Proven Leadership Team

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 $3 billion of transactions and demonstrated success investing across numerous credit cycles.

TEAM

Mr. Griffin founded MGG Investment Group in 2014 and is the CEO and CIO of the firm.

Over multiple economic cycles, Mr. Griffin has originated and invested over $3 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 and continues to sit on numerous boards of directors and has implemented various restructuring changes and targeted distressed and opportunistic acquisition opportunities.

Prior to launching MGG, Mr. Griffin was a Managing Director with Highbridge Principal Strategies, where he was a senior member of the Specialty Lending Platform and a Member of the Highbridge Credit Committee. Mr. Griffin was also a part of Fortress Investment Group (NYSE: FIG) in charge of originating and underwriting investment opportunities for the Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund. In addition, 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 and was an investor with one of the first publicly traded BDCs, American Capital (NASDAQ: ACAS), where he was involved in numerous equity buyout and subordinated debt investments. Mr. Griffin began his career with Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin’s Investment Banking Division, focusing primarily on distressed M&A and financial restructurings.

The M&A Advisor in May 2015 named Mr. Griffin a winner of its 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders Award and The Hedge Fund Journal and Ernst & Young named Mr. Griffin one of “Tomorrow’s Titans 2016.”

In his spare time, Mr. Griffin enjoys spending time with his family and serving on charitable boards in his community. 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. 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. 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.

Prior to joining MGG, Mr. Tanner was Vice President with Cerberus Business Finance, sourcing, evaluating, negotiating, and managing investment and acquisition opportunities. He was responsible for all aspects of the transaction from the due diligence process to legal documentation and post investment management, including regular dialogue and strategy sessions with ownership and management teams. Previously, Mr. Tanner was Senior Associate with D.E. Shaw Direct Capital, overseeing and managing analysts during all phases of diligence, modeling, and investment committee memoranda composition. He began his career as an Analyst at UBS, working for their Leveraged Finance, Restructuring, and Financial Sponsors Group, and also worked as a Senior Analyst at Sorenson Capital.  

Mr. Tanner received his BA in Classics from Stanford University.

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. 

Prior to joining MGG, Mr. Wang worked as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at J.P. Morgan covering M&As, leveraged buyouts, and debt and equity financings for firms in Specialty Finance, Asset Management (alternative and traditional), and Financial Technology. Prior to J.P. Morgan, he was an Analyst at Barclays, where he was a member of the Securitized Product Origination and Leverage Finance group. He also worked at Ennovance Capital, a chemicals, energy, and healthcare industry focused private equity investment fund.

Mr. Wang received his BS in Economics, magna cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining MGG, Mr. Zhang worked as an Associate with the Private Debt team of Partners Group, a global asset manager with over $50 billion in AUM, evaluating credit opportunities across the capital structure (1st lien, 2nd lien, unitranche, mezzanine and equity co-investment). Previously, he worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Wells Fargo Securities in the Leveraged Finance Group.

Mr. Zhang received his BS in Business Administration with a minor in Statistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Prior to joining MGG, Mr. Laskaridis worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Jefferies LLC in the Restructuring & Recapitalization Group. Mr. Laskaridis received his BS in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business