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.

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Andrew Nikou

Andrew Nikou is the founder and Managing Partner of OpenGate Capital, leading the firm’s expanding bench of professionals in the acquisition and operation of businesses throughout the world. Mr. Nikou is responsible for deal origination, M&A, operations and for the overall management, strategy…
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Jay Yook

Jay Yook is a Partner at OpenGate and is head of transitions for the Firm’s global portfolio of companies.   Mr. Yook has been with the Firm since inception in 2005 and is a member of the Investment and Portfolio Committees. Prior to…
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Julien Lagrèze

Julien Lagrèze is a Partner based in OpenGate Capital’s Paris office and is responsible for transaction execution, portfolio management, and the overall management of the Firm’s European headquarters. Mr. Lagrèze joined the Firm in 2007 to establish OpenGate’s Paris office and is a member…
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Robert Lezec

Robert Lezec is a Partner based in OpenGate Capital’s New York City office and is head of the Firm’s global portfolio of companies.  Mr. Lezec joined OpenGate in 2008 and is a member of the Investment and Portfolio Committees.  Prior to joining OpenGate Capital,…
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Sebastien Kiekert Le Moult

Mr. Kiekert Le Moult is a Partner based in OpenGate Capital’s Paris office and focuses on transaction executions.  Mr. Kiekert Le Moult joined OpenGate Capital in 2012 and is a member of the Investment and Portfolio Committees. Prior to joining OpenGate, Mr. Kiekert…
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Alanna Chaffin

Alanna Chaffin is a Principal with OpenGate Capital. Ms. Chaffin is responsible for investor relations, 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…
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Fabien Marcantetti

Mr. Marcantetti is a Principal based in OpenGate Capital’s Paris office and is responsible for the transaction execution of OpenGate’s new deals in Europe. Mr. Marcantettii also provides special projects consulting and oversight support within the Firm’s European portfolio of acquired companies.  Prior…
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Jonny Leppin

Jonny Leppin is a Principal based in São Paulo, Brazil and is responsible for the operations and portfolio management of OpenGate’s portfolio companies in Latin America. Additionally, Mr. Leppin provides transaction execution support for the Firm’s global M&A efforts. Prior to joining OpenGate…
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Joshua Adams

Joshua Adams is a Principal based in OpenGate’s Los Angeles office and is responsible for overseeing global deal origination. Mr. Adams manages all research, origination, intelligence tracking, relationship management, and qualification processes at OpenGate.   Prior to joining OpenGate, Mr. Adams was a…
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Matthias Gundlach

Matthias Gundlach is a Principal based in OpenGate Capital’s Los Angeles office and is head of North American M&A, where he is responsible for the transaction execution of OpenGate’s new deals. Prior to joining OpenGate, Mr. Gundlach was a Vice President in the…
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Daniel Abrams, Esq

Daniel Abrams is Senior Vice President & General Counsel / Chief Compliance Officer based in OpenGate Capital’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Abrams oversees legal matters for the Firm and its portfolio of companies, and he supports the Firm’s global M&A efforts during the…
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Marc Veillas

Marc Veillas is Senior Vice President based in OpenGate Capital’s Paris office, where is a member of the Firm’s operations team with responsibility for OpenGate’s European portfolio of investments as portfolio manager. Mr. Veillas has over 20 years of experience in working with…
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Vijay Mony

Mr. Vijay Mony is a Senior Vice President based in OpenGate Capital’s Los Angeles office and is a member of the firm’s operations team supporting transaction execution, due diligence, transition and portfolio management support for the firm’s North and South American investments. Prior…
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Inbal Salzstein

Inbal “Bel” Salzstein is a Vice President based in OpenGate’s  São Paulo office and is a member of the firm’s operations team, where she is responsible for the implementation and management of stand-alone treasury and financial strategies and portfolio management across the firm’s Latin…
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Jordan Stone

Jordan Stone is a Vice President at OpenGate Capital based in the Los Angeles office and is a member of the firm’s global business development team. Mr. Stone is responsible for sourcing and originating deals globally, as well as the qualification, financial analysis, and…
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Matthew Ji

Matthew Ji is based in OpenGate Capital’s Los Angeles office where he is responsible for Information Technology as it relates to supporting the Firm’s M&A processes, transitioning newly acquired businesses, on-going support of investments within the OpenGate portfolio, and for ensuring compliance and oversight…
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Virginia Schmitt

Mrs. Schmitt is a Vice President at OpenGate Capital and is based in the Los Angeles office. Mrs. Schmitt is a member of the firm’s operations team where she is responsible for stand-alone treasuries, financial strategies and portfolio management across the firm’s global investments.…
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Andrew Nicoletti

Andrew Nicoletti is a Senior Associate in OpenGate’s Los Angeles office and is 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 focuses on the paper, forestry, packaging, automotive, and broader…
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Chris Baddon

Chris Baddon is a Senior Associate based in OpenGate’s Los Angeles office and is a member of the firm’s global business development team. Mr. Baddon is responsible for sourcing and qualifying acquisition opportunities throughout North and South America and Europe.  Prior to joining OpenGate,…
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Eric Luoma

Eric Luoma is a Senior Associate at OpenGate Capital’s Los Angeles office and assists in due diligence, transaction execution and portfolio management. Eric has a broad skill set that includes experience in private equity and transaction services.  Before joining OpenGate, Mr. Luoma was with Woodside…
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Michael Cashin

Michael Cashin is a Senior Associate working in OpenGate Capital’s Los Angeles office and is a member of the firm’s global business development team where he provides general industry coverage. Mr. Cashin previously worked at Pegasus Capital Group, a private buyout firm, where…
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Michael Song

Michael Song is a Senior Associate based in OpenGate Capital’s Los Angeles office where he 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, Mr. Song was an investment associate…
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John Spiezia

John Spiezia is an Associate working in OpenGate Capital’s Los Angeles office and is a member of the firm’s global business development team. Mr. Spiezia provides general industry coverage while developing relationships with key investment professionals. Prior to joining OpenGate Capital, Mr. Spiezia…
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Xavier Lambert

Xavier Lambert is an Associate working in OpenGate Capital’s Paris office where he is involved in all aspects of due diligence for new acquisitions. Mr. Lambert is responsible for financial analysis, modeling, data sourcing, documentation review, transaction financing, and post-closing transition support. Prior…
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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. Mr. Rérolle is involved in all aspects of due diligence for new acquisitions. Mr. Rérolle is a graduate of EDHEC Business School in Lille and Nice, and…
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Jessica Shafran

Jessica Shafran is Executive Assistant to OpenGate Capital’s founder, and Managing Partner, Andrew Nikou. Working from the firm’s headquarters in Los Angeles, Ms. Shafran is responsible for managing the office of Mr. Nikou and providing support to senior members of the team. Prior…
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Barbara Shi is OpenGate’s Controller based in Los Angeles where she is responsible for the Firm’s treasury management functions and fund accounting. Ms. Shi is a tenured Certified Public Accountant with fourteen years of experience, specializing in private equity accounting. She has extensive practice in analyzing complex…
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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, Ms. Trent supports the bookkeeping and  internal financial controls. Prior to joining OpenGate Capital, Ms. Trent was a Financial Analyst, Billing Supervisor and Payroll Supervisor for various…
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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, Ms. Lindsay was an office manager for a high-end hair and skincare salon in Los Angeles, and…
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