Michael J. Barrett has joined De Luna Partners as a partner. Barrett will be involved in all facets De Luna Partners origination and fundraising for private equity, alternative assets funds, and global equity strategies. Barrett was previously Managing Director, Private Equity at Mesirow Financial in Chicago.
De Luna Partners, a private placement and third party marketing firm that works with private equity, venture capital, hedge funds, and global equity managers announced today that Michael J. Barrett has joined the firm as Partner. Mr. Barrett will be involved in all facets De Luna Partners origination and fundraising for private equity, alternative assets funds, and global equity strategies.
Mr. Barrett brings over 28 years of institutional investing and fundraising experience to De Luna Partners. As Managing Director, Private Equity at Mesirow Financial in Chicago he was one of five senior investment professionals responsible for building a $3.5 billion private equity platform that includes both private equity fund of funds and direct/co-investment partnerships. He also led the business development and fundraising efforts within the private equity department since 2004 which resulted in a significant expansion of the number of limited partners/investors and capital under management sourced from institutional investor sectors including public and private pensions, Taft-Hartley, endowments, foundations and high net worth/family offices in North America, Europe and Australia.
De Luna Partners founder, John de Luna noted, “Michael’s experience of having participated in virtually every aspect of private equity fund management, from being a founding team member of Mesirow’s private equity partnership fund (fund of funds) in 1999 to performing due diligence, financial modeling and post-investment monitoring in connection with acquisitions and growth equity financings of middle market brings a wealth of insight that benefit the general partners and investment managers with whom we work. His asset class expertise in private equity, natural resources, real assets and real estate, as well as his deep institutional relationships is an enhancement to our team”.
Mr. Barrett graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, and from the DePaul University, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business with a Masters of Business Administration.
In addition to Mr. Barrett, De Luna Partners’ senior team includes John de Luna and Sara Mongerson. Collectively they average over 24 years of deep and diverse experience in institutional fundraising and client service.