Pontalba Capital is focused on building and growing businesses
that do their part to make life better.

With an emphasis on environmentally sustainable practices and a goal of addressing climate challenges, Pontalba provides equity capital, expertise and resources to constructively partner with entrepreneurs in growing each business over the long term. This approach results in both optimal financial returns to investors and broader positive impacts on people and communities.  

Representative investments to date include Collective Retreats, Fero Labs, Hive Brands, Impak Finance, Rubicon, and University Properties.

 Collective Retreats           Transforming outdoor hospitality in iconic natural settings connecting person, community and environment

                  Machine learning powering industrial process improvement and emissions reduction

                  The online marketplace where sustainable grocery shopping is made easy

                  SaaS platform for impact assessment, rating and tracking

           Smart waste and recycling solutions

                    High quality, affordble housing for the 21st century

Investment Approach
A Consistent, Differentiated Approach
  • Experience – Investment judgment and expertise from 20+ years growing emerging businesses.
  • Constructive partnership - Tailored to mnagement's needs, focusing on strategy, growth acceleration, infrastructure building, professionalization.
  • Substantial personal investment in every deal.
  • Long term horizon – No obligations as to when to exit.
  • Management equity – Incentive plans aligned with investor interests.
Investment Criteria
  • Emphasis on growth-oriented, scalable services businesses
  • EBITDA of $2-10 million for an acquisition
  • Capability to invest in international businesses

Sectors:
  • Energy efficiency - Technology-enabled services and select financial services
  • Climate adaptation products and services
  • Resource efficiency
  • Software and information services

 

Transaction Types
  • Early Stage to Growth Equity
  • Acquisitions
  • Recapitalizations

 

FOUNDER

Stephan Oppenheimer

Managing Partner

917.913.3320

stephan@pontalbacapital.com

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Stephan Oppenheimer is the Managing Partner of Pontalba Capital. With over 20 years of private equity experience, he has a track record of success and consistency in partnering with management teams to grow their businesses. Prior to founding Pontalba, Mr. Oppenheimer was a Partner with Moelis Capital Partners, where he focused on middle market buyouts and growth equity investments and oversaw the business services and media & telecom practices. Prior to joining Moelis Capital, he spent ten years with CCMP Capital (fka JPMorgan Partners) in New York and London, where he led investments in the U.S. and internationally. He currently serves on the board or advisory board of University Properties and Hive Brands, and has served on the boards or been significantly involved in numerous companies including AMC Entertainment, Grupo Corporativo Ono, MidCap Financial, Kraton Polymers, Lightship Telecom, Tripoint Communications, and others. He is proficient in French, and has lived and worked in New York, Paris and London, and participated in over 30 private equity investments, including in the U.S., Spain, Romania, the Czech Republic, Germany, Chile and others.

Mr. Oppenheimer serves on the board of ParentChild+, an early childhood literacy program, is an advisor to FemHealth Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on women's health, has been an advisor to two separate healthcare initiatives focused on Ghana and Burkina Faso in western Africa, and has been on the boards of or involved in several other non-profit organizations including Youth I.N.C. and City Harvest. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from The Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Contact
Pontalba Capital
Stephan Oppenheimer
Managing Partner
433 Broadway
New York, NY 10013
917-913-3320
stephan@pontalbacapital.com