Jeff is the Co-Head of Private Credit and has a leadership role in the origination, underwriting and project management of Eaton’s private credit-related offerings. He works closely with clients on marketing strategy, collateral design and product positioning. Jeff also focuses on product origination within Eaton’s Private Equity silo. Jeff has been with Eaton Partners for over 13 years and has 23 years of financial services experience, 18 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, a unit of GE Capital, in originating and underwriting new business with regard to GE’s direct venture and growth capital investments. He began his career in 1994 with Bankers Trust in asset management, followed by three years in 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 holds Series 7 and 63 licenses with FINRA.Chrystalle H. Anstett, CFA Managing Director Co-Head of Private Credit Rowayton, CT
Chrystalle is the Co-Head of Private Credit and has a leadership role in the origination, underwriting and project management of the firm’s credit-related offerings. She works closely with clients on marketing strategy, collateral design and product positioning. She has over 18 years of financial services experience, 16 of which have been spent marketing investment products to institutional investors. Chrystalle is the author and co-author of several articles on raising institutional capital, which have been featured in Absolute Return, Bloomberg Markets and HFM Investor Relations. She is a frequent speaker on capital raising strategy and trends in institutional investing.
Prior to joining Eaton Partners, Chrystalle helped build the business development and investor relations group at QFS Asset Management, a $1.4 billion systematic global macro hedge fund. Previously, she worked for Goldman Sachs Asset Management in the Business Development Services and Fixed Income Product Management groups where she focused on marketing and client servicing. She began her career at Lazard Asset Management in accounting and later joined the institutional marketing group.
Chrystalle graduated cum laude from New York University Stern School of Business, where she received a BS in Economics and International Business and was a Stern Scholar. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds Series 7, 63 and 31 licenses with FINRA.Chris Lerner Partner Shanghai, CN
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 19 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.
Charles P. Eaton Founder/Partner Rowayton, CT
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.Andrew Cox Vice President London, UK
Andrew Cox is a Vice President on our Project Management and Origination Team in Eaton’s London Office. Prior to joining Eaton Partners, Andy spent 15 months working at Quest Fund Placement in London as a Project Manager and four years at J.P. Morgan in Corporate & Investment Banking. Andy also served four years in the British Army as a Captain in the Parachute Regiment.
Andy earned his Bachelor with Honours in Business Administration from the University of Bath. He is licensed with the FCA in Europe and also holds Series 7 and 63 licenses with FINRA.Ryan Kane Vice President Chicago, IL
Ryan focuses on the distribution of the firm’s private equity, private credit, real asset and real estate fund distribution. He has over 14 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Eaton Partners, Ryan was Vice President at Dearborn Capital Management, where he was responsible for the distribution of the firm’s alternative investment strategies. Previously, he worked as an analyst at a boutique research firm, where he focused on commodity markets research. Ryan began his career on the equity desk of a proprietary trading firm.
Ryan received his BA in Economics from Indiana University. He is a CAIA Charter Holder and holds Series 7, 22, 31, and 63 licenses with FINRANina Yang Director Hong Kong, CN
Nina Yang focuses on the origination and execution of strategic advisory, fundraises and secondaries in Asia. Nina has nearly a decade of experience in M&A and capital raising for publicly listed companies and private equity firms. She joined Eaton Partners from Morgan Stanley in New York, where she was senior vice president in investment banking focused on energy, industrials and basic materials sectors. Nina has led and worked on several large domestic and cross-border M&A deals at Morgan Stanley, including Chemtura’s sale to Lanxess, Monsanto’s sale to Bayer, Rentech Nitrogen Partners’ sale to CVR Partners, and Agrium-Potash MOE. Prior to Morgan Stanley, she was with Credit Suisse in the industrials group of Investment Banking division where she worked on high yield financing and LBOs for financial sponsors and IPOs of private equity portfolio companies in New York.
Nina received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce (Finance Major) from the University of British Columbia. She speaks fluent English, Mandarin and Cantonese.