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Executive Profile

Gianpiero JP Balestrieri

Gianpiero JP Balestrieri

CFA Washington DC

Gianpiero (JP) Balestrieri is the Managing Partner of the Washington DC office of CFA. Mr. Balestrieri brings over 20 years of executive management, corporate strategy and investment banking experience leading and advising investors, companies, developers, borrowers, lenders and acquirers in connection with all phases of investment and exit strategy, business development, origination, valuation, structuring, and closing for M&A; divestitures; turnarounds; joint ventures; corporate, project and structured finance transactions. Mr. Balestrieri has originated and closed transactions in various sectors, including without limitation, IT, infrastructure & related services, energy, oil & gas, telecommunications, media, transportation, logistics, government contracts, BPO, healthcare, and manufacturing. Mr. Balestrieri also has extensive international experience in managing and closing very complex cross-border multi-party transactions, development, operations and projects in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, among other Emerging Market regions.

Mr. Balestrieri leads and participates as principal on divestitures, acquisitions (stock and asset), strategic equity, debt and restructurings for the development, growth and operations of existing and new business assets. As founder of Warchest Capital, he has been lead merchant banker for both corporate and project deals on the buy and sell side, and has successfully led various investments as a principal in acquisition roll-ups, recapitalizations, seed funding participation, corporate strategy as well as board director roles.

Formerly, Mr. Balestrieri was a founding member and owner of Optiglobe Communications Inc. where he was responsible for successfully leading the origination, negotiating and closure of the main IT infrastructure asset based and corporate financing and exit initiatives. He led on successfully originating and closing in excess of $600MM in equity and debt transactions with lenders, private equity, vendors and service partners for OptiGlobe’s capital formation and eventual exit strategy. Optiglobe was later acquired by Tivit and taken public to a $2 billion market cap.

Prior to OptiGlobe, Mr. Balestrieri was Corporate Director/Dirigente for General Electric/GEPS where he led and was responsible for representing a business development and transaction portfolio of up to $2.0 billion per year in M&A, buy-outs, project finance and joint ventures for energy, oil & gas and equipment technology and assets, projects and services in the US, Europe and the Emerging Markets. He received the GE Excellence Award for successfully leading and closing strategic workouts, acquisitions and project finance transactions.

Before GE, he was an M&A and project finance attorney at Chadbourne & Parke LLP representing Bechtel, EnergyWorks, GE, Shell, AES as well as other corporate and project sponsors in acquisitions, privatizations, divestitures, capital markets and project finance transactions. Mr. Balestrieri also served as an Investment Officer at the IFC of the World Bank Group.

Mr. Balestrieri is a graduate of Harvard Business School. He also received an Honors BA in finance/economics (summa cum laude) from the York University/London School of Economics, and a J.D. (Dean’s Fellow) at the American University/WCL. Mr. Balestrieri is fluent in French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian with a working knowledge of Arabic and Greek.

Additional career highlights include:

  • Successfully closed over $600MM in IT Infrastructure financing and equity with HP, GECapital, Sun, Cisco, EMC, Unisys, Nokia, Oracle, Nortel, Citibank, among others
  • Led and/or Participated on over $4 billion in project finance, capital markets and M&A transactions
  • Founder and CEO of GABCorp Asset Management and Warchest Capital

Broad industry experience includes the following:

  • Energy, Oil & Gas
  • Transportation (Maritime and Rail)
  • Infrastructure (Public and Private: Telco; BOO/BOT; Development; Government Concessions)
  • IT (Systems Integration, Software, Managed Services, BPO, Digital Media, Infrastructure)
  • Heavy Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management
  • Wholesale, Retail & Distribution

Professional

  • Published Articles in "Latin Finance Magazine" and "Wall Street Corporate Counsel" on industrial and energy M&A, government concessions and privatization
  • ACG in DC Capital Area and Boston
  • Mid-Atlantic Angel Network
  • Member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council

Selected Awards and Honors

  • GE Excellence Award Recipient for Outstanding Management and Leadership as Director and closing $850 million in M&A, workouts, project financing and joint ventures
  • College Valedictorian
  • Dean's Research Fellow on Two Volume Treatise “International Judicial Assistance in Civil and Commercial Matters
  • Former Collegiate Tennis Player
  • Mensa Society of Canada

Mr. Balestrieri holds a FINRA Series 79 license.