Rift Valley’s partners collectively have over 40 years of professional experience in the fields of investment banking, principal investing and corporate law. Our team shares a common vision for building industry leading companies and measure our achievements in terms of long-term growth, not immediate returns.
We partner with companies to build something bigger and stronger, bringing patient capital and an active approach to our investments. As long-term investors, we are passionate about growing businesses and building value over time. Rift Valley will steadily add value by leveraging its resources towards growth acceleration, performance improvement and human capital development.
Rift Valley devotes significant effort to analyzing industry trends, understanding competitive dynamics and developing relevant expertise and investment themes by sector. We are constantly refreshing our intellectual capital and developing compelling investment themes.
Our team, with complementary backgrounds in investment banking, principal investing and law, works together to bring the optimal combination of capabilities and experience to the table. With over 40 years of collective experience, Rift Valley is positioned to pursue investments with great flexibility and speed, moving aggressively into attractive opportunities. Teamwork and partnership are core values at Rift Valley, and we work hand in hand on all investment opportunities to leverage each Partner’s unique skills and knowledge relevant to each situation.
Mr. Caputo is the Founder and Managing Partner of Rift Valley. He currently serves as the Chairman at the Board of Wingman Intermediate Holdings, which owns three operating entities Rift Valley has acquired since 2014. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Interward Asset Management. Prior to founding Rift Valley, Mr. Caputo was a Director in the Global Investment Banking and Leveraged Finance group at RBC Capital Markets. Mr. Caputo graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Toronto and is a CFA Charterholder.
Mr. Ong is a Partner at Rift Valley. Prior to joining Rift Valley he served as a Vice President at Medley Capital, a $5 billion alternative asset management firm where he was responsible for the execution and portfolio management of debt and equity investments. Before joining Medley Capital he served in the Global Investment Banking and Leveraged Finance group at RBC Capital Markets. Mr. Ong graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from Emory University.
Mr. Woolgar is a Partner at Rift Valley. In addition to this role, he is also a Senior Partner of Woolgar VanWiechen Cosgriffe Ducoffe LLP (“WVCD”), a firm which he founded in 1991 after beginning his legal career at one of Canada’s national law firms. At WVCD, Mr. Woolgar focuses on corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on private company mergers and acquisitions as well as start-up and early stage growth companies. In addition, Mr. Woolgar has served as a current or past corporate director of several not-for-profit corporations and private companies. He graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Western University and received LL.B. and M.B.A. degrees from Dalhousie University.
Mr. Gartin joined Rift Valley in 2016. Prior to Rift Valley, he was an investment banking Associate in the Consumer & Retail group at RBC Capital Markets, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and capital raising activities. Mr. Gartin graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University and received an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Mr. Kim joined Rift Valley in 2017. Prior to joining Rift Valley full-time, he spent two years interning at Rift Valley while pursuing his undergraduate studies. Mr. Kim graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University.
Rift Valley brings extensive experience and resources to help companies assess and capitalize on business opportunities. We understand the dynamics of business transformation through acquisitions, consolidations and internal growth. Beyond providing capital and financial acumen, Rift Valley utilizes its depth of resources and passion to drive results to help companies to grow into industry leaders.
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