Ignacio J. Kleiman is the Managing Partner and founding member of Antarctica.
Prior to forming Antarctica, Mr. Kleiman served as Chief Executive Officer of Glacier Securities, a New York-based financial advisory firm specializing in the Seafood Industry, a subsidiary of Islandsbanki hf (successor of Iceland’s Glitnir Bank).
Mr. Kleiman has over 25 years of experience in the financial industry. Having started his career at JP Morgan in 1991 in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group, Mr. Kleiman spent more than 10 years at Bankers Trust and subsequently at Deutsche Bank in their Investment Banking and Private Equity areas. He then spent an additional 6 years at Rabobank International, as a Managing Director in its Mergers and Acquisitions Department in New York serving clients in the Food Industry, both in the U.S. and overseas. In early 2007, Mr. Kleiman played a leading role in establishing the New York office for Glitnir Bank, focusing on M&A and financing in the Seafood Industry.
In 2013, Mr. Kleiman and a team of investment banking professionals formed Antarctica Advisors, a firm focused on providing strategic and financial advisory services to corporate clients in the Food Industry. Mr. Kleiman holds an I.B. with Honors from Pearson College (UWC Canada), a B.A. in Engineering Science and International Economics from Dartmouth College, as well as an M.B.A in International Finance from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, all of which he attended on full academic scholarship. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.
As an industry reference, he has been interviewed by deferent media outlets including Bloomberg Radio, Mergers & Acquisitions Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, The Deal, IntraFish and Undercurrent News. Mr. Kleiman maintains Series 24, 79 and 63 securities licenses.