Nathan Leight

Nathan Leight

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Leight, our chairman, is the senior managing member of Terrapin Partners, LLC, and has held that position since 1998. He is also chairman and chief investment officer of Terrapin Asset Management, LLC. Previously, from 1995 to 1998, Mr. Leight was the chief investment officer of Gabriel Capital LP, managing more than $1 billion. Gabriel Capital specialized in bankruptcies, under-valued securities, emerging markets, private equity and merger arbitrage. Prior to joining Gabriel Capital, from 1991 to 1995 Mr. Leight established and oversaw the proprietary trading department at Dillon Read & Co. Inc., which specialized in bankruptcy/distressed situations and risk arbitrage. Mr. Leight started his career as an Associate in the corporate finance department of Oppenheimer & Co. in 1982. Since March 2011, Mr. Leight has been chairman of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (NASDAQ:GLDD), the largest provider of dredging services in North America. From February 2005 to June 2006, Mr. Leight was chairman of a blank check company, Aldabra Acquisition Corporation, that raised $55.2 million of gross proceeds in its February 2005 initial public offering and later merged with affiliates of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation in a transaction valued at more than $400 million. Later, Mr. Leight served as chairman of Aldabra 2 Acquisition Corp., another blank check company which raised $414 million of gross proceeds in its June 2007 initial public offering and later acquired the paper and packaging assets of Boise Cascade, LLC to form Boise Inc. (NYSE:BZ) in a transaction valued at more than $1.6 billion. Mr. Leight served as a director of Boise Inc. for five years, from 2007 to July 2012. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Leight served on the board of TradeStation Group, Inc., now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Monex Group, Inc. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 8698). Mr. Leight graduated cum laude from Harvard College.


Sanjay Arora

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr. Arora, our Chief Executive Officer since inception, is also a managing director at Terrapin Partners, LLC. Mr. Arora joined Terrapin in 2007 to focus on Aldabra 2. From 2012 to present, Mr. Arora has been Portfolio Manager of TICO Management Company, LP, a direct lending fund. Prior to Terrapin, Mr. Arora was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank AG in Hong Kong, where he ran the equity-linked origination team for Asia-Pacific from 2003 to 2005. Prior to this, from 1989 to 2003, Mr. Arora held a variety of positions in leveraged finance, derivatives, and equity capital markets at Bankers Trust and Deutsche Bank. Mr. Arora received an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago and a BSc in economics from The London School of Economics.


Guy Barudin

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Barudin, our Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer since inception, is also a managing director with Terrapin Partners LLC.  Mr. Barudin joined Terrapin in 2007 to focus on Aldabra 2 and its business development and private equity efforts. In addition to supporting Terrapin’s private equity activities, he manages a portfolio of alternative assets including real estate, energy, private equity, venture capital, hedge funds and fund of funds. Mr. Barudin joined Terrapin from Medco Health Solutions, where from 2000 to 2007 he held various business development and finance positions and concentrated on strategic transactions related to healthcare information technology and pharmacy benefit strategy. Prior to Medco, from 1996 to 1999 Mr. Barudin was Vice President for Alliances and New Ventures at MasterCard International. Prior to Mastercard, he held positions in corporate finance at Merrill Lynch, PaineWebber Group Inc., and Dillon Read & Co., Inc.  Mr. Barudin received an MS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management and a BSE in Civil Engineering from Princeton University cum laude.


Robert Plotkin

Corporate Development

Mr. Plotkin is on our Corporate Development team and previously served in a similar capacity for Aldabra Acquisition Corporation and Aldabra 2 Acquisition Corp.  Mr. Plotkin joined Terrapin Partners, LLC as Director of Technology in 2000 from IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center, where he worked for 10 years on projects including the development of parallel supercomputers, MPEG video systems, digital library management systems, and interactive web technologies. Mr. Plotkin received a BS in electrical engineering from Columbia University, and a Masters in computer science from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.


Adrian Ross

Corporate Development

Mr. Ross is on our Corporate Development team and serves as a Principal of Terrapin Partners, LLC. Mr. Ross joined Terrapin Partners, LLC in 2014 to focus on special projects, principal investing and special purpose acquisition corporation activities. Prior to Terrapin Partners, Mr. Ross was an Associate at Advent International in Paris, where he helped evaluate, execute, and monitor private equity investments. Prior to this, Mr. Ross was an Analyst at J.P. Morgan in New York, where he was a member of the Diversified Industries investment banking group. Mr. Ross received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BA in Physics from Princeton University.


Stephen Schifrin

Corporate Secretary

Mr. Schifrin joined Terrapin in 2011 to focus on special projects, operations, and regulatory compliance. Mr. Schifrin received his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law, where he served as Chair of the Board of Advocates and was a member of the Texas Journal for Civil Liberties & Civil Rights. He interned for the Honorable Diana Saldaña, U.S. Magistrate for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Mr. Schifrin received his BA in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a member of the State Bar of California.

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