Searchlight Capital Partners was founded by senior partners from industry leading firms Apollo, KKR, and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. We are a cohesive team of seasoned investment professionals working out of offices in London, New York, and Toronto. We have successfully worked in partnerships with leading corporate and family-owned businesses across the world.
Global Private Equity
Our investment team has significant expertise in a wide range of transaction types, including leveraged buyouts, growth equity, recapitalizations and investments throughout a company's capital structure. We provide flexible capital and pursue both control and non control oriented investments. We have significant expertise working with corporations and families, who wish to raise capital to support their strategic goals and secure continued sound stewardship of the company. In addition, our team has the proven capability to execute complicated public-to-private transactions that de-list publicly traded companies seeking to implement change under the more discreet and patient private equity ownership structure.
We seek out complex situations where our capital, as well as our strategic and operational support can create an opportunity to enhance value creation in partnership with other stakeholders. We aim to contribute the following to successful partnerships:
- Adherence to highest standards of integrity & honesty
- Ability to invest in equity and / or debt
- Creative transaction structuring
- Thoughtful strategic direction
- Extensive experience driving operational change
- Deep industry expertise
- Cohesive teamwork across North America and Europe
- Broad network of contacts
We enjoy working with managers, consultants, bankers, investors, and all professionals who share our dedication to making successful long-term investments.
- Investment Professionals
- Oliver Haarmann
Prior to co-founding Searchlight, Oliver was a Partner at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.L.P. ("KKR"), based in London. He helped build out KKR's European operations, oversaw the communications and media industry efforts and played a leading role in a number of successful investments. Before joining KKR, Oliver worked for various firms in the investment industry in the US and Europe. Oliver graduated from Brown University with a dual BA degree in History and International Relations, and completed his MBA at the Harvard Business School.
- Erol Uzumeri
Prior to co-founding Searchlight, Erol led the global private equity business of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan ("OTPP"), where he oversaw a large investment portfolio and a team of investment professionals with offices in Toronto, London and New York. Erol oversaw, led or was involved with a number of OTPP’s most significant direct investments in North America and Europe and led the establishment of several newly-formed private equity firms. Before joining OTPP, Erol worked at CVC International and Citigroup in London, New York and Toronto. Erol received a BASc in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto, an MSc in Finance from London Business School and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
- Eric Zinterhofer
Prior to co-founding Searchlight, Eric was co-head of the media and telecommunications investment platform at Apollo Management, L.P. ("Apollo"). He was a leader in Apollo’s private equity/distressed debt-for-control effort and was involved in the initial hiring and building of its commodities investing platform. He played a key role at Apollo in initiating/leading investments in a range of cable, satellite, and wireless providers and operators in North America, Europe and India. Before joining Apollo, Eric held positions at Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan. Eric received a dual degree in Honors Economics and European History from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed his MBA at Harvard Business School.
- François Dekker
Prior to joining Searchlight in 2011, Mr. Dekker worked as a Principal at Bain Capital in London where he worked primarily on investments in the consumer, services and industrial sectors. He started his career in investment banking at Morgan Stanley in London in 1999 in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department. Mr. Dekker received an MSc in Business Administration and Economics from the University of St. Gallen (HSG), Switzerland.
- Andrew Frey
Prior to joining Searchlight in 2011, Mr. Frey worked as a Managing Principal at Quadrangle Group in New York where he primarily focused on telecommunications and technology investments. He also held positions at TPG Capital in London and Blackstone in New York. He started his career at Lehman Brothers in New York in 1997 as an Analyst in the media and communications group. Mr. Frey received a BS in Finance and BAS in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
- Darren Glatt
Prior to joining Searchlight in 2013, Mr. Glatt worked as a Partner in the Private Equity Group at Apollo Management, L.P., in New York where he focused on both equity and credit investing in a range of industries that included TMT, Consumer, Leisure and Shipping, among others. Mr. Glatt also held positions at Apax Partners and The Cypress Group. He started his career at Bear Stearns in 1998 in New York. Mr. Glatt received a BS from The George Washington University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
- Eric Sondag
Prior to joining Searchlight in 2011, Mr. Sondag worked as a Vice President at GTCR Golder Rauner in Chicago, where he worked primarily on investments in the media, information services and consumer industries. He started his career in investment banking at Wasserstein Perella in Chicago in 1998. Mr. Sondag received a BSc from Georgetown University, and completed the Executive Management Program at INSEAD in Singapore.
