Business is a Team Sport.

Searchlight is a single team operating seamlessly across North America and Europe, composed of experienced professionals who are united in their pursuit of excellence and passion for creative problem solving.

We believe diversity of ideas is a prerequisite to making great investments, which is why we value a diverse team of professionals at Searchlight.

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Founding Partners.

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Eric Zinterhofer

Founding Partner

Mr. Zinterhofer is a Founding Partner of Searchlight. He serves on the Investment Committee, Operating Committee and Valuation Committee, and is jointly responsible for overseeing the Firm’s activities with the two other Founding Partners. He serves on the portfolio company boards of Searchlight including Care Advantage, Hemisphere, Liberty Latin America, and TelevisaUnivision, and serves as Lead Independent Director on the board of Charter Communications. Previously, Mr. Zinterhofer served on the portfolio company boards of Searchlight including Electric Lightwave, General Communications, Inc., Global Eagle, Octave, Roots, and Ziply Fiber. Prior to co-founding Searchlight, he was a senior partner at Apollo Management in New York. Mr. Zinterhofer received a BA in both honors economics and European history, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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Erol Uzumeri

Founding Partner

Mr. Uzumeri is a Founding Partner of Searchlight. He serves on the Investment Committee, Operating Committee and Valuation Committee, and is jointly responsible for overseeing the Firm’s activities with the two other Founding Partners. He serves on the portfolio company boards of Searchlight including Mitel and Roots and previously served as Chairman of the board of M&M Food Market. Prior to co-founding Searchlight, Mr. Uzumeri was the Head of Private Equity at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (“OTPP”). He was responsible for approximately $15 billion in invested and committed capital and 50 investment professionals with offices in Toronto, London and New York. He served as Chairman of the Private Equity Investment, Underwriting and Portfolio Management committees within OTPP. Previously, he was a vice president at CVC International in London where he evaluated, structured and executed a number of private equity investments. Mr. Uzumeri received a BASc in honors industrial engineering from the University of Toronto and an MSc in finance from the London Business School.

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Oliver Haarmann

Founding Partner

Mr. Haarmann is a Founding Partner of Searchlight. He serves on the Investment Committee, Operating Committee and Valuation Committee, and is jointly responsible for overseeing the Firm’s activities with the two other Founding Partners. He serves on a number of current and prior portfolio company boards of Searchlight including EOLO, Global Risk Partners (“GRP”), Ocean Outdoor, Opus, among others. Prior to co-founding Searchlight, Mr. Haarmann was a senior partner at KKR & Co L.P. (“KKR”) in London. He helped build KKR’s European business from a start-up into one of Europe’s leading private equity firms. He received a BA in both international relations and history from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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New York

Riju Agrawal

Principal

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2020, Mr. Agrawal was an associate in the private equity group at Blackstone in New York. Previously, he was an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Agrawal is currently a member of the board of Care Advantage. Mr. Agrawal received a BS from Harvard College, an MBA from Harvard Business School and a MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. 

Marc Anastasiu

Associate New York

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2022, Mr. Anastasiu was an investment banking analyst in the restructuring group at Greenhill & Co. in New York. Mr. Anastasiu received a BBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. 

David Antunes

Principal London

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2022, Mr. Antunes worked at Houlihan Lokey in London, where he was part of the Financial Restructuring group. Prior to that, he worked at Oxy Capital in Lisbon and DGF Investimentos in Sao Paulo. Mr. Antunes received a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from the Nova School of Business and Economics and received an MBA from INSEAD.

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London

Alexander Ardies

Principal

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2018, Mr. Ardies was an investment banking analyst in the financial sponsors group at Credit Suisse in London. Mr. Ardies received a MSc from KU Leuven and a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

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Miami

Timothy Austin

Partner

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2011, Mr. Austin was an investment banking associate in the mergers and acquisitions group at Morgan Stanley in New York. He began his career in the restructuring group at Rothschild in New York. Mr. Austin is currently a member of the board of Ziply Fiber. Mr. Austin received a BA from Bates College. 

Mircea Barcan

Associate New York

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2022, Mr. Barcan was an investment banking analyst at Moelis & Company in New York. Mr. Barcan received a BCom from Queen’s University. 

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Miami

Alejandro Batista

Managing Director

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Mr. Batista was a vice president in the infrastructure investing group at Goldman Sachs in New York. Mr. Batista received a BS in Finance and Accounting from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University

Ole Bick

Associate London

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2021, Mr. Bick was an investment banking analyst in the natural resources group at J.P. Morgan in London. Mr. Bick received a BSc from the EBS University of Business and Law and a Master in Management from the IE Business School. 

Nicola Bonicelli

Associate London

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Mr. Bonicelli was an associate in the Distressed and Special Situations group at Bain Capital in London. He previously worked at PJT Partners as an analyst in the M&A and RSSG group. Mr. Bonicelli received a BSc from University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and a Master in Management from ESCP Europe Business School.

Ben Brockman

Associate New York

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Mr. Brockman worked as a private equity associate at M|C Partners in Boston. Mr. Brockman received a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business.

