Focused, Multi-Disciplinary and Integrated
Sixpoint Partners is one of the largest specialist advisors serving the middle-market private equity industry.
Mr. Zoller founded Sixpoint Partners in 2007 as a specialist advisor focused on the private equity and alternative asset industry. Since then, Sixpoint has grown into one of leading advisory boutiques with an exclusive focus on the middle-market and a twin focus on delivering independent advice and exceptional execution. Mr. Zoller has represented clients in a variety of geographies and sectors including technology, industrial, distribution, healthcare, business services, consumer, aerospace and defense, tech-enabled services, mineral rights among others.
At Sixpoint, Mr. Zoller is responsible for helping to set the overall strategic direction of the company. He has ultimate responsibility for global distribution, secondaries, co-heads the firm’s fund origination effort and manages select private fundraising mandates. He is also involved in all major operating, management, fund origination and investment decisions of the company.
Mr. Zoller received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and later his law degree from The Law School at the University of Pennsylvania. He began his professional career working first at White & Case, in the mergers and acquisitions department. He later joined Merrill Lynch & Co. in New York in both the Public Finance and later the Infrastructure Finance group, where he had senior relationship management responsibilities. Mr. Zoller is an active member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) and a frequent panelist and lecturer on the private equity industry. He has guest lectured at the Wharton School MBA Program at the University of Pennsylvania on private equity fundraising. Eric is also involved in a number of philanthropic organizations. He is a General Securities Representative (Series 7, 63, 79) and a General Securities Principal (Series 24), registered with FINRA.
Mr. Smith is a partner at Sixpoint Partners with a focus on our funds placement practice. He serves as head of project management and due diligence and co-heads the firm’s origination efforts. He is responsible for setting and executing the operating strategy, managing the due diligence process and integrating the sales strategy with project management. Mr. Smith has been in the financial services industry since 1985, covering both corporate and institutional investors. Before joining Sixpoint Partners, he was the Managing Director responsible for structured equity solutions for all of HSBC’s corporate clients throughout the Americas. Prior to HSBC, he worked with Bank One, Bear Stearns, a subsidiary of Lazard, and also spent nine years overseas with Bankers Trust in both Asia and Europe. Mr. Smith also co-founded and sold one of Japan’s largest manufacturers of frozen specialty bread products. He is a graduate of Yale University, Summa Cum Laude, with a degree in Philosophy. Mr. Smith is a General Securities Representative (Series 7, 63, 79) and a General Securities Principal (Series 24), registered with FINRA.
Mr. Thornton is a Partner focused on the Sixpoint Partner’s fund placement practice. He serves as head of North American Distribution in addition to maintaining direct coverage responsibilities in the Midwest and Northeast regions. Mr. Thornton’s coverage includes public pension funds, insurance companies, family offices/endowments, fund of funds, and diversified institutional investors. Prior to joining Sixpoint, Mr. Thornton was a Director at Barclays Capital in the Institutional Client Group where he managed the middle market equity business for the Midwest region. Mr. Thornton also spent eight years at Lehman Brothers serving as a Senior Vice President in the Equities division covering more than 50 institutional accounts for general and diversified equity products. Mr. Thornton graduated from Denison University with a BS in economics and received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a General Securities Supervisor (Series 7, 9, 10 and 63), registered with FINRA.
Mr. Farina heads Sixpoint’s San Francisco office and has overall responsibility for West Coast distribution and Texas. Prior to joining Sixpoint, Mr. Farina was a Vice President in the M&A advisory group at Evercore Partners. Prior to a career in finance, Mr. Farina was a Captain in the United States Air Force where he was a computer security specialist for the Defense Intelligence Agency within the U.S. Intelligence Community. He earned an MBA from Columbia Business School, a Master of Science degree in Information Security from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a General Securities Representative (Series 7, Series 63) and a General Securities Principal (Series 24), registered with FINRA.
Mr. Schestag is a Partner at Sixpoint Partners, responsible for leading the firm’s Secondary Advisory business. He has 14 years of investment banking experience, focused on the private equity industry. Prior to joining Sixpoint, Mr. Schestag spent seven years with the Private Fund Group at Credit Suisse, where he was a senior member in the Secondary Advisory practice. During his tenure in the Private Fund Group, he executed a broad range of secondary transactions on behalf of institutional investors and private investment firms. Mr. Schestag began his investment banking career in Credit Suisse’s Financial Sponsors Group, executing debt and equity financings and financial advisory assignments on behalf of large cap and middle market private equity firms. Mr. Schestag earned a B.A. in History from Reed College and an M.B.A. from Cornell University.
