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Vesper Investment Company performs strategic planning, merger and acquisition, and private equity advisory work for entrepreneurial companies in a broad array of industries.




  • Vesper Investment Company concentrates on a
    relatively small number of projects
    at any given point in time.
  • Vesper Investment Company’s
    President and Founder,
    Courtlandt Gates, works on
    every assignment.


  • Vesper Investment Company brings a high level of sophistication to the middle market.
  • Vesper Investment Company has particular expertise as an advisor to sellers and buyers in low technology industry consolidations.
  • Vesper Investment Company designs a customized process for each transaction.
  • Vesper Investment Company has an extensive network of experts upon which to draw for guidance.


  • Vesper Investment Company’s success depends on client satisfaction and subsequent referrals.
  • Vesper Investment Company is driven to succeed.


Courtlandt Gates
John joe


President and Founder

Courtlandt Gates is the President and Founder of Vesper Investment Company. Mr. Gates has a broad business background. Mr. Gates arranged interest rate and currency swaps in New York and Tokyo for Morgan Stanley. He traded high-yield bonds at Goldman, Sachs in New York. He arranged and invested in management buyouts at Seagate Capital Partners which he co-founded. Mr. Gates managed one of Seagate's portfolio companies and sold it to a public, strategic buyer. He managed the corporate development activity of a public company engaged in the roll-up of an industry. He was CEO for five years of Clearwater Analytics, a software as a service (SaaS) provider of web-based investment portfolio reporting. Mr. Gates is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College and a graduate of Harvard Business School.

Telephone: (415) 990-8100