Keiki-Michael Cabanos has been active in the finance and legal fields for a number of years, much of it focused on private equity and fund operations. Keiki-Michael Cabanos is currently a Partner, EVP and General Counsel of Westwood Capital, LLC, a New York City based Investment Bank and fund sponsor, where he oversees the legal aspects of the firm, including investment transactions, private equity funds and firm operations.
Prior to joining Westwood Capital in 2005, Keiki gained experience with closed-end fund formation and operations as the initial Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel for First Albany’s (FA) Technology Ventures, a private equity fund focused on IT and New Energy Technologies. Keiki fused his financial and legal experiences to provide diverse support in investments and oversaw all legal, accounting, financial reporting and administrative functions.
Earlier in his career, Keiki was a Senior Vice President of Consulting for SEFCU and VP of First Albany Corporation, a financial services and investment banking firm, where he formed and controlled the employee private equity funds. In addition to those duties, Keiki was responsible for providing legal counsel in financial, securities, compliance, tax, trust and estate matters for First Albany. Keiki gained further experience as a Senior Litigation Consultant at Deloitte & Touche, LLP.
Keiki is a member of several boards, including the Equinox, Inc., the Executive Committee of the Albany Law National Alumni Association, the Board of Trustees of Albany Law and the board of advisors for the Institute for Financial Market Regulation. Keiki has lectured on several topics including private equity, fund operations, corporate strategies, and secured transactions. Keiki received the honor with being selected the Albany Law Outstanding Young Alumnus, as well as one of the Capital District Business Review’s “40-Under-Forty”.
Keiki received a B.S. degree from Cornell University, an M.B.A. degree from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School of Management & Technology, and a Juris Doctorate cum laude from Albany Law School. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut and a member of the NYSBA (Business Law and Corporate Counsel Sections) and ABA.