Morrison & Foerster beefs up private funds group with new addition


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Law firm Morrison & Foerster has named Zeeshan Ahmedani as a partner for its private funds group. His appointment became effective May 1, 2019.

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LOS ANGELES – (May 16, 2019) – Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm, is pleased to announce that it has elected private funds lawyer Zeeshan Ahmedani to the firm’s partnership, effective May 1, 2019. Mr. Ahmedani, who is based out of Morrison & Foerster’s Los Angeles office, is a partner in the firm’s Private Funds Group. He brings to the partnership extensive global experience in the private funds space, having also practiced in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

Mr. Ahmedani maintains an international practice focused on the organization and establishment of private investment funds in both onshore and offshore jurisdictions, including private equity funds, real estate funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds, distressed debt funds, hybrid funds, and Shari’ah-compliant funds in

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Glasswing recruits McPherron as venture partner


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Glasswing Ventures appointed Meredith McPherron as a venture partner. Her work background includes roles at a variety of companies such as General Mills and Guinness Import Co. She is also an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab.

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BOSTON – May 16, 2019 – Glasswing Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm investing in the next generation of intelligent enterprise and frontier tech startups, today announced the addition of Meredith McPherron as Venture Partner.

Meredith brings strong entrepreneurial, operational, and investing experience, as well as deep domain expertise in go-to-market and product strategy to the Glasswing portfolio. She has held executive brand positions in companies from startups to large enterprises, including Direct Hit Technologies, an early Google competitor, and at General Mills and Guinness Import Co.

Meredith has served as an advisor for several notable startups including Trip Advisor, Salary.com, and Catalyst Online and as a Director for the

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Bertram ups Armstrong to chief compliance officer


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Bertram Capital has promoted Zoey Armstrong to chief compliance officer. Previously, she worked at Blum Capital Partners.

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FOSTER CITY, Calif., May 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Bertram Capital (“Bertram”), a middle market private equity firm headquartered in Foster City, California, today announced the promotion of Zoey Armstrong to Chief Compliance Officer. Ms. Armstrong joined the firm in 2013 and oversees the firm’s legal, compliance and risk management functions.

“I am pleased to announce Zoey’s promotion to Chief Compliance Officer. Under Zoey’s leadership, we have built a robust and scalable compliance program at Bertram,” said Jeff Drazan, Managing Partner. “Zoey has worked seamlessly across our Investment, Business Development and Finance teams to ensure our firm continues to develop and implement the important compliance practices necessary in today’s middle market environment.”

Ms. Armstrong joined Bertram from Blum Capital Partners, L.P., a hedge fund located in San Francisco,

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VC-backed Prevail Therapeutics promotes Dai to CTO


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New York City-based Prevail Therapeutics Inc, a gene therapy company, has promoted Dr. Yong Dai to chief technology officer. Also, the company has named Tim Adams to its board of directors as audit committee chair while Dr. Francois Nader, a member of the board, will expand his role as non-executive chairman. Prevail’s backers include The investors included OrbiMed, Pontifax Fund, RA Capital Management, EcoR1 Capital, Omega Funds, BVF Partners LP, Boxer Capital LLC, Adage Capital Management LP and Alexandria Venture Investments.

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Prevail Therapeutics Inc. (Prevail), a gene therapy company developing AAV-based gene therapies for patients with devastating neurodegenerative diseases, today announced the promotion of Yong Dai, Ph.D., to Chief Technology Officer. In this role, Dr. Dai will lead the Company’s process development and analytical development to establish advanced manufacturing. In addition, the Company has appointed Tim Adams, Chief Financial Officer of ObsEva,

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Periscope Equity promotes Hinkle to principal


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Periscope Equity said May 16 that Eric Hinkle was promoted to principal.

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CHICAGO, IL – May 16, 2019 – Periscope Equity, a Chicago-based private equity firm that invests in lower-middle market technology-enabled business services companies, announced today that Eric Hinkle has been promoted to Principal.

Eric is responsible for identifying and developing theses for new platform opportunities, executing transactions, and working closely with portfolio company management teams to achieve strategic initiatives. He currently serves on the board of Sentrics, an integrated senior living technology platform.

