her connections with family offices and institutional investors, she led this emerging quantitative fund manager to more than $500m in AUM, while building the team and driving business operations.
Prior to Alambic, Ms. Lawson held a leadership role at Thomson Reuters (now Refinitiv) where she optimized the company’s assets, partnerships and acquisitions for their quantitative clients. As a product evangelist at Thomson Reuters and StarMine (acquired by TR), Ms. Lawson developed a recurring revenue base and a broad network of quantitative asset managers worldwide. She began her career in finance as a member of the quantitative research team at StarMine, where she developed predictive models based on fundamental financial data.
Ms. Lawson has a Master’s Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Ocean Engineering. Her home is in the San Francisco Bay Area and she is an avid racing sailor. Having lived in Asia, worked with multi-national teams and developed friendships across generations and geographies, Ms. Lawson cherishes variety in her partners and network. She is committed to championing inclusion and fostering a diversity of ideas, experiences, and perspectives.
Ms. Lawson is currently studying for her Series 7 & 63 exams.
Managing Partner: Joseph Weilgus
Strategy Focus: Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Private Credit, Real Estate and Direct Deals
Geographic Focus: North America, Europe and Asia
Joseph Weilgus, CPA | Managing Partner
Joseph Weilgus, CPA is the Managing Partner of New Legacy Investment Group, LLC, a capital raising group primarily focused on direct investments. He also currently serves as the CEO of the New Legacy Investment Group of Companies, an SEC registered investment advisory firm that includes investment advisory and other services focused on the needs of families of significant net worth, a fund allocation business, and a direct investment business with holdings across technology, real estate, finance, and other sectors. Mr. Weilgus also co-founded Syno Capital, a New Legacy subsidiary focused on healthcare and bio-tech investments.
Prior to co-founding New Legacy in 2007, Mr. Weilgus was President of Geller Holdings, LLC and Managing Director, Client Relations at Geller & Co where he advised clients and firm principals on numerous investments and structured financial transactions, as well as the growth of the company’s business.
Prior to joining Geller, Mr. Weilgus was Director of Client Relations at American Express Tax and Business Services Inc. (“TBS”) and was responsible for the Venture Services Group as well as the Government Services Group as part of his business development role. He has helped companies and governments improve their businesses and operations by advising and introducing senior management to financing and funding sources, business strategy, mergers and acquisitions and debt-offerings. Mr. Weilgus was the driving force behind financing transactions in excess of $500 million in 2004 and 2005 and launched numerous initiatives within TBS. Before joining American Express he was a Senior Associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the audit practice where he earned his CPA.
Mr. Weilgus was selected by the Harvard Business School Club of New York as the Not-for-Profit Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002 for his outstanding work as Founder and Chairman of Project Sunshine, a multi-national children’s non-profit organization. Mr. Weilgus founded Project Sunshine out of his college dorm room in 1998. Its 18,000 volunteers now serve over 150,000 children a year in 175 cities across the U.S., Canada, Africa, China and the Middle East. In 2004, he was awarded the 8th Annual Business Leadership Award from Yeshiva University. He, along with Project Sunshine, has received numerous honorariums, including ringing the opening and closing bells at the NYSE and NASDAQ exchanges in honor of the Mayor Bloomberg’s declaration of Project Sunshine Week in New York City over the past several years.
Mr. Weilgus earned a B.S. in Accounting from Yeshiva University in 1999 and has participated in executive education programs at Harvard Business School. He was an undefeated NCAA tennis player and Editor-in-Chief of the business newspaper at Yeshiva. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Project Sunshine, an active member of the Young Presidents Organization, a board member of the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Weilgus currently holds the Series 7 and 63 licenses with FINRA.
Managing Partner: Lisa Steinberg
Strategy Focus: Hedge Funds, Private Equity
Geographic Coverage: United States, Canada, Europe
Lisa Steinberg | Founder & Managing Partner
Lisa Steinberg is the Managing Partner and Founder of Newlight Capital Group, LLC. Ms. Steinberg specializes in capital raising for alternative investment managers with a focus on ESG and impact strategies.
Prior to launching Newlight Capital Group, Ms. Steinberg was a Vice President in the Client Advisory Group of JANA Partners LLC for 6 years. While at JANA, Ms. Steinberg covered the full spectrum of institutional investors. Prior to JANA, Ms. Steinberg was an Associate within Platform Distribution at Goldman Sachs. While at Goldman Sachs, Ms. Steinberg marketed the GSAM hedge fund, private equity and long-only products. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Ms. Steinberg served as an Associate within the International Equity Derivative Sales division at Merrill Lynch where she marketed Merrill’s equity derivative capabilities. Ms. Steinberg began her career as an Analyst and International Equity Trader at Bear Stearns.
Ms. Steinberg earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University where she was a member of the Cornell Women’s Varsity Tennis Team. Ms. Steinberg earned her Master of Business Administration from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University where she was Co-President of the Stern Hedge Fund Association. She currently holds the Series 7 and 63 registrations with FINRA. Ms. Steinberg lives in New York with her husband and children.
CEO and Founder: Stonington Cox
Strategy Focus: Real Estate
Geographic Coverage: North America
Stonington Cox | CEO and Founder
Stonington Cox is the Founder & CEO of Nomos Group Holdings, LLC, a capital raising firm focused on private co-living and other types of real estate investment opportunities.
