Founder and Managing Partner, Arctos Sports Partners
Ian Charles is the founder and managing partner at Arctos Sports Partners. In addition to his investment responsibilities, Ian directs the firm’s investment strategy, firm governance and investor relations.
Prior to the formation of Arctos Sports Partners, Ian served as a member of the private equity and infrastructure investment committees and partner at Landmark Partners, a leader in the global private equity, real estate, and infrastructure secondary markets. At Landmark, Ian helped design and execute the firm’s private equity strategy; helped build the firm’s quantitative research group; sourced and structured large, innovative liquidity transactions across the firm’s investment verticals; developed and presented the firm’s views on the macro environment and alternative asset classes at a wide range of industry conferences; and helped create the firm’s innovative preferred equity investment strategy. During his time at Landmark Partners, Ian was part of a team that sourced and oversaw transactions representing more than $10 billion in transaction value.
Prior to joining Landmark Partners, Ian was a cofounder of Cogent Partners, the first secondary market sell-side advisor. Cogent Partners, which was acquired by Greenhill & Co., is widely recognized for transforming the private equity secondary market by providing institutional-grade advisory services to sellers and providing a consistent source of deal flow for existing, new and non-traditional secondary buyers. At Cogent, Ian was responsible for leading the day-to-day management of the firm, sourcing and leading large secondary advisory mandates and creating the firm’s investment strategy and portfolio research business. Prior to co-founding Cogent Partners, he was part of an investment team executing secondary, primary, direct and co-investments that is now part of the Neuberger Berman alternative investments platform.
Ian graduated with honors from Texas Christian University, where he received a BBA in Finance and a BBA in Accounting. He received his MBA from the Wharton School of Business and is a CFA Charterholder.