Grant Brown

Associate New York

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Mr. Brown was an investment banking analyst at Barclays in New York. Mr. Brown received a BA from Vanderbilt University.

Sachal Butt

Manager,
Corporate Accounting Toronto

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Mr. Butt worked as a Manager in Financial Reporting & Analysis at BMO Financial Group in Toronto. Prior to that, Mr. Butt worked in the assurance practice at EY Toronto. Mr. Butt received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting at Oxford Brookes University. He is a Canadian CPA and an ACCA (UK).

Lydia Cambridge

Associate London

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Ms. Cambridge was an investment banking associate in the UK team at Perella Weinberg. Ms. Cambridge received a MSc in Financial Analysis from London Business School and a BSc in Economics from the University of York.

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London

Thomas de Canniere

Managing Director

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2019, Mr. de Canniere was a senior associate at Blackstone in London. He began his career as an investment banking analyst in the TMT group at J.P. Morgan in London. Mr. de Canniere received a BSc and an MSc from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. 

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New York

Stephen Carroll

Principal

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2019, Mr. Carroll was an associate at Pine Brook Partners in New York. Previously, he was an investment banking analyst at Barclays. Mr. Carroll received a BS and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

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London

Owen Cartier

Managing Director, Value Creation

Mr. Cartier leads Searchlight’s value creation effort in Europe. Prior to joining Searchlight in 2021, Mr. Cartier was a partner at Bain & Company for 14 years across the London, Madrid, Amsterdam and Copenhagen offices. During his time at Bain, he worked on both private equity and listed companies on strategy, end to end execution of radical transformations, mergers/carve-outs and due diligence. Mr. Cartier is currently serving on the board of Flowbird Group. Mr. Cartier received an MEng from the University of Bristol and an MBA from Columbia Business School. 

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Miami

Luis Castillo

Principal

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Mr. Castillo worked as a principal at Metric Capital Partners in Madrid. He previously worked in investment banking at Deutsche Bank in London and Madrid. Mr. Castillo received his BA from CUNEF Business School in Madrid.

Elizabeth Chambers

Operating Partner

Prior to working with Searchlight, Ms. Chambers served as EVP, Chief Strategy, Product and Marketing Officer for Western Union. Previous roles included serving as Chief Marketing Officer at Barclays and Barclaycard, also leading its co-branded cards business in the UK, and C-level marketing and strategy roles with Bank of America, Freshfields and Reader’s Digest. She is a former Partner in the Financial Institutions and Organization practices at McKinsey & Company, Inc. Ms. Chambers is currently as an independent director on the boards of Wise plc, TSB Bank plc, Vanquis Banking Group plc, Currensea, and Evelyn Partners.  In connection with her Searchlight role, she serves on the board of Sightline Payments.  With financial services as a career-long focus, she built an extensive strategy and product development track record (including leadership of teams that drove the development of contactless and mobile payments over the last two decades) and has advised some of the world’s leading global technology and e-commerce companies on their payments strategies. Ms. Chambers received an AB in Economics and Political Science from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

Nicole Chan

Senior Accountant,
Funds Toronto

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Ms. Chan worked as an assistant manager at FTLife Insurance Company Limited in Hong Kong. Before that, she worked as a senior accountant at Ernst & Young. Ms. Chan received her BBA at City University of Hong Kong.

Cassie Chen

Principal London

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2022, Ms. Chen worked as an Investment Manager at Rivean Capital (fka Gilde Buy Out Partners) in Frankfurt. Prior to that, she worked at Moelis & Company in Frankfurt where she was part of the M&A team. Ms. Chen received a MSc from the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management and a BA from Fudan University. 

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Toronto

Scott Chester

Vice President,
Finance

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Mr. Chester worked as a Senior Director at Wealthsimple, after previous roles at firms including MNP and Stern Cohen. Mr. Chester received a BComm from McMaster University. He is a Canadian CPA, CA.

Arnold Chin

Senior Accountant Toronto

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2024, Mr. Chin worked as an Associate at The Blackstone Group. Mr. Chin received a BComm from the University of Toronto.

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New York

Aneesh Chona

Principal

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Mr. Chona was a Principal at Perry Creek Capital, where he focused on distressed debt, private equity, and public equity investments. Previously, Mr. Chona was an Associate at MHR Fund Management, where he focused on activist equity and control distressed debt opportunities. He began his career as an Analyst at Bain Capital in the Distressed & Special Situations group. Mr. Chona graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Economics from The Wharton School and a BA in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania as part of the Vagelos Program in Life Sciences & Management.

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New York

Steven Colder

Partner

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2017, Mr. Colder worked at Strategic Value Partners, where he served as a Director and led North American Industrial Research for the firm’s investment funds. Prior to Strategic Value Partners, Mr. Colder worked at Ewing Management Group, where he oversaw the firm’s private equity investment team focused on turnaround and special situation control investments. Prior to Ewing, he worked at Aurora Capital Group, where he focused on buyouts and recapitalizations of middle market industrial companies. Mr. Colder began his career at Bowles Hollowell Conner & Co. in Charlotte in 1997. He received a BBA, summa cum laude, from James Madison University.

