Trust. Growth. Experience.
Umergence is a premier broker dealer placement agent specializing in private placements and alternative investments. Our representatives focus on institutional capital placements, M&A advisory, early to late stage direct investments, and late-stage secondary opportunities.
Our back office systems use a proprietary data management systems that enable supervision, operational efficiency, and 24 hour access. Our goal is to provide stakeholders with the tools and information they need, allowing for smooth transactions from inception to closing.
Umergence was inspired by the word “Emergence”, which is a phenomenon of coming together to create something greater than the sum of its parts. When we come together in the deal making process, we strive to create the most value for our clients.
Our team is here to help clients navigate the opacity of alternative investing and private capital markets. Our goal is to offer solutions, not obstacles, and the wisdom of experience to get things done right.
Our Team & Affiliates
Our world class team of seasoned professionals average more than 20 years in the industry and have collectively been involved with raising more than $75 billion of capital. We leverage a carefully cultivated network of domestic and international single/multi-family offices, high net worth individuals, private equity funds, pensions funds, endowment funds, sovereign wealth funds, institutional lenders and strategic investors.
Michael has 30+ years experience in the institutional equity and alternate investment markets. He ran institutional sales and trading desks at Oppenheimer, CIBC World Markets, and Janney Montgomery Scott in Boston. Michael also was head of east coast sales and business development for Corporate & Executive Services at Oppenheimer. He has raised capital for alternate investments including hedge funds, private equity and debt throughout his career.
Will has 25+ years of investment banking, private credit investment and capital raising experience. Previously, he was a Managing Director at ArrowMark Partners, focused on launching their private credit business. From 2010 to 2016, he was a Senior Vice President at Amundi Smith Breeden responsible for new products, business development and institutional investor relationships in the US and Europe.
Ross has 25+ years of institutional equity capital markets and commercial real estate investing experience. He previously headed the Institutional Markets division for Credit Suisse in Boston. He is a former United States Navy pilot, spending three years heading Nuclear Engineering Officer recruitment in the Northeast.
Jackie has 15+ years of corp finance exp. She is a founding partner at Ignition Capital and a former CFO at a multi-billion-dollar, privately-held global firm based in New York. Through her 15-year corporate finance career, Jackie has a proven track record of formulating and executing strategies & budgets for both start-ups and established businesses.
Tim is an experienced investor and legal counsel in the bank regulatory world. He started one of the first online M & A exchanges (USVX) while at Bessemer and sold it to a boutique Conn Investment bank. In addition to high level government positions Tim managed equity and bond portfolios at Loomis Sayles and JP Morgan.
Will raises capital for Impact ventures and funds that hold the promise of delivering solid financial return as well as broader value to communities and the environment. Over his career, Will has often led cross-functional project teams to originate commercial and project financings and build investment products. Will has driven new business development efforts at Amalgamated Bank, Aetos Capital, Morgan Stanley and Ernst & Young.
Mr. Williams has extensive experience in the Institutional arena. He has raised assets for several financial firms, aggregating to over $2 billion dollars over his career. He has been advising Institutional clients for over 20 years on a variety of asset classes including fixed income, equity and alternatives.
Cindy is a Founding Partner of Ligo Partners. Cindy spent the past decade building quantitative models for Family Offices and Private Equity Funds for M&A, litigation, financial reporting, compensation and tax purposes. Cindy's areas of expertise include model building of legally challenging deal structures / complex capital structures across various industries.
Michael has 35+ years of financial industry experience with a focus on US public and private markets. He has established and managed businesses in capital markets sales and trading, institutional portfolio management, family office investment advisory and institutional and consumer financial products, ecommerce and fintech.
Garey has 25+ years of financial industry experience. He joined Umergence in 2021 as managing director, co-founder and co-head with Michael Sullivan, of a platform focused on pK-12 education, seniors housing and elderly care, rural and inner city healthcare, affordable multi-family housing, nonprofit and social/civic/human services, and smart cities sectors.
Alec Petros is a finance student at San Jose State University where he has been recognized as a Lucas College of Business Dean’s Scholar. He has a history of working for startups doing business analytics and marketing. Alec has now shifted his time and attention to the financial markets where he has worked extensively to increase his knowledge base. His drive and understanding of the younger generation will play a key role in his ability to find unique investable opportunities.
Mike Rodeno is a 25 year veteran of the Capital Markets Industry, working throughout the entire capital structure. Mike spent the first half of his career living and working in Boston for Lehman Brothers and the Dutch Bank ABN Amro, managing the firms research, trading, sales, and securities placement businesses. His clients include later stage private growth companies and the full spectrum of professional money management firms.
