About Us


Breakwave Advisors LLC offers asset management and advisory services to the shipping and commodities industries. Its associates have more than 35 years of combined experience in sell side and buy side roles; spanning from corporate finance and equity research to portfolio management and company-side operations & risk management.



John Kartsonas - Founder and Managing Partner

John was a Senior Portfolio Manager at Carlyle Commodity Management from 2011 to 2017, a commodity-focused investment firm based in New York and part of the Carlyle Group. He was responsible for the firm’s shipping and freight investments. During his tenure, he managed one of the largest freight futures funds globally. Prior to his role, John was a Co-Founder and Portfolio Manager of the Sea Advisors Fund, an investment fund focused in shipping. From 2004 to 2009, John was the leading Transportation Analyst at Citi Investment Research covering the broader transportation space including shipping. Prior to that, John was an Equity Analyst focusing on shipping and energy for Standard & Poor’s Investment Research. John sits on the Board of Seanergy Maritime, a publicly-traded dry bulk shipping company, listed in NASDAQ under the symbol “SHIP”. John received his MBA from the Simon School of Business, University of Rochester.

Nikos Kanellopoulos - Director, Business Development

Nikos was a Director at Southern Star Shipping from 2008 to 2017, a New York based private holding company that controls assets in dry bulk shipping and global agribusiness. He was responsible for the management of a global commodity trading business as well as certain functions of the largest FMCG company in Sub-Saharan Africa. He was also a member of the investment committee, responsible for investment strategy and execution. During his tenure, Nikos built the third largest sugar business in Nigeria and oversaw the valuation of all shipping transactions. From 2005 to 2008, Nikos shared his time between Jeffries and BNP Paribas as an associate in corporate finance and debt capital markets, covering different industries such as Shipping and Oil as well as Gas and General Industrials. Nikos holds and MSC in transportation from Imperial College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.