President and Senior Managing Director
Kris is the President, Senior Managing Director and Co-Founder of Wavecrest Securities. He has 35 years of investment banking experience having executed a broad range of advisory and financing assignments covering nearly every product and industry vertical.
Kris was previously the Global Head of Hedge Fund coverage for Deutsche Bank. Prior to leading Global Hedge Fund coverage, Kris founded and ran the Deutsche Bank Principal Distressed, Leverage Finance, Sponsor Coverage and Real Estate Finance businesses in the Asia Pacific region; he was also a member of the Asia Pac management committee. In addition to these responsibilities, Kris established and managed a $1.5 billion internal hedge fund focused on investing in non-performing assets in the Japanese and Chinese markets. Over the course of his career, Kris has held various senior Leverage Finance, High Yield and Capital Markets positions with Morgan Stanley, Bankers Trust and Drexel Burnham Lambert.
Kris holds a BA in International Economics and Japanese language, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University and an MBA from Wharton School of Business. He is a Phi Beta Kappa honors recipient and speaks fluent Japanese.
Senior Managing Director
Paul is a Senior Managing Director and Co-Founder of Wavecrest Securities. He has three decades of investment banking experience with expertise in M&A, corporate finance and private equity in the US and emerging markets.
Prior to cofounding Wavecrest, Paul was a founding Senior Managing Director of Great Circle Capital LLC, the general partner and sat on the investment committee of The Great Circle Fund LP, a private equity fund dedicated to investing in the transportation and infrastructure sector in Russia, CIS, Eastern Europe and Turkey. Prior to Great Circle, Paul was a Managing Director at Stanton Capital Corp., a New York-based private equity firm specializing in emerging markets. Prior to Stanton Capital Corp, Paul held senior positions at Credit Suisse First Boston and PaineWebber.
Paul holds a BA from Georgetown University and a MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
John is a Managing Director at Wavecrest Securities and founder of Cravens Brothers Wealth Advisors, a registered investment advisor located in Dallas, Texas. He has 31 years of experience in financial services advising affluent families in the areas of multi-generational wealth management and philanthropic planning. John earned the Accredited Wealth Management Advisor (AWMA) designation awarded by the College for Financial Planning. He is an active member of Wealth Advisor Institute, an organization of professionals engaged in financial advisory and wealth management services.
John holds a BS in Finance from University of Arkansas. John is a member of the board of Junior Players Guild and Friends of WRR Radio.
Tony is a Managing Director of WaveCrest Securities working with Australian investors deploying capital into the US. He has deep international experience and knowledge of global capital flows having dealt in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and the US. Tony has completed transactions in a broad range of capacities including as principal, financier and adviser in both physical and securitized assets.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Tony moved to Australia and in 2005 established Blaxland Funds to become a successful cross border advisory practice. Based in New York since 2011, Tony focuses on creating and executing investment / divestment strategies, typically cross border, for institutions, P/E, HNW’s and family offices. Previous senior roles have included Bankers Trust, Barclays, National Australia Bank and Jones Lang LaSalle.
Tony is a non-executive Board director for an Australian listed REIT principally invested in New Zealand. He holds an Honors BSc from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Tony is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute.
Charles is a Managing Director at Wavecrest Securities. He has 18 years experience in debt capital markets, working with a broad array of institutional investors from around the world. Prior to joining the Wavecrest team, Charles was Managing Director and Head of Loan Sales at Canaccord Genuity.
After beginning his career at Citigroup, where he spent four years working in Loan Origination and Structuring, Charles moved to BNP Paribas where he focused on sponsor-driven middle market transactions across various industries, including media, consumer products, business services, energy and general & industrial verticals. During his ten years at BNP Paribas, Charles also served as secondary loan sales/trader and leading salesperson. Charles has built loan trading platforms for three broker dealers, contributing significantly to capital markets origination, structuring, sales and trading efforts, including Loans, Mezzanine and High Yield bonds.
Charles holds a Bachelor’s degree from Tulane University, an MBA from Emory University and a Magister degree from Austria’s Johannes Kepler Universität. Charles has lived in Europe and Japan and speaks French, German and basic Japanese.
