Next Gen Leader among M2O 2022 promote class

The White Plains-based adviser has promoted four as its LP business comes up on a full year of operation.

M2O Private Fund Advisors, who is shortlisted for 2021 secondaries adviser of the year in the Americas, has promoted four employees, including a Next Gen Leader.

The White Plains-headquartered intermediary has promoted Quinn Kolberg to principal. Kolberg, who joined in 2014 as an analyst – he was the firm’s first secondaries hire – and most recently served as vice president, appeared on 2021’s class of Next Gen Leaders in Secondaries. He focuses on the execution of GP-led secondary advisory mandates and primary distribution.

The M2O secondaries advisory team now numbers 10 strong, covering the GP and LP sides. All four promotions are effective from 1 January.

Michael Ballou, who joined M2O in 2021 as an associate by way of Triago, has been promoted to senior associate. He focuses on the sourcing and execution of LP-led secondary advisory mandates. He began his career in the deals practice at PwC.

Evan Pié, who joined M2O in 2019 as an analyst and most recently served as a senior analyst, has been promoted to associate. He focuses on the execution of both GP- and LP-led secondary advisory mandates.

Lacey Laken, who joined the firm in 2019 as a vice president, has been promoted to principal. She focuses on project management, advisory and distribution within M2O’s primary fund business. Prior to joining M2O, she worked at Houlihan Lokey and at Morrison & Foerster in business development roles.

On the LP side, M2O completed at least 14 transactions in its first two quarters of operations worth nearly $2 billion, after launching the business in February.

On the GP side, Kolberg, under former Credit Suisse secondaries head Mike Custar, advised on the $1.3 billion The Jordan Company first-time continuation vehicle in August.

Since 2012, M2O has advised on over 90 transactions representing more than $21 billion of capital.