Who We Are
Our team of 23 talented professionals has more than 200 years of combined international private equity experience. We have been responsible for pioneering transactions in markets around the world. Many of us have worked together continuously for over 17 years, ensuring consistency in our investment strategy and execution.
Prior to forming Cartesian, Peter founded and served as President & Chief Executive Officer of AIG Capital Partners, Inc. ("AIGCP"). Under Peter's leadership, AIGCP grew to become one of the leading private equity firms dedicated to emerging markets. By the time of his departure, AIGCP managed more than $5 billion for institutional investors. Peter chaired investment committees for eight AIGCP private equity funds and led numerous successful transactions in Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, and Asia. Prior to founding AIGCP in 1996, Peter served as Director to the National Economic Council, the White House office responsible for developing and coordinating economic policy.
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Peter served as President of the Harvard Law Review and as a law clerk on the U.S. Supreme Court. Peter holds a BA from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.
Prior to forming Cartesian, Tom served as Senior Advisor to AIGCP from 1999-2005, playing an active role in a number of the firm's investments. Tom was co-founder of Advent International, a global private equity firm, where he served as Executive Vice President and COO from 1984 to 1998. During that period, Tom served on the firm's Investment Committee and assisted in the formation and operation of 26 affiliated private equity firms around the world. Tom has also served as Vice President, International of The Allen Group, a NYSE-listed manufacturer of capital equipment, automotive parts, and consumer products. Tom is also co-founder and former COO of Thrasos, Inc., a pharmaceutical development firm using combinatorial and computational chemistry technology to validate early stage biological targets and accelerate the development of new therapeutic agents. Tom holds engineering degrees from Princeton and Cornell, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Prior to forming Cartesian, Geoff served as a senior member of the AIGCP team, leading numerous investments in several regions. Prior to serving in that position, Geoff was a strategic advisor to Wasserstein Perella Emerging Markets with regard to private equity investments. From 1994 to 1998, Geoff served as Associate General Counsel of COMSAT Corporation, an international communications company, and as Chief Counsel of COMSAT International Ventures, which developed, acquired, and managed communications properties in developing markets. From 1989 to 1994, Geoff practiced law at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, where he focused on international transactions and joint ventures. Geoff received a BA from Tufts University
and a JD from the University of Texas School of Law.
Prior to the formation of Cartesian, Mr. Jarosz served as Managing Director and General Counsel of AIGCP. Prior to joining AIGCP in 1997, Mr. Jarosz practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton, specializing in international private equity investment and Russian corporate and securities laws. While at Debevoise & Plimpton, Mr. Jarosz advised a number of clients active in both direct and secondary investments. Mr. Jarosz also served as a consultant to the World Bank on the regulation of Foreign Direct Investment in emerging markets. Mr. Jarosz is a graduate of the University of Montana, and received an MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Prior to forming Cartesian, Paul served as a senior member of the AIGCP team, leading numerous investments in several regions. Prior to that position, Paul was a Managing Director of Wasserstein Perella Emerging Markets and focused on private equity investments. From 1985 to 1997, Paul worked at COMSAT Corporation, where he served as Treasurer prior to joining Wasserstein. Paul was instrumental in the establishment of COMSAT International, where he directed the investment of more than $300 million in fifteen opportunities in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Paul received a BS from Villanova University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Paul is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Certified Public Accountant, and a Certified Management Accountant.
Senior Managing Director
Prior to joining Cartesian, Greg was an Associate at AIG Capital Partners where he participated in a number of the firm's investments, ranging from natural resources to telecommunications. Greg was previously with Broadview International, a mid-market mergers & acquisitions advisory firm, where he specialized in advising communications infrastructure companies. Greg holds a BS in electrical engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from MIT's Sloan School. Greg is conversant in German.
Francisco Muniz Barreto
Before joining Cartesian Capital Group, Francisco served as a Senior Associate at Euro-Latin Capital. He began his career at BACP/SG Warburg, an Argentine investment banking firm, and then joined AIG Capital Partners as a Senior Associate. Francisco holds a BA degree with a major in economics from Universidad de Belgrano/University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MSc in finance from London Business School. Francisco is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
Prior to joining Cartesian, Martin was a Senior Portfolio Manager at First Private Investment Management in Frankfurt, Germany where he managed an emerging markets-focused hedge fund and a European long/short equity fund. Martin holds a Master in International Financial Management from the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany and University of Economics, Slovakia, and an MBA with High Distinction from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where he graduated as an Edward Tuck Scholar. Martin is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. Martin is fluent in German, Slovak, and Czech.
Prior to joining Cartesian, Yekaterina was a Vice President at J.P. Morgan's Private Equity and Real Estate Services Group. While there, she managed all aspects of the financial reporting process across several private equity fund clients. Yekaterina previously worked at Morgan Stanley where she was responsible for the accounting and reporting of the firm's private equity funds (MSREF). Yekaterina holds a BS in Finance and Marketing, Summa Cum Laude, from Manhattan College and an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. Yekaterina is fluent in Russian.
