AUA Private Equity promotes three

AUA Private Equity Partners has promoted Kyce Chihi to managing director. Also, AUA Private Equity, a lower-middle market investment firm that focuses on U.S. Hispanic-oriented companies and family-owned businesses, has promoted Jack Lin and Ari David to vice president.


NEW YORK, NY – March 11, 2019 – AUA Private Equity Partners, LLC (“AUA Private Equity”), a leading lower middle-market investment firm specializing in U.S. Hispanic-oriented companies and family-owned businesses is pleased to announce three promotions to its investment team.

Andy Unanue, Managing Partner of AUA Private Equity, commented: “We are proud to announce the promotion of an exceptional group of professionals that have contributed to our Firm’s success over the past years. These professionals have made significant contributions to our portfolio companies, to our partners, and to the foundation and reputation of AUA Private Equity. They have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to our values and our partnership-first approach to investing.”

Promotion to Managing Director
Kyce Chihi – Mr. Chihi is a founding member of AUA Private Equity and has been involved in a number of investments on behalf of the Firm. Mr. Chihi currently serves on the board of directors of Tijuana Flats Restaurants, LLC, Raymundos Food Group, LLC, and Indulge Desserts Holdings, LLC. Prior to joining the Principals of AUA Private Equity, Mr. Chihi worked at a family office and prior thereto was an analyst in Deutsche Bank’s Leveraged Finance Group in New York. Mr. Chihi received his B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Promotion to Vice President
Jack Lin – Mr. Lin has been with AUA Private Equity since 2012 and currently serves on the board of directors of Water Lilies, LLC. Prior to joining AUA Private Equity, Mr. Lin worked at a leading Australian corporate law firm and a private-equity focused management consulting firm. Prior thereto, Mr. Lin was a Summer Analyst at UBS. Mr. Lin received his B.Com in Finance from the University of Sydney and his J.D. from Sydney Law School/Cornell Law School.

Ari David – Mr. David joined AUA Private Equity as an M.B.A. intern in 2013 and joined the Firm full time in 2015 after completing business school. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. David was an Associate in the Mid-Corporate and Endowments & Foundations Group at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Mr. David received a B.A. in Economics from Tufts University, graduating with Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude honors and received his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

About AUA Private Equity

AUA Private Equity Partners, LLC is a New York-based, operationally-focused, lower middle-market investment firm providing strategic capital to companies in the consumer products and services sectors with a particular focus on family-owned businesses or companies benefiting from the growth of the U.S. Hispanic population. AUA Private Equity makes equity investments of $20 to $75 million in companies that generate in excess of $5 million in EBITDA.