Niamh Coote

Associate, Value Creation London

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Ms. Coote worked as an Associate at Highland Europe and as a Consultant at Bain & Company. Ms. Coote received a BA from Oxford University.

Kallie Coughlin

Associate,
Human Resources New York

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Ms. Coughlin worked as an Associate Sales Relationship Manager at MarketAxess. Ms. Coughlin received a BA in Human and Organizational Studies from Bucknell University.

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Miami

Christopher Cruz

Partner

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2010, Mr. Cruz was an associate at Oaktree Capital Management, where he was part of the global principal control investing strategy focused on distressed debt for control and private equity investments. He began his career as an investment banking analyst in the leveraged finance and restructuring advisory group at UBS in San Francisco. Mr. Cruz serves on various portfolio company boards. Mr. Cruz received an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. 

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London

François Dekker

Partner

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2011, Mr. Dekker was a principal at Bain Capital in London, where he focused on investments in the consumer, services and industrial sectors. He began his career as an investment banking analyst in the mergers and acquisitions group at Morgan Stanley in London. Mr. Dekker serves on various portfolio company boards. Mr. Dekker received an MSc in business administration and economics from the University of St. Gallen. 

Rahul Dhillon

Desktop Support, IT London

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2021, Mr. Dhillon was in a Senior Executive IT Support role at Aviva in London. Previously, he worked in the Department for Exiting the European Union and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service in IT roles.

Gonzalo Diaz-Rato

Senior Advisor

Prior to working with Searchlight, Mr. Diaz-Rato was a Partner at Gala Fund Management and a Founder of Suala Capital Partners, both Spain-focused private equity funds. Prior to that, he was responsible for Credit Suisse First Boston’s corporate finance activities in Spain. Mr. Diaz-Rato received a BA and BSc from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

Damian Difazio

Senior Accountant New York

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2022, Mr. Difazio worked as a Staff Accountant at Ernst & Young. Mr. Difazio received a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University.

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Toronto

David Folek

Manager, Tax

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2021, Mr. Folek worked as a Senior Associate in the US tax practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Previously, Mr. Folek worked as a US tax specialist at KPMG. Mr. Folek received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University.

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New York

Andrew Frey

Partner

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2011, Mr. Frey was a managing principal at Quadrangle Group in New York, where he focused on investments in the telecommunications and technology sectors. Previously, he held positions at TPG Capital in London and Blackstone in New York. He began his career as an investment banking analyst in the media and communications group at Lehman Brothers in New York. Mr. Frey serves on various portfolio company boards. Mr. Frey received a BS in finance and BAS in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Dave Fuller

Operating Partner

Prior to working with Searchlight, Mr. Fuller was President of Rogers Wireless, the largest mobility carrier in Canada. Previous to this, Mr. Fuller spent 15 years with TELUS Communications, where he held a number of executive roles, including Chief Marketing Officer and SVP of Business Solutions Marketing. For the last 5 years he was with TELUS, Mr. Fuller was the President and EVP of TELUS Consumer and Small Business Solutions where he led a team of just under 14,000 team members across Canada who generated more than $8 billion in recurring revenue annually from over 11 million customers. Prior to his time with TELUS, Mr. Fuller spent almost 15 years in the management consulting business working globally with clients across multiple different industries. He currently serves as member of the boards of Mitel Networks, Consolidated Communications, Ziply Fiber, Great-West Lifeco, and Canada Life. Mr. Fuller received a BASc in engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University. 

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New York

Darren Glatt

Partner

Mr. Glatt brings considerable principal investing experience in technology, media and telecommunications (“TMT”) investing. He invested over $6 billion across 18 TMT investments during his career. Prior to joining Searchlight in 2013, Mr. Glatt was a partner in the private equity group at Apollo, where he focused on both equity and credit investing in a range of industries that included TMT, consumer, leisure and shipping. Mr. Glatt serves on various portfolio company boards. Previously, Mr. Glatt held positions at Bear Stearns, Apax Partners and The Cypress Group. He received a BS from The George Washington University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

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New York

Amanda Good

Partner,
Head of Value Creation

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2021, Ms. Good was a partner at Hg, where she led the portfolio and operations team of over 30 executives. While at Hg, Ms. Good was also an active member of the Operating Committee and chaired the Portfolio Review Committee. Previously, Ms. Good was a partner at Bain & Company. During her career at Bain, she worked in both the London and San Francisco offices, with a focus on technology and private equity clients during both the diligence and post-acquisition stages. Ms. Good is currently serving on the boards of Care Advantage and IPS. Ms. Good received a BA in economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. 

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Toronto

Lina Gospodinova

Controller, Corporate

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2011, Ms. Gospodinova worked as a Business Analyst at Vale in Toronto. She started her career at KPMG in Bulgaria. Ms. Gospodinova received a BA from the Sofia University and is a U.K. ACCA and a Canadian CPA, CGA.

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Miami

Marina Greene

Managing Director,
Investor Relations

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2019, Ms. Greene was the Head of Marketing and Investor Relations at Varagon Capital Partners. Previously, she was a managing director at BlackRock, where she raised capital for hedge fund and private credit offerings and a director at Anchorage Capital Group, where she managed the firm’s relationships with a range of domestic and foreign institutional investors, including pension plans, endowments, foundations and sovereign wealth funds. She received a BCom from McGill University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. 

