AN EXPERIENCED TEAM


  • W. Michael Crawford
    Partner

    Michael Crawford leads the real estate fundraising team and focuses on several of the private equity and real asset strategies at Eaton Partners. He has over 28 years of experience in alternative investments. Prior to joining Eaton Partners, he was a principal in the Private Capital Markets Group at Robertson Stephens where his industry coverage included public real estate and healthcare companies, specifically raising private equity capital for public REITs and private investments in public equities (PIPES). Previously, he worked as a Vice President, Institutional Equities at Paine Webber. He began his career at Cabot, Cabot & Forbes in Boston, where he was responsible for business development of the firm’s real estate consulting and asset management services.

    Michael received an MBA in Finance and Real Estate from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and a BA in English from Brown University. He holds Series 7 and 63 licenses with FINRA. He is on the Board of Overseers for the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Jeffrey S. Davis
    Partner Jeff leads Execution and Project Management globally for Eaton Partners out of our Rowayton office. In addition to positioning and packaging certain products for distribution, Jeff focuses on product origination within Eaton’s Private Equity and Real Asset silos. He has 20 years of financial services experience, 16 of which have been spent in alternatives. Prior to joining Eaton Partners, he worked at Capital Dynamics, a Swiss-based private equity advisor and funds platform. There, he focused on screening and recommending private equity strategies for institutional clientele. Previously, he worked at GE Equity in new business, underwriting and asset management capacities with regard to GE's direct venture capital investments. He began his career in 1994 with Bankers Trust in asset management, followed by three years in real estate investment banking at Deutsche Bank.

    Jeff received an MBA in Finance from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a BA from Brandeis University. He also holds Series 7 and 63 licenses with FINRA.
    Charlie Eaton image Charles P. Eaton
    Founder/Partner

    Charlie founded Eaton Partners in 1983 and was a pioneer of the “placement agent” concept. Previously, he was in research and institutional sales at Mitchell Hutchins, Morgan Stanley, and H.C. Wainwright & Company, where he was a partner at the time Wainwright was ranked the top institutional research firm in the country. He began his career as an investment research officer at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company (predecessor to J. P. Morgan Investment Management).

    Charlie graduated from Washington and Jefferson College and received an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He holds Series 7,63, and 99 licenses with FINRA.  He served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Armor branch. Charlie is a former trustee of Washington and Jefferson College.  He has also served as Campaign Chair of The Darien Community Fund and is presently actively involved with Operation Comfort of San Antonio and The Wounded Warrior Project, both for severely wounded vets.

    Jeff Eaton image Jeffrey J. Eaton
    Partner

    Jeff Eaton leads worldwide origination for Eaton Partners out of our Houston office. He primarily manages the consideration and acquisition of new clients across all investment strategies for the firm. Jeff additionally directs project management efforts for funds focused on energy and other real asset strategies. He has a diverse background in energy investments and over 17 years of experience in the financial industry. Prior to joining Eaton Partners, he was a Director at Constellation Energy Commodities Group leading principal transactions for their natural gas structuring and trading division.

    Jeff graduated from Duke University with degrees in Economics and History, and received his MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. He recently joined the inaugural Board of Visitors for Duke's new Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative. He holds Series 7, 63, 57 and 24 licenses with FINRA and is also licensed with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in Europe.

    Steven D. Eaton
    Partner Steve focuses on the distribution of the firm’s private equity, real estate and real assets offerings. He has 16 years of experience in the financial services industry, working in both the buy-side and the sell-side of the market. Prior to joining Eaton Partners, he was a Director at C6 Capital, a Moscow-based investor of renewable energy projects, where he was in charge of business development. Previously, he worked for Montrose Food and Wine in Shanghai, China, Invesco Funds Group and Citigroup Diners Club. He has several years of experience living and working in emerging market countries, namely China, Russia and Ukraine.

