Sunstone Partners Expands Investment Team With Five New Hires and One Promotion

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 2, 2016) - Sunstone Partners, a $300 million growth equity firm investing in technology-enabled services companies, today announced significant expansion of its investment team, hiring two new Vice Presidents, promoting a third Vice President, and hiring three new Associates.

Andy Cao, Vice President. Andy Cao was promoted from a Senior Associate on the investment team to Vice President in recognition of his contributions to the Sunstone Partners team in sourcing and leading transactions and managing investments. Andy has been working with the Sunstone Partners team since 2012. Previously, Andy worked as a Global Banking Analyst at Citigroup. Andy is a graduate of the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering.

Ankur Rathi, Vice President. Ankur Rathi joins Sunstone Partners as an investment team Vice President after earning his MBA from the Wharton School. Previously, Ankur was an Associate at Riverside Partners, a technology and healthcare focused private equity firm in Boston. Before Riverside, Ankur was an Associate at Allstate Investments, focused on global investing as a limited partner in private equity firms. Ankur began his career as an analyst at BMO Capital Markets in the Mergers & Acquisitions group. He also holds a B.S. in Accountancy and a B.S. in Finance with High Honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Gabriel Shaukat, Vice President. Gabe Shaukat joins Sunstone Partners as an investment team Vice President after earning his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Previously, Gabe was an Associate at Primus Capital, a healthcare and technology focused private equity firm in Cleveland. Before Primus, Gabe worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in the Consumer and Retail group. Raised in Columbus, Georgia, Gabe earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia, graduating summa cum laude with honors.

Emanuel Pleitez, Associate. Emanuel Pleitez joins Sunstone Partners as an investment team Associate after serving as a consultant to the Sunstone team during the raising of Sunstone Partners' first fund. Prior to joining Sunstone Partners, Emanuel served as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions and Head of Strategy and Business Development for Qlovi, an education technology startup. Before Qlovi, Emanuel was Chief Strategy Officer for Spokeo. Previously, Emanuel was a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company. Prior to McKinsey & Company, he served as Special Assistant to Chairman Paul Volcker in the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Designated Federal Officer of President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB). Emanuel began his career as a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs in the Equities Product Group of the Securities Division. Emanuel is currently a soldier in the U.S. Army Reserve and the chairman of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Raised in Los Angeles, Emanuel holds a B.A. from Stanford University.

YueFeng (Mike) Du, Associate. Mike Du joins Sunstone Partners as an investment team Associate after working as an Investment Banking Analyst at Deutsche Bank in the Technology, Media, Telecom Group. During his time at Deutsche Bank, Mike focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising for companies across the TMT sector. Mike graduated from Duke University with degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Finance. Mike was originally born in Dalian, China and was raised in Vancouver, Canada.

Sidhant Misra, Associate. Sid Misra joins Sunstone Partners as an investment team Associate after working as an Analyst in The Walt Disney Company's Corporate Strategy and Business Development group. He also completed a summer internship program with the U.S. Treasury Department. Sid graduated with an AB in economics from Harvard College, cum laude.

The Sunstone Partners leadership team includes Co-Founder / Managing Directors Gustavo Alberelli, Michael Biggee, John Moragne and Arneek Multani, and Managing Director-Operations, John Reardon. 

About Sunstone Partners

Sunstone Partners is a new growth equity firm focused on technology-enabled services companies. The firm is a spin-out of the growth equity team of Trident Capital, a multi-stage investment firm with seven funds and $1.9 billion of capital under management since 1993. Sunstone Partners makes growth equity and growth buyout investments in companies that have annual revenue of at least $10 million, are growing at greater than 20% per year and are profitable. We invest in both sizable minority positions and control transactions.

Contact Information:

For further information, please contact:
Howard S. Zeprun
Chief Operating Officer
Sunstone Partners
400 S. El Camino Real, Suite 300
San Mateo, CA 94402