For the past seven years, Josh invested in two dozen early stage companies and fostered the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the cannabis industry by hosting education and networking through CannaGather. Josh hosted monthly education and networking events of 2-300 entrepreneurs, operators, and investors before expanding to cities around the country. Speakers included members of Congress, billion-dollar company CEOs, athletes, advocates, and more.
Craig F. Johnson (CJ) has 30yrs of institutional sales, trading and investment banking experience that led him to Singapore where he founded GTO, a full-service institutional broker dealer regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Residing in Asia for the last 19 years CJ has built an international network of Asset Managers, Sovereign Wealth Funds and Global Family Offices. While at GTO, he co-founded Blue Ocean, a trading platform developed to trade US ETFs during Asian business hours. CJ has been involved in >$5b IPOs/placements/fund listings.
Hansell is a venture-focused investor and executive with a wealth of finance and operating experience, having completed over $4.4B in venture capital, M&A, and corporate financings globally. Hansell recently founded Xn Ventures, an emerging venture firm focused on the future of finance, work, and knowledge. Hansell also acts as senior vice president for leading software development firm Very Big Things. Prior to that, he led the M&A and venture team at ADT, worked at or founded several early stage startups, and worked in investment banking at Wachovia and Raymond James.
Morrison has 20+ years of experience working with high-net-worth individuals, families, small businesses, and foundations at iconic institutions including Align Impact, Bank of America Private Bank, U.S. Trust Private Bank, Bessemer Trust and Thomson Reuters. Her depth of knowledge and expertise in the wealth management space has successfully increased access to, effectiveness in, and alignment of deploying capital through a range of traditional, alternative, social and impact investments as well as philanthropic grants.
Josh has more than 25 years investment banking, private placement, venture capital, and business development experience, he specializes in private placements for private equity, venture capital, and private companies and strategic mergers and acquisitions assignments. In private placements, he works with both traditional funds (venture and private equity) and esoteric funds (royalties, structured finance). In M&A, Josh works with CEOs of operating companies primarily on private company sell-sides but will also advise on divestitures.
Matt has 10 years of experience in capital raising, investor relations, international market navigation, offshore and onshore structuring with a focus on private credit, private equity, VC, and direct investments. Matt worked at the New York based investment bank Third Seven Capital as Vice President and prior to that launched Mthree's technology services business in North America.
Bob brings more than 30 years of experience in the Taft-Hartley and Public Fund market. As a thoughtful and trusted advisor and friend to many in the industry, Bob has earned the respect of the key players in the business. Although he built his career in the Real Estate space at American Realty Advisors, his relationships, knowledge, and value expands to all areas of the Private Markets arena.
Jacob Vandersteen is an American Tech Entrepreneur and Registered Representative of Umergence. His primary focus is building, capitalizing, and commercializing world leading technologies with top innovators. His experience ranges from venture capital to private equity transactions across industries.
Todd has 25+ years of operating, investing, and advisory experience, having spent his career building, growing, and optimizing businesses for institutional investors and family offices as well as independently as an entrepreneur. His vast expertise spans capital markets, private equity, strategy, finance, and operations.
Kathleen Durusoy is an international venture capitalist and investor with a strong people and capital network across the United States and the Middle East. Durusoy is currently a founding director at Transition Fuel NG Acquisition Corporation, a Canadian company with a focus on acquiring natural gas assets in North America. Durusoy is responsible for bringing 100MM+ in investment to the team.
Mark a securities industry veteran, Mark has worked extensively with Family Offices and other UHNW allocators for almost 30 years. He has a unique perspective from being the consummate "connector" with deep experience and understanding as to how Wall Street works with a laser focus on getting the deal done. Prior to the Panther Group, Mark has led teams at firms such as Hornblower Weeks. IHS Markit, Family Office Networks and more.
Bhavya is the Founder and Managing Partner of ACE Consultants, working on collaborative working relationships with Investors and clients globally. ACE Consultants works closely with companies getting them ready for capital raise, market expansion, cross border consulting with a special emphasis on Emerging markets. With a proven track-record in long-term business development and strategic solutions, Bhavya has an extensive network in India and Middle East.
Jon is an experienced investment banker, business owner and financial advisor. With experience in business and finance spanning 23 years, Jon has the unique ability to develop relationships and align himself with the clients and companies he serves by tailoring specific solutions and executing on short, medium and long term goals with the focus of improving the lives of all his clients. Jon has held positions with Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan during his career.
