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Metropolitan Partners Group has a seasoned team of financial professionals with expertise across multiple industries. We partner with our clients and investors, developing customized strategies to meet real business needs.
Paul Lisiak is the Managing Partner and Founder of Metropolitan Partners Group. He oversees all of the Firm’s investment activities, operations, fundraising, investor relations, and strategic growth initiatives. In 1996, Paul began his career at Lazard Asset Management LLC as a member of the Global High Yield team that was a regular higher performer amongst Lipper-rated managers. He then served as the Managing Director of Metropolitan Venture Partners, LLC (“MetVP”) from November 1999 to December 2005. At MetVP, Paul was responsible for deal origination and deal execution across the firm’s offices in New York and London while investing two funds anchored by the Man Group PLC. He occupied board seats for multiple investments made by MetVP and acted as an interim C-level operating executive to build infrastructure and operational discipline for three portfolio companies. Further, he has played an integral role with a number of companies in the development of liquidity opportunities and preparation for incremental institutional investment. From September 2005 through October 2007, he led strategy and built the financial sponsor group at Ledgemont Capital Group. Paul has been the Managing Partner of Metropolitan since 2008 when the Firm was launched. Paul has been a direct investor in over 80 private companies over the past 20 years.
Paul graduated with a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and was an English Speaking Union Fellow. He is currently a board member of Century DS, LLC, New Credit America, and Next Level Finance Partners.
John Ioannou is the President of Metropolitan. In late 2014, Metropolitan retained John as a full-time consultant to act as an operating partner seconded to certain portfolio companies. In Q3 2017, John assumed the role of President of Metropolitan. John is a former executive with IBM, President & CEO of multiple companies and a General Partner of a venture capital fund with a 40-year track record of accomplishments, having run and advised businesses ranging in size from startup to multi-billion dollar units of Fortune companies with a concentration in the software, technology, services, credit and private equity industries. He has held leadership, governance or advisory roles in 25 companies across 12 different industries. John has been the President of an 850-person team that grew to over $100M and tripling of EBITDA in 3 years. He has also been the Head of Corporate Development for a $165M global public manufacturing company. Earlier in his career, John spent 14 years at IBM in management positions in finance, operations and marketing including COO/CFO of a $2B region. He held leadership positions at IBM where he was responsible for managing $1B in credit facilities and receivables for customers and was a member of the executive team that helped launch the IBM Credit Corporation, which is today IBM Global Financing and has an asset base over $40B.
John is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of St. Peter’s College with a BS in Management.
Arvind Krishnamurthy is a Managing Director at Metropolitan Partners Group. His responsibilities include sourcing, evaluating, and executing Firm investments. Prior to joining Metropolitan in 2018, Arvind was a Principal with Paragon Outcomes, a private investment firm focused on real asset and credit-oriented investments, where he sourced and executed a number of investments in the specialty finance, transportation, and real estate industries. Prior to Paragon Outcomes, Arvind was a Principal and founding team member of CAM Capital, the family office of Bruce Kovner, where he led the firm’s private investments, including private equity, private credit, and real estate. Prior to CAM Capital, Arvind was a middle-market private equity investor with Greenbriar Equity Group and Veritas Capital. Arvind began his career as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs. Arvind graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in Social Studies and received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Arvind was a board member of Ardmore Shipping, Infinity SDC, and Interbarge.
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Eric Chasser is the Chief Financial Officer at Metropolitan Partners Group. He oversees the accounting, tax, finance, and fund operations of the Firm and assists in the structuring of Metropolitan’s investments. Prior to joining Metropolitan in 2010, Eric has held C-level positions at companies across a broad spectrum of sectors and sizes ranging from a small environmental security company to a large publicly-traded telecom company. In addition to his experience as an operating company executive, Eric held portfolio management, fundraising and compliance roles in several private alternative asset management firms.
Eric graduated with a BS in Applied Economics and an MBA in Finance from Cornell University and also holds a Master’s degree in International Economic Policy from Columbia University.
Richard Lin is a Principal at Metropolitan Partners Group. His responsibilities include sourcing, evaluating, and executing Firm investments. Prior to joining Metropolitan in 2013, Richard was an investment professional at Black Diamond Capital Management in their private equity group and GSC Group in their control distressed debt practice. At GSC Group, he was responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing control-oriented distressed investments, overseeing in and out-of-court restructurings for current and prospective investments, and general portfolio management responsibilities with existing portfolio companies and controlled entities. Prior to that, Richard was an investment banker at Bank of America, where he executed a number of advisory and corporate finance assignments for companies in the media and telecommunications sector.
