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David K. Chene

Co-Founder, Co-Portfolio Manager & Co-Managing Partner
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David K. Chene

Co-Founder, Co-Portfolio Manager & Co-Managing Partner

David Chene co-founded Kennedy Lewis with Darren Richman in 2017. Mr. Chene is a Co-Portfolio Manager and a Co-Managing Partner of Kennedy Lewis, and he Co-Chairs the Firm’s Investment Committee and Executive Committee.  Mr. Chene was formerly a Managing Director with CarVal Investors, responsible for managing the US Corporate Securities business based in Minneapolis, from 2012 to 2016. Prior to his role in the US, he was Co-Head of CarVal’s European Corporate Securities business based in London. In both roles, he focused on special situations and distressed investments, including the firm’s global liquidations exposures and European financial investments. Before joining CarVal, Mr. Chene worked at Credit Suisse in London, running the firm’s European Distressed business, and was responsible for risk management across the firm’s European Leveraged Finance trading activities, from 2010 to 2012. Prior to Credit Suisse, Mr. Chene was a Senior Distressed Trader for Morgan Stanley in London, from 2009 to 2010. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mr. Chene was a Research Analyst at DiMaio Ahmad Capital from 2003 to 2009, first in New York and then later as Head of the Firm’s Asian Platform, based in Singapore. Mr. Chene began his career at CIBC World Markets as a Research Analyst in its Leveraged Finance Investment Banking Division in New York, from 2001 to 2003.

Mr. Chene actively supports charitable causes such as Ironman Foundation, Seeds of Peace, TreeHouse, Urban Ventures, WATCH, and Women for Women International. He is an Eagle Scout and an 8-time full distance Ironman finisher, including 2-times at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

He received a BA in Business Economics and Accounting from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2001.

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Darren L. Richman

Co-Founder, Co-Portfolio Manager & Co-Managing Partner
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Darren L. Richman

Co-Founder, Co-Portfolio Manager & Co-Managing Partner

Darren Richman co-founded Kennedy Lewis with David Chene in 2017. Mr. Richman is a Co-Portfolio Manager and a Co-Managing Partner of Kennedy Lewis, and he Co-Chairs the Firm’s Investment Committee and Executive Committee.  Mr. Richman was formerly a Senior Managing Director with Blackstone from 2006 to 2016. He focused on special situations and distressed investments, and he sat on the Investment Committee for many of GSO’s special situation-oriented funds. Before joining GSO Capital Partners, Mr. Richman worked at DiMaio Ahmad Capital, where he was a Founding Member and the Co-Head of its Investment Research Team, from 2003 to 2006. Prior to joining DiMaio Ahmad, Mr. Richman was a Vice President and Senior Special Situations Analyst at Goldman Sachs, from 1999 to 2003. Mr. Richman began his career with Deloitte & Touche, ultimately serving as a Manager in the Firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Services Group, from 1994 to 1999.

Mr. Richman is on the Boards of F45, Eastman Kodak and Outward Bound USA, and the Executive Board of New York University’s Stern School of Business. He previously sat on the Board of Sorenson Communications, Seneca Mortgage and Warrior Coal. He is a member of the Economic Club of New York and formerly served on its strategic planning committee.

Mr. Richman received a BS/BA degrees in Accounting from the University of Hartford in 1993, and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business in 2000. He was formerly a Certified Public Accountant and a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Doug Logigian

Co-Managing Partner & President
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Doug Logigian

Co-Managing Partner & President

Doug Logigian joined Kennedy Lewis in 2020 and is a Co-Managing Partner and the President of the Firm. Mr. Logigian serves on the Firm’s Investment Committee as well as the Executive Committee. Mr. Logigian was formerly a Senior Managing Director with Blackstone from 2006 to 2019. He was the Head of Capital Markets and a Portfolio Manager for GSO Capital Partners, and he sat on the Investment Committee for GSO’s special situation-oriented funds. Mr. Logigian also served on Blackstone’s Capital Markets Committee. Prior to his portfolio management responsibilities, Mr. Logigian served as the Head Trader across the GSO alternatives platform, where he oversaw the operations of the trading desk and transacted in all of the asset classes in which GSO trafficked. Prior to joining GSO in 2006, Mr. Logigian worked as an Associate at Citibank where he was responsible for managing a book of high yield cash bonds and credit default swaps on the Credit Trading Desk. While at Blackstone, Mr. Logigian served on the Board of Directors for Seneca Mortgage Management.

Mr. Logigian received a BA with honors from Harvard University.

