MGG Investment Group is a veteran team of private lending specialists who acquired their expertise at leading lenders, restructuring advisors, banks, and law firms. Our Principals are crisis-tested and have a history of working together. The team is led by Kevin Griffin, who has originated, structured, or invested in more than $5 billion of transactions and demonstrated success investing across numerous credit cycles.
Mr. Griffin founded MGG Investment Group in 2014 and is the CEO and CIO of the firm.
Prior to launching MGG, Mr. Griffin was a Managing Director with Highbridge Principal Strategies (now HPS Partners), where he was a senior member of the Specialty Lending Platform and a Member of the Highbridge Credit Committee. Previously, Mr. Griffin was the Head of Private Investing for Octavian Funds, a $1.4 billion hedge fund focused on global investing across debt and equity structures. Before Octavian, Mr. Griffin was part of Fortress Investment Group in charge of originating and underwriting investment opportunities for the Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund. Prior to Fortress, Mr. Griffin was an investor with one of the first publicly traded BDCs, American Capital (NASDAQ: ACAS), where he was involved in numerous equity buyout investments. Mr. Griffin began his career with Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin’s Investment Banking Division, focusing primarily on distressed M&A and financial restructurings.
Over his more than 20-year career, Mr. Griffin has invested in excess of $8 billion across the capital structure of middle market businesses, including distressed and 363 bankruptcy purchases, and has led all structuring and legal documentation with a focus on capital preservation and protecting rights in bankruptcy.
Post-investment, Mr. Griffin has sat on numerous boards of directors, currently including KL Discovery, (NYSE: KLDI), XL Fleet (NYSE: XL), Tastes on the Fly, Figo Pet Insurance, Sunpro Solar, and Gencanna Acquisition Corp.
The M&A Advisor in May 2015 named Mr. Griffin a winner of its 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders Award. The Hedge Fund Journal, in association with Ernst & Young, in December 2016 named Mr. Griffin one of 50 “Tomorrow’s Titans.”
Mr. Griffin earned his BSBA in Finance from Georgetown University.
Mr. Racz is President, Chief Legal Officer, and a co-founder of MGG Investment Group.
Prior to joining MGG, Mr. Racz was President, Principal, and Chief Legal Officer of Hutchin Hill, a multi-billion multi-strategy hedge fund. Prior to joining Hutchin Hill, Mr. Racz co-founded Octavian Advisors, LP, a $1.4 billion multi-strategy investment fund, and served as President, Chief Operating Officer, and general counsel (2006-2009). Previously, Mr. Racz was a member of the corporate department of the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz (1999-2006). There he advised on corporate, securities, and compliance matters for Fortune 500 businesses, investment firms, and institutional and high net worth clients, including ConocoPhillips, General Mills, Walt Disney Company, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Fox Paine, Warburg Pincus, a Washington State Investment Board affiliate, and owners of the New Jersey Devils. Mr. Racz was also a journalist at The Wall Street Journal and The Buffalo News (1993-1995), and worked at the Manhattan D.A.’s Office (1991-1993).
Previously, Mr. Racz was clerk on the D.C. Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Board of Trustees & Investment Committee of the NYU School of Law Foundation, and was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a member of the P&I Research Advisory Panel. He was named a “2011 Rising Star of Hedge Funds” by Institutional Investor.
Mr. Racz received his JD, Order of the Coif, magna cum laude, from NYU School of Law and his BA, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Dartmouth College. Mr. Racz also studied at Oxford University and Leningrad State University.
Prior to joining MGG, Mr. Tayeb was a Principal and Controller at Apollo Investment Corporation, a publicly traded Business Development Company. At Apollo, he led day-to-day operations of finance and accounting, including supervision of middle office services and tax matters. He was also responsible for monthly and quarterly NAV and SEC filings, daily treasury operations (including managing a $1+ billion revolving multicurrency credit facility) and led quarterly investment valuations, annual budgeting, internal controls assessment, and reporting. Previously, he served as Director of Accounting for four years at Avenue Capital Group, a $12+ billion credit-focused asset manager with hedge, private equity, and real estate funds. There he was responsible for quarterly and annual financial statements, monthly valuations, reporting, and internal controls assessment, for various hybrid private equity/credit hedge funds and various management/corporate entities. He was also responsible for accounting and financial reporting of three CLOs with more than $1 billion in assets under management. He also spent a decade at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in New York, the U.K., and Asia, and KPMG LLP in Singapore.
Mr. Tayeb is a CPA licensed in New York, and a Chartered Accountant, and holds an MBA and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Karachi, having obtained a 1st position in citywide uniform exams.
