Our Team

James B. Rybakoff,
President and CEO
Phone: +1-212-583-9800 Ext. 10
Fax: +1-212-583-1125
Email: jamesr@akinbay.com

Mr. Rybakoff is the Co-Founder of Akin Bay. He has led Akin Bay’s transactions since 1993, including new client development, structuring and execution for over 125 transactions, which have included: Wham-O, Medora Snacks, VitalChek Network and Quantum Information Resources. From 2003-2006, he advised a large Chinese conglomerate based in Hong Kong on several buy-side acquisitions and financing covering consumer products, textiles and packaging. During this period he lived in Kowloon, China. From 1999-2002, Mr. Rybakoff was co-founder, CFO and equity sponsor of Ceres Capital LLC, which managed over $2.0 billion in assets before it was sold in 2002. From 1991-1992, he was associated with a merchant bank focused on mergers and acquisitions, for several Australian based conglomerates, which included: Pacific Dunlop, Goodman Fielder, Western Mining Ltd., GNB Batteries, and Eastman Office Products. In 1990, he was an analyst in the M&A group of R.D. Capital, Inc. /ADCO Group, Inc., a distressed real estate hedge fund. Mr. Rybakoff is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania /The Wharton School of Business. He has served as a director for several private companies and over 10 years of a public company.

Raymond L. Manganelli, PhD.
Managing Director, Special Consultant
Phone: +1-212-583-9800 Ext. 15
Fax: +1-212-583-1125
Email: raym@akinbay.com

Dr. Manganelli is responsible for new business development, strategic alliances and relationships. He has over 25 years experience in management consulting, M&A and Private Equity, with M&A transaction value exceeding $6.0 billion. He has an extensive background in the following industries: distribution, manufacturing, financial services/private equity, health care/life sciences, transportation, and professional services. Prior to joining Akin Bay, Dr. Manganelli founded The Shelter Rock Group, LLC. and co-founded Sound Capital Decisions Group LLC. Previously, he was the Senior Managing Director of the Private Equity Group at Tunnell Consulting, which works with life sciences clients in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. Prior to that, he was a Senior Partner and a Board Director at Strategic Decisions Group – a strategy management consulting firm specializing in life sciences asset portfolio analyses. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Swiss Re Services Consulting and was previously a Principal with the Diebold Group. Dr. Manganelli was a lead author on two business books – The Reengineering Handbook, which was printed in four languages and has been used as college text and in university libraries; and Solving the Corporate Value Enigma, which was excerpted in Harvard Management Update. Dr. Manganelli has lectured at multiple universities and has been featured in corporate training videos. Dr. Manganelli holds a PhD from Columbia University, Masters’ degrees from Middlebury College and from Columbia, and is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate with a BA from Rutgers. He is also a graduate of Columbia Business School’s Executive Program in Business Administration. Dr. Manganelli has also served on the Boards of Directors of several businesses as well as non-profit, academic, and charitable organizations.

Peter T. Bepler, II
Senior Vice President
Phone: +1-212-583-9800 Ext. 12
Fax: +1-212-583-1125
Email: peterb@akinbay.com

Mr. Bepler is primarily responsible for all agreements, structuring documentation, interaction with all law firms and compliance with all regulatory agencies. Mr. Bepler joined Akin Bay in 1993. From 1979 to 1989, Mr. Bepler was Vice President and General C ounsel of Corporate Property Investors, New York, a privately-held equity real estate investment trust with aggregate real estate assets in excess of $3.0 billion, where he participated, among other transactions, in the acquisition of The General Motors Building in 1981 and of a number of major shopping center portfolios. Prior to 1979, Mr. Bepler was associated with the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell where he worked on, among other transactions, the first public offering in the United States by Imperial Chemical Industries Limited and the project financing of the Itaipú project in Brazil, the world’s largest hydroelectric facility to date. He is a graduate of Fordham College, the University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar and an Arthur Garfield Hayes Civil Liberties Fellow.

Parag M. Kulkarni
Vice President
Phone: +1-212-583-9800 Ext. 11
Fax: +1-212-583-1125
Email: paragk@akinbay.com

Mr. Kulkarni joined Akin Bay in January 2008 as an Associate in Mergers & Acquisitions and investments by Akin Bay’s affiliated private equity fund, Capstone U.S. Buyout Fund, L.P. Prior to joining Akin Bay, Mr. Kulkarni was associated with Altria Group in its Corporate Technology group. For over 13 years, Mr. Kulkarni developed internal corporate systems at Altria in the areas of executive compensation, self-service portals and ERP systems. In his latest role, he was a managing member of the governance board to oversee outsourced operations. Mr. Kulkarni is an electronics engineer with a Management Graduate degree in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business. In addition, he has passed the CFA Level I exam in June 2007.