Mr. Schmalhofer is Chief Financial Officer at Sixpoint Partners. He is responsible for financial planning and analysis, accounting and reporting. Mr. Schmalhofer also focuses on fund due diligence. Mr. Schmalhofer joined Sixpoint from Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) where he served as Chief Financial Officer for the bank’s operations in the Europe and America region. In this capacity, he and his team provided insight and analytics relating to ANZ’s business with multi-national corporates and financial institutions headquartered in Europe and America. In addition, he was responsible for the integrity and efficient delivery of financial information emanating from the business booked in the region. Prior to ANZ, Mr. Schmalhofer held a number of senior finance and management roles in the U.S. offices of large European based institutional banks. He started his career with KPMG in Germany. Mr. Schmalhofer earned a Graduate Degree of Business Administration from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, and a MBA from Columbia Business School. He is a Financial and Operations Principal (Series 27) registered with FINRA. Mr. Schmalhofer is bilingual in German.
Mr. Gulotta is a Managing Director focused on Sixpoint’s Secondary Advisory business, as well as the firm’s broader origination activities. He sources and advises clients on structuring, marketing and negotiating secondary transactions. In addition, he maintains relationships with secondary investors on behalf of the firm. Prior to joining Sixpoint in 2009, Mr. Gulotta was an Analyst at J.P. Morgan in the Energy & Environmental Group within Public Finance, where he helped originate and structure bond offerings for utilities, independent power producers, and water and wastewater systems. Mr. Gulotta received an MBA from Columbia Business School with Dean’s Honors and Distinction and a Bachelor of Arts from Washington & Lee University, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He is a General Securities Representative (Series 7, 63, 79), registered with FINRA.
Mr. Joffe is a member of the Sixpoint Partners distribution team and is responsible for managing relationships in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic US. Prior to joining Sixpoint, Mr. Joffe was an Associate at Credit Suisse in the Financial Sponsors/Leveraged Finance group where he helped analyze, advise, and execute on financial sponsor related transactions including high yield, leveraged loan and bridge financings in support of leveraged buyouts, acquisitions, recapitalizations and IPOs. Before Credit Suisse, Mr. Joffe was a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. He earned an MBA from the Stern School of Business (NYU) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at Bucknell University, and is a General Securities Representative (Series 7, Series 63), registered with FINRA. Mr. Joffe is a CFA® charterholder.
Ms. Breslawski is a Director at Sixpoint Partners, focused on the Southeast. She has more than a decade of experience in alternative asset capital raising and marketing all across the US and abroad. Prior to joining Sixpoint, Ms. Breslawski spent seven years as Vice President at Phoenix Investment Adviser, a hedge fund with long/short, long only and private equity style drawdown products, where she focused on asset raising, marketing, business development and investor relations. Ms. Breslawski earned her MBA from the Stern School of Business (NYU) and a BA from the University of Virginia.
Mr. Martín-Chocano focuses on European distribution in both the primary and secondary markets. Prior to joining Sixpoint, Mr. Martín-Chocano worked at Citigroup in the Global Structured Solutions group where he executed debt private placement transactions globally across the consumer, real estate, healthcare and energy industries. Mr. Martín-Chocano also has experience in Project & Infrastructure finance transactions. He graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, concentrating in Finance and Marketing. He is a General Securities Representative (Series 7, Series 63, Series 79), registered with FINRA. Mr. Martín-Chocano is bilingual in Spanish.
Mr. Newman is a Director focused on project management and due diligence. Prior to joining Sixpoint, Mr. Newman was a member of PwC’s restructuring advisory and business valuation practices, where he advised clients in the areas of 363 asset sales, debt restructurings, pro forma financial projections, and financial due diligence. He graduated with a Master of Science in Accountancy and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Wake Forest University. Mr. Newman is a Certified Public Accountant and is a General Securities Representative (Series 7, Series 63), registered with FINRA.
Ms. Hogan is a Director focused on project management and due diligence. Prior to joining Sixpoint Partners, Ms. Hogan was a member of the Merchant Banking and Leveraged Finance team at BNP Paribas where she executed debt financings for leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and refinancings for middle market financial sponsor-backed transactions in North America across the retail, industrial, aerospace & defense, oil & gas, healthcare and TMT industries. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Duke University. Ms. Hogan is a General Securities Representative (Series 7, Series 63), registered with FINRA
Mr. Siegel is a Director focused on Sixpoint’s Secondary and Co-investment Advisory business. He sources and advises clients on limited partner and general partner led liquidity events, and raises co-investment equity financing for independent and funded sponsors. Prior to joining Sixpoint, Mr. Siegel was a member of the Merchant Banking Division at Opus Bank where he invested in private equity transactions and provided capital raising advisory services to middle-market companies. Before Opus, he worked for Spectrum Group Management investing in private and public credit opportunities across the capital structure. Mr. Siegel began his career with Strategic Partners, formerly the secondary private equity team at Credit Suisse, and then moved to the Restructuring Investment Banking Division at Rothschild. He received a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Mr. Leonardo is a member of the Sixpoint Partners distribution team and is responsible for managing relationships on the West Coast. Prior to joining Sixpoint, Mr. Leonardo was an Associate Vice President at Ironwood Capital Management, a San Francisco based Fund of Hedge Funds, where he focused primarily on servicing the firm’s distribution and platform relationships. Prior to Ironwood, Mr. Leonardo was an Investment Management Associate at BlackRock where he was responsible for business development and advised institutional clients on customized portfolios and SMAs through the US Wealth Advisory and Global Client Group. Mr. Leonardo graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Elon University. He is a General Securities Representative (Series 7, Series 63, Series 6), registered with FINRA.