    Steve graduated from Bucknell University with a BA in Economics, and earned a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University, where he focused on Energy Policy and Business in Emerging Markets. He holds Series 7, 6, 63 and 106 licenses with FINRA.
    C. Ulises Flores
    Partner Ulises focuses on fund origination, screening, due diligence and packaging of various alternative products for distribution with an emphasis on real estate and real assets. He has 16 years of financial services and corporate experience, ten of which have been spent in the private equity industry. During his time at Eaton Partners, he has covered primarily real estate, real assets and hedge fund strategies. Prior to joining Eaton, he worked at Servicios Quirurgicos,  an exclusive distributor for Tyco Healthcare, a U.S.-based public conglomerate where he oversaw logistic and distribution efforts. He began his career at Grupo Alza in their production and operations units overseeing system implementations and production execution.

    Ulises received an MBA in Finance from Fordham University, where he graduated with honors and was recipient of the Hitachi Scholarship for Academic Merit. He has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Rafael Landivar. He holds Series 7 and 63 licenses with FINRA. Ulises also holds Mexican citizenship and is fluent in Spanish and English.
    Thomas Kreitler Thomas S. Kreitler
    Partner

    Tom leads the hedge fund/public market strategies fundraising team at Eaton Partners. His responsibilities include originating funds, managing GP relationships, distributing funds to institutions in the northeast U.S. and managing the hedge fund/public market strategies team.  Tom has over 33 years of institutional marketing and financial markets experience. Prior to joining Eaton Partners in 2004, Tom spent 22 years in institutional fixed income sales and sales management most recently at J.P. Morgan where he was a Managing Director and Institutional Sales Manager for liquid debt and derivative products. At Morgan, Tom’s responsibilities included managing a group of 14 sales professionals and maintaining an institutional client base consisting of insurance companies, banks and asset managers.

    Tom received his MBA from Boston College in Finance and his BA in Economics from Colgate University. He holds Series 7, 63, 24, 31 and 99 licenses with FINRA. He serves on a number of charitable boards including Domus Kids in Stamford, CT and the Fairfield Museum in Fairfield, CT.

     

    Chris Lerner
    Partner

    Chris Lerner is a global Partner and Head of Asia for Eaton where he leads the origination and execution of fundraises, secondaries and strategic advisory. Chris has over 18 years’ experience in private markets investments and investment banking with over $15 billion in completed transactions.

    Prior to joining Eaton Partners, he was a Managing Partner for Mercer Street Capital, an independent investment and cross-border strategy consulting firm based in US and China.  Chris began his career with Citigroup and its predecessor firms, Salomon Brothers and Smith Barney. He was the firm’s first investment banking expatriate based in Mainland China and helped established the Asia Pacific Financial Institutions Group. Later, he worked on the corporate buy-side in strategic planning and M&A, including for The Timberland Company where he completed the first four acquisitions in that company’s history.

    Under Chris’ leadership, Eaton has been the recipient of numerous industry accolades in Asia including Private Equity International’s fund placement firm of the year for two consecutive years, as well as secondary advisor of the year.

    Chris received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Tufts University. He also earned a Certificate in Mandarin Chinese from the College of Foreign Languages in Beijing. He holds Series 24, 7, 63 and 79 licenses with FINRA. Chris is also licensed with the SFC in Hong Kong and registered with the FCA in the United Kingdom.

     

     

    Peter Martenson image Peter T. Martenson
    Partner

    Peter focuses on fund distribution, monitoring, client servicing and execution of the various alternative funds marketed by the firm. He has over 20 years of diversified management and investment experience, which includes 15 years of direct private equity funds investment experience. Prior to joining Eaton Partners, he was a Managing Director with Macquarie Funds Management, where he led a team of investment professionals structuring, fundraising and investing fund of funds and separate accounts into global PE opportunities. Previously, he was a Director with Pacific Corporate Group, where he advised large and small institutional investors on structuring and investing their private equity programs. He began his career as an Operations Officer in the United States Navy within the surface warfare community.

    Peter received an MBA from Yale University in New Haven, CT and a BS in Oceanography from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI. He holds Series 7, 63 and 24 licenses with FINRA.