Mr. Cohen has nearly 30 years of experience transacting senior and junior debt to the middle market through all cycles. He has led numerous teams in executing transactions for private equity, large corporate, turnaround, and distressed companies. Prior to joining MGG, Mr. Cohen was a Managing Director at Wells Fargo Capital Finance, where he managed a team of 13 professionals for the loan originations platform covering many different industry sectors across the central and south central U.S. His team covered private equity and privately held companies executing senior and unitranche credit opportunities generating over $30 billion in commitments during his 15 year tenure. Mr. Cohen was formerly a partner with Monroe Capital, successor fund to Hilco Capital, where he was responsible for deal sourcing, investment structuring, underwriting, and execution of fund investments. He also served as the Midwest Regional Underwriting Manager of FINOVA Capital Corporation, and as CFO/consultant for two private companies.
Mr. Cohen received his BBA from the University of Iowa and his MBA from Loyola University.
Mr. Cohen spent 10 years as a board member of the Kohl Children’s Museum.
Prior to joining MGG, Mr. Flynn was a Managing Director at Carl Marks Advisors, where he originated and executed restructuring and financial advisory assignments for the fourth-generation merchant bank. Previously, Mr. Flynn was a Managing Director and Credit Committee Member at LStar Capital, the credit affiliate of Lone Star Funds. Prior to that Mr. Flynn served as a Managing Director at CIT Group, where he was one of three principals selected to build a centralized workout group, which managed $5 billion, and played a key role in CIT’s navigation of the financial crisis. He started his career at GE Capital, where he rose from Analyst to Managing Director, and was one of two senior portfolio managers in the Distressed Debt Investing Group.
Mr. Flynn received his BS from the University of Connecticut and his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Prior to joining MGG, Mr. Joella worked as an Associate in the Private Debt Group of AEA Investors. Founded in 1968, AEA manages $6 billion in assets focused on private equity and debt investments in the middle market. At AEA, Mr. Joella helped manage approximately $2 billion in assets across senior secured term loan and mezzanine debt strategies. He led deal diligence efforts to evaluate credit opportunities in a range of industries and composed investment committee materials leading to the participation in roughly $1.7 billion of new debt issuance. Prior to AEA, Mr. Joella was an Analyst at Deutsche Bank Securities, where he was a member of the Media & Telecom Investment Banking group advising clients on M&A and capital raising transactions.
Mr. Joella received his BS in Economics, cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Daniel Leger is Managing Director at MGG Investment Group.
Mr. Leger has over 18 years of experience in the asset management business. Prior to joining MGG, Mr. Leger was Head of Strategic Planning and Client Services at Akre Capital Management in Virginia where he helped grow the then 24 year old firm’s private partnership and mutual fund assets from $2 billion in 2013 to approximately $14 billion in 2019. Previously, he worked as Managing Director, Head of Marketing at Geosphere Capital, a $1.4 billion hedge fund based in New York City. Prior to that, he worked in a similar capacity at Steel Partners, a $5 billion global activist manager. Mr. Leger began his career in asset management at BRI Partners, a venture capital firm and joint venture with Mesirow Financial, that seeded hedge funds, helping grow their collective assets to in excess of $5 billion.
Mr. Leger received his doctorate in political philosophy and international relations from The University of Notre Dame in Indiana and his BA from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
Prior to joining MGG, Mr. Ma worked at TPG Special Situations Partners LP, a specialty finance firm (with approximately $6 billion in assets under management), sourcing and evaluating credit opportunities from both a primary and secondary perspective, including distressed, recapitalizations, rescue financings, and other turnaround solutions. Previously, Mr. Ma worked at Oaktree Capital Management, one of the leading credit firms in the U.S. (with approximately $90 billion in assets under management). He also worked as an Analyst at JPMorgan Securities, Inc. in the Syndicated and Leveraged Finance/Financial Sponsors Group.
Mr. Ma received his BA in Business Administration with a formal concentration in Finance from the University of Washington, Foster School of Business.
Oscar Saunders is Deputy Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at MGG Investment Group.
Prior to joining MGG, Mr. Saunders was Special Counsel at Schulte Roth & Zabel where his practice focused on representing investment advisers and their clients in transactional, regulatory compliance and operational matters, including the organization, restructuring and liquidation of various private fund and trust vehicles. His practice also included advising clients in connection with new regulations impacting the private investment funds industry. Mr. Saunders’ previously worked as an Associate at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP. He began his law career at Paul Hastings LLP as an Associate focusing on corporate restructurings. Mr. Saunders currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Task Force on Racial Justice Initiatives.
Mr. Saunders received his B.A. in Economics and French from Pomona College, his M.B.A. from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where he specialized in Financial Instruments and Markets, and his J.D. from the New York University School of Law, where he served as Managing Editor of the Journal of Law and Business and Treasurer of the Black Allied Law Students Association.
