Altas Partners was established by an experienced team of professionals with broad relationships and distinguished track records at leading private equity firms, advisory firms and operating companies. Altas also benefits from the knowledge and expertise of a world-class board of advisors, whose members actively assist in evaluating investment opportunities and building Altas’ operating companies. Many of the firm’s professionals and advisors have worked together over the past decade, including at Onex Corporation, widely regarded as one of the preeminent private equity firms globally.
Andrew J. Sheiner, Founder and Managing Partner
Andrew founded Altas Partners following a long career with Onex Corporation, a leading North American private equity firm. During Andrew’s 17-year tenure with the firm, Onex grew from $400 million of capital to more than $14 billion, and its investment team expanded from 7 professionals to 55. As a Managing Director, Andrew co-led the establishment of Onex Partners (Onex’ large cap private equity platform) in 2001 and oversaw its other investing platforms, including ONCAP (one of the best-performing mid-cap private equity groups in North America) and Onex Credit Partners. Andrew worked at McKinsey & Company and a private family business prior to joining Onex Corporation in 1995. Andrew was educated at McGill University (Bachelor of Commerce, Gold Medalist) and Harvard University (MBA).
Andrew serves on the Board of Directors of the York School, the Board of Trustees of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children and Harvard Business School’s Canadian Advisory Board. Andrew and his wife Liza Mauer live in Toronto with their four children.
Paul Nicoletti, Chief Operating Officer
Prior to joining Altas, Paul was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Celestica Inc., a NYSE/TSX-Iisted company with approximately $6 billion in revenues and thirty thousand employees in North America, Asia and Eastern Europe.
Paul was one of Celestica’s founding executives. He worked closely with Onex Corporation in 1996 on the corporate carve-out of Celestica when it was a subsidiary of IBM and its subsequent development into a global leader in outsourced electronics manufacturing and supply chain management.
During his career at Celestica, Paul held numerous executive business unit leadership positions. As Chief Financial Officer for six years, Paul also led the company’s strategy and M&A functions, spearheading Celestica’s transition to a higher value added supplier and a successful acquisition strategy focused on expanding capabilities and penetrating new markets.
Paul was educated at the University of Western Ontario (Bachelor of Administrative and Commercial Studies) and the Schulich School of Business (MBA with Honours). Paul has completed the Leadership Best Practices program at Harvard University and the G100 Next Generation Leadership Program. Paul has co-led an annual fund raising initiative for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society, and served on the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee of Habitat for Humanity Toronto. Paul and his wife, Simone Lumsden, live in Toronto with their two sons.
Christopher McElhone, Operating Partner
Prior to joining Altas Partners as an Operating Partner, Chris held the position of Director, Business Transformation at Husky Injection Molding Systems, overseeing Husky’s global growth and cost improvement initiatives. Husky is the world’s leading supplier of injection molding equipment and services to the plastics industry. Chris’ involvement with Husky originated while he was at Onex Corporation, where he led the operational improvement due diligence for Onex’ acquisition of Husky in 2007. In 2009, Chris was selected for the Onex CEO Fellowship program and worked closely with Husky’s senior management from Husky’s headquarters in Bolton, Ontario. Chris joined Husky’s management team in 2010 following the completion of the fellowship program.
Prior to joining Onex, Chris worked in the merchant banking group within CIBC World Markets (joined in 2001) and was part of teams that completed several equity co-investments, mezzanine debt loans, bridge loans and other transactions spanning a diverse range of industries. Chris completed the Program for Leadership Development (PLD) at Harvard University, the Bachelor of Business Administration (HBBA) program with a minor in Mathematics at Wilfrid Laurier University (with High Distinction) and is a CFA charterholder.
Scott Werry, Partner
Prior to joining Altas Partners, Scott worked at Providence Equity Partners in New York. At Providence, Scott was focused on opportunities in the communications and business services sectors. Scott served as a Director of Q9 Networks, Canada’s leading provider of outsourced data centre solutions and was actively involved in the development of Grupo TorreSur, the largest independent wireless tower operator in Brazil, and SRA International, a leading provider of services to U.S. government organizations.