Todd is a Managing Director at WaveCrest Securities. He has been active in the investment banking and advisory businesses for more than 25 years. Over the course of his career, Todd has represented clients in more than 100 completed M&A and capital raising transactions totaling more than $19 billion in transaction value, and his experience includes tender offers, exclusive sales and divestitures, fairness opinions, public and private debt and equity offerings as well as financial restructurings/bankruptcies. He has a specialized focus on the TMT (Technology, Media and Telecom) sector and has supported dozens of companies within communications technology, software and other Digital Media relevant sectors. Todd also has significant experience working with consumer products, retail and traditional entertainment sector clients such as professional sports franchises and gaming operators.
Prior to joining WaveCrest, he was the founder and Managing Partner of Hexagon Advisors, and held senior investment banking positions with several major and bulge bracket financial institutions in San Francisco and New York. On the West Coast Todd worked in the Technology M&A Group at UBS Warburg and in the Technology M&A Group of JP Morgan Chase (and Hambrecht & Quist in the Branded Consumer Group prior to its acquisition by JP Morgan). Todd also worked in the Investment Banking and M&A Groups of CIBC Oppenheimer, Houlihan, Lokey, Howard & Zukin and PaineWebber in New York.
Todd holds a BA in Economics from Brown University, and sits on the board of Influence Technologies.
Ryan is a Managing Director at WaveCrest Securities. He has 15 years of investment banking experience with expertise in M&A, corporate finance, private equity and venture capital. Ryan has successfully executed advisory and financing assignments for clients across a range of industry verticals.
Prior to joining WaveCrest, Ryan served as a senior merchant banker at Cambridge Capital where he was responsible for building the firm’s energy practice. Ryan also led M&A sale transactions and strategic advisory assignments for clients in the transportation and logistics, and technology sectors. Prior to Cambridge, Ryan held senior positions at World Fuel Services (NYSE: INT), a global leader in the downstream energy sector, where he spearheaded various acquisition and divestiture transactions in addition to other strategic initiatives, including co-founding the company’s venture capital group. Before World Fuel, Ryan served as M&A advisor and principal investor on behalf of William I. Koch’s multinational energy and commodity trading firm – Oxbow Carbon.
Ryan began his career as an industrials investment banker at J.P. Morgan where he advised on M&A and capital markets transactions for companies including Emerson Electric, Tyco International and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners. He has also held positions with Kidd & Company private equity and Spencer Trask venture capital. Over the course of his career, Ryan has completed over $5 billion in aggregate M&A and financing transaction value.
Ryan holds a BS in Applied Economics and Business Management from Cornell University.
Stefan is a Managing Director at Wavecrest Securities. Over the course of his career as an executive and senior level operator, Stefan has managed re-organizations, turnarounds, and successfully guided organizations through distressed and rapidly evolving situations. He has specialized focus in retail, beverage alcohol distribution, beverage alcohol manufacturing, and military/defense industries. Prior to joining Wavecrest, he was a Managing Partner of Hexagon Advisors and held multiple executive level positions, to include CEO and President, within multiple organizations. Prior to joining the civilian sector, Stefan was a successful Special Forces Medical Sergeant assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). His unit led multiple combat missions with an exceptional mission success rate.
Stefan earned a BS in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
Stephen has been active in the investment banking and advisory business for more than 20 years. Over the course of his career, Stephen has represented emerging technology clients in the information technology and now healthcare sector in M&A and capital raising transactions. Experience includes sell side and buy side M&A, spin outs and divestitures, distressed sales, fairness opinions, public and private debt and equity offerings. He has extensive cross border experience, having represented clients based in Germany, Finland, England, Scotland, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Israel, and Canada. He speaks both German and French.
Prior to joining WaveCrest, he was a Managing Director at Covington Associates. Industry experience includes healthcare manufacturing (Medline Industries – VP Marketing) and healthcare IT (Distance Learning, Inc. – VP Sales).
Stephen holds a MBA from Harvard University, and a BA in International Relations from Brown University.