“Eric has been instrumental in the development of our senior living technology platform, Sentrics, completing three acquisitions in the fourth quarter of 2018. He has made significant contributions to the firm and identified attractive investment opportunities within our sector-focused strategy,” said Steve Jarmel, Partner at Periscope Equity. “This promotion is well deserved, and we look forward to Eric continuing to support the firm’s

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Northleaf recruits Sophia Damianou as managing director, EMEA


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Northleaf Capital Partners has hired Sophia Damianou as managing director, business development, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Operating from Northleaf’s London office, Damianou will lead initiatives to develop relationships with institutional investors, consultants and advisors across the EMEA region. Damianou was previously director of marketing and investor relations at CapeView Capital, a U.K. hedge fund manager. Before then, she managed EMEA business development for Mesirow Financial. Toronto-based Northleaf, a global private equity, private credit and infrastructure manager, oversees more than $12 billion in capital commitments.

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TORONTO (May 15, 2019) – Northleaf Capital Partners (Northleaf), a leading global private markets investment firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sophia Damianou as Managing Director, Business Development, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In her new role, Sophia will lead Northleaf’s business development and investor relations activities from the firm’s London office, further developing relationships with institutional

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Pine Brook appoints Kopilak as CFO


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Pine Brook has named Joseph Kopilak as chief financial officer. Kopilak is also chief compliance officer and a partner of the firm.

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NEW YORK – May 15, 2019 – Pine Brook, a New York-based investment firm focused on building businesses in the financial services and energy sectors, announced today that Joseph Kopilak has joined the firm as chief financial officer. He is also the chief compliance officer and a partner of the firm.

“Joe brings 25 years of finance and compliance leadership, and a strong track record of providing valuable fund management and accounting guidance,” said Richard Aube, managing partner of Pine Brook. William Spiegel, managing partner of Pine Brook, added, “We are very pleased to welcome Joe to the Pine Brook team and we’re confident his experience will prove to be a great asset as we continue to provide best-in-class support to our limited partners.”

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TPG healthcare fund CEO to leave, says memo: Reuters


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The chief executive of a $1 billion healthcare fund previously managed by Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj has resigned, an internal memo to employees said.

The departure came after U.S. private equity firm TPG took over management of the healthcare fund last week, renaming it Evercare Healthcare Fund.

Khawar Mann will resign as chief executive of Evercare to pursue new opportunities, the memo said, adding that Andrew Currie will assume leadership of day-to-day activities.

“A search is underway for Khawar’s replacement and you will of course be informed as soon as this key role is confirmed,” it said.

Mann could not be reached for comment.

Abraaj had been the largest buyout fund in the Middle East and North Africa until it collapsed last year in the aftermath of a row with investors, including the Gates Foundation, over the $1 billion healthcare fund.

Last month Abraaj founder Arif Naqvi was

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EA Markets names Onbargi as MD


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EA Markets LLC, an investment bank focused on arranging capital, has appointed Fouad Onbargi as managing director. Previously, he worked at KGS-Alpha.

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NEW YORK (PRWEB) MAY 15, 2019

EA Markets LLC, an independent investment bank focused on arranging capital, announced today the addition of Fouad Onbargi as Managing Director.

Mr. Onbargi brings over twenty years of experience in structured finance with expertise across a broad range of traditional and esoteric asset classes. At EA, he will be responsible for expanding EA’s asset finance advisory activity and developing new client relationships.

Mr. Onbargi previously built the asset-based banking effort at KGS-Alpha and led securitization banking teams at JP Morgan and Barclays Capital. He began his career as a corporate attorney specializing in leveraged leasing, project finance and securitization with White & Case and Sidley Austin.

“Fouad’s securitization domain expertise complements EA’s existing asset financing practice,” commented Reuben Daniels,

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VC-backed Zipari recruits Poling as chief product officer


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Brooklyn, New York-based Zipari, an insurance software startup, has named Mark Poling as chief product officer. Zipari is backed by Vertical Venture Partners.