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Dik Blewitt

Partner, Head of Tactical Opportunities and Co-Head of ESG
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Dik Blewitt

Partner, Head of Tactical Opportunities and Co-Head of ESG

J. Richard “Dik” Blewitt joined Kennedy Lewis in 2020 and is a Partner, the Head of Tactical Opportunities, and the Co-Head of ESG. Mr. Blewitt serves on the Firm’s Investment Committee. Mr. Blewitt previously spent 6 years at GSO Capital Partners, a division of Blackstone, as a Managing Director focused on structured finance/credit investments. He was the Senior Portfolio Manager for Carador Income Fund PLC, a member of the Global Structured Credit Investment committee for the firm’s Liquid Credit business, as well as a member of Blackstone Insurance Solutions Investment Committee. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Securitized Asset Team within Blackrock’s Fixed Income Portfolio Management Group, a senior PM for Blackrock BMI, PPIF, and TALF funds, as well as the Partner in charge of Securitization and Insurance Products for the R3 Capital Hedge Fund. Prior to Blackrock acquiring R3, Mr. Blewitt was with Lehman Brothers as a Managing Director and Head of Securitization and Insurance Product Investments for the Global Principal Strategies business. Mr. Blewitt was formerly a Managing Director and Global Head of Distribution for the Global Structured Products Group at Bank of America Securities, and previously spent 7 years with JP Morgan in Structured Finance.

Mr. Blewitt was on the Board of Viva Life Settlement Co, Altus Power America, JG Wentworth, Vendor Assistance Program, and LoanX.

Mr. Blewitt earned a BS in Finance from Lehigh University, and an MBA in Finance/International Business from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

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Mark Crawford

Partner, Head of Power and Co-Head of ESG
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Mark Crawford

Partner, Head of Power and Co-Head of ESG

Mark Crawford joined Kennedy Lewis in 2017 and is a Partner, the Head of Power, and the Co-Head of ESG. Mr. Crawford serves on the Firm’s Investment Committee. Mr. Crawford was formerly a Director with CarVal Investors, responsible for managing North American special situations and distressed investments, specifically focusing on power and energy investments, from 2008 to 2016. Before joining CarVal, he was a Senior Credit Analyst with GSC Group, focusing on liquid investment strategies within the firm’s distressed for control private equity unit, from 2006 to 2008. Prior to GSC Group, Mr. Crawford was a Research Analyst in the Carlyle Group’s High Yield Business, focusing on power, automotive and consumer product investments, from 2005 to 2006. Prior to Carlyle, he was an Investment Banking Associate at Credit Suisse First Boston, primarily working in the Distressed Finance and Global Energy groups, from 2003 to 2005. Prior to starting a career in finance, Mr. Crawford began as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy, during which he deployed to the North Atlantic, Mediterranean, Middle East and Latin America, from 1993 to 1998.

Mr. Crawford is on the Boards of T1 Holdings and TexGen. He was formerly a member of the Boards of Granite Ridge Holdings and Bosque Power Company.

Mr. Crawford received a BS in Economics from the United States Naval Academy in 1993, a MS in Information and Telecommunications Systems from Johns Hopkins University in 2000, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2003.

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Brian Dubin

Partner
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Brian Dubin

Partner

Brian Dubin joined Kennedy Lewis in 2018 and is a Partner focused on investments in the Technology, Media, and Telecom (TMT), Industrials and Fitness sectors. Mr. Dubin serves on the Firm’s Investment Committee. Mr. Dubin was formerly a Senior Analyst at Mariner Investment Group, a leading alternative investment advisory firm, specifically focusing on stressed loans, from 2015 to 2018. Before joining Mariner Investment Group, Mr. Dubin was a Partner and Research Analyst at MeehanCombs, a global credit opportunities fund, where he was responsible for specialty finance investments, from 2012 to 2015. Prior to MeehanCombs, Mr. Dubin was a Senior Analyst at Eos Partners, a distressed credit fund, where he focused on investments in the financial services industry, from 2008 to 2012. Prior to Eos Partners, Mr. Dubin was a Specialty Finance and Industrials Analyst at GSO Capital Partners from 2005 to 2008. Mr. Dubin began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Global Industrial Group of UBS investment bank from 2003 to 2005.

Mr. Dubin is on the Board of Vemo Education.

Mr. Dubin received a BS from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002.

