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OUR FIRM

ERIK MAYO

CO-FOUNDER AND PARTNER

Erik Mayo is an active investor and advisor to lending and early stage companies in the US and Latin America with 20 years of investment management experience. Prior to Terra Incognita Erik was a Founding Partner and Co-Portfolio Manager of Fintan Partners. While at Fintan Partners, Erik made investments in Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe in strategies including distressed debt, structured credit, growth capital financing, receivables factoring, and private equity.

 

During his time at Fintan Erik was often the first, or early investor with emerging managers in a wide range of strategies across the globe. His experience building Fintan Partners from inception to an institutional quality asset manager, as well as working at institutional investors like Stanford, Lazard and Deutsche Bank, helped him understand what it takes to build a successful business across all functions (IT, Investment, marketing, operations and treasury).

 

Before founding Fintan Partners, Erik has held various positions at Stanford Management Company, Lazard Asset Management and Bankers Trust. He earned a B.S. in Economics from Wharton.
 

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NISHU TRIVEDI

CO-FOUNDER AND PARTNER

Nishu Trivedi has 10 years of loan and credit structuring experience in private and public markets and 20 years of investment management experience.  Previously, Nishu worked at GLG Partners where he focused on developed and global emerging market investments, specializing in small and medium size companies. While at GLG Nishu was involved in due diligence, portfolio construction, risk management, fund structuring, trading and operations. Before GLG Partners, Nishu was a Vice-President at Epoch Investment Partners focusing on global equities, fixed income and foreign exchange.  Prior to Epoch, Nishu was a Vice President at Deephaven Capital Management in fixed income, global macro, convertible bonds, and volatility.  Nishu also worked at Cobra Management trading convertible bonds. Nishu holds a B.S. degree in both Biology and Chemistry from Wilkes University, and a Masters degree in Biology from Harvard University.
 

JENNIFER CALMA

Director of Finance

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10+ years of experience with accounting and credit structuring experience, and over 30 years of investment management experience. Previously, Jennifer was Director of Finance and Operations at Tri-Ring Capital which focused on behavioral finance. Before Tri-Ring Jennifer was Senior Vice-President at XE Capital Management focusing on accounting and operations for onshore and offshore private equity and hedge funds in emerging and developed economies. Prior to XE Capital Jennifer was Director of Finance and Operations and Chief Compliance Officer at Cobra Management. While at Cobra, Jennifer focused on developing operational policies and procedures, fund registration with the SEC and NFA along with regulatory and compliance filings. Prior to Cobra, Jennifer was a Controller at Deephaven Capital Management. Other experiences include being an accountant at Kessler Asher and RAS Trading. Jennifer holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from DePaul University.

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60 years experience • 5 continents
3 experienced partners

Terra Incognita Capital is a minority-owned investment company providing debt financing and expertise to grow specialty finance lenders across the globe. Founded by a diverse group of partners each with over 20 years of investment experience the firm focuses on transactions, with an emphasis on US & Latin American investments. We specialize in robust structures for long term investment that protects our investors’ capital while aligning the interests of all parties: the borrowers, the investors and the firm. 

 

Our edge stems from our global experience, extensive local networks and agility in an ever changing environment.  We strive to shift focus to those assets with the best risk-return characteristics in order to achieve superior returns for our investors.

 

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CLIENT FOCUSED -

TRUSTED PROTECTORS OF CAPITAL

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First and foremost, we are given assets in Trust. Our responsibilities or duties are both ethical and legal. We will manage the assets for the benefit of our clients in return for clearly articulated compensation. This not only means aiming to achieve the best risk adjusted return but communicating in an honest and transparent fashion while seeking to protect the precious asset which they have given to us. 

\\\RESPONSIBILITY

1) As a lean organization everyone is empowered and accountable around the firms and investors goals and given hands on responsibility around achieving them
 

2) Everyone should to take pride in their work and take initiative to make things better atTerra Incognita.

\\\CONSTANT GROWTH

 

Stagnant organization fade away with time. Markets and our client’s needs are constantly evolving. We look to learn from history so as not to be doomed to repeat it, but also constantly be learning about new markets and changes in the ones we’re already in to constantly bring robust, risk adjusted returns to our clients. 

 

Our team takes lessons learned inside and outside of the firm to maintain portfolios at the leading edge of the current investment environment.

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Although our core mission is to provide consistently validate our clients trust as fiduciaries, we are also members of a larger community. As such, we encourage the integration of sustainable business practices in our offices and across our portfolio companies. We also encourage our team to be involved in the communities in which we invest through opportunities the firm is involved in directly or pursuits which speak to their individual passions. 
\\\diversity

As a firm with a diverse set of minority founders, we viscerally understand the value of having team members with different experiences and backgrounds helping us make informed decisions. Maintaining a inclusive culture is a firm priority as we believe having a diverse and unique set of voices at the table makes our team stronger and gives us a competitive advantage. 

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1) As a firm with a diverse set of minority founders, we viscerally understand the value of having team members with different experiences and backgrounds helping us make informed decisions.

2) Maintaining a inclusive culture is a firm priority as we believe having a diverse and unique set of voices at the table makes our team stronger and gives us a competitive advantage.