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Coast Capital is a Fund that takes a PE approach to investing in Public companies

We Invest In Companies With:

  • Leadership positions in growing and profitable industries

  • Attractive valuations

  • Transformational events to release value  

We Pursue an Active and Focused Investment Strategy:

  • Work with exclusive advisors to conduct due diligence & develop value creation plans

  • Actively work with boards and management teams to create and release value 

  • Invest throughout the capital structure to enhance returns and limit risk

Investment Team

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James Rasteh
Founding Partner

Prior to launching Coast, James was the Principal and CIO at White Eagle (2007-2016), the predecessor fund to Coast Capital.  At White Eagle, James ran an event-driven, activist, and hedged equities portfolio. That fund out-performed peers and relevant indices by >37% over the life of the fund.  James also led 5 co-investments from 2011 to 2016 at White Eagle.  


From 2004-2007, James was an MD and Head of International investing at JANA Partners. International investments at JANA made a large contribution to overall returns during his tenure. Prior to Jana, James was a Portfolio Manager at Claiborne Capital (2001-2004) where he managed a European Value and Event Portfolio. James began his career at Sierra Global Management in 1997 where he was an MD and the first analyst at the firm.  While at Sierra, James learned the disciplines of investing in leading companies in growing and profitable industries.

James is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Genetics and Commerce. He was a Govt of Italy Scholar, BC Walter D. Frith, J. Fed Muir Scholar, and Governor General’s medal award winner. James is fluent in English, French, Italian, Spanish, and Persian. James lives his ESG passion as a NY Board Member of Human Rights Watch and Pachamama Alliance.

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Chad Tappendorf

Chad has fifteen years of global private and public equity investment experience and has held board memberships of several major companies in the resourceslogistics, real estate, and consumer goods industries.


Prior to joining Coast, Chad was a Senior Principal of a $70 billion Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund (now part of Mubadala) and Portfolio Manager of a $13 billion private and public equity investments. Chad began his investment career at a boutique private equity firm based in Dubai and as a Corporate Development Analyst for AIG, based in the United States.

Chad’s prior board memberships include;

  • Compañía Española de Petróleos S.A.U. (CEPSA), a multibillion dollar Spain-based integrated energy company

  • Nova Chemicals, a multibillion dollar leading producer of plastics and chemicals

  • XOJET, a world-class private jet solutions company

  • Palm Hills Developments, a leading Egyptian publicly listed real estate developer

  • Hakkasan Group, an entertainment, dining, nightlife, and hospitality company with establishments across the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Asia

Chad holds an MBA from Columbia Business School as a selected member of the Value Investing Program, and a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics from Iowa State University. Chad is also Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Advisory Board

Gerry Robinson

Founder and CEO, Compass Group  BSkyB,  Allied Domecq, Granada, SSG, 
Expertise: Operational Turnaround, Multiple Industries


Lori Bush

CEO, Rodan and Fields 
President, Nuskin
Expertise: Business Development, Consumer Goods and Retail, MLM


Lyndon Lea 

Founder, Lion Capital (World’s largest consumer focused PE Firm)
Expertise: Management, Operations, Turnaround, Business-Dev

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Uwe Doerken 

Head of Transport, McKinsey 
President, DHL Worldwide
Expertise: Transportation, Corporate Services


Carsten Boekhorst

Partner, Pamplona
Expertise: Idea Generation, Activist Investments, European Public Companies

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Ad Scheepbouwer

Chairman, TNT, KPN
Expertise: Telco, Corporate Services, Operational Management, Tech

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Jacques Perron

Board Membership: 
Centerra Gold, TMAC, Victoria Gold, Aquila
Former President & CEO, Thompson Creek Metals
Expertise: Mining, Gold Mining, M&A, Development

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Stephen Lang

Board Membership: Hudbay, Centerra Gold, Alio Gold, Bear Creek, Intl. Tower Hill 
Expertise: Mining, Milling/Processing, M&A, Development

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Michael Kociumbas 

Senior Geological Associate, Watts, Griffis and McOuat Expertise: Geologist (precious, base metals), Resources & Reserves, Exploration/Project Management, Operational Turnaround

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Edwin Mongan

Director of Transparency & Sustainability,

Sultan Global Group 
Expertise: Environment, Climate Change and Environmental Policies (ESG)


Ricardo Oberlander

CEO, Reynolds America

Expertise: Retail, Operations, Marketing, Turnaround

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Justin Stebbing

Head of HC at Lansdowne Partners, Imperial College,

BB Biotech
Expertise: Healthcare, Biotech, Pharma, Oncology


Jose Maria Castellano

Founding CEO:  Inditex, ONO, NCG Banco
Expertise: Retail, Finance, Cable, Operations

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Gerry Robinson

President, BP Americas
Expertise: Energy, Oil and Gas, Operational Management

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George Ogilvie

CEO, Rubicon Minerals, Former CEO, Kirkland Lake
Expertise: Mining, Gold Mining, M&A, Operational Turnaround

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Gaurav Burman

Dabur Group, Elephant Capital
Expertise: Consumer Goods, EMEA Markets, Insurance, Financial Service

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Tim Coughlin

President & CEO, Royal Road Resources
Former Chief Geologist: AngloGold 
Expertise: Mining, M&A, Turnaround, South America

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Assad Hussaini

Head of Special Projects at Peninsula Real Estate, an Abu Dhabi Real Estate Company
Expertise: Real Estate, B2B SaaS, Fintech, Medtech


Truman Semans 

Founder & CEO, Element
Expertise: Leveraging sustainability to drive financial performance in business and investing

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to consistently generate attractive risk-adjusted asymmetric returns for our investors. In doing so, we aim to effect operational improvement, enhance capital allocations and returns on capital of undervalued European companies that hold leadership positions in markets that we deeply understand.

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