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Rich Gumer

Partner
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Rich Gumer

Partner

Rich Gumer joined Kennedy Lewis in 2018 and is a Partner focused on investments in the Life Sciences sector. Mr. Gumer has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, focused primarily on medical devices and pharmaceutical companies. Prior to joining Kennedy Lewis, Mr. Gumer, together with Steve DeNelsky, founded Life Sciences Alternative Funding (“LSAF”), a joint venture with Perella Weinberg Partners’ Asset Based Value Strategy, in early 2013 to provide structured growth capital to medical device and diagnostics companies. structured growth capital to the medical device and diagnostics companies. Prior to LSAF Mr. Gumer was a senior healthcare analyst responsible for all healthcare investing at Avenue Capital, a global hedge fund with $20bn of AUM. Prior to Avenue, Mr. Gumer was the Global Head of healthcare private equity investing for GE Capital. Mr. Gumer previously headed the healthcare investment banking unit of ABN Amro and was involved in more than $10 billion of equity, debt and M&A transactions.

Mr. Gumer has been on the board of several private companies, including Steri-Oss (sold to Nobel Biocare) and IVPcare (sold to Oncology Therapeutics Network).

Mr. Gumer has an AB in Biochemistry from Brown University and an MBA in Finance from University of California, Berkeley.

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Anthony Pasqua

Partner, Chief Financial Officer / Chief Operating Officer
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Anthony Pasqua

Partner, Chief Financial Officer / Chief Operating Officer

Anthony Pasqua joined Kennedy Lewis in 2017 and is a Partner and the Firm’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Pasqua has direct responsibility across Legal, Finance, Compliance, IT, and HR, and he serves on the Firm’s Executive Committee. Mr. Pasqua was formerly the COO/CFO of several credit related hedge funds, including Ellis Lake Capital where he was a Founding Member. Prior to being a COO/CFO Mr. Pasqua was the Head of Operations at Shumway Capital Partners (2008-2009) and the Controller/Director of Operations at Chatham Asset Management (2003-2008).

Mr. Pasqua graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 2000 with a BA in Business Management and earned his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2007. Mr. Pasqua is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Ben Schryber

Partner, Head of Business Development
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Ben Schryber

Partner, Head of Business Development

Ben Schryber joined Kennedy Lewis in 2018 and is a Partner and the Head of Business Development with responsibility for the Firm’s investor relations activities. Mr. Schryber was formerly a Managing Director at the Carlyle Group where he led its credit sales activities globally. Prior to Carlyle, Mr. Schryber was the Global Head of Credit at First Avenue Partners, a leading credit placement agent, where he oversaw for the origination, distribution, and ongoing management of credit funds. Prior to First Avenue, Mr. Schryber worked for Albourne Partners where he led the Firm’s due diligence on private credit funds. Prior to that, he worked for Blue Ridge Partners as a management consultant focused on company-level due diligence on behalf of private equity funds.

Mr. Schryber earned a B.A. with Highest Honors from the University of Florida and was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge.

Ben.Schryber@klimllc.com

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Rizwan Akhter

Managing Director, CLO Portfolio Manager
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Rizwan Akhter

Managing Director, CLO Portfolio Manager

Rizwan Akhter joined Kennedy Lewis in 2021 as part of the Kennedy Lewis controlled strategic partnership (“Generate Advisors”) with York Capital Management Global Advisors, LLC (“York”). He is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager responsible for the CLOs managed by Generate Advisors. Prior to joining York in 2014, Mr. Akhter was a Portfolio Manager at DiMaio Ahmad Capital where he managed a number of funds and investment portfolios specializing in leveraged loans, high yield bonds and structured credit, and at Credit Suisse in fixed income and investment banking primarily as a Structured Trader within the credit derivatives business.  Prior to that, Mr. Akhter worked at General Re Financial Products in fixed income derivatives structuring and at Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc. as an investment banker.

Mr. Akhter earned a BA in Economics from Columbia College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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Ben Bernstein

Managing Director
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Ben Bernstein

Managing Director

Ben Bernstein joined Kennedy Lewis in 2019 and is a Managing Director focused on the Firm’s business development and investor relations activities. Mr. Bernstein was formerly a Principal at Actis, the leading emerging markets alternative investment manager, where he focused on the firm’s private equity, real estate and infrastructure fundraising and investor relations activities. Prior to Actis, Mr. Bernstein was an Analyst at Fortress Investment Group where he worked on capital formation and investor relations for the firm’s private equity business. He started his career at Albourne Partners where he was an Associate primarily responsible for conducting due diligence on private equity funds.

Mr. Bernstein received a BA in Political Science from Trinity College where he graduated with Honors in General Scholarship, Honors in Political Science and Faculty Honors.