Prior to Nomos, Mr. Cox was a Director with Cadre, an investment management and advisory business based in New York that focuses on providing individuals and institutions direct access to large commercial real estate investment opportunities. Cadre also offers a managed portfolio service and a real estate secondaries market.
Prior to Cadre, Mr. Cox was the Interim Head of Real Estate at OpenDoor Coliving, a firm building a lifestyle housing brand & national network of co-living properties, where he remains a Board Member. OpenDoor’s co-living model and operations enable higher-density residential properties that increases rents per sqft and NOI, while catering to the unmet needs of the millennial urban market.
Prior to OpenDoor, Mr. Cox was a Partner at Accord Group Holdings, LLC, a financial advisory firm specializing in the structuring and investment in private equity real estate vehicles as well as principal investing into select vehicles, transactions, and platforms. Accord’s business consists of M&A Advisory, structuring and capital raising, as well as principal investing and fund vehicle management.
Prior to Accord, Mr. Cox was a principal within Private Capital Markets for Macquarie Group based in Hong Kong. In this role, Mr. Cox structured and raised private equity real estate vehicles for Asia real estate managers including a mid-market Tokyo residential fund, one of the first car parking funds in China (US $265M), and the structuring of an industrial logistics fund in Japan (US$1bn +). Mr. Cox also focused on multiple other assignments throughout India, China, Australia, and Japan.
Prior to Macquarie Group, Mr. Cox was consultant with Boston Consulting Group. Prior to Boston Consulting Group, Mr. Cox was a Commercial Real Estate Sales and Leasing, Tenant Representative Agent working very closely with the head of the GMAC/Pacific Union Commercial Brokerage.
Mr. Cox earned a B.S. with Honors in The Science of Foreign Service, Culture and Politics from Georgetown University. Mr. Cox earned an MBA from Columbia Business School with a concentration in Real Estate Finance. Mr. Cox also earned a Master’s degree in Finance, Investment Banking from INSEAD. Mr. Cox currently holds his Series 7, 24 and 63 registrations with FINRA.
Principal and Founder: Adam Kessner
Strategy Focus: Private Equity, Real Estate
Geographic Coverage: United States, Canada
Adam Kessner | Principal and Founder
Adam Kessner is the Principal and Founder of Paddington Stone Capital. Mr. Kessner leads Paddington Stone Capital’s investment marketing efforts on behalf of proven managers specializing in real estate. Prior to launching Paddington Stone, Mr. Kessner served as the Chief Executive Officer of multiple real estate brokerage firms he founded including Vertical City Realty in New York City, Paddington Stone Realty in Westchester County, NY and Fairfield County, CT, which focused on residential leasing and sales, as well as Paddington Stone Commercial Strategies in Westchester County, which focused on commercial real estate.
The Kessner family is a significant player in New York City real estate, operating under the K5 Equities umbrella. Early exposure to the complexities of New York City real estate provided Mr. Kessner with unique and valuable insights.
Mr. Kessner graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. in Finance. Mr. Kessner earned his Master’s Degree in Business from San Diego State University with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. Mr. Kessner currently holds the Series 7 and 63 registrations with FINRA. Mr. Kessner serves on the Board of Directors for Steve’s Camp at Horizon Farms, a non-profit organization founded by the Kessner family in 2009 dedicated to providing a unique experience to underserved New York City teens.
Managing Partner: Andrew Kline
Strategy Focus: Sports/Media/Entertainment Direct Deals & Real Estate
Geographic Coverage: North America, South America, Europe, Asia
Andrew Kline | Founder & Managing Director
Andrew Kline is the Founder and Managing Director at Park Lane. Park Lane was founded in 2005 to facilitate the purchase and sales of professional sports teams as well as the financing of early and late stage sports-based businesses.
Mr. Kline brings a broad background of professional sports experience, investment banking expertise, and industry knowledge to Park Lane. He has advised on M&A transactions in all the major sports and he has also been instrumental in obtaining financing for many early stage sports-based businesses.
Mr. Kline is currently a member of the Stanford Executive Circle, Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the Association of Corporate Growth, the NFLPA, and the NFL Retired Players Association. In 2013, at the age of 36, Mr. Kline was named to The M&A Advisor’s 40 Under 40 list. Mr. Kline was also named to SportsBusiness Journal’s 2016 Power Players List in the Advisory category and Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2017 edition of The Money Book celebrating the most influential people in Los Angeles finance.
Prior to founding Park Lane, Mr. Kline was drafted by the NFL World Champion St. Louis Rams, for whom he played center and quick guard. After retiring from the NFL, Mr. Kline became an active investor in the San Diego and Arizona real estate markets and brought sizable returns to investors in his fund. Mr. Kline also founded The Australian Surf Academy (sold to Surf Diva in 2004) and The Athletes Agency (sold 49% in 2005). Kline also served as the Chairman of the Athletes for Rudy Giuliani Coalition during Giuliani’s bid for the presidency. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Navy SEAL Family Foundation and is very active in fundraising efforts for Special Forces and Special Operations Forces.
Mr. Kline attended San Diego State University, where he majored in Psychology, and the Business Management & Entrepreneurship Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Kline currently holds the Series 7 and 63 registrations with FINRA.
Sean Clemens | Senior Vice President & Principal
Sean Clemens is a Senior Vice President and Principal at Park Lane.