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BROOKLYN, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Health insurance software startup Zipari is pleased to announce that Mark Poling has joined the company as Chief Product Officer. Poling will oversee the continued development, innovation and management of all Zipari’s health plan solutions.

“Mark has an impressive track record of bringing health technology platforms through rapid periods of growth,” said Mark Nathan, CEO and founder of Zipari. “His addition is important to enhance the work that Zipari is doing to bring payers the consumer engagement products they need to deepen member interactions.”

Poling has more than two decades of experience in the health-tech startup industry. He began his career designing and developing a telemedicine platform for Telemedicine Systems Corp., after which he co-founded Connecture, the first

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General Atlantic taps Spence as special adviser


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General Atlantic has named Michael Spence as a special adviser. Spence is a Nobel Laureate who is currently a professor of economics at New York University.

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm, announced today that world-renowned economist and Nobel Laureate Michael Spence has joined the firm as a Special Advisor.
A recognized expert in macro and micro economic growth, Dr. Spence serves a co-chair with Joseph Stiglitz of the Commission on Global Economic Transformation; is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; a member of the Advisory Board and Co-Chair of the Asia Global Institute in Hong Kong; and is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is also currently a professor of economics at New York University.

Dr. Spence’s specific areas of interest include economic policy in emerging markets and the impact of leadership on economic

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Parente joins General Atlantic as chairman of Brazil


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General Atlantic said May 15 that Pedro Parente will join the firm as chairman of Brazil, as of June 18. Parente is currently the chairman and CEO of food company BRF.

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General Atlantic Appoints Pedro Parente as Chairman of Brazil

São Paulo – May 15, 2019 – General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm, announced today that Pedro Parente will join the firm as Chairman of Brazil, as of June 18, 2019.

 

In this newly created advisory role, Mr. Parente will work closely with General Atlantic’s Latin American investment team to support its portfolio companies in the country to scale and grow both regionally and internationally.  General Atlantic has made 18 investments in Latin America in 12 years in companies in its core sectors of technology, consumer, healthcare and financial services.

 

“Pedro is a proven, globally-oriented leader with a track record of

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Spence joins General Atlantic


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Michael Spence, a renowned economist and Nobel Laureate, has joined General Atlantic as a special adviser. Dr. Spence, currently a professor of economics at New York University, is an expert in macro and micro economic growth.

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm, announced today that world-renowned economist and Nobel Laureate Michael Spence has joined the firm as a Special Advisor.

A recognized expert in macro and micro economic growth, Dr. Spence serves a co-chair with Joseph Stiglitz of the Commission on Global Economic Transformation; is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; a member of the Advisory Board and Co-Chair of the Asia Global Institute in Hong Kong; and is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is also currently a professor of economics at New York University.

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Bertram promotes Ono to CFO


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Bertram Capital has promoted Ivy Ono to chief financial officer. Previously, Ono was the controller at Bertram. Also, Ingrid Swenson, a partner and managing director, will retire, effective June 3, 2019.

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FOSTER CITY, Calif., May 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Bertram Capital (“Bertram”), a middle market private equity firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of Ivy Ono to Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Ono, previously the Controller at Bertram, has been with the firm for more than 10 years. Bertram also announced today the retirement of Partner and Managing Director Ingrid Swenson, effective June 3, 2019. Ms. Swenson served as both Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for the firm.

“I am pleased to announce Ivy Ono’s well-deserved promotion to Chief Financial Officer,” said Jeff Drazan, Managing Partner at Bertram Capital. “Ivy has been an integral contributor to building out our Finance and Administration function and

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Early-stage VC Defy adds Brian Rothenberg as partner


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Early-stage investor Defy Partners, which recently raised $262 million for its second fund, has tapped former Eventbrite exec Brian Rothenberg as a partner. He joins Co-Founders and Managing Directors Neil Sequeira and Trae Vassallo, who launched the firm in late 2017.

Rothenberg spent six years with Eventbrite and before that co-founded SkillSlate, a venture-backed local services marketplace that TaskRabbit acquired. He said he was also an adviser and an investor through First Round Capital’s Angel Track & Expert Network, Sequoia Capital’s Scout program, and Y Combinator’s Growth Council.