Ben.Bernstein@klimllc.com

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David Kho

Managing Director
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David Kho

Managing Director

David Kho joined Kennedy Lewis in 2019 and is a Managing Director focused on investments in the Life Sciences sector. Mr. Kho was formerly a Vice President at Bridge Bank, responsible for originating and managing credits in the life sciences industry, from 2018 to 2019. Before joining Bridge Bank, he was a Vice President with Life Sciences Alternative Funding (“LSAF”), a joint venture with Perella Weinberg Partners’ Asset Based Value Strategy, focused on providing structured growth capital to medical device and diagnostics companies, from 2014 to 2018. Prior to Life Sciences Alternative Funding, Mr. Kho was a Vice President in Square 1 Bank’s life sciences group, from 2008 to 2014. Mr. Kho began his career as a Performance Analyst at Hatteras Investment Partners.

Mr. Kho received a BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007.

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Richard Monje

Managing Director, Head of Legal Strategy
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Richard Monje

Managing Director, Head of Legal Strategy

Richard Monje joined Kennedy Lewis in 2019 and is a Managing Director and the Head of Legal Strategy. Mr. Monje has 40 years of experience as a lawyer with a practice divided between transactions, counseling, business litigation, and governmental relations and entitlements. Mr. Monje has also served as general counsel for a savings and loan association, general counsel for a land development and home building company, and chief executive officer for a development company.

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Brieanne Nikrandt

Managing Director
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Brieanne Nikrandt

Managing Director

Brieanne Nikrandt joined Kennedy Lewis in 2021 and is a Managing Director focused on investments in Homebuilding and Land Development. Over her 20+ year career in real estate and finance, Ms. Nikrandt has originated and underwritten over $1.5 billion in land banking and joint venture transactions and has extensive experience restructuring, repositioning, and selling residential real estate assets.

Prior to joining Kennedy Lewis, Ms. Nikrandt was a Managing Director at DW Partners, LP where she was responsible for originating and overseeing residential investments as well as the day-to-day management of the portfolio.

Before joining DW Partners in October 2015, Ms. Nikrandt held a senior role at Community Development Capital Group (“CDCG”), the residential investment platform of GSO Capital Partners, a division of Blackstone. Prior to CDCG, from 2006-2013, she was a Vice President at Saybrook Community Capital where she was focused on residential real estate investments. From 2003-2006, Ms. Nikrandt served as Vice President of Real Estate at JPMorgan Chase where she managed several key residential real estate relationships. She began her career at Bank One.

Ms. Nikrandt graduated with a BA in Finance from the University of Iowa.

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KC O’Brien

Managing Director, Director of Operations
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KC O’Brien

Managing Director, Director of Operations

KC O’Brien joined Kennedy Lewis in 2021 and is a Managing Director focused on finance and front to back operations. Mr. O’Brien was formerly Director of Operations at Calypso Capital Management LP where he managed the middle office / operations team. Prior to joining Calypso, Mr. O’Brien was Director of Operations at GoldenTree Asset Management. He started his career at Morgan Stanley working in the Global High Yield middle office.

Mr. O’Brien received a BS in Marketing from the University of Scranton.

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Sylvia Owens

Managing Director
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Sylvia Owens

Managing Director

Sylvia Owens joined Kennedy Lewis in 2021 and is a Managing Director focused on the Firm’s business development and investor relations activities. Ms. Owens was formerly a Managing Director and Global Private Credit and Real Assets Strategist with Aksia, a specialty investment consultant. In her role at Aksia, she was responsible for overseeing the implementation of private credit and real assets portfolios across a global base of LPs, and advised investors with respect to portfolio construction, investment selection, pacing, risk and tactical plans.

Ms. Owens has partnered with prominent industry organizations to increase awareness of private credit as an asset class, including spearheading the development of Institutional Limited Partners Association’s (ILPA) Private Credit Specialist Series, where she was one of the lead instructors for the course.

Prior to joining Aksia, Ms. Owens spent nearly a decade in the private markets space, working with both investors and GPs across private equity, real assets, and private credit selection and positioning. She began her career at Goldman Sachs in Chicago, where she oversaw the Midwest Convertibles business and then moved to New York to co-lead the institutional synthetics convertibles business.

Ms. Owens graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in Economics and East Asian Studies and holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

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Josh Smith

Managing Director, Chief Risk Officer
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Josh Smith

Managing Director, Chief Risk Officer

Josh Smith joined Kennedy Lewis in 2019 and is a Managing Director and the Chief Risk Officer. Mr. Smith is responsible for monitoring and analyzing risk across the Firm and its investment activities. Mr. Smith was formerly Chief Risk Officer with GSO Capital Partners, a division of Blackstone, where he worked from 2008 to 2019. At GSO he managed a team of 20 across Dublin and New York and was responsible for leading the firm’s Quantitative Portfolio Analytics, Portfolio Compliance and Risk Management efforts. Prior to GSO, he spent 10 years in technology designing, developing, and implementing financial systems for the corporate and public sectors. From 1994 to 1997 he was a calculus teacher at Delbarton School in New Jersey.

Mr. Smith received a BS in Mathematics and Economics from Williams College and a Masters in Financial Engineering from Columbia University in 2008. He is a CFA charterholder.

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David Valiaveedan

Managing Director
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David Valiaveedan

Managing Director

David Valiaveedan joined Kennedy Lewis in 2021 and is a Managing Director focused on investments in Homebuilding and Land Development. Mr. Valiaveedan has over 30 years of experience in real estate focused on the structuring and placement of debt and equity for public and private companies across the homebuilding, multifamily, office and hotel segments. Prior to joining Kennedy Lewis, Mr. Valiaveedan was at DW Partners, LP where he led the formation of Domain Real Estate Partners and targeted residential investment.

Prior to joining DW Partners in August 2015, David was Vice President of Finance & Treasurer at Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc, a leading national homebuilder. At Hovnanian, he was a member of senior management responsible for the treasury and corporate finance functions and served as a member of the company’s land acquisition committee. He focused on raising debt and equity capital at both the entity level through senior notes and share issuances, and at the community level through project debt and joint venture equity including land banking.

Prior to joining Hovnanian in 2005, Mr. Valiaveedan was a Vice President at AIG Global Real Estate where he led capital markets for a portfolio of six AIG sponsored global private equity funds and direct portfolio investments with a gross invested balance of over $6 billion.

Prior to AIG, from 2000-2002, he was a Vice President in Real Estate Investment Banking at Credit Suisse; he held the same position at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette before it was acquired by Credit Suisse. At both firms he was involved in the structuring and placement of debt and equity capital as well as mergers and acquisitions for real estate companies.

From 1997-2000, Mr. Valiaveedan was a Vice President at Credit Re Mortgage Capital, a merchant bank focused on credit enhancement for affordable housing. From 1994-1997, he was an Associate in Real Estate Investment Banking at Bankers Trust (now Deutsche Bank) and participated in the acquisition of distressed and non-performing loan portfolios from various sellers, including the Resolution Trust Corporation.

Mr. Valiaveedan holds a BS in Finance from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

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Wendy Dykan

Director, CLO Controller
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Wendy Dykan

Director, CLO Controller

Wendy Dykan joined Kennedy Lewis in 2021 as part of the Kennedy Lewis controlled strategic partnership (“Generate Advisors”) with York Capital Management Global Advisors, LLC (“York”). She is a Director and CLO Controller responsible for the CLOs managed by Generate Advisors. Prior to joining York in 2014, Ms. Dykan led dual roles as Director of Corporate Actions and Compliance Reporting Analyst at Anchorage Capital Group where she focused on growing its CLO portfolio. Prior to that, Ms. Dykan was an Accounting and Operations Analyst at the D. E. Shaw group where she focused on real estate, bank debt, and venture capital.

Ms. Dykan earned a BBA in Finance from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

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Doug Gerowski

Director, Trader
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Doug Gerowski

Director, Trader

Doug Gerowski joined Kennedy Lewis in 2019 and is a Director focused on the Firm’s trading activities. Mr. Gerowski was formerly a Trader at Fir Tree Capital Management (2014 – 2019), a multi-strategy hedge fund, where he was responsible for trade execution, sell-side relationship management and investment idea generation across a full suite of asset classes globally. Mr. Gerowski previously served as an Associate within Fir Tree’s operations group from 2012 to 2014. He started his career as a middle office Associate at HedgeServ, a hedge fund administrator, from 2011 to 2012.

Mr. Gerowski graduated from Lafayette College in 2011 with a BA in Economics. He is a CFA charterholder.

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Sanjay Ghandikota

Director, CLO Analyst
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Sanjay Ghandikota

Director, CLO Analyst

Sanjay Ghandikota joined Kennedy Lewis in 2022 and is a Director and CLO Analyst responsible for investments in the CLOs managed by Generate Advisors. Prior to joining Kennedy Lewis, Mr. Ghandikota was a Senior Analyst at Onex Credit where he focused on investing in the firm’s various leveraged credit strategies including CLOs, high yield, opportunistic credit and direct lending. Prior to Onex, Mr. Ghandikota was a Senior Analyst at DA Capital, where he concentrated on investments in their CLO and opportunistic portfolios, including special situations. He was a Senior Analyst in Credit Agricole’s CLO group and an Analyst at Orix USA before that.  Mr. Ghandikota started his career in the mergers & acquisitions group of PNC Bank, where he also received his formal credit training.

