Medina Lines Up $50M For First Fund After $2B Terremark Exit

Firm: Medina Capital

Fund: Medina Capital Fund LP

Target: $250 million

Amount Raised: $50 million

Placement Agent: Greenhill & Co.

Medina Capital Fund LP lists its minimum investment accepted from outside investors at $100,000, and its sales compensation recipient as Greenhill & Co., according to a Form D filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Medina disclosed a fund target of $250 million, with no sales yet reported as of April 18, according to the filing, which includes the note that the “final size of the fund may be higher or lower than the target.” Medina did not return a phone call from Buyouts seeking comment.

Within the next two weeks, a commitment of about $50 million from family and friends is expected to close with contributions from C-suite executives in the IT arena who had worked with Terremark in the past, a source told Buyouts.

Taking a tack toward IT and security, Medina Capital has made investments in Prolexic, a specialist in thwarting hacker attacks, and Catbird, a self-described leader in software-defined security. The firm invests $10 million to $20 million per portfolio company, according to its Web site. It plans to hold majority equity interests in its target companies or a significant minority interest with typical minority investor protective provisions and a board appointment rights.

Members of the Medina Capital team include Nelson Fonseca, Barry Field, Rene Rodriguez, Adam Smith and Randy Rowland — all veterans of Terremark. The firm’s advisory board includes Guillermo Amore, who worked for 33 years at GTE Corp.; Gary Denman, Robert Dickinson, Antonio Fernandez, Joseph Wright and Arthur Money.

Medina emigrated to the United States from Cuba at a young age and went on to earn a bachelor of science in accounting at Florida Atlantic University, according to a profile in the Miami Herald. His son, Manuel Medina Jr. is a country music star and member of the Kip Moore band that has a hit record, Somethin’ Bout a Truck. The elder Medina founded Terremark in 1980 and sold the specialist in cloud computing and IT infrastructure to Verizon in 2011. Publicly traded on the Nasdaq at the time of the sale, the company currently operates under the name Verizon Terremark.

Medina spent the first month after the transaction traveling, thanking major shareholders, analysts, customer and suppliers and telling them that “contrary to rumors, I was not retiring, but that I would be disappearing for a while,” according to the profile. He headed down to the Florida Keys with his children and grandchildren and decided to start investing in IT-related companies.

“We are looking for established companies with a unique business model or technology that we can help with capital and strategy,” he told the newspaper. Medina stressed that his experience at Terremark working across international borders, growing product lines, and building relationships with people in government would be “very helpful for the right company at the right stage.”

(Correction: In the original version of this story Medina Capital Fund LP was misspelled; also, the story has been clarified by noting that Manuel Medina Jr. is a member of the Kip Moore band.)