Our Principals

Lara Slachta
Lara is the founder of Bequia Securities. She started Bequia in 2017 to professionalize the capital-raising process in the nascent impact investing space.  In the nearly twenty years of practicing law, Lara has worked primarily with private investment funds and early stage companies that are raising private sources of capital.
She has formed over 50 private investment funds and represented limited partners in more than a hundred investments in private funds and companies.  Lara is a practical idealist who seeks to bridge thoughtful investors with investment opportunities that make a difference.  Lara earned her J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. from Providence College. She holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, 79 and 82 licenses and serves as both the Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Bequia.
Eric Grunebaum
Registered Representative
Eric works with impact investors, family offices, foundations and cleantech companies and funds sourcing and placing capital. He also cofounded an industrial ecology startup focusing on high-efficiency, cloud-scale datacenters; has consulted on the expansion of Greentown Labs – the largest cleantech incubator in the US; and develops commercial-scale solar and energy efficiency projects through his company Cambridge Energy Advisors. Previously Eric developed mixed-income housing and produced social and environmental documentary films including The Last Mountain which premiered at Sundance and focused on a WVa community proposing a wind-farm on the nearby mountains rather than a coal mine which would strip the hills bare while poisoning the air and water. Eric’s pro bono work includes curating and presenting at numerous climate and clean energy events for the Cambridge Innovation Center, the Boston Area Sustainability Group and the Climate Action Business Association. Eric earned his BA from Harvard University in Visual and Environmental Studies and holds FINRA Series 82 and 63 securities licenses.
Tony Haske
Registered Representative
Tony Haske has 14 years of experience in renewable energy. His work in renewable energy is driven by his wider interest in the onset of climate change, which he views as an impetus to improving our quality of life and to entering a new stage of economic growth and technology development. While working in energy, he has gained a strong understanding of the market- and policy-drivers of clean technology development and observed how increasing renewable energy adoption is creating significant opportunities to advance technologies in the energy infrastructure i.e., the energy transformation. Tony brings six years of experience with Cutting Edge Capital, where Tony consulted with cleantech companies on community-based capital-raising strategies. He is also an advisor to the Integrated Renewable Energy Systems Network, an NGO promoting collaboration between utilities and cities for more effective integration of local clean energy.   Tony earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and his M.S. in Atmospheric Physics from the University of Arizona. He holds the FINRA Series 63 and Series 82 licenses.
Stephen Nunes
Registered Representative
Stephen Nunes is a Director at Next Street, a mission-driven advisory firm that is revolutionizing how its clients provide capital, customers, and services to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Stephen primarily focuses on supporting organizations that are delivering affordable and responsible capital to small businesses, including Community Development Financial Institutions, banks, and select fintech alternative lenders. Prior to joining Next Street, Stephen worked as a Director for UBS AG in the Investment Banking division where he focused on providing corporations in the natural resources sector with M&A advisory services and financing solutions. While at UBS, Stephen also collaborated with the firms’ Wealth Management division as part of its initiative to improve the availability of impact investments to UBS’ network of retail clients by helping develop a due diligence framework to verify that private fund managers meet UBS’ criteria to be considered an impact investment. Stephen graduated from Bates College with a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Physics and Mathematics.
Pauliina Swartz
Registered Representative
Pauliina Swartz raises capital for local socially responsible companies and projects. She seeks to bring more mainstream capital to impact investing. Previously, Pauliina had a long career in structured finance at State Street Corporation. Pauliina is a Cleantech Open mentor and a sponsor of TCN’s Fellowship for Female Founders. Pauliina is a non-resident Senior Fellow with the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Boston University. She serves on the board of New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE) and on the Energy Advisory Committee for the city of Newburyport. Pauliina is a CFA® charter holder and holds Series 7 General Securities and Series 63 State Securities licenses.