Barry joined Wavecrest in May 2018. He recently served as President of Strategos Capital Markets, an SEC registered structured products hedge fund manager based in Philadelphia, beginning in April 2015. He vacated his role as President and assumed the role of Chairman, Risk Committee in March 2017, which he continues today. Prior to joining Strategos, Barry spent over 25 years in credit markets holding several senior positions at both large and small investment banks/broker dealers. Most recently he was Senior Managing Director, Head of Structured Products Sales & Trading at Canaccord Genuity in New York. He also spent 9 years at Merrill Lynch (Managing Director, Strategic Solutions Group) where he was a senior structuring, solutions representative covering hedge funds, insurance companies and pension funds for Derivative and Structured Products. Prior to that, he spent 3 years at TD Securities, Credit Derivatives Structuring (New York and London) and 4 years as an illiquid asset swap trader at BMO Nesbitt Burns in London and Toronto. He also spent 3 years as an investment analyst at Great-West Life Assurance Company, Canada prior to completing an MBA from Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario. Barry has a Bachelor of Commerce (finance) from the University of British Columbia.
Mark is a Managing Director at Wavecrest Securities. He has over 30 years of banking experience with an expertise in leverage finance, risk underwriting, Chapter 11 and balance sheet restructurings with deep sector knowledge in Telecom, Media and Technology. Over 30 years, he has negotiated and closed hundreds of debt and equity transactions totaling over $15bn. He has a proven track record in developing and maintaining C-Suite relationships, and mentoring young talent. Most recently, he is focused on advising emerging growth company management teams on how to develop capital structures, and how to efficiently raise capital.
Prior to Wavecrest Mark founded Laurus Capital Advisors, advising emerging growth companies on debt restructurings. Prior to Laurus Capital Advisors Mark was Managing Director and held various senior management positions at Scotiabank, SG Cowen, and BBVA. He also represented Scotiabank and SG Cowen on credit steering committees related to bankruptcy cases during the 2000 and 2008 credit cycles.
Mark received an AB from UC Berkeley in English and Math, and he earned an MBA from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. He is also a certified Chocolatier from the French Culinary Institute in New York.
Jeremy is a commercial real estate broker and the founder of August Realty Capital, an international commercial real estate brokerage company. His areas of expertise include commercial real estate brokerage, investment analysis, market research and due diligence.
Jeremy began his real estate brokerage career in 1994, working for six years as a residential leasing agent for Manhattan Apartments Inc. In early 2001, he moved into commercial real estate brokerage and investment banking at JSBO Realty & Capital Inc. Jeremy also completed CMBS field loan assignments and commercial real estate site inspections for McDargh Real Estate Services and their Wall Street institutional clients. During 2003 Jeremy founded JL Gordon Advisors LLC, a New York City based commercial real estate brokerage and consulting company, which he owned an operated for 9 years. In 2004, while operating JL Gordon Advisors, he spent two years partnering with the Mumbai technology company Real Estate Back
Office, Inc., to pilot an outsourced commercial real estate services platform for investment and leasing analysis. Jeremy served over eight years as an early stage investor, consultant and advisor to start-ups in: communications software (Gov Interact), real estate services outsourcing (Real Estate Back Office), and consumer sports nutrition supplements (Ignite Naturals). In 2016, Jeremy founded August Realty Capital where he serves private clients in the purchase, sale, leasing and financing of commercial real estate.
Jeremy is a member of the Urban Land Institute, International Council of Shopping Centers, NAIOP, the Real Estate Board of New York and the Denver Metro Commercial Association of Brokers. He is a lifetime affiliate member of the Cornell Hotel Society. Jeremy earned a BA in History from Lake Forest College and earned an MBA from The International University in Geneva, Summa Cum Laude. He was inducted into the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, where he is a lifetime member. Jeremy is a licensed real estate broker in New York and Colorado. He holds Series 7, 63 and 79 FINRA registrations.
Greg is a Managing Director of Wavecrest Securities, LLC. Greg provides complex structured commercial real estate financing and related investment banking services nationally and has over 30 years of highly diversified and successful experience in the financial services industry.
