Our Team

Matt Nydell

Matt has over 20 years of delivering pro-active legal and strategic counsel at senior executive level from start-ups to global multinationals. He has extensive experience in and knowledge of the telecoms and Internet industry and significant international experience in Europe and Latin America.

Most recently, Matt was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of VIA NET.WORKS, Inc., an international Internet Services Provider. As a member of the founding executive team, he directly supported the growth of the company from $0 to +$100 million in revenues through acquisitions and the development of enterprise-wide technology platforms to offer a comprehensive portfolio of business communications services. Matt also led the corporate development function and managed over 40 M&A transactions over the course of 7+ years with VIA.

Prior to VIA, Matt held a corporate development role at MCI Communications as Director of Ventures & Alliances, responsible for managing MCI's joint venture interests with British Telecommunications and also supporting the merger between the two companies. Earlier, he served as senior counsel in MCI's consumer markets group. Matt was in private law practice for 9 years prior to MCI, of which the last six were with the corporate and transactional practice group of Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine, an international law firm. At Donovan Leisure, Matt concentrated in corporate law, public and private debt and equity placements and transactional business.

Matt has a B.A. degree with honors in Philosophy from Bucknell University. He earned his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and a Master's Degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Joseph Correia

Joe has been executing and advising on the full spectrum of corporate finance activities in Europe for the last 10 years. He has been involved in M&A, equity raising, debt offerings, and joint ventures in most European countries and the US for companies in the technology and telecom space.

Joe has managed a corporate finance advisory practice since 2002 and has concluded many successful deals for small to mid size companies to help them achieve their strategic goals. His clients have included VIA NET.WORKS, Teleman (a JV between Bell South and Safra Bank), Citibank, KPNQwest Italy, Viola Systems Oy, and several private investment funds.

Prior to founding his own advisory business, Joe was a Vice President of Corporate Development at KPNQwest NV. In this role he was responsible for all merger and acquisition activity and public market equity and debt offerings for a multi-billion dollar global network company. Before KPNQwest, Joe was the group controller for EUnet International BV, an international ISP with 15 offices in 13 countries and was responsible for the accounting and finance staff across the group.

Joe has a B.S. from the University of Nevada - Las Vegas and an M.B.A . from Nyenrode University in The Netherlands.

Brian Berkopec

Brian brings operational sensitivity and experience to Areté engagements.

For the last 15 years Brian has been a senior executive operating businesses for US companies in Europe & the US. At both Chesapeake Corporation (industrial) and most recently VIA NET.WORKS Inc. (managed IT/telecom services), Brian has focused on driving the organic sales growth as well as the acquisition, restructuring, and subsequent integration of newly acquired companies.

Brian was based in Paris for 7 years from 1996 to 2003, and in Amsterdam from 2003 to 2005 where he was most was most recently Regional VP Europe for VIA NET.WORKS Inc., responsible for leading the company's largest business unit as well as completing the restructuring/integration activities given VIA's acquisition of PSINet Europe. In this role, Brian oversaw a P&L of US$70M in revenue with 350 employees and oversaw Managing Directors in 5 countries (Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, France, and Germany). Before moving into operations at VIA, Brian held numerous business development and M&A roles at Morgan Stanley, Chesapeake Corporation and VIA NET.WORKS Inc, involving over 15 transactions valued over $100million.

Brian is an international manager comfortable in diverse geographic environments and driving success in cross-cultural teams. He has extensive international field experience, 10+ years in Europe & Latin America--speaking English (native), French and Spanish fluently and while an American, he also hold an Irish passport.

Brian graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota where he currently serves as a Trustee and chair of the Academic Affairs committee. Brian also completed a Master's of Science at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service in Washington, DC. He currently resides in New York City.