Allen Ruiz is a member of Barings’ Diversified Alternative Equity team and serves on the Investment Committee and as vertical lead for its Private Equity investment activities. Allen is responsible for originating and underwriting funds, direct/co-investments, and single-asset secondary transactions. Allen has experience investing in and managing private equity assets as a direct investor and as a Limited Partner. Prior to joining the firm in 2017, Allen was a Director and founding team member at Aldea Capital Partners, where he focused on sourcing and underwriting direct/co-investment opportunities. Prior to Aldea, he was a VP at Meruelo Investment Partners, executing direct private equity and public market investments. Prior to Meruelo, Allen was an Investment Associate at Credit Suisse (Alternative Investments). Allen holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California at Riverside and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School. He is an alumnus of Sponsors for Education Opportunity (SEO) and the Robert Toigo Foundation.