CMIP – Investment Team Biographies
Prior to joining CM Finance, Andrew Muns helped to develop the credit research platform at Cantor Fitzgerald as a Managing Director with the Special Situations and Leverage Loans Desk. At Cantor, Mr. Muns served as a market facing senior credit analyst as well as overseeing the rollout of a new research distribution and publication model that significantly expanded the reach of the loan group.
Before working at Cantor, Andrew Muns worked as a senior investment analyst with Icahn Associates, the manager of Carl Icahn’s activist hedge fund, and later as a managing director with Sabretooth Capital, a global multi-strategy hedge fund. From 2002 to 2006 Mr. Muns was a distressed desk analyst with Bank of America where he advised the firm’s proprietary secondary trading and interfaced with institutional investors through his coverage of distressed credits across multiple industry verticals.
Prior to earning his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, Mr. Muns worked as a math education volunteer for the Peace Corps in the Central African Republic and as a consultant with PDVSA in Venezuela. Mr. Muns is fluent in Spanish and conversant in French and Sango.
Mike Nitka, CFA
Before joining CM Finance Mike Nitka was the head of trading and origination of all asset classes for Credit Investments at Stifel.
Mr. Nitka has over seventeen years of experience in leveraged finance and has been instrumental in building several businesses. Mr. Nitka joined Stifel from Cantor where he built a syndicated loan specialty banking, sales and trading business from 2009-2012. In this role, he oversaw the origination and execution of loan banking engagements, all riskless and proprietary secondary loan trading activity, and was also responsible for business oversight and administration. Mr. Nitka worked closely with Messrs Muns, Dibble and Alpern to build the various components of the Cantor business.
Prior to Cantor, Mr. Nitka was a private credit sourcer and sales person at Credit Suisse where he had senior responsibility for originating, sourcing and selling distressed assets. From 2003-2007 Mr. Nitka was instrumental in the development of the Bank of America distressed business. Messrs Nitka, Muns and Dibble worked together at Bank of America to expand the group’s presence in middle market and illiquid distressed. Mr. Nitka managed his first trading business at Societe Generale, NY from 1999-2003.
Zach Alpern has over seven years of experience in leveraged finance. Mr. Alpern joined CM Finance from Stifel, and Cantor Fitzgerald, where he was a trader focused on par and distressed loans, as well as post-reorganization private equities.
Prior to Cantor, Mr. Alpern spent four years as part of the Leveraged Finance Group at Blackrock, where he was responsible for credit analysis, trading bank loans, as well as managing amendment and restructuring processes for loan positions across a variety of investment mandates. He was also responsible for day-to-day management of six active and three run-off CLOs, and assisted with the management of closed and open-ended mutual funds and separate accounts, as well as BCI, an $8bn levered credit dislocation fund. Mr. Alpern also helped develop a variety of bank loan-specific analytical tools to track relevant deal information, reporting, risk, and trade compliance across Blackrock’s loan mandates.
Prior to joining CM Finance, John Dibble was responsible for executing primary and secondary trades for Stifel Bank & Trust and Stifel Credit Investments in the syndicated loan market, origination of deal/trade ideas and all operational aspects of the positions within the vehicles of Stifel Credit Investments.
Mr. Dibble has over eight years of experience in leveraged finance and in particular, loan and distressed sales and trading. Mr. Dibble joined Stifel from Cantor Fitzgerald, where he helped build the loan and distressed sales and trading platform. He was responsible for trading Cantor’s agented names as well as sourcing middle market trade ideas and product.
Prior to Cantor, Mr. Dibble spent four years on the distressed sales and trading desk at Bank of America. At Bank of America he was responsible for the operational aspects of over $3bn of positions for the distressed trading desk including loans, bonds, trade claims, post-reorg equity, public equity, equity options and aircraft.
Previously, he worked as an Associate at Deutsche Bank in their Private Wealth Management group where he helped structure and underwrite collateralized loans as well as monitor bank’s existing loan portfolio.
Prior to joining CM Finance, Bill Eisenreich was an analyst on the Stifel Credit Investments team, and supported the group’s origination function through credit market research and distressed middle market prospecting. Through individual credit and sector analysis, Mr. Eisenreich helped the team in assigning value, projecting future value and identifying potential opportunity.
Prior to Stifel, Mr. Eisenreich worked at Fairfield Advisors as a credit analyst and trader in their multi-strategy investment fund. Through fundamental and technical analysis, Mr. Eisenreich actively traded equities, ETFs and options as well as designed trading strategies surrounding various macro-economic and political events. Prior to Fairfield, Mr. Eisenreich graduated from Bucknell University.
