Corporate Sponsors

Corporate sponsors provide WAVE with a robust framework of professional and financial support that will allow the Association to fulfill its mission. Because of your contribution, WAVE is able to serve its members, and the private equity and venture capital industry, by providing networking, leadership, educational, and mentoring opportunities and programs.

Choate has been one of the nation’s premier law firms for over a century. We enjoy what we do and are privileged to serve our clients and contribute to their success.

As reflected throughout our website, Choate has chosen to be distinctly different, in a number of important respects, from the firms with which we compete. We believe that those differences materially benefit our clients and our lawyers. Choate stands out in a legal marketplace which is crowded, intensely competitive and populated by firms which increasingly look alike.

Our mission is to help important clients capitalize on their most promising opportunities and find solutions to their most significant problems. Clients retain us because they expect, as we expect from ourselves, uniformly exceptional judgment, service and value.


Citizens Commercial Banking, one of the nation’s leading commercial banking institutions, is a division of Citizens Financial Group Inc., one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions.  At Citizens, we understand the inherent pressure in escrow transactions.  For attorneys and other business advisors, ensuring the successful deposit and transfer of funds in a secure, timely and seamless manner is of paramount importance with no room for error.  Furthermore, they need the entire process to be easy and consistent from one escrow transaction to the next.

 That’s why we provide a team of experienced escrow experts who are dedicated to our clients’ success and the facilitation of efficient and unbiased, third-party escrow services.  This team is headed by two industry veterans, Diana Kenneally and Elizabeth Morgan, who have years of deep, varied escrow experience.   Our Agency Escrow team is part of our Professionals Banking group, which focuses on the unique challenges of professional services firms.  Our combination of expertise and best-in-class service guarantees all escrow activities and distributions are executed on time, every time.  We support private equity firms with two dedicated teams, Sponsor Finance and Private Equity Banking.


Landmark Partners is a private equity and real estate investment management company specializing in the acquisition of venture capital, mezzanine, buyout, and real estate investments through secondary transactions. Over 90% of our capital is committed to secondary funds with the remaining committed to our co-investment, fund-of-funds, and direct growth capital investment programs. The firm was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Simsbury, Connecticut with satellite offices in Boston and London.

Landmark has formed 20 funds over the last 17 years, capitalized at $6.2 billion. Having one of the longest track records in the secondary investment business, Landmark closed a thirteenth private equity secondary fund in 2006 capitalized at $1.2 billion. Institutional investors include public and private pension funds, insurance companies, endowments, Taft Hartley plans and family offices. The Landmark funds have investments in over 800 venture capital, mezzanine, buyout, and real estate partnerships, which in turn have invested in over 7,000 companies and properties.

Landmark Partners is recognized as a pioneer in the secondary market having completed the first institutional sale of partnership interests in venture capital, buyouts, and real estate in 1990, 1993, and 1996 respectively. Landmark has acquired and transferred more than 850 limited partnership interests in funds managed by more than 600 sponsors. The firm has closed more than 250 portfolios acquired on a secondary basis and has underwritten more than 600 secondary deals since 1990.

Superior results require dedicated professionals experienced in all phases of investment origination, analysis, portfolio management, accounting, and reporting. Landmark's 44-member team brings the philosophy, the process, and the expertise to successfully execute sophisticated investment strategies.


Pacific Western Bank is a national financial institution with a community focus. With over $26 billion in assets, we look to create opportunity for every client we serve. Give us your vision, and we'll give you tailored solutions to help you achieve it.

We provide comprehensive community banking, national lending and venture banking services nationwide. We have 74 full-service branches located throughout the state of California and one branch in Durham, North Carolina, with loan production offices across the country.