 

Wynnchurch beefs up advisory board with new addition


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Wynnchurch Capital has added retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Joe Anderson to its executive advisory board. Previously, Anderson was the deputy chief of staff operations, plans and training for the Army.

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ROSEMONT, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wynnchurch Capital, a leading middle-market private equity firm, is pleased to announce that retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Joe Anderson has joined its Executive Advisory Board. Anderson was most recently the Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, Plans and Training for the Department of the Army. His most recent assignments were as Commanding General XVIII Airborne Corps and Commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command and Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan.

Anderson’s career with the U.S. Army spans over 38 years and includes leadership roles throughout the World. He has been afforded many unique professional experiences, and has commanded units from platoon to corps. Command assignments include: C

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PE-backed Marketron appoints CEO and adds SVP to team


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Hailey, Idaho-based Marketron, a provider of enterprise revenue management and digital software solutions, has named Jim Howard as CEO and Jimshade Chaudhari as senior vice president, product. Howard is an ex-operating partner at Diversis Capital while Chaudhari worked at Sling TV. Marketron is owned by Diversis Capital.

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SUN VALLEY, Idaho–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Marketron, the media industry’s leading provider of enterprise revenue management and digital software solutions, today announced two key appointments to its executive team. Jim Howard takes the helm as Chief Executive Officer and Jimshade Chaudhari has been chosen as Senior Vice President, Product.

“Radio is at a pivotal moment in its transition to incorporate digital into the advertising mix. I believe very firmly that Marketron will play a central role in transforming our industry,” said Jim Howard. “Marketron is already the key software partner for 65% of the industry and through our investment in digital innovation, we’re

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PE-backed Opus Agency appoints chief creative officer


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Opus Agency, a marketing adviser to brands, has named John Trinanes as chief creative officer. Prior to joining Opus, Trinanes was senior vice president of creative at George P. Johnson. Opus Agency is a portfolio company of Growth Catalyst Partners.

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PORTLAND, Ore., May 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Opus Agency announced today the addition of John Trinanes, accomplished experiential executive, as the agency’s Chief Creative Officer. Trinanes will lead and build Opus Creative Studios to serve all creative needs of the agency’s clients.

Trinanes comes to Opus after more than 20 years in the experiential and advertising industry crafting creative vision for leading brands including Under Armour, Pepsi, Jeep, MINI, and Bud Light. In addition to his innovative client work, Trinanes played an integral role in the building of diverse, highly effective creative teams.

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Forge recruits Carrier as digital assets SVP


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Forge Global, a fintech company, has named Michael Carrier as senior vice president of digital assets. Carrier is the former CTO of IRA Services. Forge’s backers include Tim Draper, Peter Thiel, FT Partners and Munich Re.

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SAN FRANCISCO, May 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Forge Global Inc. (Forge), the leading fintech institution that enables an entirely new and alternative approach to financial liquidity, today announced that Michael Carrier is joining the company as SVP of Digital Assets.

“Michael is a veteran CTO, tech startup founder and executive leader,” said Kelly Rodriques, CEO of Forge, whose proprietary platform connects the right investors to the right unicorn companies in the private markets. “As Forge continues to scale our business in the private markets, we’re pursuing innovation that recognizes the potential impact that digital assets — from tokenization to alternative assets— will have in the space. Michael’s unique experience at the

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Tensen joins Pamplona Capital Management


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Pamplona Capital Management said May 13 that Olaf Tensen has joined the firm as a country partner for Benelux. Tensen was previously a partner at AAC Capital for 16 years.

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Pamplona Capital appoints Olaf Tensen as Country Partner for Benelux

13 May 2019

London/New York – Pamplona Capital Management (“Pamplona”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Olaf Tensen to the newly created role of Country Partner for Benelux. In this new position, Olaf, along with the Pamplona Capital team, will drive new investment opportunities and subsequent value creation in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg.

Olaf was previously a Partner at AAC Capital for 16 years, specialising in mid-market buyouts in Benelux with a focus on growth acceleration. He brings a wealth of experience in origination, marketing, deal execution, value creation and portfolio management, and has worked across a broad spectrum of businesses in the consumer, industrial and

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