Hy Vaupen - Managing Partner    

Email - hvaupen@vaupenfinancial.com

Hy is the Founder and Managing Partner of Vaupen Financial Advisors.  Hy has worked with rapidly growing public and private middle market companies in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean for over 35 years. Throughout his career, he has held positions in executive-level financial and operational management and financial consulting/advisory capacities. Hy is bilingual with fluency in English and Spanish, and has experience working with international finance and global business transactions. Hy's extensive financial experience and market relationships provide the basis for the firm to advise, structure and secure a variety of financing and capital transactions for its clients, including senior lines of credit, subordinated debt and various alternative forms of equity capital.

Additionally, he has extensive experience with advising on and executing corporate acquisitions and divestitures; debt restructuring, workout, bankruptcy and insolvency related matters; and the negotiating, structuring and implementation of successful corporate turnarounds. Hy successfully led an operational and financial turnaround of a troubled $600 million publicly held aviation parts distribution company. A portion of the firm’s specialty practice area involves working on recapitalization and financing transactions for distressed and financially troubled companies and special situations.   

Hy has worked with middle market companies in more than 40 major industry categories including: aviation, technology, healthcare, food and beverages, consumer products, retail and wholesale distribution, financial services, manufacturing, media and telecommunications.

Prior to founding Vaupen Financial Advisors, Hy held senior executive management positions in leading South Florida firms such as Ernst & Whinney CPAs, Beverage Canners International, the GB Group and Kellstrom Industries. Hy is a graduate of the University Of Florida Fisher School Of Accounting, and has been an accountant in the State of Florida since 1979.


Dunaivys “Duny” Arana - Senior Associate

Email - darana@vaupenfinancial.com 

Mrs. Arana, Senior Associate, has been an integral member of the Vaupen Financial Advisors team since early 2014.  Mrs. Arana is responsible for working with the firm’s clients on various areas of these engagements, including the transactional data development, marketing, analytical and deal management processes.

Prior to joining Vaupen Financial Advisors, Mrs. Arana held managerial and operational responsibilities at a third-party logistics provider, in addition to executive administrative positions at a global technology and integrated communications & security company for several years.

Mrs. Arana holds a B.A. in Psychology from Florida International University.

Laura V. Martinez Zorro - Associate

Email - lmartinez@vaupenfinancial.com

Laura Martinez Zorro is an Associate at Vaupen Financial Advisors since 2019. She is responsible for assisting team members in many aspects of the clients' representation  during those transactions.  In addition, she actively assists with other administrative duties. 

Prior to joining Vaupen Financial Advisors, Laura held managerial positions in different consumer product companies, as well as a junior trader position at a steel commodity trading group for several years. 


Laura has a BS in Finance from Florida International University and an MBA in Marketing from Nova Southeastern University.