VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings II
VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings II is a special purpose acquisition company intended to pursue a business combination with a global high-growth business in the Fintech industry with operations predominantly outside of the United States.
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Brendan Carroll is a Senior Partner at VPC, which he co-founded in 2007. He is responsible for strategic initiatives and Firm operations in addition to sourcing, evaluating, and executing investment opportunities. Mr. Carroll also oversees marketing, fundraising, business development and investor relations for the Firm. He is a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee and Valuation Committee.
Mr. Carroll serves as a member of the board of directors of VPC portfolio company, johnnie-O.
Previously, as a member of the Solutions Group at Magnetar Capital, Mr. Carroll specialized in direct financings to lower middle market companies. He has held various investment banking positions at William Blair and Robertson Stephens, specializing in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Carroll has also worked in various capacities for former U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman (I- CT).
Mr. Carroll received a B.A. with honors in government from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a frequent speaker at private credit & equity industry conferences and has served as a guest lecturer on alternative investments at various universities. Mr. Carroll is a member of the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of Chicago and previously served on the Board of Regents at Georgetown University and Loyola Press. He is also a director on the board of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and is also a member of the board’s Finance Committee. Mr. Carroll was named a 2023 Notable Leader in Finance by Crain’s Chicago Business.
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Gordon Watson is Co-Chief Executive Officer of VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings II. He joined VPC in 2014 and is currently a Partner. Gordon is a member of VPC’s investment committee and helps lead the Fintech investing team. Gordon is the Investment Manager for VPC Specialty Lending Investments PLC (LSE: VSL), a VPC-managed, UK publicly listed investment trust focused on opportunities in the Fintech market. Gordon is also the president and chief operating officer of VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings and serves on its board of directors.
Previously, Gordon was a portfolio manager focused on distressed debt at GLG Partners, a London-based, $31 billion multi-strategy hedge fund that concentrates on a diverse range of alternative investments. He joined GLG when it purchased Ore Hill Partners, a credit focused hedge fund where Gordon was a partner.
Chief Financial Officer
Carly Altieri is Chief Financial Officer of VPC Impact Acquisitions Holdings II. She joined VPC in 2018 and currently is a Fund Controller. Carly oversees VPC’s fund accounting team in the execution of accounting, finance, tax, audit, reporting and treasury related activities for the VPC funds. Ms. Altieri joined VPC from Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services, where she was a Vice President responsible for the fund accounting team supporting hedge fund clients.
Prior to Northern Trust, she was an officer at JPMorgan Chase, where she worked in Private Equity and Real Estate Services. Ms. Altieri started her career in audit at KPMG LLP, specializing in the financial services industry. Ms. Altieri received a B.S. in accountancy and finance from Marquette University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Chairman of the Board
John Martin is the chairman of the board of directors of VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings II. Mr. Martin maintains over thirty years of investment experience and is a Senior Partner at VPC. Martin served as managing partner and co-CEO of Antares Capital, LP, a private debt credit manager, until May 2019. He was a founding partner of the original Antares Capital in 1996, a startup business that provided acquisition financing capital to the portfolio companies of private equity firms across North America.
Over the course of nine years, Antares grew to become one of the largest providers of acquisition capital to private equity sponsors in the middle market. Following the firm’s acquisition by GE Capital in 2005, Martin became President and CEO of the newly branded GE Antares Capital and helped to direct the strategic vision of the business. In addition, he presided over numerous acquisitions and divestitures, including the sale of the firm to The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPPIB”) for $12 billion in August 2015. Subsequently, Antares went on to raise more than $6.5 billion in the CLO market from a global investor base comprised of banks, pension funds, insurance companies and asset managers.
Mr. Martin is currently the chairman and chief executive officer of VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings, and serves on the board of directors of VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings. Following the acquisition by CPPIB, Martin sat on the Antares Investment Committee throughout his tenure at the company and was a member of the board of directors. At the time of his retirement, the firm’s assets under management totaled more than $24 billion.
Senator Joseph Lieberman
Senator Joseph Lieberman is an independent director of VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings II. Senator Lieberman has served as Senior Counsel at Kasowitz, Benson & Torres LLP since 2013. Prior to joining Kasowitz, Senator Lieberman, the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee in 2000, served 24 years in the U.S. Senate, retiring in January 2013 following the end of his fourth term.
During his tenure with the U.S. Senate, Senator Lieberman served as the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and helped shape legislation for homeland security, foreign policy, fiscal policy, environmental protection, human rights, health care, trade, energy, cyber security and taxes. Prior to being elected to the U.S. Senate, Senator Lieberman served as the Attorney General of the State of Connecticut from 1983 until 1988. From 1970 until 1980, Senator Lieberman also served in the Connecticut State Senate, including three terms as majority leader.
Senator Lieberman currently serves on the board of directors of Park Hotels and Resorts Inc. (NASDAQ: PK). Senator Lieberman currently serves on the board of directors of L&F Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: LNFA) (“L&F”). Senator Lieberman received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics and his Juris Doctorate degree from Yale University.
Kai Schmitz is an independent director of VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings II. Mr. Schmitz is currently a Partner at Amadeus Capital, where he focuses on growth stage investments in Emerging Markets, secondaries and Fintech investments. Mr. Schmitz currently serves on the Board of Directors of Koin (online point of sale financing), Minka (financial services cloud), Movii (digital bank), and RS2 (SaaS payment platform) and VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings (special purpose acquisition company).
From 2012 to 2019, Mr. Schmitz was Investment Lead Fintech and Regional Head Latin America at IFC, the World Bank’s private sector investment bank, where he was instrumental in building the Fintech portfolio to $600 million. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Schmitz was a Senior Advisor at the World Bank’s Payment Systems Development Group, where he advised Central Banks and other government agencies on payment market infrastructure and regulation. Previously, Mr. Schmitz co-founded two companies, a remittance company in London and a financial services business with operations in the U.S. and Latin America. Mr. Schmitz has also worked at law firms in Hamburg and London.
Mr. Schmitz received a J.D. equivalent from University of Hamburg and an MBA from Henley Management College in the UK.
Mr. Periu, age 42, has served as Chief Executive Officer of Zilch USA Inc. (“Zilch”) a financial technology company focused on providing payment and credit solutions to consumers since July 2021. During his tenure with Zilch, he has been responsible for Zilch’s strategy and operations in the U.S., as well as debt capital markets transactions for Zilch globally. Prior to Zilch, from December 2016 to July 2021, Mr. Periu was Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Neptune Financial Inc., a financial technology company whose commercial lending platform provided growth capital to small and mid-sized American businesses. Previously, Mr. Periu served as Global Co-Head of Capital Markets for Funding Circle Ltd. (“Funding Circle”), an online lender focused on U.S. and U.K. small and medium-sized businesses from October 2012 to December 2016. Mr. Periu also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Funding Circle’s broker dealer, Funding Circle Securities, from March 2014 to January 2017. Prior to his time with Funding Circle, Mr. Periu held roles with FBR & Co., Deutsche Bank, and Merrill Lynch. Mr. Periu holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University.