Katie Grier

Associate, Investor Relations New York

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2020, Ms. Grier was a senior analyst at Citigroup in New York, where she focused on structured products in the capital markets team. Ms. Grier received a BBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. 

Brian Hampton

Associate New York

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2022, Mr. Hampton worked as an investment banking analyst at Moelis & Company in New York. Mr. Hampton received a BBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. 

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Miami

Tom Hendrick

Partner

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2016, Mr. Hendrick led U.S. origination and trading and focused on Wall Street intermediaries, banks and other financial institutions at Strategic Value Partners. He was also an assistant portfolio manager on the Strategic Value Credit Opportunities Fund. Previously, Mr. Hendrick co-founded the bank loan trading desk at DLJ (later Credit Suisse) in New York and held positions on the trading desks at Citibank and Merrill Lynch. He began his career at Continental Bank in Chicago. Mr. Hendrick received a BS from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Indiana University. 

Spencer Henry

Associate Miami

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Mr. Henry was a private equity associate at Goldman Sachs in New York, where he focused on investments in the financial and information services sectors. Previously, Mr. Henry was an investment banking analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at Goldman Sachs in New York. Mr. Henry received a BS in Finance from Pennsylvania State University.

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New York

Saimir Hoxha

Vice President, IT

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2019, Mr. Hoxha worked as a consultant at Cornerstone Capital Management. He started his career at Columbia University as a Desktop Support Specialist. Mr. Hoxha received a BS from New York City College of Technology.

Charles Ingham

Associate London

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2024, Mr. Ingham worked as an Investment Banking Associate at Evercore in the restructuring group and before that, as an Analyst at DC Advisory. Mr. Ingham received a MEng in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London.

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New York

Deeksha Iyer

Principal, Investor Relations

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2019, Ms. Iyer was an associate director at UBS in the private funds group, where she focused on capital raising of private equity funds as well as secondary transactions. Ms. Iyer received a BA from Colby College. 

Aditya Joshi

Vice President,
Funds New York

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Mr. Joshi worked as a Controller at Hein Park Capital Management, Mubadala Capital, Stelliam Investment Management, PDT Partners, and Archer Capital Management. He began his career as an Associate at PwC. Mr. Joshi received his BSc from Rutgers University. He is an American CPA.

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New York

Lucas Joynt

Managing Director

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2021, Mr. Joynt worked at Macquarie Capital in New York where he was an investment professional in the Principal Finance group. He has 13 years of experience at Macquarie across three investment strategies: growth equity, capital solutions and special situations, and held positions in New York, Hong Kong and Sydney. Mr. Joynt received a Bachelor of Economics and Law Degree from the University of Western Australia.

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Toronto

Karan Kapoor

Controller, Funds

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2024, Mr. Kapoor worked as a Fund Controller at Nephila Capital Ltd., overseeing several insurance-linked securities (ILS) investment funds. Prior to that, he held the position of a Manager in the Business Analysis and Transformation Department and an Assistant Manager in the Corporate Finance Department at KPMG. His career commenced as an Audit Executive in the investment funds' auditing division at KPMG. Mr. Kapoor obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Delhi University. He is a CFA and also a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA).

Elif Kara

Associate London

Prior to Searchlight, Ms. Kara worked at KKR’s Credit and Markets team. Previously, she worked as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs. Ms. Kara received a BSc in International Economics, Management and Finance from Bocconi University and a MSc in Managerial and Financial Economics from HEC Paris.

Joe Kersanac

Associate Miami

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Mr. Kersanac was an investment banking analyst at RBC Capital Markets in New York. Mr. Kersanac received a BS in Business Administration, Finance, as well as a Master of Science in Finance, both from the University of Florida.

Rishi Khandheria

Associate New York

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2021, Mr. Khandheria was an investment banking analyst in the global transportation and infrastructure group at Morgan Stanley in New York. Mr. Khandheria received a BSc from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. 

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New York

Sheila Kim

Principal, Investor Relations

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2021, Ms. Kim was a senior associate at Wafra in New York, where she focused on investor relations and business development efforts. Previously, she held positions at QVT Financial and Hellman & Friedman in New York and San Francisco, respectively. She began her career as an investment banking analyst at Citigroup in San Francisco. Ms. Kim received a BS from the Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California. 

David Klein

Operating Partner

Dr. Klein is a practicing critical care physician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and professor at the University of Toronto. He has served as Executive in Residence at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and is an active researcher, administrative leader, teacher and international lecturer. He began his business career at McKinsey & Company, Inc. in 2000 and has also previously acted as a consultant to various investment firms and board member for several healthcare companies led to successful exit. Dr. Klein received a BSc from the University of Western Ontario, a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management. 

