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LOUIS C. GERKEN founded alternative asset fund manager Gerken Capital Associates (GCA) in 1989. Prior to forming GCA, Mr. Gerken was a Managing Director and Group Head of Prudential Securities’ Technology Investment Banking Division, which served as an advisor to international M&A and corporate finance mandates.

Earlier, Mr. Gerken was a General Partner to Prudential Securities’ four venture capital funds, known collectively as Prutech, one of the largest U.S. venture capital funds at the time. Prutech completed over fifty IT and bio-tech sector early- and expansion-stage investments, and was one of the first VC funds to pioneer corporate partnering as a co-investment strategy. Prior to this, Mr. Gerken was responsible for overseeing Wells Fargo’s venture capital activities where he structured one of the industry’s first fund of funds. He was a founder/CEO of TCG, a telecom consulting engineering firm and started his career with emerging markets fund management pioneer, GT Capital.