Mr. Clemens joined Park Lane in 2009 and plays a principal role in the firm’s financial analysis, due diligence, document preparation, and research. He is an active participant on the firm’s deal review team, evaluating potential engagements including capital raising transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and restructurings. He has worked on transactions across all major American sports leagues, minor leagues, European soccer, and spanning a wide range of sports-based businesses.
Mr. Clemens is a key contributor to Park Lane’s valuation practice and liaises with the firm’s broker dealer to manage compliance efforts. He has authored several SportsBusiness Journal articles and sports industry white papers on behalf of Park Lane.
Mr. Clemens is a graduate of Cornell University, where he earned a B.A. in Economics and Spanish. He also studied in Spain at the University of Seville. Mr. Clemens currently holds the Series 7, 62, 63, and 79 registrations with FINRA.
Edwin E. Draughan | Investment Banking Associate
Edwin E. Draughan is an Investment Banking Associate at Park Lane.
Edwin has been a member of Park Lane since 2018 and is actively involved across all of the firm’s services. Mr. Draughan’s responsibilities include reviewing prospective incoming deals, managing client and investor relations, conducting due diligence, and assisting in the preparation of our client’s marketing and financial material. Since his arrival, Mr. Draughan has been a key contributor in originating and closing deals in the Sports M&A, Capital Group and Franchise Valuations verticals.
Prior to Park Lane, Mr. Draughan was a professional basketball player in Europe. During his 10-year career, Mr. Draughan competed and won championships in countries such as Switzerland, France, and Hungary. Toward the end of his professional basketball career, he founded the private wealth management/financial planning firm, Diesel Financial, where he helped professional athletes build a strong financial future. During that time, he earned his C.F.P. (Certificate of Financial Planning) and E.A. (Enrolled Agent) distinction.
Mr. Draughan earned his undergraduate degree at Yale University and he earned a M.B.A. from the Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California. Mr Draughan currently holds the Series 63, 79 and 82 registrations with FINRA.
David Hartzell | Senior Analyst
David Hartzell is a Senior Analyst for Park Lane Investment Bank. His primary role is to effect securities transactions, namely within the primary and secondary markets. Mr. Hartzell is focused on facilitating transactions in later stage, illiquid stock in private companies.
Prior to Park Lane, Mr. Hartzell was enlisted in the United States Navy. Mr. Hartzell earned his BS in International Business at SUNY Buffalo. He currently resides in Southern California. Mr. Hartzell currently holds the Series 7 and 63 registrations with FINRA.
Bianca Medici | Controller, Principal
Bianca Medici is the Controller and a Principal at Park Lane.
Ms. Medici serves as Park Lane’s Controller and is responsible for supporting the accounting and cash management activities of Park Lane, the proprietary Fund, and the portfolio companies. Medici has over 20 years of experience in accounting and finance.
Prior to her role at Park Lane, Ms. Medici served as an accountant to Rogers Foam Corporation, Accounts Payable Clerk at Beacon, and accounting manager at ThinkBox Inc.
Ms. Medici earned a B.A. in Mathematics from Wellesley College where she graduated with distinction. Ms. Medici also attended Harvard University and UCLA where she completed her accounting program.
Founder and Managing Partner: Marc Rosenberg
Strategy Focus: Emerging hedge fund managers and opportunistic in looking at litigation finance strategies.
Geographic Coverage: North America and Europe
Marc Rosenberg | Founder and Managing Partner
Marc Rosenberg is the Founder and Managing Partner of Quality Manager Consultants, LLC (QMC, LLC), a firm focused on capital placement through the selection and introduction of high quality alternative investment managers to his universe of investor relationships which is comprised largely of family offices that Marc has cultivated over decades. For the past 15 years, Marc has been committed to building his business through QMC, LLC and has raised a significant amount of capital across a wide variety of hedge fund managers and strategies.
Marc began his career in finance in the early 80s and then began working for Bear Stearns & Co. in San Francisco where he was primarily advising high net worth families regarding hedge fund investments. Prior to Bear Stearns, Marc also worked in similar capacities at Lehman Brothers, Inc. and Sutro & Co. Inc., as well as CIBC World Markets Corp.
Marc has been recognized for his hedge fund expertise and was interviewed by the Senior Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association in their National Quarterly Magazine, “Voice of Experience”, on how to hire a money manger. He has been a featured speaker and panelist at industry investment conferences including Institutional Investor, Opal, and IMN. Marc graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan, and received his Juris Doctorate from the New School of Law.
Marc currently holds the Series 7 & Series 63 registrations with FINRA.
Co-Founders: Jase Wilson & Mike Faloon, CFA
Strategy Focus: Internet Service Providers (ISPs) Direct Deals & M&A
Geographic Coverage: North America
Michael Faloon, CFA | Co-Founder, VP of Finance & Operations
Mike Faloon is the Co-Founder and VP of Finance & Operations for Ready Network.
Prior to Ready, Mr. Faloon was the Chief Strategy Officer at Neighborly, a San Francisco–based financial technology startup focused on financing and deploying fiber-optic broadband infrastructure in communities around the U.S. The company aimed to deliver critical fiber broadband infrastructure to communities, and opportunities to investors interested in closing the digital divide. Previous to their broadband endeavors, Neighborly facilitated municipal bond investments to finance community infrastructure, including schools, libraries, bike paths, and parks. Investors include Emerson Collective, 8VC and Ashton Kutcher’s Sound Ventures.
