Gramercy is comprised of professionals based in the U.S., Asia, Europe and Latin America. Our Portfolio Managers, who average 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 credit analysts who average 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 individuals dedicated to running a transparent business platform complemented by world-class independent institutional service providers.

Business Development

Stephen Laversa
Partner, Head of Business Development

Mr. LaVersa has 31 years of experience working with institutional and HNW investors and their advisors globally.  At Gramercy, he heads the Business Development team and focuses on pension plans, insurance companies, endowments/foundations, fund of funds, family offices and consultants. 

Prior to joining Gramercy in 2011, Mr. LaVersa was Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Tower Lane Partners.  Prior to founding Tower Lane Partners, he spent 6 years at FrontPoint Partners, most recently as Co-Head of the Client Advisory Group.  From 1997 to 2003, Mr. LaVersa worked in the Investment Management Division at Goldman Sachs. He began his career at Federated Investors where he worked from 1987-1997.

Mr. LaVersa received a BA in Economics and History from Denison University.

Joe Griffin
Managing Director, Business Development

Mr. Griffin has 18 years of industry experience. At Gramercy, he focuses on new business development across a diverse set of institutional investors, including insurance companies, pensions, endowments/foundations, private banking platforms, and family offices.

Prior to joining Gramercy in September 2009, Mr. Griffin was employed by Lazard Asset Management for nine years where he was a Senior Vice President in the Institutional Marketing Group. He was responsible for developing new relationships and servicing existing clients in the corporate pension market segment.

Mr. Griffin received a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University in 2000. Additionally at Wesleyan University, Mr. Griffin played four years of Men's Varsity Basketball.  

Nicole Henderson
Vice President, Investor Relations

Ms. Henderson joined Gramercy in January 2015 and has eight years of industry experience. At Gramercy, Ms. Henderson focuses on new business development across a diverse set of institutional investors, including endowments, foundations, pension plans, funds of funds and family offices. She is responsible for sourcing, organizing and conducting calls and meetings to develop client relationships, and she works closely with the investor relations team in preparing customized marketing materials. Prior to focusing on new business development, Ms. Henderson was part of Gramercy's investor relations team.

Prior to joining Gramercy, Ms. Henderson was employed by Far Hills Group, LLC, a firm specializing in the placement of hedge fund and alternative investment offerings to institutional investors, where she was a Research Associate for nearly five years. At Far Hills, she was responsible for the firm’s due diligence efforts, developing marketing materials for numerous strategies and generating quantitative reports focused on manager differentiation.

Ms. Henderson received a BS from Wake Forest University with a major in Business and minor in Spanish.