Avante Capital taps Messina as business development and IR director

Avante Capital Partners, a women-owned private credit and structured equity firm that invests in lower-middle market companies, has named Daniela Messina as director of business development and investor relations. Messina is the former deputy general counsel for the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. She is also the former director of business development for Nixon Peabody’s private equity and family office practice.


Los Angeles, California (January 7, 2019) – Today, Avante Capital Partners announced well-known Boston attorney and corporate leader, Daniela Messina, joined the firm as Director of Business Development and Investor Relations.
A Boston native and expert communications, marketing and business development executive, Messina began her career in investor relations for a high-tech PR agency and a global provider of analytical instruments and services.

She served as a Deputy General Counsel for the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. For nearly a decade, she served as Director of Business Development for Nixon Peabody’s private equity and family office practice where she led a number of strategic initiatives including the launch of a Women in Private Equity effort in Boston and NYC, as well as expanded visibility in the family office industry. In addition, Messina oversaw the development of the firm’s deal sourcing referral program.

In addition to her corporate, legal and political experience, Messina held leadership roles and has been active with the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce including their Women’s Network Advisory Board, Bentley College Executive Club, The Boston Club and served as a member of the Salem State University Board of Trustees appointed by both Governors Mitt Romney and Deval Patrick.

“We are pleased to have Daniela direct our business development and investor relations efforts. Her remarkable experience, network and expertise will be a tremendous asset to our firm and investors,” said Ivelisse Simon, Managing Partner of Avante. “Daniela has done impactful and transformational work in both the private and public sector, and we look forward to having her take a leading role in our firm,” said Natasha Fox, Managing Partner of Avante.

Messina has volunteered for numerous non-profits including mentoring women and minority law students through Suffolk University Law School’s Alumni Mentoring Program and pro bono legal services through the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Foundation, Family Law Project.