Senior Management Team
As one of the founders of Castle Placement, Ken is passionate about helping great companies grow. Over 25 years of experience in investment banking and raising capital from institutional private equity/venture investors, family offices, foundations, endowments, hedge funds, banks and specialty finance lenders. Co-founded Castle Placement in 2009, providing investment banking services and raising private equity/debt capital for early-stage and middle market companies across a wide range of industries including financial services/fintech, real estate, technology, business services, energy/real assets and consumer/retail. In 2007, created a platform providing advisory and capital formation services to financial institutions and private equity funds investing in distressed bank portfolios and community banks which was merged into Castle Placement*. From 1999 to 2007, at Merrill Lynch was co-head of the 50+ person global structured credit products investment banking, sales and syndicate and head of the U.S. alternative investment group raising capital for alternative investment funds in financial services and asset management. From 1991 to 1999, was at Credit Suisse First Boston as a senior trader on a principal transaction desk responsible for managing a proprietary position of credit sensitive commercial/residential real estate and asset-backed securities and head of CSFB’s new issue whole loan and agency CMO desk. Began his career in 1985 at Arthur Andersen where he managed their structured finance group consulting on ground breaking securitizations of residential mortgages, credit cards, auto loans, corporate loans and other financial assets. FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, and 79 licenses.
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- (O) (212) 418-1188
- (C) (516) 712-7784
Co-founded Castle Placement in 2009, providing investment banking services and raising private equity/debt capital for early-stage and middle market companies across a wide range of industries including financial services/fintech, real estate, technology, business services, energy/real assets and consumer/retail. Over 25 years of experience in investment banking, capital markets, real estate, proprietary investing, and alternative investments, and has completed several successful advisory, capital formation, and financing transactions. Managing Director at Ivy Asset Management Corp., a leading alternative investment asset management firm, responsible for investment strategy, risk management, and portfolio construction, and a member of the firm’s Investment Risk Management Committee. Managing Director-Principal at Bear, Stearns & Co., where he was the head of North American Structured Credit Distribution, responsible for structuring and distributing complex structured finance products in North America, and executing debt capital markets transactions for large financial institutions. Client base included insurance companies, banks, private equity firms, hedge funds, and structured vehicles. Director in the Principal Transactions Group at Credit Suisse First Boston, responsible for investing the firm's proprietary capital through the origination, structuring, and purchasing of debt secured by various asset classes and commercial mortgage backed securities. Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. and L.L.M. (in Taxation) from the New York University School of Law. FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, and 79 licenses.
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- (O) (212) 418-1181
- (C) (516) 655-3502
Head of the origination team. Extensive career in investment banking. Director at Merrill Lynch responsible for structuring and originating transactions, and bringing to market senior/sub debt and equity to institutional investors. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, was an Associate at Credit Suisse. Began career in public finance, advising municipalities on raising capital. MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley. FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.
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- (O) (212) 418-1182
- (C) (917) 570-4829
Extensive career in investment banking, corporate law, finance, and alternative investments. Began his career as an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, Washington D.C. and London, and thereafter was a senior corporate finance officer for a private Texas corporation until its sale. Thereafter was an investment banker based in New York and Singapore for two major firms. Managing Director at Arden Asset Management Corp. and Ivy Asset Management Corp. from 2000 to 2010. Managing Director at StormHarbour Partners from 2010-2016. Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Vermont, and J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Serves on the advisory boards of Georgetown University’s College of Arts and Sciences and UVM’s School of Business. FINRA Series 7, 63 and 79. Charter member of Army Historical Foundation’s 1814 Society.
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- (O) (212) 418-1187
- (C) (516) 761-0939
Over 25 years of investment banking, capital markets and capital raising experience for asset managers and hedge funds. Began his career at Lehman Brothers in 1988 and then became a Managing Director at DLJ and Credit Suisse. Founding partner in the Winter Group. Managing Director at G2 Investment Group. Recently part of the management of a tax lien fund where he was responsible for rehabbing and selling REO portfolio. Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of William and Mary in 1984 and MBA from the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. FINRA Series 3,7 and 63 licenses.
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- (O) (212) 418-1185
- (C) (917) 586-5811
Over 30 years of experience in investment banking and capital markets. Managing Director at CRT Capital, where he advised institutional investors on asset allocation. Managing Director at RBS Greenwich Capital, where he was well regarded for his weekly publication “Cross-Sector Strategy” and frequent notes distributed to over 1,000 large, global institutional investors. Spent eight years at Merrill Lynch, serving as Chief Fixed Income Strategist and built the Mortgage Research department. At CS First Boston initially analyzed investor portfolios and recommended trading strategies to improve performance, and became lead author of “The Relative Value Review”. At CityFed Financial, built and managed a multi-billion-dollar bond portfolio and served as Director of Asset-Liability Management. M.B.A. in Finance from New York University, and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Penn State University. FINRA Series 7, 16, 24, and 63 licenses.
