AUA Adds New Business Development Pro

AUA Adds New Business Development Pro

aua nfAUA Private Equity Partners has hired Astrid Soto as its new Vice President of Business Development and Investor Relations.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Astrid to the AUA Private Equity team. Over the last few months, we’ve spent a lot of time identifying what strategic pieces were needed to help expand our business model,” said Andy Unanue, Managing Partner of AUA Equity. “We feel Astrid’s wealth of relationships in the investor community, coupled with her deep industry expertise and years of identifying quality opportunities, will be instrumental in bolstering our proprietary deal sourcing initiatives as well as helping meet our fundraising goals for 2014 and beyond.”

Prior to joining AUA Equity, Ms. Soto worked at Audax Group where she was responsible for deal origination and business development. Prior to Audax Group, Ms. Soto managed capital raising and business development for Massachusetts General Hospital and was a Consultant with Argos Consulting Network USA, where she created and executed food and beverage-focused sourcing initiatives.

“I am thrilled to be joining the AUA Private Equity team,” said Ms. Soto. “The differentiating factors driving the firm’s strategic efforts have appealed to me since I was introduced to Andy and the team. It’s the unique combination of targeting Hispanic-oriented companies and family owned businesses, with unwavering operational expertise and emphasis on proprietary deals that sets AUA Private Equity apart. I look forward to contributing to the firm’s long-term success.”

AUA Private Equity Partners makes equity investments in companies in the consumer, media and business services sectors with a particular focus on Hispanic-oriented companies and family-owned businesses located in the United States. The firm invests from $10 million to $30 million of equity in companies that generate at least $3 million of EBITDA. The firm is based in New York (

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