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Our Private Equity Experts

 
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Our team brings various experiences, skill sets and previous professional backgrounds, including: leveraged lending, consulting, investment banking, venture capital and asset management.
 
 
Robert Morgan

Robert Morgan

Managing Director, Alternatives
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Robert Morgan

Robert Morgan

Managing Director, Alternatives
 

Robert P. Morgan is Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Northern Trust Alternatives Group, with management responsibility for the alternative asset investments areas of Northern Trust. He had previously been Director of Private Equity, a position he held since co-founding the Private Equity funds group in 2000, and an area in which he remains heavily involved.

Prior to joining Northern Trust, he worked as a Director at Frye-Louis Capital Advisors, LLC (FLCA), a Chicago-based private equity investment manager, and was responsible for all of the operations of FLCA, including the management of a private equity fund-of-funds. Prior to joining FLCA, Bob worked for Heller Financial, Inc. (Heller), a middle-market commercial finance company, which was later acquired by General Electric. Bob was a Senior Vice President at Heller and was responsible for its private equity programs. Within Heller, Bob held several roles, including positions in the Corporate Finance Group, Corporate Credit and Heller Equity Capital Corporation, Heller’s captive private equity fund. He has invested in over 100 private equity funds covering the buyout, venture capital, structured high yield, real estate and international markets. While at Heller, Bob also oversaw a direct equity co-investment program which totaled approximately 20 investments. Prior to attending business school, Bob worked for a commercial bank in North Carolina.

Bob sits on the board of the Illinois Venture Capital Association and several fund advisory boards. He received his B.A. in economics from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Emory University.

 
Bradley M. Dorchinecz

Bradley M. Dorchinecz

Director, Private Equity Group
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Bradley M. Dorchinecz

Bradley M. Dorchinecz

Director, Private Equity Group
 

Bradley M. Dorchinecz is a Senior Vice President and the Director of the Private Equity Group at Northern Trust. He co-founded the Private Equity Group with Bob Morgan in 2001. He oversees all aspects of the investment process for both primary and secondary investments. This includes sourcing and analyzing venture capital and buyout partnership investment opportunities in the United States, Europe and Asia. He previously was an investment professional at Mercantile Capital Partners, a venture capital and growth equity fund located in Northbrook, Illinois. Prior to Mercantile, Bradley spent five years at Heller Financial (now a part of GE Capital), providing senior debt to middle market buyout funds.

Bradley is on the advisory boards for Trinity Ventures, Aleph Ventures, Cowboy Ventures and Sterling Partners. He speaks frequently at industry conferences, including Super Return, Venture Capital Journal's Venture Alpha, Buyouts Midwest, the Association for Corporate Growth Conference, and the European Venture Capital Association Middle Market Buyout Forum.  Bradley graduated with High Honors from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a degree in finance and received his MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

 
Kevin R. Kresnicka, CFA

Kevin R. Kresnicka, CFA

Vice President
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Kevin R. Kresnicka, CFA

Kevin R. Kresnicka, CFA

Vice President
 

Kevin R. Kresnicka is a Vice President in the Private Equity Group. As private equity product manager, Kevin is responsible for fund legal and marketing materials, sales support, fund administration activities, and client reporting. Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2005, he was a Vice President for Banc of America Capital where he monitored existing private equity fund investments and evaluated, documented, and closed new fund investments. At the time of Kevin’s departure from Banc of America, the company had interests in over 1,000 private equity funds representing over $5 billion of aggregate exposure. Prior to Banc of America, Kevin was a part of William M. Mercer Investment Consulting, serving first as a Senior Analyst assisting institutional clients and then as a Research Consultant of investment managers. Before Mercer, he worked for Morningstar, serving first as a Mutual Fund Data Analyst and then as a Mutual Fund Editorial Analyst. Kevin started his career in the information center of the National Futures Association. Kevin received a BS in Foreign Service and a Certificate in Asian Studies from Georgetown University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

 
Nicholas W. Lawler

Nicholas W. Lawler

Senior Associate, Private Equity
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Nicholas W. Lawler

Nicholas W. Lawler

Senior Associate, Private Equity
 

Nicholas W. Lawler is a Senior Associate on Northern Trust's Private Equity Team. He is responsible for supporting the team with sourcing and underwriting primary and secondary investments in venture capital and leverage buyout funds. Prior to joining the Private Equity Team, Nick was a member of Northern's Global Opportunities in Leadership Development (GOLD) Program. He completed rotations in Equity Research, Private Wealth Management Strategy, Alternative Investments, and Quantitative Management. Before joining the GOLD Program, Nick was an Associate Portfolio Manager in Private Wealth Management, where he directly managed customized equity and fixed income portfolios and supported numerous Senior Portfolio Managers. He joined Northern Trust in 2008 as an Investment Associate. Nick earned his B.A. in Political Science from Boston College and was a member of the Men's Varsity Golf Team. He also serves as the North American Head of Northern Trust's Advancing Professionals Business Resource Council, and is a mentor for the Loyola Academy Leadership Development Program.

