TEAM

Ben has ample experience working in general management, private equity and the corporate legal world. Ben is a graduate of Columbia Law School and a member of the New York Bar Association. Upon passing the bar exam, Ben began working as a corporate attorney in Manhattan, NY.

 

After working as an attorney for several years, Ben ventured into the business world by becoming a manager of a portfolio investment company for a New York-based private equity fund. For two years, Ben was the CFO of Berkh Uul JSC, a mining company that is publicly traded on the Mongolian Stock Exchange (MSE) (Stock Ticker: BEU). Ben was responsible for formulating and implementing the business strategy, managing day-to-day operations, and assessing possible acquisitions and divestment opportunities for this successful operation. Ben oversaw the management of 40 employees including the accounting staff, security, mine operators, geological team, and office staff. With Ben’s help, Berkh Uul JSC was the best performing stock of 2012 on the MSE.

 

During his summer break at Harvard Business School , Ben worked with Thailand-based private equity fund Leopard Capital, focusing on investments in Cambodia. At Leopard, Ben helped evaluate potential investments in the renewable power area. He also worked on the general and financial management of Kingdom Breweries, the fund’s largest investment. Ben helped spearhead an extensive restructuring of the company that included a large-scale review of the company’s financial and accounting practices, as well as a marketing campaign and an innovative product launch into new markets.

 

 

Education

Ben attended Brigham Young University as a National Merit Scholar where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history. He also spent a year in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as a Fulbright Scholar researching at the University of Kiril and Metodij. He later earned a Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Benjamin Coats

Managing Director

bcoats@granitelakepartners.com

(617)913-3019