Prior to Neighborly, Mr. Faloon was the Chief Operating Officer at Standish Mellon Asset Management. Standish manages $150 billion in fixed income assets on behalf of individuals, corporations, sovereign wealth funds, and foreign central banks. Mr. Wilson worked at Standish for nearly twenty years initially assuming a position as an Associate and Credit Analyst and working his way up through a position as a Portfolio Manager and then ultimately his C-level position as COO of the firm.
Prior to Standish, Mr. Faloon worked as an Associate at Fidelity Investments. Mr. Faloon is also a former Director of the Green Bond Principles Executive Committee. He is a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals and holds a Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certification. Mr. Faloon earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Maine. Mr. Faloon also holds a Masters in Financial Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, and an MS in Finance from Northeastern University. Mr. Faloon is also Chartered Financial Analyst and holds the CFA® designation. Mr. Faloon is currently pursuing his Series 7 and 63 registrations with FINRA.
Jase Wilson | Co-Founder, VP of Growth
Jase Wilson is the Co-Founder and VP of Growth for Ready Network. Mr. Wilson co-founded Ready to help smaller and mid-sized Internet Service Providers (ISPs) grow.
Prior to Ready, Mr. Wilson founded Neighborly, a San Francisco–based financial technology startup focused on financing and deploying fiber-optic broadband infrastructure in communities around the U.S. A fast-growing, venture-backed company at the intersection of tech, finance, and public infrastructure, Neighborly delivers critical fiber broadband infrastructure to communities, and opportunities to investors who care about closing the digital divide.
Prior to founding Neighborly, Mr. Wilson was Captain for Code for America Brigade KC, a national network of community organizers and technologists who put technology to work for the benefit of local communities. Prior to America Brigade KC, Mr. Wilson was CEO of Luminopolis, a firm committed to building municipal websites and civic apps.
Prior to serving as CEO of Luminopolis, Mr. Wilson was a Member of the Mayors’ Google Bi-State Innovation Team which was established in 2011 by Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James and Kansas City, Kansas Mayor Joe Reardon. Members of the team were charged with creating a playbook that identifies creative uses of the Google Ultra High-Speed Fiber (“Google Fiber”) infrastructure and how best to market the KC metro’s high-speed fiber connectivity in recruiting business, industry and institutional interests to the area. Prior to being a Member of the Mayors’ Google Bi-State Innovation Team, Mr. Wilson was a Residential Advisor and a Teaching Assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Mr. Wilson earned a BA in Urban Planning and Design from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, as well as a Masters of City Design and Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).Mr. Wilson is currently pursuing his Series 7 and 63 registrations with FINRA.
Chairman: Earl Yen
Strategy Focus: Hedge Funds, Private Equity
Geographic Coverage: United States, China
Earl Yen | Chairman
Earl Yen is chairman of Red Cedar Capital Ltd., with a presence in Boston and Shanghai. Mr. Yen has nearly 30 years of experience in the investment industry, including over 20 years living and working in Asia. At Red Cedar, he works primarily with Asia-based alternative investment managers in formulating and executing their US fundraising strategies and investor outreach.
Prior to starting Red Cedar, Mr. Yen was the founding chairman and chief investment officer of CSV Capital Partners, a Greater China-focused alternative investment firm pursuing both private and public equity strategies, based in Shanghai. CSV’s long/short equity fund was recognized by HFMWeek in 2013 and 2014, respectively, as “Best Greater China Fund” and “Best Greater China Long/Short Equity Fund”.
Mr. Yen previously spent nine years as an investment banker with Bear Stearns and Citigroup, helping Asia-based companies in their global capital raising transactions and advising multinational companies on Asia-Pacific cross-border M&A transactions. He worked on a number of landmark China transactions including the IPOs of China Mobile, China Telecom, China Life Insurance, Yanzhou Coal Mining, and Guangshen Railway. Mr. Yen started his career with Bear Stearns and HarbourVest in Boston.
Mr. Yen earned an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and management science from MIT. Mr. Yen currently holds the Series 7 and 63 registrations with FINRA.
Managing Partner: Jason Sander
Strategy Focus: Real Estate, Private Equity
Geographic Coverage: United States, Europe
Jason Sander | Founding Principal
Prior to launching SandCap, LLC, Mr. Sander was a Managing Director of New Business Development for MHP Real Estate Capital, LLC where he was responsible for raising capital for MHP investment opportunities. Prior to MHP, Mr. Sander worked on capital and deal sourcing assignments for several of the largest New York City based real estate private equity companies and real estate families. Mr. Sander was previously VP, Capital Raising for Thor Equities, where he sourced the single largest equity capital commitment in Thor’s history, and worked on sourcing all of Thor’s direct deal equity capital in the U.S., Europe and Mexico.
Prior to Thor Equities, Mr. Sander was a Principal at Mercury Capital Advisors, the former Merrill Lynch Private Funds Group. Mr. Sander also worked for John A. Catsimatidis (Forbes 400), Chairman of the Red Apple Group and United Refining, where he was in charge of deal sourcing for URX.
Mr. Sander began his real estate career as VP, Emigrant Bank, the largest privately owned bank in the U.S., owned by The Milstein Family (Forbes 400). Mr. Sander was the top producing real estate underwriter during his 4 years at Emigrant Bank. Prior to Emigrant Bank, Mr. Sander worked for Merrill Lynch within their International Emerging Markets Group and within the Bear Stearns Global High Yield Group.