Peer Knauer

Senior Advisor

Prior to working with Searchlight, Mr. Knauer spent more than 20 years in various roles in the telecom and media industries. Mr. Knauer is founder of Tropolys, later Versatel. He served as CEO of the company and its predecessor entities from 1997 to 2009 and as Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Board from 2010 to 2014, until its sale to United Internet. While at Versatel, Mr. Knauer transformed the company from a regional CLEC to a nationwide fiber-based service provider for corporates and consumers. Additionally, he was President of Breko Federal Association of Broadband Communication from 2004 to 2008 and President of VATM Association of Alternative Telecom Providers from 2013 to 2014. Prior to Versatel, Mr. Knauer built a telecommunication hardware business which he sold to Deutsche Telekom in 1996. Mr. Knauer is currently invested in and Chairman of the Advisory Boards of Deutsche Glasfaser and Globalways. Mr. Knauer served on the boards of WMF, Pepcom and Blohm+Voss. Mr. Knauer received a degree in Business Administration (Dipl-Kfm.) from the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster. 

Arnaud Köllmann

Associate London

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Mr. Köllmann was an investment banking associate at Moelis in London where he was part of the M&A team. Mr. Köllmann received a BSc in Industrial Engineering and Management at Avans University and a MSc in Finance and Investments from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

Akshatha Kondalakadu

Senior Tax Accountant Toronto

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Mrs. Kondalakadu worked as a Senior Associate in the US tax practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Previously, she worked as a Tax Senior at BDO Rise Private Limited and Ernst & Young. Mrs. Kondalakadu received a Master of Business Administration from Visvesvaraya Technological University, Karnataka.

Neil Kumar

Associate New York

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Mr. Kumar worked as an investment analyst at Mudrick Capital Management in New York. Previously, he was an investment banking analyst at Centerview Partners. Mr. Kumar received his BS from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.

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Toronto

Nancy Kwun

Senior Vice President, Tax

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2016, Ms. Kwun worked as the Tax Director for Direct Investments in the Americas for a large pension plan in Toronto after having served as Tax Director for Global Real Estate Investments. Previously, Ms. Kwun held several positions with PricewaterhouseCoopers, most recently serving as Senior Tax Manager in their international tax group. Ms. Kwun received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto. Ms. Kwun is a Canadian CPA, CA.

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London

Jonathan Laloum

Managing Director

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2014, Mr. Laloum was an investment banking associate in the leveraged finance group at Deutsche Bank in London. Mr. Laloum is currently a member of the boards of Ardent Hire Solutions and Opus Group. He received an MA from the EDHEC Business School. 

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Toronto

Allen Lo

Vice President, Funds

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2015, Mr. Lo worked as the Controller of the Structured Credit group within the Finance team at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Toronto, after having previously served as an Executive Director in the Finance Policy group. Prior to CIBC, he served as Manager, Investment Accounting with the OPSEU Pension Trust overseeing their complete investment portfolio. Mr. Lo started his career in 1997 at KPMG in Toronto where he ultimately became a Manager in the Audit and Assurance group. Mr. Lo received a BA and MAcc from the University of Waterloo. He is a Canadian CPA, CA and CFA.

Linshia Luan 

Principal New York

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2021, Ms. Luan was an associate in the mezzanine group at Crescent Capital Group in Los Angeles. Ms. Luan received a BS from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Nadia Luchiari

Associate,
Legal & Compliance Toronto

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2020, Ms. Luchiari worked as Legal Manager for Corporate and Compliance Affairs at Construtora Tenda S.A. Prior to that, she worked at TOTVS S.A, Mattos Filho Advogados, Machado Associates and Ernst & Young. Ms. Luchiari received an LL.M. from King’s College London and a BA from Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Campinas.

Kevin Ma

Associate New York

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Mr. Ma was an investment banking analyst at Barclays in California. Mr. Ma received a BA from Amherst College.

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New York

Richard Maass

Managing Director,
Investor Relations

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2016, Mr. Maass was an associate at Riverstone Holdings in New York, where he focused on investments in the energy industry. He began his career as a mergers and acquisitions investment banking analyst at Lazard in New York. Mr. Maass received a BA from Hamilton College. 

Alexander MacDonald

Senior Accountant,
Funds Toronto

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Mr. MacDonald worked as a Senior Associate at Newlook Capital in Burlington. Prior to this, Mr. MacDonald worked as a Senior Accountant at Grant Thornton. Mr. MacDonald received a BCom from Dalhousie University and a graduate diploma from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Jeremy Mai

Senior Accountant,
Funds Toronto

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2022, Mr. Mai worked as a Senior Associate, Audit & Assurance at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Mai received his Masters of Accounting at University of Waterloo.

Joseph Manchia

Associate New York

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Mr. Manchia was an investment banking associate at Evercore in New York. Mr. Manchia received a BCom in Finance and Economics from the University of Toronto.

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London

Giles Marshall

Partner

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2020, Mr. Marshall was a director at Bregal Freshstream, where he focused on investments in the industrials, business services, healthcare, consumer and financial services sectors. Previously, he was an investment manager at Bregal Capital and an associate director at UBS Investment Bank. Mr. Marshall received a BA from the University of Durham. 

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London

Andrin Marugg

Principal

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2019, Mr. Marugg worked at Goldman Sachs in London, where he was part of the Distressed Credit team. Mr. Marugg received a BA and MA from the University of St. Gallen.