 
James R. Hart III “Trey”

James R. Hart III “Trey”

Vice President
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James R. Hart III “Trey”

James R. Hart III “Trey”

Vice President
 

James R. Hart III "Trey" is a Vice President in the Private Equity Group. He is responsible for sourcing and analyzing venture capital and buyout partnership investment opportunities in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Trey also spends time positioning Northern Trust's capabilities with consulting firms in addition to communicating with both existing and prospective investors. Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2013, Trey was a Vice President at Greenspring Associates, a $2.3 billion global venture capital fund-of-funds based in Baltimore, Maryland. At Greenspring Associates, Trey was active in all aspects of the investment process, including primary fund investments, direct investments and secondary fund/direct investments. Additionally, Trey was active in the firm's global fundraising efforts. Prior to Greenspring Associates, Trey was as an Associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, in the international law firm's private equity practice. Trey is a magna cum laude graduate of Washington and Lee University and a magna cum laude and Order of the Coif graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was an associate editor of the Maryland Law Review. While in law school, Trey worked at New Enterprise Associates, the $13 billion global venture capital firm, in its Baltimore, Maryland offices. He is a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois and currently serves as a member of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law's Alumni Board, where he teaches a seminar on venture capital and entrepreneurship.
 
Mike Marderosian

Mike Marderosian

Vice President
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Mike Marderosian

Mike Marderosian

Vice President
 

Mike Marderosian is a Vice President in the Private Equity Group. He is responsible for the investor relations and business development function within the Group. Prior to joining Northern Trust, Mr. Marderosian was a Senior Associate at RCP Advisors, a middle-market leveraged buyout fund of funds based in Chicago. At RCP Advisors, Mr. Marderosian was active in all aspects of building and managing RCP’s institutional and private client investor base including identifying new channels and geographies for fundraising, leading the Firms RFP/RFI efforts and maintaining relationships with investment consultants. Most recently, Mr. Marderosian was in charge of leading the Advisory practice for RCP Advisors managing client relationships and helping shape and implement investment policy for clients. Prior to RCP, Mike worked as a Managing Director of private equity sales at First Allied Securities, Inc. where he was responsible for raising capital for late stage venture backed companies and building the investor base within a captive broker dealer network. Mike received a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

 
Robert D. Dicarlo, CPA

Robert D. Dicarlo, CPA

Chief Administrative Officer
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Robert D. Dicarlo, CPA

Robert D. Dicarlo, CPA

Chief Administrative Officer
 

Robert D. DiCarlo joined Northern Trust Alternatives Group in 2011 as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer.  Bob is responsible for implementing several infrastructure projects, and for positioning the group to achieve future growth in assets. Bob previously was with Aurora Investment Management, where he was responsible for all aspects of Aurora’s financial and performance reporting, and he also was involved in many of its systems and operational platforms.

Prior to Aurora, Bob worked at Deutsche Asset Management for nine years, and he has over 20 years of experience in the financial management area.  Bob is a Certified Public Accountant (registered in Illinois), graduated from DePaul with a BS in Accounting, and received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Northwestern University.

 
Emily P. Fraser

Emily P. Fraser

Vice President
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Emily P. Fraser

Emily P. Fraser

Vice President
 

Emily P. Fraser is a Vice President in the Private Equity Group. Emily is based in Northern Trust's London office, and is responsible for leading investments and maintaining relationships in our European portfolio. She rejoined the team in 2009 after having originally worked with the team from 2005-2008. Prior to returning, Emily worked at Adveq Management, a Swiss based private equity funds of funds, as one of the first team members in its New York office. At Adveq, Emily was focused on small market buyout and distressed funds located in the U.S. Emily graduated with a BA in History from Trinity College, during which time she also interned at Landmark Partners, a private equity fund-of-funds specializing in transactions in the secondary market.

 
Kevin T. Butts

Kevin T. Butts

Senior Associate, Private Equity Team
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Kevin T. Butts

Kevin T. Butts

Senior Associate, Private Equity Team
 

Kevin T. Butts is a Senior Associate on Northern Trust's Private Equity Team. Prior to joining the PE Team, Kevin worked in Northern's Corporate Banking Group for two years as a Credit Portfolio Manager. He was responsible for the underwriting and financial analysis responsibilities of a $1.2B portfolio comprised of 38 diversified industrial clients. Kevin came to Northern first as a summer intern in 2008, and post-undergrad on full-time basis via Northern's Global Opportunities in Leadership Development (GOLD) Program in 2009. While in the GOLD Program, he spent four month rotations in Credit Training, the Corporate Banking Group, Private Wealth Management in New York City, and the Investment Strategy Group. Kevin received his MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He earned a B.S. in Finance with Honors from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

 
Lisa J. Weitzman

Lisa J. Weitzman

Associate, Private Equity Group
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Lisa J. Weitzman

Lisa J. Weitzman

Associate, Private Equity Group
 

Lisa J. Weitzman is an Associate in the Private Equity Group. She is responsible for manager due diligence and analysis, fundraising efforts, portfolio monitoring, and work related to custom accounts. Prior to joining Northern Trust, Lisa was an Analyst at Hildebrandt Baker Robbins Consulting (now HBR Consulting) where she advised legal firms and financial institutions on cost reduction strategies and implementation. She also worked for a team of financial advisors at MorganStanley SmithBarney, helping to develop marketing materials and investment guidelines. Lisa graduated from the College of Business Honors Program at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Finance and a Minor in Spanish.

 
Adam R. Freda

Adam R. Freda

Vice President
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Adam R. Freda

Adam R. Freda

Vice President
 
Adam R. Freda is a Vice President on Northern Trust's Private Equity Team. He focuses on sourcing, valuing and executing private equity and venture capital transactions on the secondary market. Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2013, Adam was an Associate Vice President at Wind Point Partners, a middle-market leveraged buyout fund based in Chicago. At Wind Point, Adam was active in all aspects of the investment process, including deal sourcing, due diligence, capital raising, deal negotiation, and working with companies post-investment. Prior to Wind Point, Adam spent two years as an Analyst in the Investment Banking Group at Citi in Chicago. He worked as a generalist focusing on the automotive and metals and mining industries. Adam earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Accountancy with High Honors from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and received his MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
 
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