GroupArgent Appoints Damian Voltes as Partner - Latin America and Robert Baldacci as Partner - New England

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New York merchant bank GroupArgent recruits serial Internet entrepreneur and New England business leader as local partners to expand reach of the firm.

The Board of Directors of GroupArgent, LLC is pleased to announce the appointment of Damian Voltes as Partner – Latin America and Robert Baldacci as Partner – New England. Damian Voltes will collaborate with GroupArgent’s Investment Banking Team in serving the firm’s Latin American and US Hispanic Technology, Media and Internet clientele.

"Damian Voltes has reshaped the Online Marketing Industry in Latin America and, in the process, has created phenomenal shareholder value over his 14 years as an operator, executive and investor in the industry," said Pierre-Georges Roy, Partner of GroupArgent. "He has a keen understanding of the Internet economy. Damian’s experience, judgment and independent thinking represent an important addition to our firm, and will be of tremendous value to our Partners, associates and clients."

Mr. Voltes is the CEO of Patagonia Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm focused on Latin America. He also is the CEO of Emerging Cast Inc. a company dedicated to the production, aggregation and syndication of "short form" videos across the Web and Mobile and TV applications. Previously, he co-founded Digital Ventures and InZearch, two online marketing companies acquired by FOX/News Corporation in July 2007. Voltes went on to serve as FOX’s VP of Global Business Development. GroupArgent represented the shareholders of Digital Ventures and InZearch in the sale to FOX.

He holds a Bachelor in Business Administration (Universidad de Belgrano), a Master in Business Administration (Universidad de Belgrano) and a Postgraduate in Telecommunications (Universidad de San Andres & ITBA).

Robert Baldacci will collaborate with GroupArgent’s Investment Banking Team in serving the firm’s New England clientele. He will also act as the liaison between GroupArgent and Pierce Atwood, one of New England’s leading law firms specializing in intellectual property, corporate finance and M&A matters. GroupArgent and Pierce Atwood offer complementary investment banking and legal services to entrepreneurial corporations in the New England Area.

“We are pleased to welcome Rob to the firm,” said GroupArgent Partner Pierre-Georges Roy. “Rob’s unique knowledge of the business community in New England, as well as his insight into the inner workings of government, are valuable additions to the strong capabilities of GroupArgent.” Rob will be actively engaged in originating and executing transactional opportunities for GroupArgent principally in New England and Eastern Canada.

Formerly, Rob worked with Ocean Properties, one of the largest privately held hotel operating and development companies in the US; served on the Board of Visitors for the University of Maine where he also taught; was President of the Economic Development Council of Maine and the Bangor Region Development Alliance; and chaired the Finance Authority of Maine.
About GroupArgent

GroupArgent (formerly Milbank Roy) is a merchant bank that provides a wide range of investment banking and principal investing services internationally to a substantial client base that includes entrepreneurial corporations, financial sponsors, and high net worth individuals. Founded in 2005, GroupArgent is one of the most active U.S. firms serving the Technology and Internet Industries in both the US and in Latin America. The firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in Buenos Aires and Portland, ME.

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