Gramercy is comprised of 61 professionals based in the U.S., Asia, Europe and Latin America. Our Portfolio Managers, who average 30 years of emerging markets investment experience, come together as an Investment Committee to share bottom-up research and top-down perspectives. They are supported by a team of 17 credit analysts who average 16 years of experience. Our global footprint includes local offices and deep local relationships built upon nearly three decades of distressed EM activity. Investment professionals are backed by a team of 32 individuals dedicated to running a transparent business platform complemented by world-class independent institutional service providers.

Business Team

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Scott Seaman
Senior Partner, Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Seaman has 33 years of business management experience and joined Gramercy in 2002. Mr. Seaman has executive oversight of the firm’s business areas including accounting, operations, legal, risk management, business development and investor relations, technology, human resources and administration. Mr. Seaman is the Chair of Gramercy’s Risk Management Committee and Valuation Committee. Further, he is a member of Gramercy’s Management Committee, Compliance Committee, and EMD Asset Allocation Committee.

Prior to joining Gramercy in June 2002, Mr. Seaman spent 16 years at J.P. Morgan in several management and control roles.  He was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of J.P. Morgan Fleming Asset Management’s Hedge Funds Group and Real Estate Investment Group from 2000 to 2002, where he was responsible for business growth and operational integrity. From 1998 to 2000, he was the Manager of the Emerging Markets Strategic Planning Group at J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. and responsible for building a global office network. From 1992 to 1997, Mr. Seaman was head of Emerging Markets Business Analysis and Development at J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc. where he was instrumental in building new products and managing a complex control structure. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc., he was a Vice President in the J.P. Morgan & Co. Audit Group where he specialized in management consulting to new and rapidly growing sales and trading businesses. From 1984 to 1986, he was a Senior Audit Analyst at Ernst & Whinney.

Mr. Seaman received a MBA in Finance from New York University – Stern Graduate School of Business and a BS in Accounting with a minor in Economics at Long Island University – CW Post Center School of Professional Accountancy where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Additionally, Mr. Seaman is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.

OPERATIONS

Martin Dunn
Senior Vice President, Head of Operations

Mr. Dunn has 17 years of industry experience. At Gramercy, Mr. Dunn is primarily responsible for performance calculations, trading compliance and facilitation of the trade settlement process. Additionally, he maintains and monitors trading systems, assists with the supervision of the Firm SOC1 procedures and helps the technology team with special projects.

Prior to joining Gramercy in August 2008, Mr. Dunn was a Fixed Income Analyst and Treasury Manager with Luminent Mortgage Capital where he was responsible for the daily operations functions, primarily trade processing and cash flow management. Previously, he was employed at J.P. Morgan and SEI Investments where he held positions on their settlements team and hedge fund accounting groups, respectively.

Mr. Dunn received a BA in Liberal Arts, with a focus in Economics, from Harvard University.

Brandon De Natale
Senior Vice President, Trading Operations

Mr. De Natale has 19 years of industry experience. At Gramercy, Mr. De Natale works with the trading desk and prime brokers to ensure proper confirmation and settlement of all trades. He oversees counterparty reporting for derivative products and works closely with fund administrators to ensure proper reporting of the Firm’s assets.

Prior to joining Gramercy in September 2006, Mr. De Natale was the Manager for the U.S. Daily Fund Accounting Group for S.A.C. Capital Advisors, LLC, a multistrat hedge fund based in Stamford, CT where he was accountable for the proper and accurate reconciliation of the firm’s books and records. Previously, he worked as an operations analyst at S.A.C. Capital responsible for trade correction, corporate actions, margin and reconciliation for fixed income, U.S. equity and CDS products. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. De Natale was the Operations Manager for Hammond Inc., a private equity fund specializing in U.S. equities.

Mr. De Natale received a BA in Geography from the University of Delaware.