Prior to Providence, Scott worked at McColl Partners, a middle-market investment banking firm, where he advised corporations and large family-owned businesses in merger, acquisition and financing transactions. Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead Scholar, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.
Prabh Chandhoke, Director
Prior to joining Altas Partners, Prabh worked at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR). At KKR, Prabh evaluated a number of investment opportunities in the infrastructure and technology sectors and had various portfolio company responsibilities. Prior to joining KKR, Prabh worked at Credit Suisse in San Francisco in their Technology Investment Banking Group, where he was involved in a number of merger, acquisition and other corporate advisory transactions. Prabh was educated at the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business (Honours Business Administration, with Distinction).
Sam Guo, Associate
Sam was born in Tianjin, China and moved to Lancaster, England at age seven before immigrating to Ottawa, Canada with his family at age ten. Sam studied business and economics at Queen’s University and completed dual Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts degrees, graduating first in his BCom class. Prior to joining Altas Partners, Sam worked in the Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley in Toronto, where he was involved in executing M&A and capital markets transactions across a wide range of sectors.
Patrick Brown, Associate
Patrick was born and raised in Ottawa. Patrick studied business at Queen’s University and completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree, graduating with First Class Honours. Prior to joining Altas Partners, Patrick worked in the Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley in Toronto, where he was involved in executing M&A and capital markets transactions across a wide range of sectors.
Dharmesh Samji, Director of Finance
Prior to joining Altas Partners, Dharmesh was an Associate Director in BCE’s Corporate Strategy and M&A team where he worked extensively to grow BCE’s hosting business into the largest co-location provider in Canada. Dharmesh also worked on a number of strategic initiatives with BCE’s Media and Mobility divisions. Dharmesh worked at Veritas Investment Research and Deloitte prior to joining BCE in 2009. Dharmesh was educated at the Schulich School of Business, York University (BBA, with Distinction) and the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario (MBA, Dean’s Honour List). Dharmesh also holds a Chartered Accountancy designation.
Yves de Balmann, Advisory Board
From 2002 to 2012, Yves was Co-Chairman of Bregal Investments, a Private Equity firm that he built on behalf of the Brenninkmeijer Family. Bregal has been developed into a highly regarded global investing firm, with offices in New York, London, Luxembourg, Jersey and Calgary. Bregal has invested more than $9 billion in its ten-year history.
Prior to Bregal, from 1999 to 2001, Yves was Co-Head of Deutsche Bank’s Global Investment Bank (GIB) and a member of the Board of the Bank’s Global Corporates and Institutions Division. In addition, Yves was Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of Deutsche Bank Alex Brown, the bank’s U.S.-based investment banking and retail brokerage business. GIB was responsible for mergers and acquisitions as well as for the global origination, structuring and underwriting of corporate equity and debt, including leveraged and acquisition financing. As co-head of GIB, Yves also oversaw the firm’s private equity and venture capital investments.
From 1988 to June 1999, when Bankers Trust merged with Deutsche Bank, Yves was an executive at Bankers Trust, where he rose to the position of Vice Chairman of Bankers Trust Corporation, Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of BT Alex.Brown and Co-Head of Global Investment Banking. Yves’ banking career began in 1973 at Citibank, where he was Division Executive responsible for all aspects of Interest Rate and Currency Derivatives, and Proprietary Trading in North America. Yves left Citibank in 1987 to run the Capital Markets business at E.F. Hutton, later named Shearson Lehman Hutton.
Yves received an MS in Operations Research from Stanford University in 1970 (where he was a Fulbright student), and an Engineering degree from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris in 1968. Yves is a director of Exelon Corporation (a NYSE-traded company), Laureate International and Conversant IP Management (where he is non-executive Chairman). He holds dual U.S. and French citizenship.