- Timothy Austin
Prior to joining Searchlight in 2011, Mr. Austin worked at Morgan Stanley in New York, where he worked on M&A assignments. He started his career in the Restructuring group at Rothschild in New York, where he worked on a variety of debtor-side advisory assignments. Mr. Austin received a BA from Bates College.
- Phil Bacal
Prior to joining Searchlight in 2012, Mr. Bacal worked as an Associate at The Catalyst Capital Group in Toronto, where he worked on distressed debt investments and special situations across various industries. He started his career in investment banking at Credit Suisse in London. Mr. Bacal received an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
- Christopher Cruz
Prior to joining Searchlight in 2010, Mr. Cruz worked as a Senior Associate at Oaktree Capital Management in Los Angeles, where he was part of the Global Principal control investing strategy focused on distressed debt for control and private equity investments. He started his career in leveraged finance and restructuring advisory at UBS Investment Bank in San Francisco. Mr. Cruz received an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
- Flavio Porciani
Prior to joining Searchlight in 2012, Mr. Porciani worked in the Private Equity group at Blackstone in London, where he was primarily involved in investments in the Consumer, Industrials and TMT industries with a focus on Southern Europe, Germany and Latin America. He started his career in investment banking at Credit Suisse in London. Mr. Porciani received a BSc from the European Business School (EBS), Germany, and Argentine Business University (UADE), Argentina.
- Adam Reiss
Prior to joining Searchlight in 2011, Mr. Reiss worked as an Associate at Silver Lake Partners in Menlo Park where he focused on investments in the software and online services sectors. Previously, he worked in the Financial Institutions Group in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York. Mr. Reiss received a B.B.A. from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
- Meghan Roach
Prior to joining Searchlight in 2012, Ms. Roach worked as an Associate at the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in Toronto, where she worked primarily on investments in the media, technology, and consumer industries. She started her career in transaction advisory and assurance services at KPMG in Toronto. Ms. Roach received a BComm from Queen's University, and an MBA from the University of Oxford. She is a Canadian CPA, CA.
- Jonathan Laloum
Prior to joining Searchlight in 2014, Mr. Laloum worked at Deutsche Bank in London, where he was part of the Leveraged Finance team. Mr. Laloum received an MA from the EDHEC Business School.
- Senior Advisors
- Gonzalo Diaz-Rato
Prior to working with Searchlight as a Senior Advisor, Mr. Diaz-Rato was a Partner at Gala Fund Management and a Founder of Suala Capital Partners, both Spain-focused private equity funds. Before this, he was responsible for Credit Suisse First Boston's corporate finance activities in Spain. Mr. Diaz-Rato received a BA and BSc from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
- Mitchell Ring
Consumer Packaged Goods
Prior to working with Searchlight as a Senior Advisor, Mr. Ring was Senior Vice President, Business Development at H.J. Heinz Company. At Heinz, Mr. Ring successfully led the global expansion of the business in developed and emerging markets, while realigning the product portfolio against core competencies. Before joining Heinz, Mr. Ring was Business Unit Director at M&M/Mars and held various marketing and financial positions at General Foods. Mr. Ring received a BS and MS from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Doug Hutcheson
Prior to working with Searchlight as a Senior Advisor, Mr. Hutcheson served as CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Leap Wireless International and its operating subsidiary Cricket Communications. Over his 16 years at Leap Wireless, Mr. Hutcheson was responsible for developing and implementing strategy, all operations, and the oversight of all relationships and partnerships for the company until it sale to AT&T in 2014. Prior to Leap, Mr. Hutcheson worked at Qualcomm Incorporated, and also held other positions in multiple areas including field engineering, manufacturing, sales and customer support. Additionally, Mr. Hutcheson also currently serves as CEO and a director of Laser, Inc., a corporation created in connection with the acquisition of Leap Wireless International by AT&T. Mr. Hutcheson received a BS from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine.