Tom Gallagher has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. He was a rates trader in NY for ten years prior to moving to Hong Kong to set up Citi's Fixed Income Prime Brokerage for Asia/Pac. He then spent four years in sales and trading for Citi's Securities Lending business in Asia. Currently, Tom and his partners in Asia and Australia are focused on raising capital for various projects both domestically and globally.
Kris Tomasulo is a seasoned investor, banker and operator who brings over 25 years of management experience in various industries ranging from asset management to the hospitality business. Kris joined the Healthcare Fund at The Galleon Group, ultimately taking over the fund’s management, overseeing a team of six investment professionals and over a quarter billion dollars of health care investments.
Justin has been in the financial services industry his entire career. He gained valuable experience working at prestigious firms such as Northwestern Mutual, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley where he focused his time on managing complex financial, trust, and estate plans which included alternative investment strategies for multi-generational UHNW families. Prior to joining Umergence, he worked directly with Private Equity, Private Credit, Hedge Funds and Real Asset firms and played key roles in the IPO of firms such as Uber and others while working on the institutional side of the Industry.
Bill Heffernan is a Vice President at Compass, where he is on the distribution team raising capital for private market funds and individual companies.
Prior to joining Compass, Bill was an Analyst supporting Business Development and Investor Relations at Värde Partners, a leading global alternative investment firm specializing in credit and credit-related assets.
Ted is an accomplished financial service executive with proven success in institutional sales, client service and marketing. Ted is a known leader in the Taft-Hartley marketplace and has outstanding long-term relationships with key decision-makers. Ted has spent his entire career raising capital for traditional and alternative managers for over 25 years.
Mel focuses on raising capital for conscious sectors across the alternative investments landscape. Her interests include Impact, Permaculture, Water, Botanical Wellness, Women and BIPOC as well as female run and/or society benefiting VC. Mel raises for teams with strong track records, that pay attention to female inclusion, and are doing SDG positive work. Mel provides ESG metric reporting, problem solving, and female c-suite placement as a bonus to hiring her as an investor relations manager.
In 2019, Keith partnered with Connor Robertson to found Syntacz, a niche management and lead generation company that supports small and medium size businesses that need to generate new opportunities. Syntacz started to take off in August of 2020 after the pandemic shed over 90% of the business for the parent company. Through hard work and dedication, Syntacz went from $10k a month in revenue in August 2020 to 2021 fiscal generating $1.7 million in revenue.
Lara has 15+ years of experience in the financial industry and is currently an Investment Banker raising capital for funds and direct deals across multiple industries. Lara has worked with numerous family offices and venture capitalists worldwide and has built a very strong investor network. Previously, she started her career as an Accountant doing corporate tax and audit.
Gareth Waldeck is a Senior Associate at Jahani and Associates and has been with the firm since 2020. Jahani and Associates is an international investment bank and advisory firm focused on cross-border capital market activity in the lower and middle markets. He is a cross-border capital market specialist with experience and a strong network across North America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.
Michael began his career in endocrinology research before transitioning to a healthcare investment bank where he focused on building out specific coverage in the neuropsychiatry / psychedelics sector. He currently works to connect companies in the space to strategic capital. Michael is passionate about human optimization, the intersection of psychedelics and longevity, and psychedelics in end of life care.
Randall Rubin has a broad breadth of experience in finance that covers a journeyman’s career across innovation, fintech, emerging markets, real estate and entertainment. Prior to a career in investment banking, he was an award winning filmmaker, a quant strategist in volatility markets and a marketing and media consultant for top beverage brands Grey Goose Vodka and Jägermeister Liqueur.
Alex a graduate from the University of Connecticut, where he obtained a Masters of Science in Financial Risk Management. He has comprehensive knowledge of financial markets and has exceptional expertise in navigating complex investment landscapes. He also possesses knowledge of financial modeling techniques, quantitative analysis and risk assessment commonly used in the financial industry.
At Umergence, our driving force lies within the unwavering commitment to:
Equity Capital Markets
Private placement and capital introductory services with global reach across a wide range of sectors. Although we maintain a focus on growth stage startups and institutional fund placement, we are always willing to consider new offerings based on their merits and circumstances.
Debt Capital Markets
Strategic debt capital introduction services for convertible notes, senior and non-senior debt facilities, mezzanine, bridge, lines of credit, and bespoke alternatives based on individual client needs.
We work to bridge connections between GPs, LPs, independent sponsors and strategic capital partners across the entire capital stack. We offer services for primary fundraises, secondary transactions, private placements, as well as direct deals and co-investments.
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