SAN MATEO, CA, AUGUST 2, 2016 – Sunstone Partners, a $300 million growth equity firm investing in technology-enabled services companies, today announced significant expansion of its investment team, hiring two new Vice Presidents, promoting a third Vice President, and hiring three new Associates.
Andy Cao, Vice President. Andy Cao was promoted to Vice President from Senior Associate in recognition of his contributions to the Sunstone Partners team in sourcing and leading investments. Most recently, Andy was integrally involved in the firm’s investment in UserZoom Technologies, where he currently serves as a Board Director. Andy previously worked with the Sunstone team at Trident Capital, which he joined as an Associate in 2012. Andy began his career at Citigroup as a Global Banking Analyst. Raised in Los Angeles, Andy is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology where he received a B.S.Econ. degree from the Wharton School and B.S.Eng. degree from the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences.
Ankur Rathi, Vice President. Ankur Rathi joins Sunstone Partners as an investment team Vice President after earning his M.B.A. degree with Honors from the Wharton School. Previously, Ankur was an Associate at Riverside Partners, a technology and healthcare focused private equity firm in Boston. Before Riverside, Ankur was an Associate at Allstate Investments, focused on global investing as a limited partner in private equity firms. Ankur began his career as an analyst at BMO Capital Markets in the Mergers & Acquisitions group. Raised outside of Chicago, Ankur earned B.S. degrees with High Honors in Accountancy and in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Gabriel Shaukat, Vice President. Gabe Shaukat joins Sunstone Partners as an investment team Vice President after earning his M.B.A. degree with Honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Previously, Gabe was an Associate at Primus Capital, a healthcare and technology focused private equity firm in Cleveland. Before Primus, Gabe worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in the Consumer and Retail group. Raised in Columbus, Georgia, Gabe earned a B.B.A. degree in Finance, summa cum laude, from the University of Georgia.
Emanuel Pleitez, Associate. Emanuel Pleitez joins Sunstone Partners as an investment team Associate after serving as a consultant to the Sunstone team during the raising of Sunstone Partners’ first fund. Prior to joining Sunstone Partners, Emanuel served as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions and Head of Strategy and Business Development for Qlovi, an education technology startup. Before Qlovi, Emanuel was Chief Strategy Officer for Spokeo. Previously, Emanuel was a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company. Prior to McKinsey & Company, he served as Special Assistant to Chairman Paul Volcker in the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Designated Federal Officer of President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB). Emanuel began his career as a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs in the Equities Product Group of the Securities Division. Emanuel is currently a soldier in the U.S. Army Reserve and the chairman of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Emanuel was raised in Los Angeles and holds a B.A. degree from Stanford University.
Mike (YueFeng) Du, Associate. Mike Du joins Sunstone Partners as an investment team Associate after working as an Investment Banking Analyst at Deutsche Bank in the Technology, Media, Telecom Group. During his time at Deutsche Bank, Mike focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising for companies across the TMT sector. Mike earned from Duke University a B.Eng. degree in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Finance. Mike was born in Dalian, China and was raised in Vancouver, Canada.
Sidhant Misra, Associate. Sid Misra joins Sunstone Partners as an investment team Associate after working as an Analyst in The Walt Disney Company's Corporate Strategy and Business Development group. He also completed a summer internship program with the U.S. Treasury Department. Raised in Columbia, MO, Sid graduated cum laude with an A.B. degree in Economics from Harvard College.
The Sunstone Partners leadership team includes Co-Founder / Managing Directors Gustavo Alberelli, Michael Biggee, John Moragne and Arneek Multani, and Managing Director-Operations, John Reardon.
About Sunstone Partners
Sunstone Partners is a new growth equity firm focused on technology-enabled services companies. The firm is a spin-out of the growth equity team of Trident Capital, a multi-stage investment firm with seven funds and $1.9 billion of capital under management since 1993.
Sunstone Partners makes growth equity and growth buyout investments in companies that have annual revenue of at least $10 million, are growing at greater than 20% per year and are profitable. We invest in both sizable minority positions and control transactions.