Seabury Maritime promoted Jonathan R. Montbach to executive director, investment banking, and Nikos Petrakakos to director – head of Environmental Innovation. Gary W. Pedersen was named as director of Operations, and Gerardo E. Ayzanoa is now director of Advisory.

Seabury Maritime’s efforts to strengthen its executive team come at a pivotal time as the firm recently completed two successful transaction advisory assignments for the Diamond State Port Corporation and the Connecticut Port Authority, further advancing its growth strategy to expand into new markets and position the business to meet evolving client requirements.

“We are thrilled with Jonathan and Nikos’ promotions as they are widely recognized leaders whose breadth and range of past experiences at providing innovative solutions and services to solve complex challenges in the maritime sector will continue to greatly enhance our existing advisory and investment banking capabilities,” said Seabury Maritime President and Chief Executive Officer Edward M.A. Zimny. “As Seabury Maritime continues to execute on its growth strategy, we are building out robust service offerings that include an expanded focus on maritime and supply chain consultancy.”

Montbach has been with Seabury Capital since 2009. Prior to his new role, he was senior vice-president of Specialty Ship Finance at Seabury Maritime. Montbach will lead the institutional practices across Seabury Maritime’s four main business lines that include ship finance, maritime infrastructure and related assets, marine services, and maritime technology and digitalization.

Montbach brings extensive experience with financial advisory and investment banking. Prior to Seabury Capital, he worked at KPMG as vice president Special Situations Advisory Group, where he assisted clients in a broad range of industries, including maritime, gaming, industrials, homebuilders, investment funds, consumer products, satellite and cable communications, retail, and energy. Montbach led and managed deal execution teams throughout transactions, covering a range of areas involving out of court restructuring negotiations, exchange offers, distressed acquisition strategies, and special situations capital raises. During his career, Montbach has also worked with a number of leading financial services companies, such as UBS Investment Bank, AIG, and specialized leveraged and distressed investment firms, including GB Merchant Partners.
Petrakakos joined Seabury Maritime in October 2018 to head the Environmental Initiatives Unit, which encompasses Green Ports, Environmental Advisory, and in conjunction with Seabury Maritime’s Investment Banking Unit, Green Marine Equipment Finance (Scrubbers, Ballast Water, and more). Prior to joining Seabury Maritime, Petrakakos co-founded and served as CEO of Ursus Maritime Capital, a specialized consultancy.

He began his career as operations and projects manager at Oldendorff Carriers, the largest global dry-bulk ship operators, focusing on its Bauxite Transshipment project. He later worked for PPG Industries and Chugoku Marine in business development for coating technologies.

Pedersen has more than 25 years of industry experience in the maritime operation and advisory sectors, as well as international supply chain development

Prior to joining Seabury Maritime, Ayzanoa worked in Washington, D.C., for consulting firms Nathan Associates and The Louis Berger Group as project manager, port planner, maritime systems/shipping specialist, and trade analyst.

Seabury Maritime, a subsidiary of Seabury Corporate Finance, which is a division of Seabury Capital Group, is a premier investment banking and consultancy firm focused on global trade and transportation.