Additional Investment Professionals*
Dan Bordessa is a Partner and Portfolio Analyst at Cyrus Capital Partners. He is responsible for the identification and management of investments across a number of sectors in North America and Europe. Mr. Bordessa currently represents Cyrus on the board of directors of several portfolio companies. Prior to joining Cyrus Capital, Mr. Bordessa was an Executive Director at Lazard in their London office where he was responsible for providing restructuring and mergers and acquisitions advice. While at Lazard, Mr. Bordessa advised on many of Europe’s largest restructurings and was a frequent speaker at industry conferences and other events. Prior to joining Lazard in 1999, Mr. Bordessa worked at National Bank Financial, the investment banking arm of the National Bank of Canada. Mr. Bordessa has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto and holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Lucien Farrell is a Partner of Cyrus Capital Partners and runs its European Operations. Mr. Farrell joined OZF Capital, the predecessor firm to Cyrus Capital, in 2002 as a research analyst and later as Principal based in London and focused on European opportunities. Prior to joining OZF Capital, Mr. Farrell was a Principal at Apollo Management, L.P. based in London. At that firm, he was focused on private equity investments including those in distressed companies. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Farrell was a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Department and Principal Investment Area of Goldman Sachs in New York and London respectively. Mr. Farrell served on the Board of Directors of Unity Media, the second-largest cable company in Germany, from 2005 (and on its Audit Committee since 2007) until the successful sale of the company to Liberty Global Inc. in 2010. Mr. Farrell is a member of the Pembroke College Cambridge Campaign Board, which works to increase the College’s endowment, and is a Director of various Cyrus affiliated companies. He has an M.A. in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
Sumaer Grewal is a Portfolio Analyst at Cyrus Capital Partners. Prior to joining Cyrus Capital Partners (in our London office), Mr. Grewal was an analyst in the M&A and Restructuring Advisory departments of The Blackstone Group in London from 2008-2010. Mr. Grewal holds an M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.
Robert Jackson is the Senior Managing Director of Cyrus Capital Partners. Prior to joining Cyrus Capital, he spent seven years at Goldman Sachs in New York within the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Division. At Goldman Sachs, he was a senior trader with the Distressed Products Group. He was also a founding team member and head CDS trader in the Goldman Sachs Capital Structure Trading Group. Over this time Mr. Jackson has employed multiple credit related products to trade extensively across credit strategies including credit curve, convexity, capital structure and long short relative value trades. In addition, Mr. Jackson has traded and managed investments in the Automotive OEM, Auto Supplier, Specialty Finance, Broker-Dealer, Airline, Media and Distressed strategies, across multiple asset classes. Mr. Jackson has a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated summa cum laude.
Joseph Kronsberg is a Portfolio Analyst at Cyrus Capital Partners. Prior to joining Cyrus Capital, Mr. Kronsberg worked at Greenhill & Co. as a generalist in its Mergers & Acquisitions and Restructuring departments. Mr. Kronsberg has a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School, where he graduated summa cum laude.
Robert Lentini is a Partner and Head of Trading at Cyrus Capital Partners. He was a senior fixed income and credit trader at OZF Capital in New York. Prior to joining OZF Capital, Mr. Lentini was a senior bond trader at GE Asset Management responsible for all high yield, crossover and distressed trading. From 2000-2002, he worked at Triton Partners as a high yield/CDO trader. Mr. Lentini also worked at Salomon Smith Barney in corporate sales trading and at Garban Securities as an institutional corporate bond broker. Mr. Lentini is a member of AIMR. He holds a B.S. in Business Management from St. Francis College and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Mr. Nikov is a Portfolio Analyst at Cyrus Capital Partners. Mr. Nikov has over ten years of experience with sub-investment grade debt issuers. Prior to joining Cyrus Capital Partners, Mr. Nikov was a Director in the Leveraged Finance Group of Citigroup where he focused on debt financing transactions for leveraged companies controlled by financial sponsors as well as issuers in the chemicals, packaging and building materials industries. Prior to joining Citigroup in 2001, Mr. Nikov worked in the Leveraged Finance Group of JPMorgan and in the Emerging Markets Economic Research department of Goldman Sachs. Mr. Nikov holds an M.B.A. from Georgetown University and a B.A. with a dual major in Economics and Business Administration from the American University in Bulgaria.
John Rapaport is a Partner and Portfolio Analyst at Cyrus Capital Partners. Prior to joining Cyrus Capital Partners, Mr. Rapaport was employed by Bain Capital, Sankaty Advisors in Boston from 2004–2008 where he was most recently an Associate focusing on Automotive OEM and Suppliers. As an analyst Mr. Rapaport has also focused on the Airline, Aerospace, Transportation, General Industrial and Energy Industries. Mr. Rapaport graduated magna cum laude with honors with an AB in Economics from Harvard University.
Peter Scott is a Portfolio Analyst at Cyrus Capital Partners in our London office. Prior to joining Cyrus, Mr. Scott was an Associate at Sankaty Advisors in London focusing on European opportunities in performing high yield and distressed credit. From 2006 to 2007 he was an Analyst at Goldman Sachs. At Goldman he was a member of the Financing Group working on sovereign high grade debt syndication. He has a PhD in Behavioural Economics and an M.A. in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge.
*Individuals listed above that are partners or employees of Cyrus Capital Partners, L.P., are not employees of CM Finance. These listed individuals are solely employed by Cyrus Capital Partners, L.P. and provide certain services to CM Finance pursuant to a services agreement between CM Finance and Cyrus Capital Partners.