Senior Management Team

Ken Margolis

Managing Partner

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.

Ken Margolis

Ken Margolis

Managing Partner

Ken Margolis

Managing Partner

Richard Luftig

Managing Partner

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.

Richard Luftig

Richard Luftig

Managing Partner

Richard Luftig

Managing Partner

Kenneth Hackel

Managing Director

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.

Kenneth Hackel

Kenneth Hackel

Managing Director

Kenneth Hackel

Managing Director

John Haltmaier

Managing Director

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.

John Haltmaier

John Haltmaier

Managing Director

John Haltmaier

Managing Director

Frederick Horton

Managing Director

35+ year career with a range of senior roles in the investment management industry. Co-founded Crayhill Capital Management a private debt manager and served as Managing Partner. Worked for LyonRoss Capital Management, a fund of funds. Engaged in private investing in multiple sectors and asset types. Co-founded and managed Strategos Capital Management, specializing in distressed mortgage and asset backed securities. Started and headed the structured finance group at GSC Partners, a private equity firm.  Served as Managing Director at The TCW Group - co-headed the mortgage backed securities department and served as portfolio manager, deputy CIO for fixed income and ultimately started and ran the structured products business. Held portfolio management positions at State Street Bank and Putnam. Was VP in the research department at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Served as adjunct Professor at Boston University’s Questrom School of Management. MBA in finance from the Boston University. BA from Brown University.

Frederick Horton

Frederick Horton

Managing Director

Frederick Horton

Managing Director

Donald Jordan

Managing Director

Founder of Loads International WLL. and Ocean Advisory & Consulting WLL.  Advised various sovereign entities and family offices.  Wide array of investment banking and financial advisory activities including private equity, structured finance, real estate finance and funds management.  Served as vice president and senior counsel of Comerica Incorporated and its bank subsidiary Comerica Bank. Responsible for a wide array of international legal activities for the bank holding company and its affiliates, with a portfolio of approximately $6 billion.  Provided business and legal advice in corporate finance, banking, syndications, loans, warrant enhancements, workout/restructurings, tax planning, utilization of government guarantee programs, captive insurance, regulatory compliance, litigation management and other areas. Active in a wide array of cross-border of private equity and real estate investment transactions, with a focus on the Middle East.  Seed investor in a technology company. Manages a small quantitative hedge fund. Passionate supporter of three charitable organizations.  Juris Doctor, Wayne State University, graduating cum laude.  Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Michigan-Dearborn, graduating with Highest Distinction and concentrations in Finance and Marketing.  Admitted to practice law and member of the Michigan Bar Association.  Series 7 and Series 63 licenses.

  • Email: djordan@castlepalcement.com
  • (C) (248) 761-0862

Donald Jordan

Donald Jordan

Managing Director

Donald Jordan

Managing Director

Francisco Estevez Molinero

Managing Director

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.

 

Francisco Estevez Molinero

Managing Director

Steve LeFavour

Managing Director

Over 20 years of experience working with private equity and venture capital to source and structure capital raises for, and operate, early-stage and middle market companies across a wide range of industries including manufacturing, industrial, marketing, software, real estate, oil and gas, alternative energy, logistics, distribution and 3PL.Founder of T|P|G Services and interim Chief Operating Officer for eight operational turnarounds for private equity clients in heavy manufacturing and industrial companies, adding significant shareholder value.Veteran of the US Navy submarine force and alumni of its prestigious nuclear power program. Bachelor of Science degree in Science from State University of New York Albany, MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. FINRA series 7 and 63 licenses in the states of Texas and New York.

Steve LeFavour

Steve LeFavour

Managing Director

Steve LeFavour

Managing Director

Cecilia Pan

Managing Director

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.

Cecilia Pan

Cecilia Pan

Managing Director

Cecilia Pan

Managing Director

John Rogers

Managing Director

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.

John Rogers

John Rogers

Managing Director

John Rogers

Managing Director

Juan Carlos Sandoval

Managing Director

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..

Juan Carlos Sandoval

Juan Carlos Sandoval

Managing Director

Juan Carlos Sandoval

Managing Director

Colin Sheen

Managing Director

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.

Colin Sheen

Colin Sheen

Managing Director

Colin Sheen

Managing Director

Vibhu Sinha

Managing Director

Recipient of The Presidential Award from The White House, Vibhu Sinha is a senior investment professional, with fifteen years of experience advising institutional investors as well as early-stage ventures on investment pitches and due-diligence, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, and asset management specifically fixed income mortgage products, securitized assets, liquid alternatives and ESG products.

 Vibhu’s experience includes working as Vice President at Trust Company of the West, a former indirect subsidiary of Société Générale and a global $200 billion asset manager, as well as at Ares Management, a global $100 billion private equity and alternative asset manager. Vibhu also had a stint in strategy consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he provided product and industry assessment and M&A diligence services to premier asset management, private equity and international real estate clients. He began his career in financial services in 2005 as an Analyst at New Century, a full-service mortgage manager with $50 billion in origination.

 Vibhu studied behavioral psychology at Harvard University, and earned his MBA from UCLA Anderson, where he was a Vistage Fellow, a selective program for executive mentorship. He holds Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) credential.

  • Email: vsinha@castleplacement.com
  • (C) (949) 836-9082

Vibhu Sinha

Vibhu Sinha

Managing Director

Vibhu Sinha

Managing Director

Jose Maria Carretero Tomas

Managing Director

Over 18 years of experience as an advisor and attorney. Focus on asset acquisitions and real estate transactions in Spain and internationally. Has been a special advisor and collaborator with several companies in a wide variety of industries. Founding owner of the Investor Society. Founding owner of JMCT Investments. LL.B (law degree) from the UNED and the University International of Catalonia. LLM in Maritime Law from the UAO CEU Barcelona Law School. Fintech Certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Email: jtomas@castleplacement.com
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Jose Maria Carretero Tomas

Managing Director

Jesus Tueme

Managing Director

Finance and banking executive with a global perspective, broad professional practice and extensive network in Latin America. 22 years at BBVA, BNPP and Credit Agricole. Successful deal-making track record with multinationals, major Latin American issuers and government agencies. Extensive experience in restructuring/special situations, initial public offerings, corporate strategy, evaluating alliances, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, risk management, customer centric and digital strategies, and financial analytics. BS in Economics from Mexico Monterrey Institute of Technology. MBA from the University of California Los Angeles in 1987. Graduated from Harvard Business School General Management Program. Further academic work on Risk Management at Stanford University and as a research and finance scholar at the Monterrey Institute of Technology.

  • Email: jtueme@castleplacement.com
  • (C) (646) 479-7616

Jesus Tueme

Jesus Tueme

Managing Director

Jesus Tueme

Managing Director

Tina Vital

Managing Director

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 (2016-2019), Chair of the Business Committee (2017-2019) and Conference Session Chair (2015-2019) 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.

Tina Vital

Tina Vital

Managing Director

Tina Vital

Managing Director

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Thanks, Ken

Ken Margolis | Managing Partner Castle Placement, LLC
1460 Broadway Street, Rte 400
New York, New York 10036
(212) 418-1188 | C: (516) 712-7784
kmargolis@castleplacement.com

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