Mr. Sander earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Additionally, Mr. Sander completed his advanced real estate studies at Columbia Business School, where he remains active in the alumni community. Mr. Sander also holds a B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University where he received the John S. Gibson International Relations Award. Currently, Mr. Sander holds the Series 7 & 63 registrations with FINRA.
Founder & Managing Member: Sean Donohue, CAIA
Strategy Focus: Emerging Hedge Funds focusing on niche and short alpha strategies
Geographic Coverage: North America, Europe, and Asia
Sean Donohue, CAIA | Founder & Managing Member
Mr. Donohue is the Founder and Managing Member of Saranac Lake Capital, LLC. Mr. Donohue specializes in raising capital on behalf of emerging hedge fund managers focusing on niche and short alpha strategies.
Prior to founding Saranac Lake Capital, Mr. Donohue was the COO for Spruce Point Capital Management, LLC, an activist short selling firm. Prior to Spruce Point Capital, Mr. Donohue was the Director of Marketing for Kerrisdale Capital Management, another short-focused research firm at the time.
Prior to Kerrisdale Capital, Mr. Donohue was a pre launch Partner at Magister Ludi Capital Management, LLC, a global macro hedge fund. Prior to Magister Ludi, Mr. Donohue served in corporate strategy or product marketing positions within the investment management divisions of Citi and Deutsche Bank. Mr. Donohue began his career as an analyst with the Barra Strategic Consulting Group.
Mr. Donohue received Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Mathematics and Economics from Hamilton College. Mr. Donohue is a CAIA charter holder and is a member of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association. Mr. Donohue is currently pursuing the Series 7 and 63 registrations with FINRA. Mr. Donohue lives in Atlanta with his wife and children.
CEO & Founder: Bill Weston
Strategy Focus: Private Equity, Hedge Funds
Geographic Coverage: United States, Canada
Bill Weston | CEO & Founder
Bill Weston is the CEO & Founder of Sláine Capital LLC. Mr. Weston focuses his efforts on capital raising activities for alternative investment managers with niche and non-correlated strategies.
Prior to forming Sláine Capital LLC, Mr. Weston was a Vice President with Key Private Bank where he was responsible for new business development while providing advisory services to high net worth families and institutional clients. Prior to Key Private Bank, Mr. Weston was a Vice President with J.P. Morgan Private Bank where he led a team focused on business development and providing comprehensive investment management advisory services to family offices, foundations and endowments, and institutional clients. While at J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Mr. Weston raised capital for select top-tier private equity, venture capital, and multi-strategy hedge funds. Prior to J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Mr. Weston served as an equity trader for KeyBanc Capital Markets where he managed all aspects of equity trading coverage for his institutional clients.
Mr. Weston graduated from Hiram College with a B.A.in Political Science. Mr. Weston earned his Master’s Degree with a concentration in International Business from the University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. Mr. Weston earned the Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS) designation, and he currently holds the Series 7 and 66 registrations with FINRA. Mr. Weston is also an Ironman Athlete and avid cyclist and triathlete. Mr. Weston lives with his wife and son in Cleveland, Ohio.
Managing Partner and Founder: Saskia Ventujol
Strategy Focus: Hedge Funds, Private Credit and Direct Deals
Geographic Coverage: Asia, Europe and North America
Saskia Ventujol | Managing Partner and Founder
Saskia Ventujol is the Managing Partner and Founder of Tamaskia Capital Group, LLC. Tamaskia focuses on capital raising for alternative investment managers; as well as on opportunities in the ESG space, blockchain, psychedelic therapies, mindfulness and health & wellness.
Prior to launching Tamaskia Capital Group, Ms. Ventujol was Vice President at Fortress Investment Group LLC, a global alternative investments management firm headquartered in New York City. At Fortress, Ms. Ventujol worked as a product specialist for Michael Novogratz’s macro hedge fund in New York City and later joined Pete Briger’s private credit group in New York and San Francisco, where she raised money for a variety of opportunities in the credit space, including PE style funds and co-investments.
Before Fortress, Ms. Ventujol worked as a hedge fund research analyst within HSBC’s alternative investments group in New York, where she conducted in-depth due diligence on hedge fund investments and negotiated capacity for HSBC’s $38bn hedge fund business. Prior to moving to New York, Ms. Ventujol started her HSBC career at the firm’s London and Hong Kong offices.
Ms. Ventujol graduated from Oxford University with a B.A. (Honors) degree in economics and management. She also obtained an Msc. in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and an M.A. in Global Communication from the University of Southern California.
Ms. Ventujol is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Luxembourgish; and is intermediate in German. She also co-founded a social networking application called ICBRKR. Ms. Ventujol is very passionate about wildlife and nature; and loves scuba diving, hiking, Muay Thai and yoga.
Ms. Ventujol currently holds the Series 7 and 63 registrations with FINRA.
Managing Partner: Jonathan Lawrence
Strategy Focus: Hedge Funds, Private Debt, Direct Deals
Geographic Coverage: North America, Europe, Asia
Jonathan Lawrence | Founder & Managing Partner
Jonathan Lawrence is the Managing Partner and Founder of Tanariva Capital, LLC. Mr. Lawrence specializes his efforts on capital raising for alternative investment managers with a current focus on private credit and other niche strategies.