Mr. Ghandikota earned a BS in Biosciences and an MBA with distinction from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning in India.

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Adam Goldberg

Director
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Adam Goldberg

Director

Adam Goldberg joined Kennedy Lewis in 2020 and is a Director focused on investments in Tactical Opportunities. Mr. Goldberg was formerly on the residential mortgage team at EJF Capital, responsible for non-agency loan acquisition, from 2019-2020. Prior to working at EJF, Mr. Goldberg was a founding employee at Seneca Mortgage Servicing. At Seneca, Mr. Goldberg was the SVP of Capital Markets and his responsibilities included acquisition and portfolio management of $50 billion mortgage servicing rights. Prior to Seneca, Mr. Goldberg was a Vice President at Arbor Realty Trust (NYSE: ABR) and subsidiaries where he traded mortgage securities and nonperforming loans. Mr. Goldberg began his career in Asset Backed Finance at Nomura and UBS.

Mr. Goldberg earned a BS in Finance from the University of Maryland, and an MBA from Stern School of Business at New York University.

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Eric Im

Director of Research, CLO Analyst
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Eric Im

Director of Research, CLO Analyst

Eric Im joined Kennedy Lewis in 2021 as part of the Kennedy Lewis controlled strategic partnership (“Generate Advisors”) with York Capital Management Global Advisors, LLC (“York”). He is the Director of Research and CLO Analyst responsible for the CLOs managed by Generate Advisors. Prior to joining York in 2014,  Mr. Im was a Research Analyst at Alcentra where he was primarily focused on investing in syndicated leveraged loans for its CLO and mutual fund portfolios. Prior to Alcentra, Mr. Im was a Leverage Finance Analyst at J.P. Morgan where he focused on originating, structuring, and executing high yield and leveraged loan financings for various M&A, leveraged buyout and refinancing deals in the technology, media, and telecom sectors.

Mr. Im earned a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Brandon Karsch

Director, CLO Analyst
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Brandon Karsch

Director, CLO Analyst

Brandon Karsch joined Kennedy Lewis in 2021 as part of the Kennedy Lewis controlled strategic partnership (“Generate Advisors”) with York Capital Management Global Advisors, LLC (“York”). He is a Director and CLO Analyst responsible for the CLOs managed by Generate Advisors. Prior to joining York in 2017, Mr. Karsch was an Associate at Kingsland Capital Management where he focused on investing in leveraged loans and high yield bonds primarily for its CLO portfolios. Prior to Kingsland, Mr. Karsch was an Analyst in TD’s corporate banking group where he focused on underwriting syndicated loan transactions.

Mr. Karsch earned a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Eugene Koltunov

Director, CLO Credit Trader
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Eugene Koltunov

Director, CLO Credit Trader

Eugene Koltunov joined Kennedy Lewis in 2021 as part of the Kennedy Lewis controlled strategic partnership (“Generate Advisors”) with York Capital Management Global Advisors, LLC (“York”). He is a Director and Credit Trader responsible for the CLOs managed by Generate Advisors. Mr. Koltunov joined York in 2008 and previously worked in its operations and bank debt groups, focusing on par and distressed loan settlements as well as post-trade date loan servicing.

Mr. Koltunov earned a BBA in Finance and a minor in Economics from Pace University.

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David Magid

Director
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David Magid

Director

David Magid joined Kennedy Lewis in 2020 and is a Director focused primarily on investments in the Industrials sector. Mr. Magid was formerly a Senior Vice President at York Capital from 2013 to 2020. He was responsible for sourcing and managing special situation and distressed investments across public and private markets. Mr. Magid began his career as an investment banking analyst at Credit Suisse in the Leveraged Finance Origination & Restructuring and Debt Capital Markets Groups.

Mr. Magid received a BA in Economics and Politics from Brandeis University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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Rob Nitkin

Director
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Rob Nitkin

Director

Rob Nitkin joined Kennedy Lewis in 2020 and is a Director focused on investments across the Homebuilding, Consumer and Industrial sectors. Mr. Nitkin was formerly an investment principal at GPS Investment Partners, an institutional family office, where he was responsible for evaluating and executing transactions across GPS’s distressed and private equity investment strategies. Prior to joining GPS in 2015, Mr. Nitkin was as an Associate in the Securities Division at Goldman Sachs. Previously, he worked at Ernst and Young LLP as a member of the Transaction Advisory group.

