Palladium Equity Partners LLC, a minority-owned private equity firms with nearly $3 billion in assets under management, has hired Carlos Reyes as a managing director; has promoted partner Eugenie Cesar-Fabian to head of ESG & sustainability and has promoted Dominick Barbieri to general counsel and chief compliance officer, succeeding Cesar-Fabian in that role.

Reyes joins Palladium with over 15 years of experience in private equity and principal investment. For the past 10 years, Reyes has worked at IFC Asset Management Company, a division of IFC – itself a member of the World Bank Group – where he was a principal in IFC’s $1.0 billion African, Latin American and Caribbean Fund, as well as head of AMC’s direct equity impact fund.

Prior to IFC Asset Management Company, Reyes held senior roles at BP plc, including strategy advisor to the CEO’s office and director E&P for their M&A group. He also worked as a senior analyst at the World Bank.

In her role as head of ESG & sustainability, Cesar-Fabian will continue to build upon Palladium’s commitment to ESG and diversity, equity and inclusion. Having joined the firm in June 2011 as its first general counsel and chief compliance officer, Cesar-Fabian has spent the past decade institutionalizing the firm’s internal processes and became a partner in 2020. In the new role, Cesar-Fabian will lead Palladium’s ongoing initiatives as an industry leader in ESG, including overseeing the firm’s responsibilities as a UNPRI signatory and a founding signatory of ILPA’s diversity in action Initiative.  

Prior to joining Palladium, she served as a litigation associate and counsel at two international law firms, practicing in the areas of securities litigation and regulatory defense. In 2020, Cesar-Fabian received the National Organization for Women’s “Women of Power and Influence” Award and was recognized by Crain’s “NY Business and a Notable LGBTQ Leader & Executive.”

Prior to joining Palladium in 2017 as associate general counsel and deputy chief compliance officer, Barbieri served as senior counsel with the division of enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. During approximately five-and-a-half years at the SEC, Barbieri investigated, litigated, and resolved matters involving insider trading, conflicts of interest, fraudulent offerings, and pay-to-play allegations on behalf of the Commission’s division of enforcement and complex financial Instruments unit, where he received recognition for outstanding service, including Director’s and Special Act awards. Prior to that, Mr. Barbieri served as an associate with Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

Palladium’s Chairman and CEO, Marcos Rodriguez, said, “We are pleased to welcome Carlos to Palladium. He brings to Palladium decades of experience in impact investing serving in senior positions at The World Bank and the IFC. Genie’s appointment as the Head of ESG & Sustainability is an acknowledgement of her dedication and hard work in this sphere over the last 11 years at the Firm. Dom’s well-deserved promotion to General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer is in recognition of his contributions over the last 5 years at Palladium. We believe these promotions and senior hires are important steps as we continue to build Palladium to generate superior outcomes for all of our stakeholders.”