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MidOcean Hires & Promotes

Elias Dokas has joined MidOcean Partners as a principal. He is a former managing director with Blackstone Group. MidOcean also announced that it has promoted David Basto to managing director and Barrett Gilmer to vice president. 


MidOcean Partners, a leading middle market private equity firm, announced today the promotions of David Basto to Managing Director and Barrett Gilmer as Vice President. Elias Dokas, a former Managing Director at Blackstone, joins MidOcean as a Principal to the firm’s investment staff.

 “We are very pleased that we have the management resources to further strengthen our management team with the promotion of talented individuals from within our firm,” said Ted Virtue, founder and CEO of MidOcean. “David has made significant contributions to MidOcean since we founded MidOcean, helping us acquire companies, strengthen their operations and realize value on those investments for our investors. We are pleased to recognize Barrett’s accomplishments as well, and we know they will continue to help us execute our investment strategy as we build the firm for future success.”  

Mr. Basto has been with MidOcean since its inception and focuses on investments in the Consumer space. He also served with MidOcean’s predecessor firm, DB Capital Partners, as a principal and vice president.  Prior to that, Mr. Basto was an Associate at Juno Partners and an Analyst in Tucker Anthony’s Mergers & Acquisitions group. Mr. Basto has a B.A. in history from the University of Virginia.

Mr. Dokas joins as a Principal to MidOcean’s investment staff from Blackstone where he spent 11 years, most recently as a Managing Director.  There he focused on activities in the media, telecommunications and financial services space. He began his career in 1991 within the private equity group of Merrill Lynch & Co. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Columbia where he also earned recognition in Physics.

 “Elias has extensive experience in the telecommunications and financial services sectors and he will be a strong complement to our existing team,” said Mr. Virtue.  “We are pleased that he has chosen to join MidOcean and all of us look forward to working with him.”

Mr. Gilmer joined MidOcean as an Associate in 2004 and focuses on investments in the media and communications sectors.   Prior to joining MidOcean he served with Lehman Brothers as an Associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group and as an Analyst in the Leveraged Finance Group. Mr. Gilmer received his B.A. from Davidson College and also studied at Oxford University.


About MidOcean Partners

MidOcean Partners ( is a premier private equity firm focused on the middle market. Based in New York and London, MidOcean is committed to investing in high quality companies with stable market positions and multiple opportunities for growth in the United States and Europe. Targeted sectors include consumer and leisure, media and communications, business and financial services and industrials. MidOcean utilizes a broad foundation of expertise in its focus industries and its transatlantic platform to create value for its investors and partners