Team The Team

Touchstone has collective hands-on experience in multiple aspects of illiquid alternative investing. Our professionals have been LPs in buyout funds, venture capital funds and PE funds of funds, and have been principal investors in buyout, mezzanine and venture capital transactions with institutional LPs. Our many years of Illiquid alternative investment experience coupled with over a decade of fundraising at Touchstone elevates our collaboration with GPs and increases our effectiveness with LPs. We have real-time practical awareness of LP investing behavior and decision-making as well as a comprehensive understanding of fund strategies, GP team dynamics, investment-specific portfolio issues and due diligence considerations.

Previously, Touchstone professionals have been investors in:

  • Buyout funds as limited partners
  • Buyout transactions with other private equity professionals
  • Mezzanine transactions with other professional investors
  • Venture capital funds as limited partners
  • Venture capital transactions with other venture capitalists
  • Private equity funds of funds

Our buy-side experience increases our marketing effectiveness by providing insight into the nuances of various investment strategies.

Timothy Cunningham

  • Over 25 years investment management experience
  • Founded institutional asset management firm and a series of venture capital partnerships
  • Founded Springhouse Associates, Inc., an institutional investment consulting firm.
  • Author of two books on investing
  • Masters of International Management (with honors), American Graduate School of International Management; BA, Williams College (Magna cum laude, with highest honors)

Gregg Solomon, CFA

Managing Director
  • Over 25 years private equity, hedge fund and other professional experience
  • Prior to Touchstone, helped raise over $2 billion of private equity commitments
  • Previous affiliations: Prudential Financial; S.G. Cowen; PaineWebber; Thomas Capital
  • MBA, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; BS, University of California, Berkeley

Ian D’Costa, CFA, CAIA

Managing Director
  • Over 20 years international private equity and investment banking professional experience
  • Previously, Advent International, JP Morgan, Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, and Montague Goldsmith
  • MBA, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Imperial College, University of London

Michael Wagner

Managing Director
  • Over 10 years of entrepreneurial, PE, and VC consulting
  • Previously, Malk Partners, Navitas Capital, Sustainability Roundtable, Inc., National Real Investor, and
  • Previously founded a professional niche publication focused on sustainable commercial real estate investing
  • MBA, Marshall School of Business of the University of Southern California; BA, McGill University (with honors)

Merlin Schulze

Senior Advisor
  • Over 25 years investment banking, venture capital and consulting experience
  • Consultant to start-ups and Fortune 50 companies
  • Previous affiliations: PaineWebber Capital; Xerox Corp; Booz, Allen & Hamilton; MDS Associates
  • MBA, Northwestern University (with distinction); BA, Willamette University