Keith Saager
Associate, Operations

Mr. Saager has three years of industry experience.  At Gramercy, Mr. Saager performs a variety of daily operational tasks as a member of the Operations Group.  His primary responsibilities include trade confirmation, daily cash and position reconciliation for all Gramercy funds and analyzing any cash and position breaks between accounting and custody.

Prior to joining Gramercy in October 2015, Mr. Saager was employed at GE Asset Management as a Trade Operations Specialist where he was responsible for overseeing daily equity and fixed income trades from confirmation to settlement.

Mr. Saager received a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Business and Economics from Arizona State University.

ACCOUNTING

Bob Joannou
Partner, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Joannou has 17 years of financial management and control experience. As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Joannou manages all the world-wide accounting and financial reporting obligations of the Firm inclusive of the client funds and Gramercy management company. Such oversight includes daily and monthly analysis and reporting, annual audited financial statements, cash projections and controls, expense management, tax analysis and statements, management dashboards, and special analytical projects as requested by senior management. Mr. Joannou heads the Firm’s SAS 70 compliance team and also assists the CCO and CLO with regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining Gramercy in February 2007, Mr. Joannou was a Capital Project Director for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, located in New York, NY where he managed over $800MM worth of infrastructure projects. As Project Director, he was responsible for creating and tracking multiple budgets, organizing cross-functional working groups, analyzing project risk, and awarding contracts after design review. Mr. Joannou’s management increased efficiency and productivity and resulted in higher operating capacity.

Mr. Joannou received a MBA in Management from Centenary College and a BBA in Banking and Finance from Hofstra University. Additionally, he is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.

Robert Young
Managing Director, Accounting

Mr. Young has 28 years of industry experience, 18 of which he has spent at Gramercy. Mr. Young provides confidential specialty accounting and tax advice for partners, management companies and high net worth investors. He represents Gramercy management companies and partners in various tax matters and audits and assist investors and/or investor representatives with tax related issues.

Prior to joining Gramercy in June 1998, Mr. Young was the Controller/CFO for Tivoli Partners, L.P., a startup hedge fund where he was responsible for all of the accounting and operational functions of the Fund. From 1996 to 1997, Mr. Young was an Assistant Controller at Refco Capital Markets Ltd. where he supervised the daily P&L calculations for several groups including the emerging markets group. Prior to Refco, he worked at Seneca Capital, L.P. where he served as Controller and Fund Administrator for their domestic and offshore funds. From 1992 to 1996 he served as a manager at Goldstein, Golub, Kessler & Company where he specialized in performing audits of investment partnerships. From 1989 to 1992 he served as a Senior Accountant at Sobel & Company.

Mr. Young received a BS in Public Accounting at Rutgers University. Additionally, he is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.

Dennis Wilson
Managing Director, Controller

Mr. Wilson joined Gramercy in May 2011 and has 17 years of accounting and industry experience. He is responsible for the oversight and management of all fund accounting matters, works on the set up and implementation of new accounts, provides review support for daily, weekly and monthly reconciliations and acts as a liaison with Gramercy’s external administrators. Additionally, Mr. Wilson assists with client reporting matters and financial statement preparation and review. He has extensive experience in all accounting and tax matters of fund products, investments and managed accounts.

Most recently, Mr. Wilson served as CFO of Quattro Global Capital for two years and CFO for Vestry Capital during the prior year. Mr. Wilson previously served for two years as CFO/CCO of Emerging Sovereign Group from 2006 to 2008. From 2004 to 2006 he was a fund accountant at Omega Advisors. Previous to his time at Omega Advisors, he was a Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Investment Management Audit Group.

Mr. Wilson has a BS in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, he is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.

Nick Paolazzi
Managing Director, Head of Accounting-Business Due Diligence

Mr. Paolazzi has eight years of industry experience. As a member of Gramercy’s Fund Accounting team, Mr. Paolazzi assists with all aspects of the day to day fund accounting activities and month-end reporting. Additionally, he assists with audit, tax and attestation engagements, including the preparation and/or review of tax returns and financial statements for Gramercy’s funds and the Firm’s SOC1 report.

