OUR TEAM

Eric Zoller
founder & partner
Eric Zoller

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.

Laurence Smith
Partner
Laurence Smith

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.

Matthew Thornton
Partner
Matthew Thornton

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.

Bobby Farina
Partner
Bobby Farina

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.

Markus Schmalhofer
Chief Financial Officer
Markus Schmalhofer

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.

Matt Mitchell
Managing Director
Matt Mitchell

Mr. Mitchell is a Managing Director at Sixpoint Partners and heads the Austin office. He is focused on the firm’s origination and sourcing activities with a particular emphasis on real asset and infrastructure opportunities. In addition, he maintains relationships with select investors. Prior to joining Sixpoint, he was a Partner at Champlain Advisors where he was involved in all facets of the firm including origination, due diligence, project management, and distribution. Previously, Mr. Mitchell spent five years at Lehman Crossroads underwriting fund commitments and co-investments. He earned an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business (Duke University) and a Bachelor of Business Administration (summa cum laude) in Finance from Texas Tech University. He is a General Securities Representative (Series 7, Series 63), registered with FINRA.

Shawn Schestag
Managing Director
Shawn Schestag

Mr. Schestag is a Managing Director 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.

Andrew Gulotta
Director
Andrew Gulotta

Mr. Gulotta is a 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.

Sean Joffe
Director
Sean Joffe

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.

Erin Breslawski
Director
Erin Breslawski

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.

Ignacio Martin-Chocano
European Distribution
Ignacio Martin-Chocano

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.

Michael Leonardo
Vice President
Michael Leonardo

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.

Ben Newman
Vice President
Ben Newman

Mr. Newman is a Vice President 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.

Kristy Hogan
Vice President
Kristy Hogan

Ms. Hogan is a Vice President 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

Alex Lorusso
Vice President
Alex Lorusso

Mr. Lorusso is a Vice President focused on project management and due diligence. 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.

Richard Siegel
Vice President
Richard Siegel

Mr. Siegel is a Vice President 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.

Dan DiSalvio
Associate
Dan DiSalvio

Mr. DiSalvio is an associate focused on project management and due diligence across the primary and secondary markets. 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.

Catherine Klinedinst
Associate
Catherine Klinedinst

Ms. Klinedinst is an 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.

Taylor Carmola
Analyst
Taylor Carmola

Mr. Carmola is an analyst 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.

Joshua Silver
Analyst
Joshua Silver

Mr. Silver is an Analyst focused on project management and due diligence across the primary and secondary markets. Prior to joining Sixpoint, Mr. Silver was a Corporate and Investment Banking Sr. Analyst at Citigroup in the global industrials group, where he focused on corporate finance, M&A and advisory, credit and debt markets, and various other structured finance solutions for large, multi-national corporations . He graduated with a BA from Lafayette College where he double majored in Economics and International Affairs and minored in Mandarin Chinese. Mr. Silver is an Investment Banking Representative (Series 79, Series 63), registered with FINRA.

Sebastien Broustra
Analyst
Sebastien Broustra

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.

Zephyrinus Okonkwo
Analyst
Zephyrinus Okonkwo

Zephyrinus Okonkwo is an Analyst focused on project management and due diligence across the primary and secondary markets. Prior to joining Sixpoint, Mr. Okonkwo was an Investment Banking Sr. Analyst at Citigroup in their Global Consumer Products team, where he focused on corporate finance, M&A and advisory, equity and debt capital markets, and various other structured finance solutions for large food & beverage, home & personal care, alcohol & spirits, and agriculture companies. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA from Morehouse College where he majored in Economics. Mr. Okonkwo is an Investment Banking Representative (Series 79, Series 63), registered with FINRA.

Morgan Wait
Marketing Associate
Morgan Wait

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
Office Manager and Head of Administration
Lea Peragallo

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.

Caroline Mulcahy
Executive Assistant
Caroline Mulcahy

Ms. Mulcahy is the special assistant to Founder and Partner Eric Zoller and also focuses on roadshow coordination. Prior to joining Sixpoint Partners, Ms. Mulcahy was a member of the Global Emerging Markets Equity team at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. She has 18 years of industry and administrative experience. Ms. Mulcahy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Scranton.

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