Mr. Lorusso is a Vice President focused on project management and due diligence across both the primary and secondary markets. Prior to joining Sixpoint, Mr. Lorusso was a member of the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs where he advised on and executed IPOs and secondary equity capital raises for companies in the Natural Resources sector. Before Goldman Sachs, he worked in the debt origination group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch to structure and execute corporate bond offerings. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Finance & International Business from Villanova University. Mr. Lorusso holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation and is a General Securities Representative (Series 7, Series 66), registered with FINRA.
Mr. Swicegood is the Controller at Sixpoint Partners, where he supports the CFO and is responsible for financial planning and analysis, accounting, and reporting. Prior to joining Sixpoint, he held similar roles in FPA and financial control at the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) in NY and London. Mr. Swicegood holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut, an MM from Yale University, and a BS in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is registered with FINRA (Series 27 and 99).
Ms. Klinedinst is a Senior Associate focused on project management and due diligence across the primary and secondary markets. Prior to joining Sixpoint, Ms. Klinedinst was an analyst with Piper Jaffray, where she executed mergers & acquisitions for middle-market financial sponsor-backed transactions in North America across the industrials & business services industries. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Washington and Lee University.
Mr. DiSalvio is a member of Sixpoint’s Capital Solutions team, and is responsible for the execution of secondary advisory and equity co-invest placement for middle-market private equity sponsors. Prior to joining Sixpoint, Mr. DiSalvio was a member of Deloitte’s Financial Sponsors valuation and audit groups, where he advised large and middle market clients in the areas of valuation modeling, financial statement analysis, and fund structuring. He graduated with a Master of Science in Accountancy and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Wake Forest University. Mr. DiSalvio is a Certified Public Accountant and is a General Securities Representative (Series 7, Series 63), registered with FINRA.
Mr. Carmola is an associate focused on project management and due diligence across Sixpoint’s Co-Investment and Secondary Advisory mandates. Prior to joining the firm full time, Mr. Carmola completed an internship with Sixpoint Partners, working alongside the Project Management and Secondary Advisory teams. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Williams College where he played varsity hockey for 4 years.
Mr. Broustra is an Analyst focused on project management and due diligence across the primary and secondary markets. Prior to joining Sixpoint, Mr. Broustra was a Corporate Banking Analyst at Barclays in the Financial Institutions Group, where he focused on debt-financing products, credit lines for foreign exchange hedging, and various other structured finance solutions for private equity firms and insurance companies. He graduated with a BA from Trinity College where he majored in Public Policy and Law and minored in French. Mr. Broustra is bi-lingual in English and French. Mr. Broustra is a General Securities Representative (Series 7, Series 63), registered with FINRA.
Mr. Schwartz is an Analyst focused on project management and due diligence across Sixpoint’s Co-Investment and Secondary Advisory mandates. Prior to joining Sixpoint, Mr. Schwartz was an Investment Banking Analyst at BMO in the financial institutions group, where he focused on M&A and advisory, equity and debt capital markets, and various other structured finance solutions for domestic and multi-national middle-market corporations. He graduated with a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he majored in Finance and Investment Banking. Mr. Schwartz is an Investment Banking Representative (Series 79, Series 63), registered with FINRA
Ms. Wait is the Marketing Associate for Sixpoint Partners. Prior to joining Sixpoint, Ms. Wait was an Associate at Third Bridge Group, an expert-network, managing project requests for North American private equity clients. She graduated Cum Laude with a BA from American University’s School of International Service where she majored in International Relations with a focus on Foreign Policy.
Lea Peragallo is the Office Manager and Head of Administration for Sixpoint Partners. Her responsibilities include accounting, billing, customer service, travel, human resources, technology, and compliance. Lea has over 20 years of accounting and travel experience.
Anna Cruz is the Executive Assistant to Founder and Partner, Eric Zoller. Ms. Cruz also focuses on roadshow coordination and travel arrangements. Prior to joining Sixpoint Partners, Ms. Cruz directly supported the North American CEO of Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Banking Group. She has over 20 years of administrative experience in the financial industry.