Greg focuses on originating, structuring and funding commercial real estate senior secured debt private placements, real estate equity and mezzanine investments, corporate real estate sale and leasebacks and first mortgage bonds, among others. Greg has participated in over $2.5 billion of complex commercial real estate financing transactions having structured and arranged capital for complex financing structures with funding sources including taxable and tax-exempt credit-enhanced floating rate notes, lease revenue bonds, industrial development revenue bonds, private senior debt placements, credit tenant lease securitizations and commercial bank debt. Greg executed complex securitized real estate lease transactions with tenants including the United States General Services Administration, the United States Veterans Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Summa Health, the Northeast Ohio Medical University, the University of Akron, IBM Corp., Imation Corp., Walmart Corporation and Walgreen Co., among others.
Greg held various senior management positions within the investment and commercial banking industries. Greg founded several financial services providers including two licensed securities broker dealers, a merchant banking organization and a national consumer finance company. Greg’s accomplishments include chairing several executive credit and investment committees and restructuring several consumer, small business lending and corporate banking business units resulting in significantly improved business unit profitability and productivity.
Greg received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration concentrating in Finance from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio and received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Sam is a Managing Director at Wavecrest Securities specializing in the Aerospace & Defense Industry. He is the founder and CEO of SOFX: The Special Operations Forces Exchange, a multi-service agency dedicated to supporting the needs of clients with Corporate Recruiting, Investment Banking, and Strategic Advisory Support services. Sam has also been involved the development, acquisition, and sale of a number of technology and industrial manufacturing companies, including Zeriscope, a mobile-based telemedicine platform.
Sam is a former Navy SEAL, with over two decades of experience leading people and building Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance capabilities in the Department of Defense and the United States Special Operations community.
Sam received his undergraduate degree from The Citadel and an MBA from Duke University.
Carter, a Managing Director at Wavecrest Securities, most recently worked at The Sirona Fund LLC, a biotech focused secondary investment vehicle, where he coordinated business development, marketing and fund raising. From 2003 to 2015, Carter worked at Barclay Investments, Inc. where he developed sell-side relationships with U.S. Corporate, U.S. Treasury and Emerging Market Debt markets. He expanded the institutional client base in Europe and the U.S by more than 30% within two years, as well as developed and launched the U.S. Corporate Credit group where he recruited and trained all new junior sales associates. In addition, Mr. Beal generated macro-oriented fixed income trade ideas for large asset managers, mutual funds and hedge funds.
Prior to his time at Barclay Investments, Carter was employed with ICAP, where he co-headed the Brady Bond desk and managed a team of twelve emerging market brokers. From 1993 to 2000, Carter worked at Euro Brokers, where, after two years of employment, Carter was promoted to the head of Brady Bond desk and directed the firms’ most profitable division where he coordinated efforts between three centers of operation: New York, London, and Buenos Aires.
Brian Landau has significant experience in structured finance, investment banking and investment research.
Brian began his career performing equity analysis in the investment research department at Goldman, Sachs & Co. In this role, he carried out detailed financial analysis on numerous companies and communicated investment ideas to institutional clients. He then transferred to the investment banking department where he structured and marketed asset-backed transactions. In addition, he advised companies on the acquisition and sale of real estate assets.
Subsequently, he joined Morgan Stanley where he advised insurance companies and other institutions on asset strategies related to their loan and structured securities portfolios. He led the structuring and marketing of tax-related products, including an innovative cross-border securitization of Canadian bonds. Brian was instrumental in educating companies regarding the creation of loan origination programs. In addition, he arranged numerous joint ventures and raised capital for funds.
Brian is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Grant has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. Grant began his career as entrepreneur, forming a pension administration firm in the 1980’s. In the 1990’s, Sagemark Consulting hired Grant to develop and grow their fee-based estate planning business. Grant’s innovative solutions coupled with his keen understanding of clients’ concerns helped create his reputation as an exceptional advisor to a select group of America’s most successful families. In 1999, Grant left Sagemark to join his current partners in the predecessor firm to Pioneer. Since that time, private wealth managers, financial advisors, major law firms, banks and CPA’s have leveraged his expertise in advanced estate planning and risk management for their most valued clients. Grant is a frequent lecturer on advanced estate planning and has been a platform speaker for law firms, insurance companies, accounting firms, banks and various financial planning groups.
Grant holds a BA from Franklin & Marshall College. He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU).