Donald W. Grava | founder and president
Versailles Group’s Founder, Donald W. Grava, brings a uniquely well-suited background to his position as President. His experience combines investment banking expertise with practical knowledge of the inner-workings of corporations of all sizes.
Prior to Versailles Group, Mr. Grava was the former First Vice President of ELM Securities Inc., a New York-based investment banking firm, where he originated and successfully closed many domestic and international transactions. Prior to ELM, Mr. Grava gained invaluable corporate finance experience while at Warburg Paribas Becker in New York City. Prior to working on Wall Street, Mr. Grava honed his practical knowledge of corporate operations through strategic and financial planning roles at two different Fortune 200 companies. Mr. Grava started his career at Coopers & Lybrand where he gained hands-on accounting experience.
Mr. Grava is also the President of Aenigma Advisors LLC, a FINRA registered broker-dealer. Aenigma Advisors LLC, as a registered broker-dealer, is well-equipped to assist middle market companies with securities transactions whether by merger, acquisition, divestiture, or private placement. In addition, the firm performs Fairness Opinions.
Mr. Grava holds the following Securities Licenses: 7, 24, 27, 66, and 79. These licenses are sanctioned by FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.).
Mr. Grava is on the Board of Directors of The Jebb Center for Autistic Adult Living, a 501(c)(3) organization devoted to providing safe and challenging living environments for adults with Autism.
Mr. Grava earned a B.A. in economics from Yale University and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. While at Yale, he was captain of the heavyweight crew.
Richard L. Schwager | Managing Director
Mr. Schwager has been with Versailles Group since inception, and is a Managing Director. He shares overall responsibility for the firm’s domestic and international activities with the firm’s founder.
Prior to joining Versailles Group, Mr. Schwager held various financial and general management positions with The Penn Central Corporation. While at Penn Central, he also completed significant transactions including the management buyout of Trilogy Communications, Inc. Mr. Schwager is an expert in financial and management information systems.
Mr. Schwager earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College as well as an M.B.A. from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business Administration. Mr. Schwager grew up in New York City. He has been an avid skier since his years at Dartmouth College.
William W. B Veale | Director
William W. B. Veale is an American citizen who resides in Brazil. With extensive operating exposure in Brazil and other Latin American countries, Mr. Veale has wide-ranging experience negotiating buy and sell-side transactions, and first-hand knowledge of Latin American countries’ politico-economic swings. Mr. Veale is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Prior to joining the Versailles Group, Mr. Veale was an independent advisor to small and medium-sized companies and a Director for M&A of Partners Consultoria, a management consulting firm in São Paulo. Previously, Mr. Veale headed the Brazilian subsidiary of The Lincoln Electric Company, having sold his own company, Brasoldas S. A.—acquired from The BOC Group in a leveraged buyout financed by the investors who own 3G Capital—to Lincoln. Mr. Veale was President of BOC’s Brazilian company and then President of its Latin American Division. His career began with Air Products and Chemicals; his success in the Silicon Valley market led to his transfer to Brazil to conduct Air Products’ successful market entry there.
Mr. Veale earned a B.A. in economics from Yale University and an M.B.A. from San Jose State University while working in California’s Silicon Valley. While at Yale, he was active in singing and was a member of The Whiffenpoofs. His interest in music continues, and he is a member of the Advisory Council of the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra.
Denis Richard Jacobs | DIRECTOR
Mr. Denis R. Jacobs has extensive management experience with multinational equipment manufacturers in Brazil and other Latin American countries.
Prior to joining Versailles Group, Mr. Jacobs was an independent consultant to small and medium-sized companies in São Paulo. His previous position was Managing Director of Hoerbiger Group in Brazil and Regional Manager for the Hoerbiger subsidiaries in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru. Prior to Hoerbiger, he worked with Sulzer Management Ltd’s Brazilian subsidiary. His professional career began with Flowserve Corporation (formerly Worthington).
Mr. Jacobs received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Oswaldo Cruz University in São Paulo, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas, also in São Paulo. Mr. Jacobs is a Brazilian citizen, and fluent in Portuguese, English, and Spanish. Mr. Jacobs enjoys running to stay fit.
Mark Hayden | Director
Mr. Hayden is a Director with Versailles Group and is responsible for overseas business development, primarily in European and Asian markets. In addition, Mr. Hayden assists with cross-border transactions in the UK, Europe, and Asia where he has extensive experience.
Prior to joining Versailles Group, Mr. Hayden held several financial and / or management positions with various multinational companies including Colgate-Palmolive, Coopers & Lybrand, Wilkinson Match, BISS Limited, and Dubilier plc. In addition, Mr. Hayden was the Managing Director of Equant Japan, where he turned a loss-making subsidiary into a profitable business.
Mr. Hayden is a Chartered Accountant in the United Kingdom. He enjoys reading history and playing the piano in his spare time.
Mingyu Liu | Financial Analyst
Ms. Mingyu Liu joined Versailles Group as a Financial Analyst. She is originally from Tsingtao, China.
Ms. Liu earned a B.S. degree in Economics from George Mason University in Virginia. In addition, Ms. Liu earned a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Minnesota.
Prior to Versailles Group, Ms. Liu was a financial analyst at Carlson Finance and Consulting Lab at the University of Minnesota where she developed analysis relating to financial returns on affordable housing projects. Ms. Liu also did an internship at Huatai Securities in Beijing where she gained valuable hands-on portfolio management experience.
Ms. Liu’s interests include investing, travel, and reading.
Mia Tang | Financial Analyst
Ms. Mia Tang joined Versailles Group as a Financial Analyst. She is originally from Shanghai, China.
Ms. Tang earned a B.A. degree in International Relations and Human Resources Management from Tongji University in Shanghai. In addition, Ms. Tang is in the process of completing an M.B.A. with concentrations in both Finance and Business Analytics at The University of Texas in Dallas. She expects to complete her M.B.A. in 2019.
Prior to Versailles Group, Ms. Tang held consulting and HR management positions with Allianz, the largest financial services group in Europe. She also had international assignments in Singapore and Germany, where she originated several multinational consulting projects and successfully introduced Employee Stock Options to companies in Germany and China.
In her spare time, Ms. Tang enjoys skating, painting, yoga, and traveling.
Ruting Huang | Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst
Ms. Ruting Huang joined Versailles Group as a Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst. She is originally from Jiujiang, China. Ms. Huang earned a B.S. degree in Finance and Marketing from Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics.
In the senior year of her undergraduate studies, Ms. Huang studied Security Analysis, Corporate Finance, and other advanced topics at Columbia University in New York.
Ms. Huang earned a Master of Science degree in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was a board member, in fact, the only member who represented all the students in Master’s program, of the Student Executive Board at Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. She was also a student ambassador of Katz Business school.
Prior to Versailles. Group, Ms. Huang acquired underwriting experience as an intern at the Fixed Income Department at China Merchants Security Co. in Shenzhen. China Merchants Security is the third biggest investment bank in China. Additionally, she worked at Jiujiang Commercial Bank as the assistant to the President. She was also an assistant to the Director at the Jiujiang Bureau of Finance. She also developed and managed daily blog on her own WeChat Public Platform, the most popular social media in China. The blogs included topics regarding financial and important social issues.
Ms. Huang's interests include photography, writing, traveling, basketball, and playing the Zither Koto Guzheng.
Alexander Lee | Financial Analyst
Mr. Alex Lee joined Versailles Group as a Financial Analyst. He is originally from Xiamen, China. Xiamen uses the same dialect as Taiwan.
Mr. Lee earned a B.E. degree in Electronic or Electrical Engineering from Xiamem University, one of the best universities in China. At Xiamen, he was president of the Student Union’s fundraising group, which sells naming rights to businesses to support university events.
Mr. Lee also earned a Master’s degree in Finance and Data Analytics from the University of Cincinnati, where he participated in an Association for Corporate Growth Cup competition. In that competition, his team won third place. He was also a volunteer as a stage manager and operated shows in Chinese, for example the New Year Gala for the Chinese Business Chamber in Cincinnati.
Mr. Lee is also good at data analysis by using programing languages such as R language, Python and Excel VBA.
In his spare time, Mr. Lee enjoys reading, Chinese calligraphy, and traveling.