Erik Bethel is a Managing Director at Darby Overseas Investments, the private equity arm of Franklin Templeton Investments. Mr. Bethel has 20 years worth of experience in private equity and investment banking in the natural resources and infrastructure sectors in Latin America and China. Prior to Darby, he was a Partner and Co-Founder of SinoLatin Capital, a mrchant banking firm transacting in natural resource opportunities between Latin America and China. He previously worked as a Managing Director at China’s first private equity fund--ChinaVest, as well as at JP Morgan Partners (the private equity arm of JP Morgan). Prior to this, he worked at Morgan Stanley’s Latin America Group, and at Emerging Markets Partnership’s US$1 billion Latin American Infrastructure Fund. His transaction experience spans the mining, agribusiness and infrastructure sectors.
Mr. Bethel graduated from the Wharton School of Business and the US Naval Academy, Annapolis. He lives in Shanghai with his wife and three children and speaks Spanish, English, Portuguese and Mandarin.