Chris and Matt come from entrepreneurial backgrounds. They have wide ranging business and industry experience – each is quick to adapt and add value to the teams they join.  They met while working in the Army.

The two have lived and worked together in challenging environments for long periods of time. Together they have built, trained, and operated high functioning teams.


Matt BAuer

Matt is co-founder and Managing Partner of 12 South Capital Partners. He brings global experience in finance, consulting, and operations.

Prior to founding 12 South Capital Partners, Matt worked at MVision Private Equity Advisers, Ltd based in London. At MVision, Matt managed multiple private equity fundraisings, ranging from 250 million - 4.0 billion Euros. In addition, he covered investor relationships across continental Europe and the Middle East.

Matt has consulting experience in multiple industries. He worked for Schlumberger Business Consulting on oil & gas projects across the Middle East and for Netflix, serving as Chief Military Advisor to Brad Pitt for the satirical film War Machine (2017).

Previously, Matt spent over six years as a U.S. Army Officer, serving multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. In his last role, he was the deputy operations officer for a 450-person air cavalry squadron that provided reconnaissance and security for coalition troops spread across Southern Afghanistan.

Matt earned his M.B.A from London Business School and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.




Chris Hartman

Chris is co-founder and Managing Partner of 12 South Capital Partners.  He brings extensive experience in financial services and leadership.

Prior to founding 12 South Capital Partners, Chris spent four years at JP Morgan Chase & CO where he managed national marketing efforts, led customer experience initiatives and managed an operational strategy group.  Chris focused the majority of his time on the small business segment comprised of companies with less than $20 million in revenue.

Chris also spent six years as a U.S. Army Officer. He served multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, where he managed logistics operations across Southeast Asia. In Southern Afghanistan, Chris successfully led a team of 150 soldiers responsible for providing food, fuel, ammunition and equipment to more than 5,000 troops.

Chris earned his M.B.A from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and his B.A. in Business Administration from Furman University. A southerner by birth, Chris enjoys spending time finding the best BBQ joints in every town he visits.


The entrepreneurs are backed by an experienced team of formal advisors as well as a network of industry experts who provide in total over 150 years of valuable commercial leadership experience.

These veteran executives have grown businesses from the ground up and bring hands-on operating experience across a diverse range of industries and geographies.


Mounir Guen

Mounir (“Moose”) Guen is the Chief Executive Officer of MVision, which he founded in 2001. He is a veteran fundraising specialist, adviser and manager, with 30 years of experience in the industry during which he has worked on over 300 General Partnership funds. He has led MVision to the point where it is now one of the leading private equity capital raising firms in the world.

Moose is an active industry participant and sits on the EMPEA Investor Relations and Marketing Member Community Steering Committee. He also chairs the Invest Europe working group revising the Guidance for Placement Advisers on the application of the Code of Conduct, which was originally drafted under his chairmanship in 2009 and has been fundamental in establishing best practices in the industry. Moose has also served on the EVCA Investor Relations Committee and also the EVCA European Valuation Committee to establish policy currently in use.

Moose is often called upon by business media and education providers to give his expert opinion and insights, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences throughout the world. He is a member of the New York University President's Global Council and the Liberal Studies Dean’s Council. Moose sits on the faculty of London Business School, having been honoured with the title of Executive Fellow of the Accounting Department since 2014, and regularly lectures at the school’s Private Equity Masterclass and on its MBA course. He is also a mentor in the Hong Kong University MBA Mentorship Programme.

Previously, Moose spent 13 years at Merrill Lynch as a Managing Director where he was responsible for building up the international non-US placement business, both at the General Partner and Investor level, and creating a strong franchise. He established an innovative proactive origination program for Europe and extended the concept to a global model. Prior to that, he trained at JP Morgan whilst working at the Saudi International Bank.

Moose Guen has advised and worked on over 350 General Partnership Funds across his career totalling over $200 billion in capital committed across these funds.

Moose completed Postgraduate ABD studies in Economics and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and History from Georgetown University, and a Master of Science degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Whit Stearns

Whitney K. Stearns, Jr. is the Chief Financial Officer of JDS Therapeutics. He is an experienced and broad based financial executive with over 28 years of private, venture backed start-up, and publicly (NASDAQ and NYSE) traded companies (URL Pharma, Inc., JDS Pharmaceuticals, LLC, Phytoceutica, Inc., and Schein Pharmaceuticals). He has directed all financial activities, financings, cash flow, reporting; managed commercial lender, banking, and investment banking relationships; been responsible for a successful NYSE IPO; established financial and business systems from the ground up, including accounting, commercial, clinical tracking, budgeting and financial reporting systems; managed the financial efforts of three successful strategic investor exit transactions (two at over $800 million, one at $125 million); and participated in a myriad of company and product acquisitions, divestment, and licensing deals.

Mr. Stearns began his financial career as a CPA with KPMG and rose to the level of audit partner. Whitney received a B.S. in Accounting from Lehigh University.