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Steve Cowan
Co-Founder & Managing Director at 57 Stars


Mr. Cowan is a co-founder of 57 Stars LLC, a boutique global asset manager owned and managed by its investment team focused on partnership and co-investment in select private equity markets outside of the United States, primarily in ‘Emerging Markets.’ With more than USD 3.6 billion under management, 57 Stars operates out of five offices around the world.

Prior to 57 Stars, Mr. Cowan served in the Investment Funds Department of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), where he was responsible for structuring new funds, designing and implementing the program’s asset allocation plans, selecting managers, and overseeing a large portion of the USD 3.5 billion investment funds program. Mr. Cowan also helped design OPIC’s groundbreaking capital markets insurance product. Prior to his tenure at OPIC, Mr. Cowan was an attorney at Munger, Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles, and at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York. He has served as Adjunct Professor of Law at American University’s Washington College of Law, and as an advisor to the governments of Colombia and Canada with respect to developing private equity programs.

Mr. Cowan holds an AB in Political Science and Development Studies (magna cum laude and with honors) from Brown University and a JD from Harvard Law School.

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