Saturday, June 24, 2017
Company Overview Current Projects Our Partners Career Opportunities Contact Us
Michael Gardner » Managing Member
Michael Gardner Michael Gardner has been Managing Member of Baytree Capital since its inception in 1990. Mr. Gardner brings with him a lifetime of experience as an investment banker and asset manager. Known for his aggressive equity trading and structured financing, Mr. Gardner has helped Baytree Capital raise over one billion dollars on behalf of small to mid-sized public companies.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Gardner received his B.A. from Brooklyn College. A former U.S. Naval Officer, Mr. Gardner balances his time between the investment community and a number of cultural and charitable causes. Mr. Gardner is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) and a Trustee of Oklahoma City University. Mr. Gardner is a Trustee of the New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center and a Board member of its subsidiary the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases which honored him in 2007/08 with its Humanitarian Award. In that same year, the Mental Health Association of New York honored Mr. Gardner for his work with the mentally ill at their annual Giving Hope, Saving Lives gala.

Mr. Gardner's other avocation is producing theater in New York and London. Most recently, "Superior Donuts", "The Homecoming" (Tony Nomination 2007), "Sinatra at the Palladium"(London), and "And Then There Were None" (London), On Broadway, "Dance of the Vampires", with Michael Crawford, "Sly Fox", with Richard Dreyfuss, and "A Year with Frog and Toad" (Tony nomination 2003). He has been financially involved in numerous other shows.

Mr. Gardner is a Tony Voter and a Member of the Broadway League, the Downtown Association of New York City, Tournament Players Club of Summerlin, and the Stirling Club and Foundation Room in Las Vegas.

Mr. Gardner divides his time between homes in Manhattan, Quogue, and Las Vegas.


Gianluca Cicogna
Gianluca Cicogna Over 25 years' experience investing in private and public companies and doing cross-border M&A. Prior to joining Baytree, Mr. Cicogna worked at the Zanett Group in New York ("Zanett"), where he was involved in advising and investing in early stage private and public companies, both directly, and through Zanett Lombardier Limited, a hedge fund that he co-founded in 1995 and which closed in 2001, generating annualized returns to investors of over thirty per cent. Prior to Zanett he co-founded Casco Track Limited ("CTL"), a boutique investment bank based in Hong Kong that represented clients in over $600m of cross border M&A transactions. Whilst at CTL Mr. Cicogna was involved in a number of successful telecoms transactions, including as a founding partner in Cavite Cable Corporation, the first fiber optic cable TV business in the Philippines, and in Orion Telecom Corporation, the largest independent telecommunications service provider in South Africa. In addition, he co-founded Southern Farms, one of South Africa leading table grape production and export companies. Mr. Cicogna has invested in a broad range of businesses and has extensive hands on experience advising, building and managing companies. He graduated from Buckingham University in Economics (with Honors).


James Lanshe
James Lanshe James Lanshe has been actively involved in law and investment management for over twenty-five years. Most recently he served as the chief executive of a fund services company administering over six billion dollars in fund assets. Previously, he served as the managing partner of Wexbridge Advisors, a manager of both onshore and offshore fund of funds. He has been a partner at O'Connor, Cavanagh, Anderson, Westover, Killingworth & Beshears (now Greenberg Traurig) in Phoenix, Arizona, and served as the chief executive of Norex Corporation, a diversified financial services company including the Biltmore Trust Company. Mr. Lanshe has also served as an assistant dean and faculty member at Seton Hall University School of Law where he taught domestic and international securities regulation and corporate finance. He was also on the faculty at the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law where he taught mergers and acquisitions. While at Seton Hall he also acted as a consultant to the United Nations Development Program for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (UNDP CIS Program), where he advised on legislative reform within the CIS to facilitate the flow of private capital into that region. Currently, in addition to his other responsibilities at Baytree, he holds an honorary research associateship at Oxford Brookes University School of Social Sciences and Law, Oxford, England, where he also guest lectures on transnational business issues.

Mr. Lanshe has served on numerous civic and charitable boards, including the Arizona Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Sacred Heart Healthcare System, Saint Thomas University School of Law, Muhlenberg College Board of Associates, and the Jesse Owens Memorial Health Center. He has also served as an administrative aide to the former United States Senate Minority Leader, Hugh Scott.

Mr. Lanshe is a graduate of Georgetown University (B.A), Cornell University School of Law (JD), Harvard University (MPA), University of Hawaii (MBA), and Cardiff University (MPhil). He is admitted to practice law in the states of Arizona, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and the District of Columbia, as well as various federal courts including the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Lanshe previously served as a captain in the United States Marine Corps Office of the Staff Judge Advocate during which time he held a State Department appointment as a United States representative to the courts of Japan.


Jim Fuller
Jim Fuller Heads the Baytree office in California and has been Involved in the in securities business for over 40 years, beginning his career in small cap research and institutional sales at several notable firms including J. Barth and Company, Dean Witter, and Shields and Company

Senior VP of NYSE from 1976 to 1981 after which he served for several years as Director of the Securities Investor Protection Corp (SIPC) whilst working as a Senior VP of Charles Schwab & Co.

Director of the Reagan Business Advisory Panel and member of the Bush Advisory Business Committee; member of the Californian Republican Party's executive committee and a vice chairman of the Republican Central Committee; board member at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the Lincoln Club of California

BS from California State University, San Jose and MBA from California State University
©2012 Baytree Capital Associates, LLC. All Rights Reserved