Mr. Stohr has over 20 years of experience investing across the capital structure, in both performing and distressed situations, in the middle market and broadly syndicated loans. Prior to joining MGG, Mr. Stohr was a Portfolio Manager at Ellington Management, co-leading a $2bn corporate credit platform. While there, he constructed, sourced and implemented a ‘value-oriented’ CLO strategy, originating 4 CLO vehicles. Prior to Ellington, Mr. Stohr was Head of the US Special Situations Group at RBS Securities, Inc., where he managed a $600mm credit portfolio and oversaw a team of 11 analysts and traders. Additionally, he held senior roles at Angelo, Gordon & Co, and Goldentree Asset Management, where he focused on special situation credit opportunities.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Stohr was as a Principal at American Capital, leading equity and subordinated debt investments in middle market companies, and was an investor at Trivest Partners, a Miami-based private equity firm.
Mr. Stohr received his MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his BS in Finance from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Mr. Tanner joined MGG in 2015 and resides in California leading Western U.S. efforts. Prior to MGG, Mr. Tanner spent roughly a decade with Cerberus Business Finance and D. E. Shaw Direct Capital – during that time he was responsible for all aspects of the transaction process including origination, due diligence, legal documentation and post-investment portfolio management. Mr. Tanner began his career in San Francisco at UBS Investment Bank where he worked with their Leveraged Finance, Restructuring, and Financial Sponsors Group; he also worked at Sorenson Capital.
Mr. Tanner enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering in his church, and playing soccer, tennis and squash. Mr. Tanner received his BA in Classical Studies from Stanford University.
Mr. Whitcomb has over 20 years’ experience in middle market direct lending and leveraged finance. He joined us from TCW Direct Lending (formerly Regiment Capital’s direct lending arm) where from 2005 to 2015, Mr. Whitcomb was a Managing Director responsible for the origination, structuring, and monitoring of portfolio investments. He began his career in 1994 at Bankers Trust in the Leveraged Finance Group, and worked at both BankBoston and UBS in Leveraged Finance prior to joining Regiment Capital. He is a graduate of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, where he graduated cum laude with majors in International Economics and Spanish.
Prior to joining MGG, Mr. Seville worked as a Director at Hudson Advisors, an Investment Advisor to Lone Star Funds, where he played a role in building its direct lending credit affiliate, LStar Capital. At LStar, Mr. Seville led credit investments across the capital structure and was responsible for all aspects of the transaction process including sourcing, underwriting, due diligence and post-close investment management. Previously, Mr. Seville was an Associate at ORIX Corporate Capital focused on investment opportunities across the credit spectrum.
Mr. Seville received his BBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University and is a CFA Charterholder.
Prior to joining MGG, Mr. Krumholz was Vice President with CION Investment Corporation, a business development company with approximately $2 billion in assets under management. Previously, Mr. Krumholz was Senior Associate with KPMG, where he was on the M&A advisory team. He began his career at PwC, providing assurance services to alternative asset managers.
Mr. Krumholz received his B.S.M. in Finance and Master of Accounting from Tulane University. Jordan holds a CPA license in the state of New York.
Prior to joining MGG, Mr. Stauffer was Vice President with Medley Management, a business development company with approximately $3 billion in assets under management. Previously, Mr. Stauffer was Associate with BMO Harris, where he was an investment professional in the Sponsor Finance group. He began his career at Lincoln International, providing private investment valuations to alternative asset managers.
Mr. Stauffer received his B.S. in Accounting from Indiana University.
Prior to joining MGG, Mr. Estevez worked on the Principal Investing team at Barclays, where he focused on investing in special situation credit opportunities. He began his career as a Research Analyst at Goldman Sachs, where he was a member of the High Yield Research team focused on evaluating high yield, stressed and distressed credits in the Telecom, Media, Cable & Satellite space.
Mr. Estevez received his BS in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University.
Prior to joining MGG, Mr. Jefferson worked as an Associate at Medley Management, a credit focused asset manager with approximately $3 billion in assets under management. Mr. Jefferson began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Gaming group at Wells Fargo Securities.
Mr. Jefferson received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, where he graduated cum laude.
Prior to joining MGG, Mr. Swami was an Investment Banking Analyst at J.P. Morgan in its leveraged finance group.
Mr. Swami received his BS from the New York University’s Stern School of Business, magna cum laude.
Prior to joining MGG, Mr. Bubrosky worked as a Private Equity Summer Analyst for the Healthcare team at Barings LLC. Previously, Mr. Bubrosky was a Summer Analyst for Verition Fund Management, a multi-strategy hedge fund platform.
Mr. Bubrosky received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia where he captained the varsity squash team.
Prior to joining MGG, Mr. Okuno was an Investment Banking Summer Analyst at Goldman Sachs in the Real Estate, Gaming, and Lodging group.
Mr. Okuno received his B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Dartmouth College, where he graduated valedictorian of his class.