Benjamin Bertan

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Benjamin Bertan

Vice President,
Associate General Counsel

Benjamin Bertan is Vice President, Associate General Counsel at Metropolitan Partners Group, where he provides cross-functional legal advice on corporate, commercial, regulatory, and compliance matters. Prior to joining Metropolitan, Benjamin was an associate at multiple international law firms, where he advised clients on Capital Markets and M&A transactions in a variety of sectors ranging from biotech to private equity. Benjamin began his career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York. Benjamin holds a B.S. in Management from Binghamton University and a J.D., Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is admitted to the New York Bar.

Ellie Mohammadi

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Ellie Mohammadi

Executive Assistant

Ellie Mohammadi is Paul Lisiak’s Executive Assistant. She has over 17 years of administrative experience in the financial industry. Ellie graduated from the University of California, Fullerton, with a B.A. in Finance.

Ivana Lahcanski

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Ivana Lahcanski

Senior Associate, Investor Relations

Ivana Lahcanski is a Senior Associate on the Investor Relations team at Metropolitan. Prior to joining Metropolitan in 2023, Ivana was an Assistant Vice President at Blackstone, where she led the Investor Relations team for the growth equity platform (“BXG”). Prior to Blackstone, Ivana was an Associate on the Investor Relations team at MidOcean Partners, where she supported both the Private Equity and Credit businesses. Ivana graduated with a B.S. in Finance from Fordham University.

Nicole Robinson

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Nicole Robinson

Office Manager

Nicole is Office Manager at Metropolitan. Nicole graduated from St. Joseph’s University with a B.S. in Organizational Management specializing in business marketing strategies. Nicole plays an active roll in her community and enjoys learning new dances.

Casey Park, CPA

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Casey Park, CPA

FP&A Manager

Casey Park is a FP&A Manager at Metropolitan Partners Group. Prior to joining Metropolitan, Casey earned a Master’s degree in Quantitative Management: Business Analytics from Duke University’s Fuqua Business School. Casey began her career at KPMG Hong Kong and later worked as an audit manager in KPMG San Francisco’s asset management business, specializing in alternative investments with a focus on private equity funds, venture capital funds, and hedge funds. Casey holds a BBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Hong Kong and is a California and Hong Kong Certified Public Accountant.

Tara Batlaglia

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Tara Battaglia

Senior Fund Accountant

Tara Battaglia is a Senior Fund Accountant at Metropolitan. She has over 15 years of accounting and cash management experience. Prior to joining Metropolitan, Tara held various accounting roles across several sectors, including Gas & Oil. Tara holds a B.S. in Accounting from South Hills School of Business & Technology.

Suma Krishnabhat, CPA

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Suma Krishnabhat, CPA

Controller

Suma Krishnabhat is Controller of Metropolitan. Suma has more than 15 years of experience working in Investment Management, Hedge Fund & Private Equity industries. Prior to joining Metropolitan in 2021, she was a Controller at Nexseer Capital working on finance and accounting transformation initiatives. She has held senior level positions at Accenture Financial Services and State Street Corporation. Suma has a Master’s in Business Administration with specialization in Finance and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California.

Shirley Wang

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Shirley Wang

Operating Associate

Shirley is an Operating Associate at Metropolitan. Her responsibilities include reporting, data management, event logistics, and coordination of the firm’s Operating Expert division. In addition, she is responsible for managing the firm’s administrative and IT operations, as well as the administrative team. Shirley graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Business Management. Shirley enjoys playing flag football and tennis, and helping foster dogs.

Sean Browne

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Sean Browne

Senior Operations Associate

Sean Browne is a Senior Operations Associate of Metropolitan. His responsibilities include investment operations, reporting and loan agency. Prior to joining Metropolitan in 2022, Sean worked at Prudential Financial, Inc. as an Investment Operations Specialist on the Fixed Income Public Operations team. There he worked on processing trades and payments on debt products, as well as custody reconciliation. Sean graduated with a B.S. in Accounting from The College of New Jersey School of Business.

Scarly Almonte

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Scarly Almonte

Senior Associate, Investor Relations

Scarly Almonte is a Senior Associate at Metropolitan. Scarly joins Metropolitan from Figure Technologies Inc., where she was responsible for managing and expanding relationships with investors and strategic partners. Previously, Scarly worked on the capital raising team at Monomoy Capital Partners and supported the Investor Relations functions at Invesco and Three Bridges Capital, where she began her career as an Associate. Scarly graduated from Baruch College with a B.A. in Finance.