Paul E. Tierney, Jr.   Partner

Paul has successfully invested capital for over forty years in a variety of formats and venues. For approximately twenty years he has been involved in emerging markets investing in Africa and many other parts of the developing world. He also teaches a graduate level course on Africa at Columbia University and is Chairman of the Board of Technoserve, a large economic development entity (NGO) rooted in Africa and active in thirty different countries. His relationships and reputation in Africa stem from over thirty years of travel, study and direct investing.

Paul has proven his investment skill in a variety of partnerships, all of which he has founded or co-founded. He was a co-founding principal of Gollust, Tierney and Oliver, the general partner for Coniston Partners and other investment entities. Coniston was a $1 billion active value investment partnership. He is also a co-founder and general partner of Aperture Venture Partners, acts as an advisor to Fidus Capital Partners and Trilantic Capital Partners in addition to managing his family investments. Paul has also served on the Boards of many companies such as UAL, the parent company of United Airlines, Liz Claiborne, TW Services Corp. and Prosperity Voskhod Fund (Russia). Paul served in the Peace Corps following graduation from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. degree (Magna cum Laude). He received his M.B.A. degree as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School.

Matthew S. Tierney   Partner

Matt has been involved in emerging markets for over fifteen years in both advisory and investment roles. He joined Development Capital, an affiliate of DCP, in 2002 to manage the firm’s private investments and was co-founder and general partner of Aperture Venture Partners, an early stage investor in healthcare. In 2008, he transitioned to head Development Capital’s investment efforts in emerging markets. He focused on public and private equity investments across markets but devoted significant attention to investments in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to Development Capital, he worked in a variety of professional services capacities. At Credit Suisse First Boston, Matt worked in the Global Corporate Finance group on merger and acquisition, equity and debt transactions in the technology, industrial and consumer goods industries. Many of these transactions took place in Latin America. At TechnoServe, he assisted early stage companies in Latin America and Africa with market analyses, financial management and organizational structures and instituted a methodology to measure organizational impact. Matt is currently on the Board of The BCS Group, a Kenyan based ICT company. In addition, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Trinity School, TechnoServe’s Board of Members and is a member of the African Leadership Network. He served as a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. Matt received his B.A. from Georgetown University and his M.B.A from Columbia Business School.

Gordon M. McLaughlin   Partner

Gordon has worked in a variety of strategic, analytical and investment capacities globally. Most recently, he was focused on public and private equity investments in Africa for Development Capital, an affiliate of DCP. Previously, Gordon also worked at Security Capital Research & Management, a U.S. based real estate investment manager. At Security Capital, he led the firm’s international research efforts, and was responsible for coverage of real estate equities throughout Europe and Asia. In his tenure, Gordon was also responsible for structuring a number of private investments in listed U.S. real estate companies. Additionally, he was responsible for considering investments in convertible bonds and preferred securities. He began his career as a consultant with Charles River Associates advising clients on strategic and financial matters related to intellectual property and early-stage technology. Gordon is a CFA charterholder and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts. He received a B.S. with High Distinction from Indiana University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, where he graduated top of his class as a McGowan Fellow.