Prior to joining Gramercy, Mr. Paolazzi was employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was a Senior Associate and counted Gramercy amongst his clients. Mr. Paolazzi’s other audit clients included large asset managers, hedge funds and private equity firms. His duties as Senior Associate included designing assurance procedures to conform with industry and regulatory standards, substantive testing and analytics of financial statements, review of economic allocations and valuing complex investments such as defaulted debt, derivatives and illiquid securities. Additionally, he supervised and coached a team of associates to ensure quality auditing standards were met.

Mr. Paolazzi received a BS in Accounting at Fairfield University Dolan School of Business, with a 4.0 Accounting GPA. Additionally, he is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York, a member of the AICPA and NYSSCPA.

Janelle Veloce
Vice President, Fund Accounting

Ms. Veloce has six years of fund accounting and auditing experience. As a member of Gramercy’s Fund Accounting team, she assists with all aspects of the day to day fund accounting activities, month-end reporting and annual financial statement preparation and review.

Prior to joining Gramercy in May 2014, Ms. Veloce was employed by Chilton Investment Company, where she was a Fund Accountant. At Chilton, she was responsible for full reconciliations of Chilton records to administrators, prime brokers, custodians, calculating monthly NAV for all funds, and providing cash data in order to determine availability for various fund activities. Prior to Chilton, Ms. Veloce was a Senior Assurance Associate at McGladrey Pullen, LLP. At McGladrey she prepared financial statements, planned and executed financial statement audits and analyzed budgets. She was also charged with supervising and training new team members.

Ms. Veloce received a BS in Accounting from Iona College. Additionally, she is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Connecticut. 

David Corcoran
Vice President, Fund Accounting

Mr. Corcoran has six years of accounting experience. As a member of Gramercy’s Fund Accounting team, he assists with all aspects of the day to day fund accounting activities, month-end reporting and financial statement preparation and review.

Prior to joining Gramercy, Mr. Corcoran was employed by Lindsay Goldberg LLC, where he was responsible for the accounting and reporting across multiple private equity funds. He also assumed responsibility for managing fund expenses, cash balances and credit facility activity. Prior to Lindsay Goldberg LLC, Mr. Corcoran served as a Financial Associate in the Treasury Department at JPMorgan, where he managed the quarterly financial reporting, consolidated and reviewed reporting submissions, led submission review meetings and reviewed valuation model testing. Prior to JPMorgan, Mr. Corcoran was an Assurance Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers. In this role, Mr. Corcoran participated in a variety of assurance engagements, performed valuation model testing, and built strong client relationships.

Mr. Corcoran received a BA in Political Science from Binghamton University and received a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Albany. Additionally, he is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York and a CFA Charterholder.

Nathan Dunbar
Associate, Fund Accounting

Mr. Dunbar has six years of accounting experience. As a member of Gramercy’s Fund Accounting team, he is responsible for reconciling Gramercy’s commingled funds and managed accounts, preparing financial statements, reviewing daily cash and preparing wires.

Prior to joining Gramercy, Mr. Dunbar was employed by Repucom, maintaining accounting records and performing all related financial functions. He also oversaw a varied client portfolio, maintaining and evolving relationships with key client accounts. Prior to Repucom, Mr. Dunbar served as an Accounting Manager at Greenwich Hospitality Corporation: Hotel Zero Degrees, responsible for all budgeting, cost control, payroll, general accounting, and full profit and loss reporting. He also developed policies and strategies for financial management.  

Mr. Dunbar received a BS in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.  

LEGAL

Robert Lanava
Partner, Chief Compliance Officer

Mr. Lanava has 21 years of investment operations experience and a 18 year tenure at Gramercy. As Head of Operations, Mr. Lanava oversees all restructured debt exchanges, trade confirmations and settlements, systems-embedded risk management tools, prime brokerage relationships and bank counterparty relationships. As Chief Compliance Officer, Mr. Lanava is responsible for ensuring our policies and procedures are up to date and that employees are operating within the boundaries as set.

