Bringing Value to the Surface
Upwelling: A process in which cold, nutrient-rich water from the ocean depths rises to the surface.
Founded in 2011, Upwelling Capital Group LLC is an investment advisor focused on providing advisory and capital solutions to premier institutional investors and private capital managers. The Principals have cumulatively overseen over $50 billion in global private equity commitments and have successfully managed over $5 billion in legacy, tail-end commitments, transfers and workouts for leading institutional investors.
Most recently, Eric was the Global Co-Head of Private Markets at Muzinich & Co., a $38B corporate credit firm. Previously, Eric was a Managing Director of Cyrus Capital Partners (a $2B credit opportunities spin off from Och-Ziff). Eric has held several senior positions in Middle Market investing, including Senior Partner and Portfolio Manager of FriedbergMilstein, Partner and Managing Director of JP Morgan Partners and Managing Director of the Merchant Banking Group at BNP Paribas. He began his career at GE. He earned a BA in economics from Wabash College and an MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Kevin Nee is a seasoned executive who has led a number of high-growth, new businesses across private markets and broader investment management organizations. His roles have included CEO and Chairman of Covariance Capital Management, the $2.5 billion outsourced CIO solutions provider for Teachers Insurance Annuity Association of America’s (TIAA) nonprofit clients; President of Wilshire Private Markets, the $5 billion private markets division of Wilshire Associates, where he developed and drove strategy across a global platform; and Co-Founder and Portfolio Manager of Quellos Group’s private markets division, which was later sold to Blackrock, where he became a senior member of their $6 billion private markets team. Earlier in his career, Kevin spent time with Invesco Private Capital and Capital Z Partners, where he helped to seed private equity and venture capital managers. Kevin earned a BSBA from Villanova University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Sebastian Bretschneider is working as interim Operating Partner for Hedge Fund and Private Equity portfolio companies and has been a performance improvement and corporate restructuring executive for over 15 years. Between 2002 and 2013 he worked for AlixPartners, where he led the firm’s Private Equity advisory team and built their operations in the Middle East out of Dubai. There he served a number of Sovereign Wealth Funds, investment firms, corporations and governments. Sebastian is a Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP) and has extensive experience with management teams of Private Equity portfolio companies across several industries, particularly focused on performance improvement and turnarounds of distressed companies in the USA, Europe and the Middle East.
Sebastian started his career in the Chemicals industry and also worked in banking and management consulting. Prior employers include Helm AG in Hamburg, The Boston Consulting Group in Zurich, and Roland Berger in Zurich and New York. Sebastian holds a Masters degree in Economics from University of Zurich (magna cum laude) and is alumnus of Jerusalem, Ramallah and Freiburg universities. Sebastian speaks German, English, French, Hebrew, Arabic and Spanish and resides in New York.
Lachmi-Niwas 'LN' Sadani
Lachmi-Niwas Sadani is Founder and Managing Partner of Lensbridge Capital. He has held several leadership roles in the alternative assets industry over the last 15 years, including co-founder/Head of Asian office of Ardian Investments, Chief Investment Officer for Asian private equity/infrastructure at the Nomura Group and Head of Capital Solutions/Investor Relations at Terra Firma (Nomura affiliate). He started his private equity career at the LBO team of Apax Partners in London and prior to that worked for several years in management consulting.
Mr. Sadani holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a B Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He is a citizen of Singapore and a recipient of the coveted National Talent Scholar award from the Government of India. He has also served on the Board of Make-A-Wish International Foundation, USA.
Michael 'Mike' Dutton
Michael “Mike” Dutton has 21 years of global private equity industry experience in emerging developed markets. He currently serves as Senior Advisor to Capital Group after serving as Chief Operating Officer for seven years until 2018, where his responsibilities included helping lead the successful fund restructuring and wind-down of a $4 billion AUM global emerging market direct private equity program. Prior to Capital Group, Mr. Dutton was Senior Portfolio Manager for Alternative Investments at CalPERS, leading the coverage and evaluation of mega and mid-market US private equity firms. He previously served as CFO Europe for the Carlyle Group and spent his time between D.C. and Paris working closely with Founders and Fund Heads to develop 6 funds on 2 continents and creating fund management functions for international funds in Europe and Asia.
Mr. Dutton began his career as a Senior Accountant for Arthur Andersen before going on to be VP of Finance for Elsevier Science. Mr. Dutton received his BBA with a concentration in accounting from the College of William & Mary. Additionally, he received his CPA designation from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Henri Moudi is co-founder and Managing Director of Mission Creek Capital Partners, Inc. Previously, Mr. Moudi developed and led Thomas Weisel Partners’ (Stifel, Nicolaus & Co.) private equity distribution management platform for over a decade and successfully managed over $2.5 billion in concentrated distribution exposures for some of the largest, global institutional private equity investors such as CalPERS and the State of North Carolina Retirement System. Henri has substantial expertise in evaluating, managing, hedging and monetizing concentrated, low-cost basis stock positions. Henri was also previously a Manager, Investments at Autodesk Ventures, where he sourced, evaluated and executed multiple early-stage private equity investments for the world’s fourth largest software company. Prior to Autodesk, Mr. Moudi was an Equity Analyst and Portfolio Manager at Harris Bretall Sullivan & Smith LLC, a $7 billion asset manager. Henri was also previously associated with The World Bank, where he contributed to the quantitative portfolio management of the Bank's $30 billion global fixed-income portfolio.
Mr. Moudi received his MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his BS from Cornell University. He also holds a JD from Boston University and is a member of the State of California and District of Columbia Bars. Henri is also a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and a member of the CFA Society of San Francisco.
Sebastián is the Founder and Managing Partner of Tempest Capital. Throughout his career he has participated in 37 transaction totaling US$2.3 billion. He previously was the Managing Director of the Venture Capital and Mezzanine Division of Fondo de Fondos, leading investments in LP interest, direct equity and mezzanine deals. Sebastián also played a transformative role as the Principal coordinating the Private Equity team of CAF Development Bank of Latin America. Prior to CAF, Sebastián worked with the Global Value Equity team of Morgan Stanley and as a senior consultant in the Financial Services Group of Kroll. He earned an MBA from IESE Business School and was valedictorian in his undergraduate class in international business at Universidad Panamericana. Sebastián holds both the CFA and the CAIA designations. He is a founding member of the CFA Society of Mexico, advisor to CONCAMIN, advisor to the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia, and a member of Mexican Council on Foreign Relations.