Prior to launching Tanariva Capital, Mr. Lawrence was a Managing Director for BCW Securities, LLC, a boutique investment banking firm and broker dealer headquartered in Westport, CT, where he engaged in capital raising activities with private offerings. Prior to BCW, Mr. Lawrence served as Portfolio Manager and Co-CIO for Scorevalue (formerly known as Steenman) in New York, NY and Geneva, Switzerland where he managed accounts for approximately thirty family office and ultra high net worth investor clients. Prior to Scorevalue, Mr. Lawrence served as Portfolio Manager and Strategy Head for AUDA in New York, NY where he managed family investment portfolios of the Harald Quandt family, founder and owner of AUDA, and also served on the Investment Management Committee. Prior to AUDA, Mr. Lawrence served as Vice President of Manager Research for Financial Risk Management (FRM) in New York, NY, where he was promoted to head of US-based global equity long-short funds. Prior to FRM, Mr. Lawrence served in senior analyst roles at PBS&J in Sarasota, FL as well as RBC Capital Markets in New York, NY. Mr. Lawrence began his financial career as an associate at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. and Bear Stearns in New York, NY.
In addition to his capital raising activities, Mr. Lawrence is the also the Founder & Managing Principal of Crystal Mountain Group, Inc., a sole proprietorship RIA in New York. Mr. Lawrence also serves as a Senior Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions at American Industrial Acquisition Corporation.
Mr. Lawrence earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in International Studies from The Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Lawrence also earned his Master of Arts degree with Honors in International Economics and Energy, Environment, Science & Technology (EEST) from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Mr. Lawrence co-founded The Johns Hopkins University Discovery Council. He currently holds the Series 7, 63 and 65 registrations with FINRA.. Mr. Lawrence lives in New York.
Managing Partner: Erin Summe
Strategy Focus: Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Impact Focused Funds of Asset Management Firms
Geographic Coverage: North America, Europe, and Africa
Erin Summe | Founder & Managing Partner
Erin Summe is the Founder & Managing Partner at Thandeka Capital Partners. Thandeka Capital Partners is a platform that identifies, partners with, and raises capital for socially and environmentally sustainable investment funds around the world.
Thandeka Capital Partners was launched in 2020 as a natural extension of another company that Erin founded, Thandeka Travel, which is an Africa-based company that connects impact investors directly with local organizations addressing clean energy, healthcare, and education. Through intimate immersions, Thandeka aims to create relationships and dialogues that will allow funders to better understand the needs of a community and what kind of solutions will work within a unique context.
Erin previously spent 5 years at Morgan Stanley as a trader in Equity Derivatives and 3 years in the Cape Town area of South Africa working with a non-profit in HIV prevention.
Erin earned a BA in Economics from Georgetown University, and an MBA in Finance from London Business School. She currently holds her Series 7 & 63 licenses with FINRA.
Managing Partner: Charles Schwartz III
Strategy Focus: Direct Transactions
Geographic Coverage: United States, Europe, Asia
Charles Schwartz III | Founder & Managing Partner
Mr. Schwartz is the founder and Managing Partner of Titanium Capital Group. Mr. Schwartz has developed and executed a variety of unique solutions and structured transactions throughout his 30-year career in derivatives, structured products, and alternative investments.
He started his career in 1985 at Bankers Trust, where he originated foreign currency structured products for the Market Transactions Group. From 1987-1993, he managed the marketing efforts of one of the financial affiliates of AIG. From 1993-1995, he managed the derivatives marketing business at Goldman Sachs for all capital markets clients. From 1996-1998, Mr. Schwartz worked at Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) to manage the Global Strategic Financial Products Group, a cross-product group dedicated to solving client solutions. He re-joined AIG in 1999 to build and manage the structured products business at its hedge fund affiliate, AIG Trading Group, for 4 years until he started Titanium Capital in 2003.
Mr. Schwartz received his BA summa cum laude from Tufts University in 1981, an MA in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University in 1984, and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1985. Mr. Schwartz currently holds the Series 3, 7, 63 and 79 registrations with FINRA.
Managing Partner: Rana Prasad, CAIA
Strategy Focus: Real Estate, Hedge Funds, Private Equity
Geographic Coverage: United States, Europe
Rana Prasad, CAIA | Founder & President
Rana Prasad is Founder and President of Torrey Capital. Mr. Prasad leads Torrey Capital Group’s capital raising efforts on behalf of distinctive managers specializing in real estate and private equity funds. Prior to launching Torrey Capital, Mr. Prasad was an executive at Equastone, a private equity real estate firm, where he focused on building the firm’s relationships with RIAs, family offices, high net worth individuals, and the institutional investment community. Mr. Prasad previously spent years on Wall Street trading equities and also marketing sophisticated, hedged investments and arbitrage strategies to institutional investors. Mr. Prasad has raised over $1 billion in assets during his career.
Prior to working in the financial services industry, Mr. Prasad played a key executive/sales role in an internet start-up company and also worked for Ernst & Young as a management consultant.
Mr. Prasad earned a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Finance and Management. Mr. Prasad is a CAIA charterholder, and is a member of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association. Mr. Prasad serves as a frequent public speaker on the topic of real estate and alternative investments. Currently, Mr. Prasad holds the Series 7, 24, 55, 63, and 79 registrations with FINRA.