Gordon McCallum

Senior Advisor

Prior to working with Searchlight, Mr. McCallum held various senior positions at the Virgin Group over a 26 year period. While at Virgin, Mr. McCallum was responsible for the creation and development of the Media/Telecoms and Financial Services businesses. He also served on the boards of numerous Virgin companies and led the Group's strategic development from 1998 to 2012. Prior to joining the Virgin Group, Mr. McCallum was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, Inc.  Mr. McCallum was a Searchlight-appointed Director of GRP Limited from 2020 to 2022. Additionally, he serves as a Non-Executive Director of various companies in the Swire Group in the U.K. and Hong Kong. Mr. McCallum received an MA from Oxford University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kyle Nicholson 

Associate New York

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2021, Mr. Nicholson was an investment banking analyst in the global media and telecommunications group at Citigroup in New York. Mr. Nicholson received a BS in finance and a BA in statistics from the University of Virginia. 

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Toronto

Nadir Nurmohamed

Partner,
General Counsel, CCO

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2014, Mr. Nurmohamed was an associate at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt in Toronto, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions. Previously, he was an associate in the mergers and acquisitions group at Shearman & Sterling in New York. Mr. Nurmohamed received a BA from McGill University and a JD from the University of Toronto. He has been admitted to the Ontario and New York Bar. 

Stephen Nuttall

Senior Advisor

Mr. Nuttall has over thirty years of experience working as an executive, consultant and non-executive director in the sports, media and digital industries, including senior roles at Sky and Google/YouTube. Notably, along with his position at Searchlight, he is the Managing Director for Production & Media Rights at the America’s Cup and a Member of Ofcom’s Content Board. Mr. Nuttall has an MBA from SDA Bocconi in Milan, a degree in Applied Physics from the University of Nottingham and is Deputy Chair of the British Science Association. 

Luke O'Neill

Senior Accountant,
Funds Toronto

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2024, Mr. O’Neill worked as a senior accountant at Ernst & Young. Mr. O'Neill received a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Accounting from the Schulich School of Business. Mr. O’Neill is a Canadian CPA.

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New York

Ajit Pai

Partner

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2021, Mr. Pai was the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), which he led from 2017 until 2021. During his tenure as Chairman, he implemented major initiatives to help close the digital divide; advance U.S. leadership in 5G, Open Radio Access Networks, Wi-Fi 6, and other wireless technologies; promote innovation; protect consumers, public safety, and national security; and make the agency itself more open, transparent, and data driven. Mr. Pai first joined the FCC as a Commissioner in 2012. Before becoming Commissioner, Mr. Pai served in various positions of increasing responsibility at the FCC, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Senate. Previously, he was a partner at Jenner & Block and served as in-house counsel at Verizon. Mr. Pai serves on various portfolio company boards. Mr. Pai received an AB, with honors, from Harvard University and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School. 

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New York

Kiley Paliotta

Principal,
Human Resources

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Ms. Paliotta worked as a Senior Manager in the People Advisory Services practice at Ernst & Young, advising clients in the Financial Services sector. Ms. Paliotta received a Bachelor of Science in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University. 

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Toronto

Crystal Pang

Manager,
Fund Accounting

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2019, Ms. Pang worked as a Senior Associate, Assurance at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Toronto. Prior to this, Ms. Pang worked as a Financial Analyst at Barrick Gold Corporation and DBRS Limited in Toronto. Ms. Pang received a BAFM and a MAcc from the University of Waterloo.

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New York

Kelly Prince

Head of Human Resources

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2022, Ms. Prince was the Global Head of Human Resources at Waterfall Asset Management. Previously, Ms. Prince was part of the Human Capital team at Apollo Global Management. Before Apollo, Ms. Prince worked as the Head of Learning and Development at First Eagle Investment Management. She began her career at Jennison Associates where she had various Human Resources responsibilities including oversight of recruiting, training and development, performance management and employee relations. Ms. Prince graduated from Loyola University in Maryland with a BA in Psychology and from Baruch College with an MS in Industrial and Labor Relations. Ms. Prince is a certified executive coach through iCoach.

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London

Prateek Puri

Managing Director

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2018, Mr. Puri worked at Blantyre Capital in London where he was a Research Analyst. Previously, he worked at Champ Private Equity and Booz & Company in Australia. Mr. Puri received a BE in Engineering from The Australian National University, a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Miami

Heber Ramos de Freitas

Partner

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2016, Mr. Ramos de Freitas was a principal at BC Partners in London, where he focused on investments in the TMT, consumer, leisure, business services and financial services sectors. Previously, he was an associate at Terra Firma and began his career as an investment banking analyst in the mergers and acquisitions group at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Ramos de Freitas is currently a member of the board of Flowbird Group. Mr. Ramos de Freitas received a BA from Macalester College and an MBA from London Business School. 

Nelson Ramsay

Senior Accountant,
Funds Toronto

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Mr. Ramsay worked at KPMG as a Senior Accountant in Audit. Mr. Nelson received an Honors BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Michael Ranaldo

Associate, IT New York

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Mr. Ranaldo worked as a Desktop Support Engineer at Ascot Group. Previously, he worked at Net at Work and EnviroTrac in IT roles.

