Charles Ayres is Chairman of Trilantic Capital Partners. Previously he was Global Head of Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking and a managing director of Lehman Brothers. Mr. Ayres joined LBMB in 2003, and has over 19 years of private equity experience. Mr. Ayres was a founding partner of MidOcean Partners, a private equity investment firm formed in February 2003, and, prior to that, was head of DB Capital Partners North America (Deutsche Bank AG) and a member of the DB Americas Regional Executive Committee, where he was responsible for overseeing $1.2 billion of investments and managing the 25-member investment team. Prior to DB Capital, he was a managing partner at McCown De Leeuw & Co., Inc., a $1.2 billion private equity fund. From 1987 to 1991, he was a managing partner at HMA Investments, Inc., a private investment firm focused on middle-market management buyouts. He also worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Lazard Freres & Co. and the Corporate Finance group at Kidder, Peabody & Co. He is currently on the board of the Lennox Hill Neighborhood House and the Special Projects Committee of Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital and is an active member of YPO, the Young Presidents' Organization, Gotham Chapter.
Mr. Ayres holds an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business of Dartmouth College and a B.A. in economics magna cum laude from Duke University.