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 liquidity solutions to premier institutional investors 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Peter brings over 12 years of current senior wine industry management expertise to Upwelling. He currently serves as Director on the board of Red Car Wine Company, where he was General Manager for six years, leading a team that has built one of the largest independent wineries in the West Sonoma Coast focused on collector-worthy wines. Before Red Car, Peter spent over six years at Treasury Wine Estates. He served as Director of Marketing for Beringer Vineyards, the flagship and largest U.S. winery in their portfolio of brands, with revenues of around $300 million.
In addition, Peter held marketing positions at Johnson and Johnson from 2002 until 2005, managing businesses of $30 - $70 million in revenue. He started his career on the staff of U.S. Senators, and as a spokesperson on Presidential and other political campaigns across the country.
Peter has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and earned his BA from Grinnell College in Iowa.
David S. Wachter
Mr. Wachter is a founding partner of W Capital Partners, a direct secondary private equity firm with more than $1.5 billion of capital under management. Since founding the firm in 2001, W Capital has become a leading participant in providing private equity firms, financial institutions and corporations with liquidity for their private equity investments. Mr. Wachter is cited frequently and has spoken around the world regarding the growing market for liquidity in private equity and the secondary direct market. He was elected one of the 30 Rising Stars in Private Equity by Private Equity International.
Prior to the founding of W Capital in 2001, Mr. Wachter held senior roles as an investment banker and private equity investor for 15 years at Lehman Brothers, Jefferies and Unterberg. David holds an MBA with distinction from New York University and a BS in Engineering, magna cum laude, with a major in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from Tufts University.
Oleg Kaganovich is a serial entrepreneur and investor. He is currently the founder of Wyndow, a technology company focused on delivering local event, entertainment and experience content that fits within a traveler's free time. Prior to starting Wyndow, Mr. Kaganovich was general partner and co-founder with green investment group Black Emerald Capital, and a venture partner with early stage venture capital firm DFJ Frontier. He has also served as an early/growth stage company adviser, operations executive, and emerging markets consultant with an interest in businesses within energy, environment, sustainability, food & agriculture, IT, media, healthcare, and consumer products.
From 2011 to 2012, Mr. Kaganovich was the founding Director for Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). While there, he led the Seed Fund, and launched both the Entrepreneurship Center and Early Stage Venture Fund activities. Mr. Kaganovich was also the adviser for the development and launch of the DFJ VTB Aurora Russian Innovation and Nanotechnology fund. Prior to his work within the DFJ network of venture funds, Mr. Kaganovich was the founding CEO of the Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA), where he developed the infrastructure, branding and momentum to help startup entrepreneurs in undercapitalized regions advance their businesses. Oleg began his venture capital career as an Associate with Sun Microsystems venture group. Oleg received his MBA from Columbia Business School, studied international relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and received a BS in International Business from Aquinas College.
Benjamin Finkelor currently serves as the Executive Director for the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center (EEC). In this role, he manages the general operations of the organization, including the establishment and on-going oversight of strategic research collaborations between key faculty, staff and students at UC Davis. He also works to maintain and grow relationships with supporting industry partners and communicate RD&D progress to program sponsors, which include Honda, Microsoft, Chevron, Sempra Energy, Walmart and Wells Fargo.
Prior to joining the EEC, Mr. Finkelor served in a variety of roles within the Clean Technology sector, including Director of Business Development for a local clean energy start-up company, Interim Executive Director for CleanStart (a Sacramento-based business incubator supporting local clean energy technology ventures and entrepreneurs), and as a Analyst for the private equity arm of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). Mr. Finkelor earned an MBA from the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis. He also earned an emphasis in Corporate Environmental Management through the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara. Mr. Finkelor has a bachelor degree from the University of California San Diego.