Meet the Team

OpenGate’s professionals are skilled in the multiple facets of sourcing, acquiring, transitioning, operating and managing businesses in a variety of industries and geographies.


Andrew Nikou

Andrew Nikou, 37, is an investor and philanthropist. As founder, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of OpenGate Capital, Andrew leads the firm’s expanding bench of professionals in the acquisition and operation of businesses throughout the world. Andrew is guided by a clear…
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Jay Yook

Jay Yook is a Partner based in OpenGate Capital’s Los Angeles office and has been with the firm since its inception.  Mr. Yook is responsible for the transition and management of the firm’s North and South American portfolio companies and also lends his operational and…
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Julien Lagrèze

Julien Lagrèze is a Partner based in OpenGate Capital’s Paris office and is responsible for transaction execution and portfolio management for OpenGate’s European portfolio companies. Mr. Lagrèze joined the firm in 2007 to establish OpenGate’s European presence, ensuring the firm’s investment strategy and…
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Robert Lezec

Robert Lezec is a Partner based in OpenGate Capital’s New York City office where he is responsible for the development and execution of long-term strategies for OpenGate Capital’s portfolio of companies. A 25-year veteran in international private equity, C-level management and strategic consulting,…
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Sebastien Kiekert Le Moult

Sebastien is a Partner with OpenGate Capital focusing on new transactions in Europe and South America. Prior to joining OpenGate, Sebastien was the CEO of Syntagma Group, a privately held industrial holding company that operates businesses in various industries throughout Europe and Brazil,…
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Jonny Leppin

Jonny Leppin is a Principal at OpenGate Capital and portfolio manager and Chief Financial Officer for the Latin America region. He is based in São Paulo, Brazil and is responsible for transaction execution, operations and portfolio management and specifically, the coordination of OpenGate’s portfolio…
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Matthias Gundlach

Matthias Gundlach

Matthias Gundlach is a Principal based in OpenGate Capital’s Los Angeles office and is responsible for the transaction execution of OpenGate’s new deals. Matthias has over a decade of experience in mergers and acquisitions having been a Vice President in the European investment team…
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Alanna Chaffin

Alanna Chaffin is Senior Vice President of Communications for OpenGate Capital. Ms. Chaffin manages media relations, transaction communications and corporate communications as it relates to the firm’s acquisition activities. Additionally, Alanna supports the firm’s business development efforts while overseeing OpenGate’s marketing and public…
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Daniel Abrams, Esq

Daniel Abrams is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for OpenGate Capital. Working from the firm’s headquarters in Los Angeles, Mr. Abrams is responsible for supporting the firm’s global M&A efforts during the negotiations and diligence processes and he oversees legal matters for…
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Fabien Marcantetti

Mr. Marcantetti is a Senior Vice President working out of OpenGate Capital’s European office where he provides due diligence and transaction execution support as well as special projects consulting and oversight support within the firm’s European portfolio of acquired companies. Prior to OpenGate, Fabien gained…
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Joshua Adams

Joshua Adams is Senior Vice President and head of the Global Business Development team at OpenGate Capital. In this position, Joshua oversees all new business activities and staff for the firm’s global acquisition interests. Joshua manages all origination, intelligence tracking, relationship management, and screening processes.…
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Marc Veillas

Marc is Senior Vice President working out of OpenGate Capital’s European office where is his responsible for the firm’s portfolio of European businesses as portfolio manager. Marc is an experienced operations executive with a proven track record of leading industrial restructuring and recovery…
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Vijay Mony

Mr. Vijay Mony is Senior Vice President of Operations working out of OpenGate Capital’s Los Angeles office where he provides transaction execution, due diligence, transition and portfolio management support for the firm’s North and South American acquired companies. Vijay has deep global M&A, corporate…
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Inbal Salzstein

Inbal “Bel” Salzstein is a Vice President at OpenGate Capital and a member of the firm’s Latin American team. She is responsible for driving the implementation and management of stand-alone treasury and financial strategies across the firm’s portfolio of companies, including Sopho Business…
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Kenneth Wan

Kenneth Wan is OpenGate Capital’s Vice President, Controller working from the firm’s headquarters in Los Angeles. With over 20 years of experience in finance and accounting, Ken has held numerous senior financial management positions as CFO, VP Finance, Corporate Controller, and as an…
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Virginia Thornton

Ms. Thornton is a Director at OpenGate Capital in Los Angeles and assists in due diligence, transaction execution and portfolio management.  With an active Certified Public Accountant license, her background includes accounting, auditing and finance as well as operational and deal making expertise.…
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Andrew Nicoletti

Andrew Nicoletti is a Senior Associate and member of the global business development team where he is responsible for originating and qualifying platform opportunities and strategic add-on acquisitions.  Mr. Nicoletti’s focus areas include the paper, forestry, packaging, automotive, and broader industrial sectors in North and South America…
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Chris Baddon

Chris Baddon is a Senior Associate on the global business development team at OpenGate Capital and is based in Los Angeles and is responsible for sourcing and qualifying acquisition opportunities throughout North and South America and Europe. Chris has a diverse background in research and…
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Jordan Stone

Jordan Stone is a Senior Associate at OpenGate Capital in Los Angeles and a member of the global business development team. Jordan’s primary responsibilities include deal origination and qualification, financial analysis, and due diligence on new acquisition opportunities. With a strong business development background,…
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Michael Cashin

Michael Cashin is an Associate working in OpenGate Capital’s global business development team providing general industry coverage. Michael was most recently with Pegasus Capital Group, a private buyout firm where he worked as a deal sourcing associate. Prior to Pegasus, Michael worked at…
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Michael Song

Michael Song is an Associate at OpenGate Capital in Los Angeles and assists in due diligence, transaction execution and portfolio management. Michael has a broad skillset that includes experience in private equity and investment banking.  Before joining OpenGate, Michael was previously with Sun Capital Partners in Los…
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John Spiezia

John Spiezia is an Analyst working in OpenGate Capital’s global business development team in Los Angeles. John provides general industry coverage while developing relationships with key investment professionals. Prior to joining OpenGate Capital, John was with Ascendiant Securities Group in Del Mar, California…
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Nicolas Rérolle

Nicolas Rérolle is an Analyst based in OpenGate Capital’s Paris office where he supports the European M&A team. Nicolas is a graduate of EDHEC Business School in Lille and Nice, with a major in Finance, and has previous internship experiences with Ernst &…
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Xavier Lambert

Xavier Lambert is an Analyst working in OpenGate Capital’s Paris office where he is involved in all aspects of due diligence for new acquisitions. Xavier is responsible for financial analysis, modeling, data sourcing, documentation review, transaction financing, and post-closing transition support. Prior to joining…
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Jessica Shafran

Jessica Shafran is Executive Assistant to OpenGate Capital’s founder, Managing Partner and CEO. Working from the firm’s headquarters in Los Angeles, Jessica is responsible for managing the office of Mr. Nikou and providing support to senior members of the team. Prior to joining…
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Jessica Trent

Jessica Trent is OpenGate Capital’s Staff Accountant working from the firm’s Los Angeles headquarters. In her role, Jessica supports the bookkeeping and  internal financial controls. Prior to joining OpenGate Capital, Jessica was a Financial Analyst, Billing Supervisor and Payroll Supervisor for various business…
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Lauren Lindsay

Lauren Lindsay is Staff Assistant at OpenGate Capital where she supports the Los Angeles-based team with administrative assignments and general office management. Prior to joining OpenGate Capital, Lauren was an office manager for a high-end hair and skincare salon in Los Angeles, and she…
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