Founder and CEO: Ben Harris
Strategy Focus: Real Estate and Opportunistic
Geographic Coverage: North America
Ben Harris | Founder and CEO
Ben has an established track record raising capital from institutional investors, registered investment advisors, family offices and high-net-worth-individuals. In addition to being the Founder & CEO of Uncommon Capital Group, he serves as a Senior Vice President at CRG, a leading national real estate developer.
Prior to CRG, Ben served as Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development at Origin Investments, a Chicago-based real estate investment firm, where he raised more than $350 million of investor capital and expanded the firm’s local footprint to a national one. Before Origin, Ben was one of the first employees at Starwood Retail Partners, a subsidiary of Starwood Capital that is now one of the largest managers of regional malls in the United States.
Ben holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He remains active in the University as a member of the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association and as a mentor in the Wisconsin Real Estate Mentorship Program.
Ben Harris is currently pursuing his Series 7 and Series 63 registrations with FINRA.
Managing Partners: Jesse Schraft, CAIA & Jared Weinryt
Strategy Focus: Private Equity, Private Credit, Real Estate, Hedge Funds, Direct Deals
Geographic Coverage: Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Australia
Jesse Schraft, CAIA | Founder and Managing Member
Jesse Schraft founded Willet Irving, LLC in 2012 to identify alternative investment opportunities on behalf of institutional and family office investment professionals. Mr. Schraft’s primary capacity at Willet Irving is dedicated to originating and introducing quality alternative investment strategies to qualified investors through an approach focused on strategic asset allocation and cross-asset portfolio positioning. Mr. Schraft’s dedicated service to Willet Irving’s clients offers nearly two decades of professional investment experience in the asset management and investment banking arenas.
Mr. Schraft acquired a unique background in multi-asset coverage working for global banks such as Morgan Stanley, BBVA, Macquarie and Lehman Brothers serving capacities in investment analysis, risk management and structuring of optimized portfolio solutions for clients in the private banking, institutional asset management, fortune 500 and project finance sectors. Mr. Schraft maintains a strong reputation amongst the global investment industry as a professional who goes to great lengths to assure his clients’ best interests are always upheld. Willet Irving Alternative Investment Advisors is independently owned and is dedicated to delivery of best-in-class investment solutions through an open architecture platform of portfolio solutions and advisory services.
Mr. Schraft received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business. He is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA™) and holds the Series 7, and Series 63 registrations with FINRA.
Jared Weinryt | Managing Partner
Jared Weinryt is a Managing Partner of Willet Irving, LLC.
A native of Los Angeles, CA, Jared Weinryt has 14 years of experience as an investment banker and a trader. Through his time at Morgan Stanley, Kiley Partners & Bristol Investment Group, Mr. Weinryt has directly facilitated > $1B in transactions.
Mr. Weinryt earned his Bachelor’s of Science from the University of San Francisco, where he also played Division I Soccer. Mr. Weinryt holds the Series 7, Series 63 and SIE licenses with FINRA. He currently lives in New York with his wife and 3 children.
Founder and CEO: Simon Vine, Ph.D.
Strategy Focus: Direct Deals
Geographic Coverage: North America
Simon Vine, Ph.D. | Founder and CEO
Dr. Vine is the Founder and CEO of Yesod Capital LLC. Prior to founding Yesod Capital, Dr. Vine served in various positions for approximately 20 years within Alfa Bank, the top Russian non-state-owned bank. Most recently, Dr. Vine served as Co-Head of the Corporate Investment Bank (CIB) and an Executive Board Member, and prior to this role, Dr. Vine served as a Managing Director and Head of the Fixed Income and Derivatives Department at Alfa Bank.
Prior to Alfa Bank, Dr. Vine served as a Senior Director in charge of derivatives for the Treasury Department within American Express Bank, Ltd. Prior to his role with American Express, Dr. Vine was a hedge fund manager at REFCO, Ltd. Prior to REFCO, Dr. Vine served as a Head of FX and Precious metals Derivatives for UBS, NY and before that as an Options trader in the Options Department within Société Générale Bank.
Dr. Vine earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. He also earned an MBA in Finance with a focus in Accounting and International Banking from Columbia Business School. Dr. Vine also attended various executive training programs at INSEAD. Dr. Vine has published multiple books on finance, including one endorsed by Nassim Taleb. Dr. Vine is currently pursuing the Series 7 and 63 registrations with FINRA.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Affiliate Partner?
An Affiliate Partner is an independently branded capital raising business, strategically partnered with Stonehaven through an independent contractor agreement to receive a wide range of services and support. Affiliate Partners may originate and sell their own products and may also opt in to cross sell into the Firm’s originated product offerings as well as the overall platform’s diverse portfolio of product offerings.
What are the advantages of raising capital on a third party basis over working in-house at an asset management organization?
Functioning on a third party basis enables capital raisers to run an independent business, establish a distinct voice in the marketplace, represent a diversified portfolio of opportunities, identify new opportunities to shift with the marketplace, and establish clearly defined economics for placed capital. These factors facilitate strong relationships with both managers and investors.
Why join a broker dealer as opposed to starting a new broker dealer?
