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Seth Zalkin


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Seth Zalkin


zalkin@theastorgroup.com |  212.633.1399

Seth Zalkin is an advisor, investor and entrepreneur who is widely quoted in publications such as the New York Times, Forbes, and Venture Equity Latin America.

After a successful career that intertwined operating and advising consumer and technology businesses, in 2004 Seth founded the Astor Group. The following year, Seth founded Astor Capital, an investor in early stage and growth companies.

As Managing Partner, Seth has executed complex transactions, negotiated agreements for a wide range of clients and portfolio companies and created a myriad of innovative growth strategies. Seth is recognized for his work in the food and beverage, telecom, media and technology sectors and for his knowledge of, and relationships throughout, Latin America.

Prior to founding Astor Group, Seth served as CEO of, and successfully sold, venture-backed internet, technology and professional services companies. As CEO, Seth led the sale of businesses to both public and private companies and successfully cultivated client relationships with businesses such as Time Warner, IBM, Bacardi, Sony Music and Perrier.

Previously, Seth was a corporate attorney with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison where he executed mergers and acquisitions and negotiated private equity transactions for clients such as the New York Yankees, Warner Music, Soros Fund Management, Sirius Satellite Radio, the New Jersey Nets and Playtex Products. Prior to working at Paul, Weiss, Seth was recruited by American Management Systems to help build a strategic consulting practice.

Seth serves on numerous corporate boards of directors and is admitted to the New York bar. He is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth and the National Business Incubator Association and serves on the board of directors of Developing Minds Foundation, a NGO that builds schools and supports education programs in areas affected by violence and poverty throughout the Americas.

Seth received a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania School of Law and a B.A. from Duke University with honors.

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Mickey Klein


Mickey Klein


klein@theastorgroup.com |  212.500.2083

A cofounder of Astor Group, Mickey Klein focuses on the food and beverage, retail and consumer sectors.  With a diverse background leading and advising some of the world’s strongest consumer brands, Mickey enjoys a robust network that enables him to connect clients to partners and people around the world

Prior to cofounding Astor Group, Mickey served as Vice President of Business Development and Licensing for Elie Tahari, a leading designer of men’s and women’s apparel.  During his tenure, Mickey helped the company triple in size and launched the Company’s menswear division into major department stores domestically and internationally.

Mickey began his professional career at Paine Webber in the retail brokerage division. Recognizing how reporting inefficiencies prevented his clients from properly managing their portfolios, Mickey cofounded an investment services firm that provided clients with access to more transparent data which he later sold to a public company. His next venture launched an ecommerce platform for the delivery of food and packaged goods within New York, provided a robust buying co-op for independent grocery markets and served leading consumer brands such as Parmalat, Nantucket Nectars, Starkist Tuna and Anheuser Busch.

Mickey serves on numerous boards of directors, is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth and The Turnaround Management Association, and is frequently quoted regarding the consumer goods and luxury sectors.

Mickey received a BS degree with a concentration in Finance from Boston University's School of Management.

 

 

 

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MICHAEL KAUFMAN


MICHAEL KAUFMAN


kaufman@theastorgroup.com |  917.388.9520

Michael Kaufman joined Astor Group in early 2015.  A nationally recognized leader in the hospitality industry, Michael has led major restaurant chains,  created and successfully exited a restaurant start-up, innovated a restaurant brand for a luxury retailer and served on various boards within the industry.  Michael has also served as an investment banker and an M&A lawyer in New York City. 

Prior to joining Astor Group, Michael served as President of Metromedia Restaurant Group, a billion dollar company comprised of Bennigan's, Steak and Ale, Bonanza and Ponderosa, led the creation and implementation of a multi-unit luxury restaurant concept for Saks Fifth Avenue, co-founded, operated and sold a restaurant group to Centerplate, Inc., and established Pond Hill Ventures LLC to advise and invest in hospitality ventures. 

Michael previously served as a managing director of the acquisition arm of Metromedia Company completing acquisitions in the restaurant, software, motion picture and automotive parts segments, and as a corporate and mergers and acquisitions lawyer with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton and Garrison in New York City.

In addition to his deep operational and advisory experience, Michael has served as Chairman of the Board of the National Restaurant Association and the NRA's Educational Foundation and as a Trustee of Northern Westchester Hospital, is a Trustee emeritus of the Culinary Institute of America, and has served on the Boards of Benihana, Inc., Culinary Concepts by Jean-Georges, and the Chappaqua School Foundation (including as its President) . Michael is also a member of the Consumer Executive Advisory Board of Gryphon Investors, a San Francisco private equity firm.  His awards include the Cecil B. Day Ethics Award, FTA Hospitality Award for Leadership Excellence, and the Golden Chain Award.

A graduate of Harvard College, magna cum laude, and Harvard Law School, cum laude, Michael lives in Chappaqua, New York. 

 

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Joaquim de Mello


Joaquim de Mello


jmello@theastorgroup.com |  +55.21.3592.6955

Prior to joining Astor Group, Joaquim de Mello worked as Vice President for new Investments at MASA Participacoes em Investimentos S.A., a venture capital firm focused on clean technology start-ups. While at MASA, Joaquim was responsible for sourcing new investments and helping manage portfolio companies.

Before MASA, Joaquim worked as Director, COO, and CEO of one of the largest media conglomerates in the Northeast region of Brazil. Under Joaquim's leadership, the conglomerate enjoyed a successful turnaround and all divisions returned to profitability.

Joaquim received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and his B.S. in Foreign Services from Georgetown University, magna cum laude.

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Camilo Marcantonio


Camilo Marcantonio


camilo@theastorgroup.com | +55.21.3592.6955

Prior to joining Astor Group, Camilo Marcantonio was a manager at Bain & Company. During his 8 years in strategic consultancy, Camilo worked with the top management of large national and multinational companies and private equity firms in diverse industries including consumer goods, retail, airlines, food, base metals, industrial goods and services, logistics and transportation, media, and telecommunications. Camilo led engagements addressing strategic due diligence, post-merger integration, strategic planning, complexity management, organization, valuation, performance improvement, process redesign, and supply chain management.

Camilo holds an M.B.A. with distinction from the Harvard Business School, where he received the John L. Loeb award, due to outstanding records of academic achievement in the area of Finance and graduated with a degree in Electronics Engineering from the Instituto Militar de Engenharia, where he was awarded the Correia Lima medal for graduating first in his class.