Meet the Team


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Paul L. Kessler

Founder and CEO

Mr. Kessler is recognized as an active deep value investor, financier, and venture capitalist, having been a pioneer in the PIPEs strategy of finance. He has extensive experience with emerging growth companies, both public and private, which trade below their fundamental value for a variety of reasons. He leads activist efforts when necessary with both company boards and executives focused on corporate governance and oversight, strategy, and alignment of interests with shareholders. He is well-versed at identifying deep value activist opportunities in a variety of industries including biotechnology, technology, energy, asset & mortgage lending, education, and consumer products. He has broad experience in operations and finance, actively sourcing and identifying investment opportunities, and negotiating, structuring and re-structuring investment transactions. Mr. Kessler has guided and overseen over 700 investment transactions, whether as lead, co-lead, or syndicate investor, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, venture capital, private equity, re-structuring, and other capital market activities.
His investments have focused on emerging growth public companies, private companies on the path to becoming public, and a select group of distressed companies (acting as either the Stalking Horse bidder or DIP lender). As an investor, he has invested, provided seed capital, and/or founded numerous successful companies including Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc., Bristol Luxury Group, Sugarfina, The Los Angeles Film School, Jevo, Carbon 38, Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Octa Therapeutics, Genspera, Inc., Research Solutions, Inc., Wizard Brands, Inc., Cheniere Energy, Inc., Energous Corporation, Cantango Oil and Gas Company and Tellurian Inc., to name a few. Additionally, Mr. Kessler is a lead investor and advisor to several growth funds, including RX3 (a growth stage consumer products fund) and Act One Ventures (an early stage venture fund), and also co-founded Start Engine, LLC, which at the time of its founding was the largest technology incubator in Los Angeles, having launched over 50 technology companies, and is now a leading equity-based crowdfunding platform.
Mr. Kessler has been featured as a guest speaker on the subject of financing emerging growth public companies at a variety of forums, including The PIPEs Conference, Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA), Wall Street Reporter's Pipe Conference, UCLA Anderson School of Management, and Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management. He has attended courses at various colleges and universities, including Harvard Business School's Executive Education Program and UCLA's Extension Program. Mr. Kessler has passed the Series 65 Uniform Investment Advisor Examination. 
In November 2021, Mr. Kessler was appointed to “The CEO Council,” an advisory group of select business leaders formed by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce to address and promote regional economic recovery.  The group will focus on bringing balance back to the state’s public policies, revitalizing the economy and promoting a robust business climate.          
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Diana Derycz-Kessler

Co-Founder and Co-Manager

Ms. Derycz-Kessler co-founded BCA with her husband, Mr. Kessler, and acts as Co-Manager of BCA. In her role as Co-Manager, Ms. Derycz-Kessler participates in early-stage discussions and meetings related to potential investment opportunities and advises on complex business or legal issues concerning such opportunities. In addition, Ms. Derycz-Kessler meets with target companies and their management and boards while assisting to identify and secure potential candidates for board seats and executive leadership, and further advises on governance and corporate strategy. Ms. Derycz-Kessler also advises on specific strategies or key issues relating to existing portfolio companies or companies being considered for investment re-allocation.

Ms. Derycz-Kessler is an experienced investor with a background in law, business and finance.  Her investments have included energy, biotechnology, technology, education, real estate and consumer products.  As part of these investments, she has assumed active operational roles, including a 17-year tenure as CEO of the media arts college The Los Angeles Film School, and manager of commercial property partnerships.  In February 2019, Ms. Derycz-Kessler became a founding member and director of LK Advisors, Inc., a mortgage lending advisory company.  Since October 2019, Ms. Derycz-Kessler has been a member of the board of managers of Bristol Luxury Group LLC and Sugarfina Holdings LLC, the parent companies to Sugarfina USA LLC, a luxury candy retailer.  Currently Ms. Derycz-Kessler is a director of Tellurian, Inc. (NASDAQ: TELL), a natural gas company primed to provide low cost gas globally through production, liquefaction, transport and logistics.  

Ms. Derycz-Kessler’s early career began as a lawyer in the international oil and gas sector, working at the law firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP in New York.  Subsequently she joined Occidental Petroleum Corporation, overseeing legal for its Latin American exploration and production operations.  During 2016-2018, Ms. Derycz-Kessler was a partner in UNESCO’s TeachHer program, a private–public sector partnership bridging the global gender gap in education. Ms. Derycz-Kessler holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a master’s degree from Stanford University in Latin American Studies.  She obtained her undergraduate degree in History and Latin American Studies from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). 

Diana speaks Spanish fluently. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association. Ms. Derycz-Kessler has passed the Series 7, 24, 63 and 66 securities law examinations.

In November 2021, Ms. Derycz-Kessler was appointed to "The CEO Council," an advisory group of select business leaders formed by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce to address and promote regional economic recovery. The group will focus on bringing balance back to the state's public policies, revitalizing the economy and promoting a robust business climate.

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Amy Wang

General Counsel & Chief Operations Officer

Ms. Wang oversees the negotiation, documentation, and closing of investment transactions, monitors compliance with investment terms and securities regulations, supervises portfolio activity and operations, prepares and negotiates corporate and securities agreements, and manages the activity of service providers and outside counsel. During her tenure at BCA, Ms. Wang has overseen the negotiation and documentation of over 600 financing transactions utilizing various investment structures and instruments including common stock, preferred stock, convertible debt instruments and warrants.  Ms. Wang has also worked on numerous restructurings, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and private equity financings.

Ms. Wang earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and her undergraduate degree in Political Science, with a specialization in Business Administration, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  Ms. Wang is a member of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association (Business Law Division).  Ms. Wang has also passed the Series 65 Uniform Investment Advisor Examination.

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Jason Nguyen


Mr. Nguyen is responsible for sourcing and analyzing new investment opportunities, performing fund valuations and other portfolio accounting duties, securities trading and portfolio management. Mr. Nguyen graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics. 

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Sheila A.R. Meredith

Office Manager

Sheila A.R. Meredith supports BCA operations by maintaining accounting and administrative systems.  She supervises office services which include the preparation of company payroll, personnel records and accounting reports.  She implements standards and procedures for offices policies and designs office systems, layouts and equipment procurement and maintenance.  Ms. Meredith is also a California Commissioned Notary Public.  She received her B.A. degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.