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London

James Redmayne

Partner

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2020, Mr. Redmayne was a senior managing director at CVC Capital Partners, where he held positions in London and Hong Kong for over 14 years. At CVC, Mr. Redmayne was based in Hong Kong, where he helped set up the Asia regional team and was responsible for sourcing and executing cross-border transactions across the region while focusing on the business services, TMT and consumer sectors. Prior to moving to Asia, Mr. Redmayne spent seven years as a member of the CVC UK investment team based in London. He began his career with Goldman Sachs in London. Mr. Redmayne received an MSE from Oxford University. 

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New York

Adam Reiss

Partner

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2011, Mr. Reiss was an associate at Silver Lake Partners in Menlo Park, where he focused on investments in the software and online services sectors. Previously, he was an investment banking analyst in the financial institutions group at Goldman Sachs in New York. Mr. Reiss serves on various portfolio company boards. Mr. Reiss received a BBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. 

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London

Kurt Rive

Managing Director

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2022, Mr. Rive was a Principal at Metric Capital Partners in London. Previously, he held positions at 9 Story Media Group, ZMC, and Byron Capital Markets. Mr. Rive received a BComm from Ryerson University and an MSc in finance from London Business School.

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London

Miles Rowland

Head of Data & Analytics, Value Creation

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2022, Mr. Rowland established and ran the business analytics team at SHL. Previously, he established the data and analytics practice at L.E.K. Consulting, having worked as a strategy consultant for a number of years before. Mr. Rowland received a BA from the University of Cambridge. 

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Miami

Ben Ryan

Principal

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2020, Mr. Ryan was an analyst at Nokota Management in New York. Previously, he was an associate in the private equity group at Ares Management in Los Angeles. Mr. Ryan began his career as an investment banking analyst at Citigroup. Mr. Ryan is currently a member of the board of IPS. He received a BBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Alberto Salvi

Associate London

Prior to joining Searchlight, Mr. Salvi worked as an Investment Banking Associate at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Communications group in London. Mr. Salvi received a BSc in International Economics and Management from Bocconi University and his MSc in Finance and Private Equity from the London School of Economics.

Emre Serpkenci

Associate New York

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Mr. Serpkenci was an associate at Fiera Infrastructure in Toronto. Mr. Serpkenci received an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a BESc in civil engineering from the University of Western Ontario.

Surbhi Sharma

Corporate Accountant Toronto

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2021, Ms. Sharma worked as a Financial Accountant at ONroute / HMS Host. Ms. Sharma graduated with a BComm in Accounting from the University of Ryerson. She is a Canadian CPA.

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New York

Albert Shin

Partner,
Head of Searchlight Opportunities Funds

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2017, Mr. Shin was a managing director and Head of North American Investments, and served on the investment committee which approved distressed-for-control and private equity investments, at Strategic Value Partners. Previously, Mr. Shin advised several leading private equity firms and worked at Saunders Karp & Megrue in New York, where he focused on investments in a diverse set of industries. Mr. Shin began his career at Goldman Sachs in New York. He received a BS in economics from the Wharton School and a BSE in electrical engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Nizami Shirin

Trade Operations Associate Toronto

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Mr. Shirin worked in valuations at RBC Capital Markets. Mr. Shirin received a MSc in Finance and Investment at University of Bristol.

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New York

Joshua Shu

Principal

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2018, Mr. Shu was an investment banking analyst at J.P. Morgan in New York. Mr. Shu received a BS from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Joe Spagnola

Associate New York

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Mr. Spagnola worked at Siguler Guff in New York, where he was part of the Distressed / Special Situations and Tactical Opportunities group. Previously, he worked at UBS in the Restructuring / Special Situations group. Mr. Spagnola received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Penn State University and he has been a CFA charterholder since 2021.

Isidora Stankovic 

Associate London

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2022, Ms. Stankovic worked at BC Partners in London as a Private Equity Associate. Previously, she worked in the Investment Banking division at Goldman Sachs in London and Houston. Ms. Stankovic received a BA in Economics and History from Yale University. 

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Toronto

Kim Sun

Manager,
Corporate Accounting

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2018, Ms. Sun worked as a Senior Research Accountant at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Prior to Mount Sinai, Ms. Sun worked as a Senior Staff Accountant at Abrahamse Berkis Pinto LLP in Toronto. Ms. Sun received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa, Telfer School of Management. She is a Canadian CPA, CA.

James Tighe

Principal London

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2022, Mr. Tighe was an investment manager at H.I.G. Capital. Previously, he worked in the Investment Banking division at Goldman Sachs. Mr. Tighe received a BSc in Economics and Finance from University College Dublin. 

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London

Marco Tinelli

Principal

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2020, Mr. Tinelli was an investment banking analyst in the mergers and acquisitions (mainly focusing on TMT) and restructuring groups at PJT Partners in London. He received a BSc from Universita Cattolica of Milan and a MSc from the London School of Economics. 