Prior to joining Gramercy in March 1999, Mr. Lanava was the Operations Manager for Van Eck Capital, Inc., a broker-dealer focused on emerging markets. At Van Eck Capital, Inc. he was responsible for daily operational duties including the settlement of trades and net capitalization computations. He was also responsible for opening new accounts and setting up lines of credit. From 1997 to 1998, Mr. Lanava was the Settlements Officer for NCH Capital Inc., a family of hedge funds focused on Russia and the former Soviet Union, where he was responsible for the settlement of trades and custody of positions. From 1995 to 1997, he was the Operations Specialist for First Cambridge Securities Corp., where he performed back office operational duties including margin and trade correction.

Mr. Lanava received a BA in Economics from Saint Anselm College.

James P. Taylor
Partner, Chief Legal Officer

Joshua O'Melia
Senior Vice President, Counsel

Mr. O’Melia has 11 years of legal experience. At Gramercy, he is responsible for assisting with Gramercy’s legal matters including new business development initiatives related to fund creation and client on-boarding,  portfolio investments such as non-public asset purchases, restructurings and documentation relating to trading counterparties,  sound business management practices surrounding regulatory compliance, third-party relationship management and documentation,  and various strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining Gramercy, Mr. O’Melia was employed by K&L Gates for approximately five years as an Investment Management Associate. He was responsible for representing managers and sponsors with fund formations, restructurings, capital raising and ongoing regulatory compliance matters. Prior to K&L, Mr. O’Melia was at Moses & Singer LLP for four years as a Corporate Associate. 

Mr. O’Melia received a JD from Seton Hall University, where he graduated cum laude, and a BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland.

TECHNOLOGY

Michael Harris
Partner, Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Harris has 20 years of industry experience, 14 of which have been spent at Gramercy. Mr. Harris runs all aspects of the technology department. His vast knowledge of programming languages enables Mr. Harris to update and maintain the development of all end-of-day reports, adjust code on a regular basis to meet the ever changing needs of the users and design programs to assist in the day-to-day operations of all of Gramercy’s departments. Mr. Harris researches, implements and administers new technologies ensuring that Gramercy’s technology is both SOC1 compliant and cutting edge. Additionally, he develops, manages and maintains the company’s websites and databases. On a daily basis, Mr. Harris collaborates with his team on various help desk issues, building and customizing computers, as well as designing and supervising all networks on a global level.

Prior to joining Gramercy in July 2002, Mr. Harris worked at LiveTechnology, Inc. He developed company intranets, extranets, and other web sites for many leading companies, such as Coca-Cola, Omnicom, and Shell/Texaco. He also created web sites and web applications at UGO.com. Mr. Harris worked at Internet Security Systems, Inc. (ISS) where he deployed ISS security products across large corporations’ networks. He started his career at American Management Systems, Inc. as a programmer and database administrator.

Mr. Harris received a BS in Computer Science from Binghamton University.

Gene Farberov
Vice President, Systems Administrator

Mr. Farberov has 13 years of technology experience. He is responsible for the installation, configuration, operation, and maintenance of systems (hardware and software) and related infrastructure. Mr. Farberov researches and develops new technology which enables continuing innovation of the infrastructure and ensures that system hardware, operating systems, software systems, and related procedures adhere to organizational standards.

Prior to joining Gramercy in May 2011, Mr. Farberov worked at Eze Castle where he was responsible for the maintenance of all IT services for various hedge fund clients. His work included working with Windows based servers, individual PC’s and laptops and a various other software applications. Prior to that, Mr. Farberov worked as a Systems Administrator for both GKH Law Offices and the Israel Defense Force.

Mr. Farberov attended the Open University of Israel where he studied Management and Computer Science – Systems & Applications.

Quentin Fleurat
Senior Vice President, Technology

Mr. Fleurat has 21 years of technology related experience including installing, configuring, and managing databases. At Gramercy, he focuses on database management and development, creating software solutions to solve business challenges, and implementing new programs to support all Gramercy departments in creating capacity, enhancing risk management and enabling efficiencies. On a daily basis, Mr. Fleurat collaborates with the technology team on various help desk issues, building and customizing computers, as well as designing and supervising all networks on a global level.