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- (O) (212) 418-1184
- (C) (917) 287-8311
Head of the investor team. Diverse background in investment banking, credit, and asset management. Brings perspective from both the sell-side and buy-side. Began his finance career in commercial and investment banking, managing relationships at JP Morgan Chase and CIBC with customers from various industries. Transitioned to asset management at ACA Capital, where he assembled and managed credit research analyst teams in New York, London and Singapore. After ACA, joined National Australia Bank where he helped manage a $20 billion portfolio of corporate credit assets and managed bank counterparty relationships. B.A. in Economics from Boston College, MBA in Finance from the Columbia Graduate School of Business, and Advanced Professional Certificate in CPA Accounting from the NYU Stern School of Business. FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.
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- (O) (212) 418-1183
- (C) (973) 699-7995
Francisco Estevez Molinero
Over 15 years of experience with corporate venture capital advisory, project finance, and Fortune 500 corporations. Specializes in equity and debt placements for high-growth companies in various industries. Worked at Cummins' corporate venture group and as US partner of 4i, a corporate venture advisory services firm that served Forbes Global 2000 European energy and cleantech companies. Project Director at the AES Corporation helping to lead a new subsidiary focused on managing global power delivery risk. Entrepreneur at GenCell Corporation, a stationary and airborne power fuel cell company, acquired by a Southeast Asian oil conglomerate and at SEADM, a Yale-based real-time detection of explosives and satellite propulsion company with technology developed for the US Air Force and NATO. Completed doctoral studies (all but dissertation) in Mechanical and Chemical Engineering from Carlos III University of Madrid, has done extensive research at Yale University. MBA and international business diplomacy degrees from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and School of Foreign Service. Graduate of the London Business School's Project and Infrastructure Finance Executive Program. FINRA Series 7 and 63.
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- (C) (917) 650-1093
Over 20 years of experience in fixed income and capital markets as a portfolio manager, trader and structurer. Founding Partner and CEO of RMBS Management LLC, a structured products hedge fund. Portfolio manager/trader at Camulos Capital. Managing Director at Merrill Lynch responsible for the management of a below investment grade residential proprietary trading desk, as well as portfolio manager for Merrill Lynch Bank. Prior to Merrill Lynch, worked in structured finance at Deutsche Bank, Bear Stearns and KPMG. BS in Chemical Engineering from Washington and Lee University and MS in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University. Chartered Financial Analyst. FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.
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- (O) (212) 418-1187
- (C) (917) 650-1093
Extensive career in investment banking focused on debt and equity transactions and financings within energy, power, metals and mining. Held senior positions in investment banking and consulting. Began financial career with Citibank NA in New York. Design engineer with Exxon in New Jersey and Texas. Frequent guest on international financial news shows. Author of numerous engineering and investment publications. Serves on the Council (2016-2018), Chair of the Business Committee (2017-2018) and Conference Session Chair (2015-2018) for the United States Association of Energy Economics (USAEE). Served as an Advisory Board Member for the International Pittsburgh Coal Conference (2011-2014). MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, ABD-PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MS in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University, and BS from the University of Pittsburgh. FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.
Juan Carlos Sandoval
Seventeen years of investment banking experience. Joined BNP Paribas in early 2000. Five years within the Corporate and Investment Banking team. Three years representing US and Latin America’s energy-focused teams in front of the bank’s top management. Based in Houston for the last ten years, focused primarily on the US and Latin America oil and gas industry. Relationship manager within the Energy Group at Wells Fargo Bank before returning to BNP Paribas to run the Oil and Gas Structured Debt team. BA in Accounting from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico. Fluent in Spanish, English and French. FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses..
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- (C) (832) 425-6662
Over 15 years of experience in investment banking, advisory, and trading. Began career at Morgan Stanley as a trader in the Fixed Income Division before moving on to Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan and UBS where he ran trading and capital markets desks across the structured products space. Recently founded an early stage advisory and investment firm where he has invested in and consulted technology startups and operating companies. B.S. in Business Administration from Boston University with a concentration in Finance. FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.
Victor Josebachvili is the founder and Managing Partner of Harbor Hills Partners, LLC. During the last twenty eight years, Mr. Josebachvili has advised major US, European and Latin American multinationals, governments and leading privately held companies in dozens of assignments and transactions valued at more than $20 billion. They included public and private mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, public spin-offs, management buyouts, privatizations, takeover defenses and unsolicited public bids, as well as recapitalizations and venture capital and private equity investments. Prior to founding Harbor Hills, Mr. Josebachvili served as Vice Chairman Latin America at JP Morgan, was a Managing Director in its Global M&A Group and a member of its Fairness Opinion and Valuation Committee. Before joining JP Morgan’s predecessor company, Chase Manhattan Bank, Mr. Josebachvili held similar positions at Bankers Trust (now part of Deutsche Bank) and Citibank. Mr. Josebachvili serves, and has served in the past, on a number of public and private companies’ boards. He has been a guest speaker at numerous professional conferences throughout the Americas as well as a regular guest lecturer at New York University’s Executive M.B.A. program and at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Mr. Josebachvili has a B.Sc. (Cum Laude) degree in Industrial Engineering from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) and an M.B.A. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.
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- (C) (516) 313-7043