- Finance, Legal & Investor Relations
- John Yantsulis
Chief Financial Officer, Partner
Prior to joining Searchlight in 2010, Mr. Yantsulis worked as the CFO at Reservoir Capital Group in New York, where he enhanced the infrastructure and internal controls to create efficiencies within the finance and operations functions and established the fair valuation function. Prior to that, he held progressive roles leading to Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York and George Town, CI in the Assurance and Advisory Practice working with North American and European alternative asset managers. He started his career at Grant Thornton in Montreal, focusing on a range of industries that included TMT, Financial Services and Heavy Industry, among others. Mr. Yantsulis received a BSc and Grad. DPA (CA) from McGill University. He is a Canadian CPA, CA, a US CPA and CFA.
- Nadir Nurmohamed
Prior to joining Searchlight in 2014, Mr. Nurmohamed worked as an Associate at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto where he focused on M&A and corporate finance transactions. Previously, he worked in the M&A group at Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York. Mr. Nurmohamed received a BA from McGill University, and a JD from the University of Toronto. Mr. Nurmohamed has been admitted to the Ontario and New York Bar.
- Emily Melchior
Prior to joining Searchlight in 2012, Ms. Melchior worked as an Associate in the Lazard Private Fund Advisory Group in New York where she assisted in the capital raising for private equity funds. Ms. Melchior received a BA from William Smith College.
- Mindy Liu
Prior to joining Searchlight in 2012, Ms. Liu worked as a Vice President, Finance at EdgeStone Capital Partners in Toronto, and as an Analyst at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Toronto. She started her career at Merrill Lynch HSBC Canada Inc in Toronto. Ms. Liu received a BA from York University, and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.
- Allen Lo
Prior to joining Searchlight in 2015, Mr. Lo worked as the Controller of the Structured Credit group within the Finance team at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Toronto, after having previously served as an Executive Director in the Finance Policy group. Prior to CIBC, he served as Manager, Investment Accounting with the OPSEU Pension Trust. Mr. Lo started his career in 1997 at KPMG in Toronto where he ultimately became a Manager in the Audit and Assurance group. Mr. Lo received a BA and MAcc from the University of Waterloo. He is a Canadian CPA, CA and CFA.
- Lina Gospodinova
Prior to joining Searchlight in 2011, Ms. Gospodinova worked as a Business Analyst at Vale in Toronto. She started her career at KPMG in Bulgaria. Ms. Gospodinova received a BA from the Sofia University and is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and member of the Certified General Accountants of Ontario (CGA).
- Joel Graydon
Prior to joining Searchlight in 2014, Mr. Graydon worked as a Tax Manager at Ernst & Young in Toronto. Mr. Graydon received a BMath and an MAcc from the University of Waterloo. He is a Canadian CPA, CA.
- Salman Hai
Prior to joining Searchlight in 2013, Mr. Hai worked as an Audit Senior Manager at Ernst & Young in San Francisco, and a Fund Accountant at Francisco Partners in San Francisco. He started his career at Deloitte in Windsor, Ontario. Mr. Hai received a BComm from the University of Windsor. He is a Canadian CPA, CA, and a US CPA (inactive).
- Office Management
- Sandy Correia
- Diana Grecco
- Kirsty Jarvis
- Jane Gimelfarb
- Olivia Page
Heritage footwear and apparel brand founded in 1856
Leading cable operator in Puerto Rico
Fiber-based communications provider in the western United States
Educational publisher for academic, professional and library markets worldwide
Independent retailer of specialty frozen food in Canada
Leading Alaskan communications provider
Operator of premium digital out of home advertising in the UK
Searchlight Capital Partners Acquires Ocean Outdoor
22 December 2014
Searchlight and Liberty Global to Acquire Choice Cable
10 December 2014
GCI Investment By Private Equity Firm Searchlight
4 December 2014
Searchlight Capital Partners acquires M&M Meat Shops
28 July 2014
Searchlight Capital Partners Hires Mitchell A. Ring as Senior Advisor, Global Consumer Packaged Goods
14 January 2014
Searchlight Capital Partners Completes Acquisition of Equity Stake in Integra Telecom
7 December 2012
Liberty Global and Searchlight Complete OneLink Acquisition
9 November 2012
Searchlight Capital Partners Acquires Equity Stake in Integra Telecom
10 October 2012
Liberty Global and Searchlight to Acquire OneLink
26 June 2012
Searchlight Capital Partners Raises Over $860 Million on Closing of First Fund
3 April 2012
Hunter to Pursue International Growth with New Investor
16 December 2011