Prior to joining Gramercy in November 2012, Mr. Fleurat worked for Bresnan Communications/Cablevision in various roles. Most recently, he was a consultant focused on SQL Server and SharePoint development projects. Cablevision purchased Bresnan Communications in 2010 and Mr. Fleurat led the migration and adaption of all of Bresnan Communications applications, web portals, and call center applications (that he originally developed) over to the Cablevision platform. Prior to the acquisition, he was the Director of IT Programming for Bresnan Communications where he developed software solutions throughout the company and built large-scale capacity and archival databases.

Mr. Fleurat attended Westchester Community College. 

HR & ADMINISTRATION

Jaclyn Vanacore
Vice President, Head of Administration

Ms. Vanacore joined Gramercy in February 2011.  At Gramercy, she is responsible for all Administration functions including Human Resources, Office Management and Executive Assistance to the COO.  Human Resource responsibilities include oversight of the health plan and other benefits, new employee onboarding, human resources compliance, immigration, performance measurements, training and staffing. She is charged with maintaining all administrative requirements of Gramercy, including office management, vendor management, assistance with client meetings, travel arrangements, billing, expense reports and various other administrative business matters. Ms. Vanacore provides comprehensive administrative support to Scott Seaman, Partner and COO, including analytical projects, scheduling and responses to various inquiries and requests on his behalf.

Prior to joining Gramercy, Ms. Vanacore worked in the Greenwich Office of JP Morgan Private Bank, where she was instrumental in organizing their client-records system using proficiencies in Microsoft Office. Ms. Vanacore also worked through college at various positions that required client interfacing, technology applications to solve business problems, call center management and client event planning.

Ms. Vanacore received a BS in Communications and Technologies from Sacred Heart University.

Theresa Carpenter
Vice President, Executive Assistant

Ms. Carpenter is Robert Koenigsberger’s dedicated Executive Assistant. At Gramercy, Ms. Carpenter provides comprehensive administrative support to Robert Koenigsberger and responds to various inquires and requests on his behalf. Ms. Carpenter handles business related matters including topical research and deeper relationship support with clients.

Prior to joining Gramercy, Ms. Carpenter served as the Senior Executive Assistant to the Co-CEOS at Bregal Investments for eight years. In this role, she was charged with providing comprehensive support to CEOs, as well as handling office management duties. Additionally, Ms. Carpenter researched and implemented IT business solutions for the New York office. Prior to Bregal Investments, Ms. Carpenter spent eight years as a Senior Associate at Lehman Brothers where she designed and developed monthly training programs, managed junior research analysts, participated in recruiting and hiring for her department, and designed and implemented internal webpages to house training resources.

Ms. Carpenter received a Bachelor of Business Marketing & Management from Pace University. She also has an AA in Liberal Arts from New York University and a Certificate in Human Resources Practices from Cornell University.

Marissa Conte
Administrative Assistant

Ms. Conte joined Gramercy in July 2016. At Gramercy, she provides administrative support to Marketing, Investor Relations, Legal, Administration and Human Resources. Her efforts include managing the marketing calendars and marketing material production including investor reporting, media packs and presentations. Additionally, Ms. Conte assists the Head of Administration, as well as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Officer with various administrative tasks.

Prior to Gramercy, Ms. Conte worked at SoulCycle as an Assistant Studio Manager of Marketing and Community. Her responsibilities included staff management, client issues resolution, implementing operating policies and procedures. Prior to SoulCycle, Ms. Conte was an executive assistant to the Founder/President of Younger You, LLC. Her responsibilities included scheduling, marketing, and event coordination. Marissa was also the contributing writer of online content supporting new products.

Ms. Conte received an M.S.Ed in School Counseling from Fordham University and her B.A. in Education from Loyola University Maryland.