Anthony Bowe, Advisory Board
At year-end 2013 Tony retired as Co-Head of Credit Suisse’s Private Fund Group, widely regarded as the leading institutional private equity advisory firm globally. Tony had been with PFG, and its predecessor at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, since 1998. Prior to DLJ, Tony worked for 13 years at Bankers Trust Company in a variety of positions in the fixed income, derivative, and asset management businesses. In the mid 1990s, he served as Managing Director and Head of Sales, Marketing and Client Service of BT Asset Management which managed more than $200 Billion of institutional assets, then one of the largest investment managers in North America. Tony began his career at Walter E. Heller & Company in Chicago, and also spent two years as a First Scholar with The First National Bank of Chicago.
Tony earned a BA from Connecticut College in 1979, and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University in 1983.
John Francis, Advisory Board
John is the Managing Director of Fraser Kearney Capital Corp., the investment company that oversees the Francis family office. Prior to forming Fraser Kearney, John was President and CEO of Trader Media Corporation, a market leader in classified advertising publications and websites for vehicles, rental accommodation, new homes and condominiums, resale homes and general classifieds. Trader Media was a private family business that John led from 1991 to 2006, when it was acquired by Yellow Media Inc. (formerly Yellow Pages Income Fund) for $436 million.
Prior to Trader Media, John worked as an Associate, Mergers and Acquisitions with Castle & Cooke Inc., a public company controlled by David Murdock of Los Angeles, and as an analyst in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Goldman Sachs in New York from 1986 to 1988. John was educated at the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business (Honours Business Administration, with Distinction). John serves on the advisory board of Summerhill Venture Partners, formerly BCE Capital, the venture capital arm of BCE Inc. and serves on the board of portfolio company ScribbleLive, Inc. He is Chair of the SickKids Foundation Board of Directors as well as a Trustee of The Hospital for Sick Children and serves on the Board of Governors for Havergal College. John continues his association with YPO (Young Presidents Organization) which began in 2002. John and his wife Susan Caskey live in Toronto with their three children.
Andrew G. Hauptman, Advisory Board
Andrew is the Chairman of Andell, Inc., a private investment firm and family office that he controls with his wife, Ellen Bronfman Hauptman. Based in Los Angeles, California, the firm’s activities are divided between direct investments in public and private companies and partnerships with top-tier investment managers around the globe. Andrew oversees the firm’s investment, operating, sports, real estate and media businesses. Andrew has served as a director of numerous public and private companies including BSN SPORTS, Dick Clark Productions, Koor Industries, Loews Cineplex Entertainment and Canyon Ranch Holdings, amongst others, and as Chairman of Storage Mobility, the nation’s largest franchisee of Portable On Demand Storage (PODS). He is also the Owner and Chairman of Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire Soccer Club. Prior to Andell, Andrew worked with Universal Studios in London and in restructuring and mergers and acquisitions with Alex. Brown & Sons in New York. He received a B.A. from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard.
Andrew serves as a national Trustee of City Year, an education-focused nonprofit that combats the dropout epidemic, and is Co-Founder and Chairman of City Year Los Angeles. He is also a director of The Hauptman Family Foundation and Co-Founder and Trustee of The Charles Bronfman Prize. Andrew is on the Board of the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education, the Leadership Council of International Medical Corps, and is Honorary Chairman of the Chicago Fire Foundation. He also serves on the Leadership Council of the Franklin Project at The Aspen Institute.
Andrew Dunn, Senior Advisor
Andrew was a co-founder of Altas and is a Senior Advisor to the Firm. His career includes 27 years with Deloitte, as Managing Partner, Tax; Vice Chair of the firm; and Chair of its Client Cabinet, responsible for the firm’s largest clients and government relationships. Named one of Canada’s leading advisors by the International Tax Review, , Andrew has more than a quarter-century of transaction experience, having served many of North America’s largest private equity firms, including Onex Corporation. At Deloitte, Andrew led the firm’s vision and efforts to make Canada more globally competitive, having co-author of The Future of Productivity, research aimed at improving business productivity. Andrew has delivered expert testimony before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance and the Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce.
Andrew was educated at the University of Waterloo (Bachelor of Arts; Master of Accounting, Valedictorian) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is a founding member and Co-chair of the Deloitte Centre for Tax Education and Research at the University of Waterloo, a Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation, a Director of the Children’s Aid Foundation and a Trustee of the Upper Canada College Foundation and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.