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London

Romain Tourneret

Principal

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2020, Mr. Tourneret was an investment banking associate in the industrials group at Deutsche Bank in London. He began his career as an investment banking analyst in the European leveraged finance group at Deutsche Bank. Mr. Tourneret received a Bachelor in International Management from Toulouse Business School and an MSc in finance from ESADE Business School. 

Matt Trimberger

Associate, Trader New York

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Mr. Trimberger worked as a credit trading associate at Bank of America in New York. Mr. Trimberger received his BSc from the University of Notre Dame.

Kosara Tsoneva

Associate New York

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Ms. Tsoneva was an investment banking analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Credit Suisse in New York. Ms. Tsoneva received a BS from the Wharton School of Business and a BA in International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Hunter Urrea

Associate Miami

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Mr. Urrea was an investment banking analyst in the Healthcare group at Goldman Sachs in New York. Mr. Urrea received a BA from the University of Notre Dame.

Christophe Villemin

Operating Partner

Prior to working with Searchlight, Mr. Villemin held various management positions in packaging and aluminum conversion at Alcan since 1994 in Europe and the United States. In 2002, he was appointed as General Manager, Alcan Rolled Products Valais in Switzerland and in 2005, President of Alcan Engineered Aluminum Products (EP), Packaging & Automotive Rolled Products. Mr. Villemin also served as President of Rio Tinto Alcan Rolled Products until 2010 before being named President of Aerospace & Transportation at Constellium N.V., a position he held from 2011 to 2013. Mr. Villemin has been an Operating Partner at Apollo since 2015. He was a Director of Latécoère S.A. from 2015 to June 2019. Mr. Villemin received an undergraduate degree from the University of Strasbourg. 

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Toronto

Vladimir Vladusic

Controller, Funds

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2016, Mr. Vladusic worked as a Funds Operations Associate at Carlyle Liquid Market Solutions. He started his career with Citco Funds Services as a Hedge Fund Accountant.  Mr. Vladusic attended the University of Toronto. He is a CFA.

Willa Wang

Principal New York

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2023, Ms. Wang was a VP at Inherent Group in New York. Previously, she worked as an associate at Veritas Capital. She began her career as an investment banking analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Ms. Wang received her BA at Harvard University.

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Miami

Elliott Weinstein

Partner

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2020, Mr. Weinstein was a managing director at Centerbridge Capital Partners in New York, where he focused on investments in the consumer and industrial sectors. Previously, he worked as an investment banking analyst in the technology, media, telecom group at Goldman Sachs in New York. Mr. Weinstein is currently a member of the board of IPS. Mr. Weinstein received an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. 

Britt Willis

Associate, Investor Relations Miami

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2021, Ms. Willis was an associate at Société Générale in New York, where she focused on strategy and client intelligence in the corporate and investment banking group. Ms. Willis received a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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Toronto

Quincy Wong

Vice President, Trade Operations

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2016, Mr. Wong served as Regional Head of Operations and Trading at Mount Kellett Capital Management.  Prior to this, Mr. Wong spent eight years at Goldman Sachs Asia, mainly as the Head of Middle Office within the Asia Special Situations Group responsible for documentation, negotiation, and settlement of distressed and par debts. Mr. Wong has a B.Sc. from The University of Western Ontario, an HBA and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario.

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New York

Catherine Xu

Principal

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2021, Ms. Xu was a vice president at Point 72 Asset Management, where she focused on private investments. Previously, she was an associate at The Carlyle Group. She began her career as an investment banking analyst at Greenhill & Co. Ms. Xu is currently a member of the board of Euclid Transactional. She received a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Toronto

John Yantsulis

Partner, CFO

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2010, Mr. Yantsulis was a Chief Financial Officer at Reservoir Capital in New York, where he enhanced the infrastructure and internal controls to create efficiencies within the finance and operations functions and established the fair valuation function. Previously, he held progressive roles leading to Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York and Cayman Islands in the assurance and advisory practice working with North American and European alternative asset managers. Mr. Yantsulis began his career at Grant Thornton in Montreal, focusing on a range of industries that included TMT, financial services and heavy industry. He received a BSc and Grad. DPA (CA) from McGill University. He is a Canadian CPA, CA, U.S. CPA and CFA. 

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New York

Ryan Yaraghi

Principal

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2017, Mr. Yaraghi was an investment banking analyst at Evercore in New York. Mr. Yaraghi is currently a member of the board of All Points Broadband. He received a BS from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. 

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London

Nicoló Zanotto

Partner

Prior to rejoining Searchlight in 2016, Mr. Zanotto was an analyst at Gladstone Capital Management, where he focused on the TMT sector. Previously, he was an associate at Searchlight and also held positions at Providence Equity and Morgan Stanley. Mr. Zanotto received a BSc from the University of Buckingham and an MSc from the Cass Business School. 

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New York

William Zhang

Principal

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2017, Mr. Zhang was an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York. He received a BA from Harvard College. 

Micheal Zhen

Senior Accountant,
Funds Toronto

Prior to joining Searchlight in 2022, Mr. Zhen worked as a Senior Accountant at KPMG LLP. Mr. Zhen received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto. He is a Canadian CPA.

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