The Team

Allison Kern

Allison joined Advent-Morro Equity Partners in March 2017 from StarVest Partners, a $250 million expansion-stage venture capital fund based in New York. At StarVest Partners, she was the sole support to the three partners and led deal sourcing and due diligence for the fund. She was also acting Board Observer to three of StarVest’s portfolio companies – Persado, a cognitive content platform for marketers; Ceros, an interactive content creation and management platform; and Take the Interview, a video interviewing and candidate engagement platform for human resource teams. Previous to StarVest, Allison was an investment analyst reporting to the CIO of a $5 billion emerging markets hedge fund within the Carlyle Group. At Carlyle, she analyzed emerging market stocks based on macro trends and industry disruptions. Allison began her career working across equities, debt, mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”), and restructuring to progress the Royal Bank of Scotland’s strategic plan to dispose of assets in its government-mandated “bad bank” and promote the future operations of the firm. Allison graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

 

Cyril Meduña

Cyril is the founder and President of Advent-Morro, the private equity firm that manages VCFI, GPEF-I, GPEF-II, and GPEF-III. Prior to forming Advent-Morro, Cyril was the Regional Manager for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean for Ehrlich Bober & Co. Inc, a New York-based investment bank. From 1982 to 1986, Cyril worked for the Chase Manhattan Bank N.A. and Chase Manhattan Capital Markets in both New York and Puerto Rico. Cyril is also the owner of Meduña & Co., Inc. (“MCI”). From 1987 to 2006, MCI was a broker/dealer registered with the SEC, the NASD and the Commissioner of Financial Institutions of Puerto Rico. Cyril’s relevant venture capital experience extends over 25 years and includes sourcing, analyzing, structuring, investing, monitoring and exiting portfolio company investments made by VCFI, GPEF-I and GPEF-II. In addition, Cyril has had experience in the syndication and participation of private equity investments with other U.S. venture capital and private equity funds, local institutional, and other investors that have totaled over $100 million in additional capital for portfolio companies. Cyril sits on the board of directors of most portfolio companies of the Advent-Morro’ funds. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University.