Mr. Nitkin earned his undergraduate degree from the Cornell University School of Engineering and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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Rachel Presa

Director, Chief Compliance Officer and Fund Counsel
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Rachel Presa

Director, Chief Compliance Officer and Fund Counsel

Rachel Presa joined Kennedy Lewis in 2021 and is a Director and the Firm’s Chief Compliance Officer and Fund Counsel. Ms. Presa has over a decade of experience representing and advising investment funds, financial institutions, and other clients in legal and compliance matters, including regulatory investigations and enforcement, civil litigation, and bankruptcy and restructuring. Ms. Presa was formerly Senior Counsel at the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Prior to her legal career, Ms. Presa taught English and writing in public high schools in North Carolina and Maryland.

Ms. Presa is on the Junior Advisory Board of Her Justice.

Ms. Presa has a BA from Goucher College and earned her JD at New York University School of Law.

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William Schroeder

Director of Portfolio Risk, CLO Analyst
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William Schroeder

Director of Portfolio Risk, CLO Analyst

William Schroeder joined Kennedy Lewis in 2021 as part of the Kennedy Lewis controlled strategic partnership (“Generate Advisors”) with York Capital Management Global Advisors, LLC (“York”). He is the Director of Portfolio Risk and CLO Analyst responsible for the CLOs managed by Generate Advisors. Prior to joining York in 2014, Mr. Schroeder was a CLO Support Analyst at Apollo Global Management where he was responsible for portfolio management support and compliance reporting for its CLO platform. Prior to Apollo, Mr. Schroeder was a CLO Operations Analyst at Prudential Fixed Income where he focused on CLO analytics and compliance reporting. Mr. Schroeder earned a BA in Economics from Rutgers College. He is a CFA charterholder.

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Sarah Tin

Director
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Sarah Tin

Director

Sarah Tin joined Kennedy Lewis in 2020 and is a Director focused on finance and operations. Ms. Tin was formerly a Vice President with Anchorage Capital Group where she spent 12 years on the middle office / operations team. Prior to joining Anchorage, Ms. Tin worked at multiple fund administrators, including Citco Fund Services as an operations analyst and BNY Mellon as a treasury analyst.

Ms. Tin received a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.

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Jessica Hedges

Vice President
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Jessica Hedges

Vice President

Jessica Hedges joined Kennedy Lewis in 2021 and is a Vice President focused on the Firm’s business development and investor relations activities. Mrs. Hedges was formerly Manager of Business Development with Insight Wealth Strategies, LLC from 2018 to 2021 where she focused on lead and prospect nurturing, as well as client acquisitions. Prior to her time at Insight, Mrs. Hedges worked as an Inside Sales and Retention Lead for Consolidated Communications for the Northern California region.

Mrs. Hedges received a BA in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing from Sonoma State University. She studied abroad at the University of Swansea, Wales. Mrs. Hedges earned her MBA with a marketing concentration from the University of Phoenix.

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Reed Kern

Vice President
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Reed Kern

Vice President

Reed Kern joined Kennedy Lewis in 2020 and is a Vice President focused on investments in the Technology, Media, and Telecom (TMT) sector. Mr. Kern was formerly an Equity Research Associate with J.P. Morgan from 2014 to 2020. At J.P. Morgan he was responsible for covering the telecom, cable, satellite, and communications infrastructure sectors. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Mr. Kern was a cross-asset trading assistant at Third Avenue Management.

Mr. Kern earned a B.S. in Finance and a B.A. in Economics at Stonehill College in 2013.

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Rachel Langer

Vice President
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Rachel Langer

Vice President

Rachel Langer joined Kennedy Lewis in 2020 and is a Vice President focused on the Firm’s business development and investor relations activities. Ms. Langer was formerly on the Client and Product Solutions team at Apollo Global Management where she primarily focused on the firm’s loan and high yield investor relations activities. Prior to her time at Apollo, Ms. Langer worked as an Investment Specialist at the J.P. Morgan Private Bank. She began her career as a teacher at a public high school in New York City through Teach For America.

Ms. Langer earned an AB in History from Duke University, an MSEd from the Bank Street College of Education and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Sean Mansoory

Vice President
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Sean Mansoory

Vice President

Sean Mansoory joined Kennedy Lewis in 2022 and is a Vice President focused on investments in the Life Sciences sector. Mr. Mansoory was formerly a Vice President at HealthCare Royalty Partners (“HCRx”), responsible for originating and managing credit and royalty investments in the life sciences industry from 2016 to 2022. Prior to joining HCRx, he served in the healthcare investment banking groups of BMO Capital Markets and Janney Capital Markets. Mr. Mansoory began his career as a Market Analyst at Boston Biomedical Consultants (acquired by IMS Health, now IQVIA), a boutique consulting firm primarily focused on the In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) sector.