Prior to joining Cartesian, Paweł served as an Investment Associate with Argus Capital, a private equity fund in Central Europe. Paweł previously served as an Associate with AIG Capital Partners, operating in the Warsaw office. Paweł has significant experience in investments on the Warsaw Stock Exchange working for asset management and consulting companies. Paweł holds an MBA from Oxford Brookes University; he also completed studies at Wyższa Szkola Zarządzania in Warsaw. Paweł is fluent in Polish and Russian.
Prior to joining Cartesian, Javier was a Senior Fund Accountant at Northwood Investors LLC, a real estate private equity firm based in New York. Previously, Javier worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as an Assurance Associate in the Alternative Investments practice. Javier is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BS in Accounting from Muhlenberg College with an International Business concentration from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Javier is fluent in Spanish.
Prior to joining Cartesian, Bin worked at Bacardi Asia Pacific where she was responsible for commercial planning, strategy planning, and business development including acquisition of local brands in the region. Bin was previously with ChinaVest, a mid-market merchant bank in China where she worked on cross-border mergers & acquisitions advisory and private placement. Bin holds a BM from Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade and Douglas College in Canada as well as an MBA from Columbia Business School. Bin is fluent in Mandarin.
Prior to joining Cartesian, Kathy served as Director of Client Services at AIG Capital Partners. Kathy previously worked at The New York City Partnership, after completing her career as a professional opera singer featured in major opera houses around the world. Kathy is fluent in Italian and French.
Senior Managing Director
Prior to joining Cartesian, Paul served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of AIG Capital Partners and participated in the bulk of the firm's investments during his tenure. Paul was previously an attorney in the corporate and tax departments of Kirkland & Ellis where he specialized in private equity transactions. Paul holds an AB in Economics from Columbia College, a JD from Columbia Law School, and an LLM in Taxation from New York University Law School.
Prior to joining Cartesian, Yongchen worked at General Electric where he was responsible for managing an indoor fixture product line for the Asia Pacific region, including sourcing, R&D, supply chain, sales, and marketing. Yongchen graduated from GE's Financial Management Program and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Yongchen holds a BA from Shanghai Jiaotong University and an MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Yongchen is fluent in Mandarin and Shanghainese.
Rafael A. de Luque
Prior to joining Cartesian, Rafael was a Vice President of AIG Capital Partners. Prior to this position, Rafael was a Financial Consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank, focusing on debt financing and credit/political risk guarantees in Latin America. Previously, Rafael served in the banking industry in Colombia. He holds a BEng and a BS from Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia and an MBA from the University of Maryland at College Park. Rafael is a CFA charterholder and fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese.
Senior Managing Director
Prior to joining Cartesian, Beth had been working with AIGCP since 1999. Prior to AIGCP, Beth was an Associate at Wasserstein Perella Emerging Markets focusing on private equity investments and structured products. Previously, Beth worked in financing for media and entertainment at Dresdner Bank AG. She holds a BA, with distinction, from the University of Michigan and an MBA and MIA from Columbia Business School and Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. Beth is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Charles M. Mixon
Prior to joining Cartesian, Charles served as Senior Vice President at AIG Capital Partners, and participated in a number of the firm's investments across numerous sectors, including telecommunications, consumer products, banking, natural resources, and retail. Charles holds a BA from Elon University and an MA from Indiana University. Charles is fluent in Russian and conversant in Polish.
Prior to joining Cartesian, Alexandre was an Investment Officer at Capital International Private Equity Funds (CIPEF) where he participated in a number of the firm's investments, ranging from energy, agriculture, and education services. Alexandre was previously with Bear Stearns' Emerging Markets Debt Capital Markets team, where he specialized in structured debt financing. Alexandre holds a BA in Business Administration from Pontificia Universidade Catolica and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Alexandre is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.
Prior to joining Cartesian, Nam worked at a Wall Street investment bank as an associate providing M&A advisory services. Previously, Nam served in the assurance and advisory practice at Deloitte. Nam graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a BS in economics with concentrations in finance, accounting and statistics from The Wharton School and a BSE in computer science and engineering from The School of Engineering and Applied Science. Nam is a CFA charterholder. Nam is conversant in Vietnamese.
Andrew M. Wehrley
Prior to joining Cartesian, Andrew was a consultant at Bain & Company in South Africa and the United States. While at Bain, Andrew shaped international expansion strategies and reorganized operations for a variety of transnational clients. Previously, Andrew served at Deutsche Bank and the Afghan Ministry of Commerce. Andrew holds a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and a MPA from the Kennedy School at Harvard University. Andrew is conversant in Spanish and Turkish.
Peng joined Cartesian after a distinguished career in the Chinese foreign service, having previously served as Deputy Director at MOFCOM, Second Secretary for the Chinese Embassy in Canada and Vice Consul in Pakistan. Peng holds a BA and an MA from the University of International Business and Economics, and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Peng is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.