Managing Partner at GrayBella Capital
Ruta serves as Managing Director of GrayBella Capital, a Venture Capital fund focused on biotech, healthcare and technology companies in the Baltics and Eastern Europe. She also owns and runs a 220 seat restaurant/gallery hybrid called Liquid Art House.
Ruta has more than 12 years of investment-banking experience, including a strong background in M&A, debt capital markets and equity capital raises. She spent seven years as a Vice President at Bear Stearns, where she was part of the M&A, healthcare and financial sponsors groups and had primary coverage responsibility for 13 private equity and hedge funds. Afterwards Ruta served as a Director at Alantra, an international middle-market investment bank, where she focused on the healthcare industry, including biotechnology and life sciences and cross-border transactions.
Ms. Laukien holds BA degrees in Economics and Psychology from the University of North Florida, an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business as well as a JD and Masters in International Law from Duke University Law School. She is admitted to practice law in New York State.
Ruta is a member of the Duke Global Capital Markets Center Advisory Board, founding member of Duke Women’s Leadership Initiative and former Lar Lubovitch Dance Company Board member.