Running a broker dealer compliantly, efficiently and profitably requires significant resources and extensive experience. In addition, the ever-evolving regulatory environment increases the level of complexity that needs to be intelligently managed for even the most seasoned professionals. Beyond all of the strategic benefits of the platform, Stonehaven’s compliance infrastructure enables Affiliate Partners to save time and money on legal resources, avoid hiring additional or ineffective compliance personnel, bypass the need to complete annual audits, leverage the Firm’s strong experience interfacing with regulators, and utilize the Firm’s integrated systems and procedures which are tested and continually evaluated for improvement.
What are the potential advantages of joining Stonehaven’s Affiliate Platform over a non-strategic broker dealer relationship?
Stonehaven’s architecture has been specifically designed for the alternative capital raising industry and is then custom-tailored to each Affiliate Partner group. Affiliate Partners can sell (i) directly sourced mandates as well as (ii) generate additional revenues by cross-selling opportunities across the platform, which represents a significant source of Stonehaven’s activity since inception. Affiliate Partners leverage the industry expertise of Stonehaven’s team to help guide their business models knowing that the Firm is aligned with their success.
How are Affiliate Partners branded in the marketplace?
Affiliate Partners each run their own independently branded businesses which allows them to build differentiated identities in the marketplace, each with a different approach toward product mix and target investor audience. Maintaining different brands allow Affiliate Partners to interface with overlapping investors while keeping distinct direct relationships.
What are some of the regulatory requirements to operating as an Affiliate Partner?
Affiliate Partners must be registered representatives of Stonehaven’s broker dealer with requisite licenses based on the type of activity and level of supervision. All contracts are run through the broker dealer and are subject to approval after legal and due diligence review. Sales activity and transaction closings must be conducted according to defined protocols, tracked and overseen by Stonehaven. All revenues are processed through the broker dealer and paid directly to registered representatives. Continuing education requirements must be met. All outside business activity must be approved and monitored by Stonehaven (note that Stonehaven does not consider any financial activity to be outside business activity). Please note that regulatory requirements can be complex based on the scenario. The aforementioned items are not a complete universe. For more comprehensive information, please contact us directly.
What is the approval process for opportunities sourced by an Affiliate Partner?
Stonehaven conducts comprehensive upfront and ongoing due diligence on all managers on the platform. The Firm consistently strives to be efficient without compromising thoroughness or process. Managers must meet high institutional standards and have a strong reputation in the marketplace.
What role does Stonehaven play in helping structure and negotiate referral agreements with managers sourced by Affiliate Partners?
Stonehaven plays an integral role in assisting Affiliate Partners with structuring and negotiating referral agreements with managers, leveraging extensive experience navigating the negotiation process over scores of agreements. Stonehaven has worked intensively with external counsel to ensure that foundational language in our library of template agreements is comprehensive and fair. Affiliate Partners retain ownership of decision making on final business and economic terms, and Stonehaven ensures that all compliance and other terms are addressed accordingly. This results in a significant reduction in legal expenses for our Affiliate Partners and demonstrates an institutional approach to each prospective external manager.
What payout does an Affiliate Partner receive for producing revenue?
Stonehaven embraces a fair and equitable approach to economics with our Affiliate Partners which are effectively categorized into one of three distinct silos. Payout percentages directly correlate with the amount of value added by the participants in each scenario:
- An Affiliate Partner selling a mandate that they have sourced commands the highest payout percentage.
- An Affiliate Partner selling a mandate sourced by Stonehaven provides a compelling payout by industry standards.
- Two Affiliate Partners cross-market a product where Stonehaven has a fixed percentage and the Affiliate Partners have the flexibility to negotiate their respective economics.
Stonehaven requires a minimum baseline level of revenue for supporting the activity of each Affiliate Partner.
What are the costs associated with operating as an Affiliate Partner?
Affiliate Partners reimburse Stonehaven for costs of regulatory registrations and outside service providers specific to their activity. Typically this is a relatively de minimis amount for items such as state registrations and IT support. Stonehaven has a robust legal template library and helps Affiliate Partners make adjustments to contracts, but occasionally complex legal situations necessitate use of outside legal counsel. Stonehaven provides a baseline level of accounting support as part of being on the platform, and Affiliate Partners can opt into premium accounting services for more robust support and analysis.
How much working capital does an Affiliate Partner need to start a new capital raising venture?
While prospective Affiliate Partners with recurring revenue streams are an ideal fit, Stonehaven knows from experience that some of the best Affiliate Partners start off as new ventures. Prospective Affiliate Partners launching their business should have ample working capital available to build a pipeline, close placements, generate revenue, and allow managers time to make payments after closing their books. For newly launching businesses, Stonehaven believes it is prudent to conservatively assume that it takes approximately a year to start producing material revenues and possibly longer to achieve profitability depending on a variety of factors. The day-to-day cost of running a capital raising business can be variable depending on the approach, but living costs must always be factored in as well. While ramping up can be difficult, the long-term economics of the business can be quite rewarding.
How long does it take to transition an Affiliate Partner onto Stonehaven's platform?
While each on-boarding transition is unique, Stonehaven aims to run a highly systematic process taking between two and six weeks contingent on the head count, number of mandates to onboard, existing registrations in place with FINRA, IT specifications, locales, and other factors related to each prospective Affiliate Partner. Stonehaven takes pride in approaching each transition with comprehensively mapped out timelines, correlating checklists, and delegated task ownership prioritized across the spectrum of items to be addressed from start to finish. Effective management of expectations is critical for all parties, and Stonehaven’s comprehensive on-boarding execution ability facilitates transitions to minimize the impact on revenue generating activities.