Richard graduated Cum Laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Finance and Accounting. Outside of his role at Metropolitan, Richard is currently an advisor to US Space, an early stage satellite services firm, and was a former board member of Neucel Specialty Cellulose.
Miles Peet is a Vice President at Metropolitan Partners Group. His responsibilities include asset management and investor relations. Prior to joining Metropolitan in 2011, Miles spent three years as a Senior Analyst at Dynasty Investments, a family office-backed investment firm focused on private equity and real estate development in South East Asia. Miles worked at the firm's headquarters in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, conducting financial analysis predominantly on hospitality operating businesses in Vietnam and Thailand. Miles is currently a board member of Metropolitan Partners Group Management and a board observer of Creditmax.
Miles graduated from Tufts University in 2008 with a B.A. in Economics.
Kevin O’Block is a Senior Associate at Metropolitan Partners Group. His responsibilities include Risk Management and Firm Operations building upon its strong foundation and identifying further efficiencies to support its growth. Prior to joining Metropolitan in 2013, Kevin worked for McKinsey & Co. performing sales and performance analysis out of their Boston office.
Kevin holds a B.A in English with a minor in Economics from Boston College.
Aryea Aranoff is a Senior Associate at Metropolitan Partners Group. His responsibilities include sourcing, evaluating, and executing Firm investments. Prior to joining Metropolitan in 2018, he served as Chief Strategy Officer for Laurel Road (previously DRB Student Loan), where he advised and executed product strategies and growth opportunities. Prior to that, Aryea worked as a strategic consultant at McKinsey & Co., advising top US banks on operational and strategic opportunities, and as an investment banker, raising capital for public small cap companies.
Aryea earned his M.B.A. from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and his B.A. from Columbia University in New York.
Bob Simeone is a Controller at Metropolitan Partners Group. His responsibilities include working with Eric on accounting, tax, finance, and fund operations. Prior to joining Metropolitan in 2016, Bob was a Senior Vice President and Controller for Neuberger Berman Alternative Investment Management Group in charge of the fund accounting group working on fund of fund investments. Previously, he was a founding member and First Vice President of CACEIS (USA) Inc. (formerly Olympia Capital Associates, L.P.), a third party Fund Administrator.
Bob graduated with a BA from Queens College (CUNY) and holds licenses as a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner.
Oliver Escardo is a Business Development Associate at Metropolitan Partners Group. His responsibilities include investor relations, marketing and branding as well as working with the senior team on strategic growth initiatives. Prior to joining Metropolitan in 2016, Oliver worked at JH Capital Group, a diversified specialty finance company that provides solutions for consumers and small businesses where he was Creative Manager, focused on the company’s marketing and branding as well as managing technology-related projects.
Oliver graduated Cum Laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in Political Science.
Maggie Mou is an Associate at Metropolitan Partners Group. Her responsibilities include deal execution and portfolio analytics. Prior to joining Metropolitan in 2018, Maggie was an Associate at Morgan Stanley, working out of both their London and Hong Kong offices within their Transportation and Infrastructure division and advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and debt & equity financings. Prior to that, she was a Consultant at Mntors, Inc., an online recruitment platform, where she coached job seekers and helped them receive job offers.
Maggie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University with a B.A. in Economics. She is a certified member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.
Jade Lee is an Analyst at Metropolitan Partners Group. Her responsibilities include deal execution and portfolio analytics. Prior to joining Metropolitan in 2018, Jade was an Investment Banking Analyst at Citigroup within their Financial Strategy and Solutions Group, where she built financial models and analyzed the capital markets environment to evaluate new transactions and strategically advise clients.
Jade graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Finance and Actuarial Science.
William Allen is an Analyst at Metropolitan Partners Group. His responsibilities include deal execution and portfolio analytics. Prior to joining Metropolitan in 2018, William was a Consultant for Wicked Start Innovation, an incubator for emerging food and beverage ventures, where he worked with start-ups by creating go-to-market strategies, developing financial statements and models, and identifying potential investors for them.
William graduated from the University of North Carolina with a B.A. in Economics. He is Series 7 and Series 66 licensed.