Aegis has assembled a team with a unique combination of private equity, lending, financial advisory and operational experience and expertise combined with high-level government service in the area of national and homeland security. In addition, Aegis maintains strong relationships with private sector contractors overseeing the US government's major homeland security programs as well as close links with the global transportation and communication industries. These attributes assist Aegis in originating proprietary opportunities, understanding prospective investments and building value in our portfolio companies.
Michael Cantor brings extensive principal investment, financial advisory and operational expertise. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Cantor has successfully managed a broad range of international technology, marine transportation, energy, and real estate investment activities on behalf of the Washington, D.C.-based Equator Capital Group. He has had direct responsibility for capital formation, the generation of investment opportunities, due diligence, transaction structure, negotiation and portfolio company management. His broad operational experience includes managing a fleet of oil tankers as well as a Government contractor. Prior to co-founding Equator, Mr. Cantor was active in the area of mergers and acquisitions and leveraged transactions, both as a banker in Citicorp's Leveraged Capital Group and as a advisor to corporate clients and private-equity partnerships. M.B.A. - University of Chicago Graduate School of Business; Graduate Fellowship - El Colégio de México; Graduate coursework, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); B.A. - University of Pennsylvania.
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Peter N. Wainman
Peter Wainman brings extensive principal investing and financial advisory expertise in the domestic and international markets. Mr. Wainman previously started and ran the New York office of Gores Technology Group (“GTG”), a private investment firm focused primarily on control-oriented buyout investments in the technology and telecommunications sectors. Prior to joining GTG, Mr. Wainman was a Managing Director of Bay Harbour Management, LC (“Bay Harbour”), a US$500 million hedge fund focused on distressed and special situations. At Bay Harbour Mr. Wainman executed private equity / control investments including the restructuring of and capital raising by NextWave Telecom; lead equity financing of NextG Networks, Inc.; buyout of Barneys New York; lead equity financing of Optical Dynamics; investment in Mobile Satellite Ventures, L.P.; and the restructuring of NSM, a steel mill based in Thailand. Prior to joining Bay Harbour Mr. Wainman was an investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation ("DLJ") where he was involved in a broad range of domestic and international high yield and equity offerings, merchant banking transactions, restructurings, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Wainman worked on various equity offerings for Indonesian, Malaysian and Hong Kong companies and was one of three professionals who initiated DLJ's Russian investment banking operations. He was integrally involved in the lead-managed US$127 million initial public offering of Vimpel-Communications, the first Russian company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Wainman’s work in the areas of electromagnetic wave theory and inductively coupled plasma reactor for semiconductor processing has been published in various technical journals.
Mr. Wainman is a Lieutenant in the US Naval Reserves, a member of the Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu research and honor societies and the recipient of numerous academic, military and achievement awards. He is proficient in the Russian language. M.S. - Electrical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley; B.S - Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Member Board of Advisors (Israel)
Eliezer Manor is based in Israel and the founder and past Executive Director of the Israel Venture Association. He has participated in the foundation and management of numerous private equity funds, including serving as: Co-founder, General Partner and Chairman of MOFET, a US$100 million highly successful Israeli venture capital fund now listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (“TASE”); Managing Partner & Co-Founder of Global Catalyst Partners (“GCP”), a US$50M international VC fund active in the United States (Silicon Valley), Israel, the Far East & Europe; Managing Partner & Co-Founder of Global Catalyst Partners II, a US$110 million VC Fund; Board Member of Trans Balkan Fund. Mr. Manor is also a successful Angel Investor in hi-tech companies including the publicly listed RADVISION Ltd. (Nasdaq: RVSN) and On Track Innovations Ltd. (Nasdaq:OTIV), a global leader in contactless microprocessor-based smart card solutions for homeland security which was recently awarded a contract to provide Electronic Passports to the United States Government. Mr. Manor has represented large multinational companies for identification of technologies in Israel including CMEA Ventures, a US private equity group with over US$770 million under management, Electricité de France, and The Dow Chemical Company. He is also a highly successful entrepreneur and founder of numerous high-tech companies. Mr. Manor has served on the Board of Directors of public and private companies as well as philanthropic organizations. Prior to beginning his business carrier, Mr. Manor was a Major in Israeli Defense Forces' R&D Department of Ministry of Defense, Electro Optics Branch. BS –Physics, Tel Aviv University; MS - Applied Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science.
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Member Board of Advisors (Central Europe)
Ajit Virk began his career in Washington DC at the World Bank Group's International Finance Corporation (IFC) in 1989. While at the IFC, he primarily worked on international M & A transactions and had country responsibility for the Czech Republic, Slovenia and India and was responsible for some of the largest early privatizations in the Czech Republic and Slovenia. After the IFC, Ajit seed-funded HealthScribe, Inc., a US-based healthcare services start-up and offshore BPO pioneer where he spent the six years. As Chairman, HealthScribe India grew to over 1,000 employees in Bangalore and raised over $30 million in VC funds. HealthScribe was successfully sold to Soros Private Equity and is now doing business as Spheris, currently the second largest company in its industry. Since 2001, Ajit has built a diversified private investment business based in Prague that has evolved from making minority placements to much larger control investments. In recent years, GEM-AV has built a portfolio of investments in industrial, technology, financial services and real estate companies where Ajit typically holds an active Chairman role. B.A. St. Stephen's College, M.A Harvard University.
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Ambassador Peter Romero
Member Board of Advisors (Latin America)
Peter F. Romero is the Chief Executive Officer of Experior Advisory, a Washington DC-based consulting firm that advises major U.S. and foreign corporations and financial institutions regarding cross border investing as well as national and local strategies regarding governmental affairs, environmental, indigenous, labor, and political issues.
From July 2001 to April 2003 Ambassador Romero served as Managing Director of Violy, Byorum & Partners (“VB&P”) a boutique investment bank targeting Latin America. Formerly, Ambassador Romero was the Assistant Secretary of State of the new Western Hemisphere Affairs Bureau. A twenty-four-year career diplomat, he previously served inter alia as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador and Chief of Mission of our Embassy in San Salvador.
As Assistant Secretary of State, Ambassador Romero promoted enhanced cooperation on counternarcotics, crime, and poverty reduction. On counternarcotics, he was a principal architect of the Forward Operations Location (FOLS) concept, which now forms the lynchpin of our national security strategy. Ambassador Romero was responsible for making and defending budget proposals before the U.S. Congress and executing an annual operations budget in excess of US$2 billion. Ambassador Romero also conceived of “Plan Colombia” and was the principal State Department official to convince the U.S. Congress to appropriate US$1.2 billion in support of the Plan.
Ambassador Romero received numerous awards from the U.S. Government in recognition of his distinguished career diplomat as well as the highest civilian award from Colombia, the Order of Boyacá, for his contribution to national security and development in that country.
Ambassador Romero serves on the Board of Special Olympics International, the Americas Foundation, the Inter-American Economic Council and was a founding member of the Hispanic Council on International Relations. He is the 2001 recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award from Boricua College for his distinguished public service. Ambassador Romero is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian. BA - International Relations, Florida State University.