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Responsible Investing.
Creating a Better Future for Everyone.

That’s what we’re here to do.

About Us

Cleanhill Partners is a private equity firm pursuing investments in the energy transition sector that contribute to decarbonization.

We invest in scalable businesses with visibility into revenues, earnings and cash flow growth. We leverage our thesis-driven approach and our operational expertise to enhance value in each of our investments.

Our long term investment philosophy to decarbonize and create value aligns our stakeholders, our communities and the businesses we invest in.

About Us

Operational and investing experience at industry leading firms, such as Apollo, KKR, Goldman Sachs, and Royal Dutch Shell.

Managed and grown businesses with complex execution.

Our founders have invested over $10 billion across the energy value chain and capital structures.

Approach

Our team has a long history executing transactions, partnering with management teams, and developing high quality assets across the energy value chain. We have deep domain expertise, key industry relationships, and a proven track record of success.

Approach

We Decarbonize

We invest in scalable opportunities that directly or indirectly contribute to decarbonization. Our long term investment philosophy to decarbonize and create value aligns our stakeholders, our communities and the businesses we invest in.

We Are Thesis-Driven

We adopt a primary research, thesis-driven approach to investing. We look to thoughtfully source, analyze and execute investment opportunities.

We Actively Lead

We partner with management teams to drive operational results, increase growth, and strengthen overall performance. Our professionals have held leadership positions and driven shareholder value in numerous public and private companies.

We Are Creative

We construct innovative solutions to unlock value in an investment. We embrace complexity through simplicity in thought and execution.

Team

Rakesh Wilson

Rakesh Wilson

Managing Partner

Rakesh Wilson is a founder and Managing Partner at Cleanhill Partners. Rakesh has over twenty years of energy finance and private equity experience. Recently, Rakesh was the Head of Infrastructure, Natural Resources & Special Situations and Co-Head of ESG at Kennedy Lewis Investment Management.

From 2009 to 2019, Rakesh was a Senior Partner at Apollo Global Management. While at Apollo, Rakesh led several investments in the energy private equity sector and served on the investment committee for a number of Apollo funds.

Prior to joining Apollo, Rakesh was with Morgan Stanley’s Commodities Division in the principal investing group. Rakesh began his career at Goldman Sachs in equity research and then moved to its investment banking division, in New York and Asia.

The funds where Rakesh held leadership positions have invested several billion dollars in the energy value chain. Rakesh has served on the board of more than ten public and private companies. Rakesh graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and received his MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

Ash Upadhyaya

Ash Upadhyaya

Managing Partner

Ash Upadhyaya is a founder and Managing Partner at Cleanhill Partners. Ash has over twenty years of experience in private equity and engineering, focusing on the energy value chain. Previously, Ash was a Managing Director at Centerbridge Partners, a leading alternative asset manager. At Centerbridge, Ash invested across the energy sector. Prior to Centerbridge, Ash was a Director at KKR from 2011 to 2017. While at KKR, Ash led and co-led investments in the energy private equity sector and worked in New York and Asia.

Prior to KKR, Ash was an investment professional at Natural Gas Partners. Ash began his career as an engineer at Royal Dutch Shell working across the globe. During his career, Ash has invested across the energy value chain and led operational and financial turnaround of businesses.

Ash has served on several company boards. Ash brings a hands-on operational approach and insight into the diligence and execution of investments. Ash has engineering degrees from Stanford University and University of Mumbai and an MBA from Stanford University.

Brian Telesmanich

Brian Telesmanich

Managing Director

Brian Telesmanich is a Managing Director at Cleanhill Partners. Brian was most recently a Director at UBS where he advised clients on more than $3 billion of transactions across the energy value chain. Previously, Brian was at Apollo’s Opportunistic Credit platform where he invested across the capital structure of energy companies. Brian was a Senior Associate in the Private Equity Group of KKR from January 2010 to July 2014. Prior to his role at KKR, Brian was an investment banking analyst at Jefferies Group.

Brian graduated from Princeton University with a BA degree in Economics and played varsity football.

Clark Poole

Clark Poole

Senior Associate

Clark Poole is a Senior Associate at Cleanhill Partners. Clark was most recently an Associate at Outfitter Energy Capital, the successor of the legacy private equity group of investment bank Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. At Outfitter, Clark was a member of the investment team, tasked with the evaluation and execution of new investment opportunities across the energy value chain, as well as the management of existing investments within Outfitter’s portfolio. Prior to Outfitter, Clark began his Wall Street career as an analyst in the Global Energy Investment Banking Group at RBC Capital Markets where he focused on capital markets and M&A advisory work.

Clark earned his B.B.A. in Finance from Baylor University, where he graduated Cum Laude.

Zeeshan Siddiqui

Zeeshan Siddiqui

Associate

Zeeshan Siddiqui is an Associate at Cleanhill Partners. Zeeshan was most recently an analyst at Macquarie Capital in the Infrastructure & Energy Group. At Macquarie, Zeeshan was responsible for evaluating and executing principal investment opportunities focused on energy infrastructure. Prior to Macquarie, Zeeshan began his Wall Street career as an analyst in the Energy Investment Banking Group at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (now Truist Securities) where he focused on capital markets and M&A advisory work.

Zeeshan earned his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.

News

KORE Power Announces Strategic Partnership with Cleanhill Partners

KORE Power Announces Strategic Partnership with Cleanhill Partners

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho & NEW YORK –(BUSINESS WIRE)– KORE Power, Inc., (“KORE Power” or “KORE”) the leading U.S.-based developer of battery cell technology for the energy storage and electric transportation industries, announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with Cleanhill Partners (“Cleanhill”), a private equity firm pursuing investments in the energy transition sector that...

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