Mr. Mansoory received a BSc in Biochemistry and Pre-Medicine from Trinity College.

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Brian Morrison

Vice President, CLO Analyst
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Brian Morrison

Vice President, CLO Analyst

Brian Morrison joined Kennedy Lewis in 2022 and is a Vice President and CLO Analyst responsible for the CLOs managed by Generate Advisors. Prior to joining Kennedy Lewis, Mr. Morrison was a Director at Z Capital Group where he focused on investing in syndicated leveraged loans for its CLO and opportunistic credit portfolios. Prior to Z Capital Group, he was an Associate in Oaktree Capital’s Special Situations Group.

Mr. Morrison earned a BA in Mathematics from Pomona College and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a CFA charterholder.

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Brendan O’Brien

Vice President, CLO Analyst
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Brendan O’Brien

Vice President, CLO Analyst

Brendan O’Brien joined Kennedy Lewis in 2022 and is a Vice President and CLO Analyst responsible for the CLOs managed by Generate Advisors. Prior to joining Kennedy Lewis, Mr. O’Brien was a Credit Analyst at AXA Investment Managers where he focused on investing in US and European high yield debt for various bond fund portfolios. Prior to AXA, Mr. O’Brien was an analyst at Silvermine Capital Management.  

Mr. O’Brien earned a BA in Economics from Dickinson College. He is a CFA charterholder.

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Renata Pacaja

Vice President
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Renata Pacaja

Vice President

Renata Pacaja joined Kennedy Lewis in 2020 and is a Vice President focused on fund accounting and operations. Ms. Pacaja was formerly a Senior Associate at KPMG from 2016 to 2020.

Ms. Pacaja received a BS in Accounting from Rutgers University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Matthew Palka

Vice President
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Matthew Palka

Vice President

Matthew Palka joined Kennedy Lewis in 2021 and is a Vice President focused on investments in the Power and Life Sciences sectors. Mr. Palka was formerly an Analyst in the Financial Restructuring Group at Houlihan Lokey, from 2019 to 2021. He focused on advising companies on various transactions including in-court and out-of-court restructurings, distressed mergers and acquisitions, and capital raises. Mr. Palka previously served as an Analyst in the Financial Sponsors Group at Houlihan Lokey, from 2017 to 2019. Mr. Palka began his career as an Analyst in the portfolio management group at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation where he focused on corporate and project finance loans, from 2015 to 2017.

Mr. Palka graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from New York University in 2015 and is a CFA charterholder.

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Kelly Pan

Vice President
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Kelly Pan

Vice President

Kelly Pan joined Kennedy Lewis in 2019 and is a Vice President focused on office operations. Ms. Pan was formerly on the Administrative Team at Fir Tree Capital Management LP as an Administrative Assistant from 2011 to 2018.

Ms. Pan received her BA in Sociology from University at Albany in 2011.

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Michael Sorna

Vice President, CLO Analyst
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Michael Sorna

Vice President, CLO Analyst

Michael Sorna joined Kennedy Lewis in 2021 as part of the Kennedy Lewis controlled strategic partnership (“Generate Advisors”) with York Capital Management Global Advisors, LLC (“York”). He is a Vice President and CLO Analyst responsible for the CLOs managed by Generate Advisors. Prior to joining York in 2014, Mr. Sorna was a Credit Analyst at AXA Investment Managers where he focused on investing in syndicated leveraged loans for its CLO and loan mutual fund portfolios. Prior to AXA, Mr. Sorna was a Credit Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at Standard & Poor’s.

Michael earned a BBA in Finance from Hofstra University. He is a CFA charterholder.

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Jennifer Swalley

Vice President
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Jennifer Swalley

Vice President

Jennifer Swalley joined Kennedy Lewis in 2021 and is a Vice President focused on office operations. Ms. Swalley was formerly an Executive Assistant at Jadian Capital and Fir Tree Partners. Prior to joining Fir Tree, Ms. Swalley was with Regus Management Group for 12 years where she worked as the Operations Manager and Office Manager for several locations throughout New York City and Long Island. 

Ms. Swalley studied Psychology and Political Science at Hofstra University.

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Kevin Westenburg

Vice President
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Kevin Westenburg

Vice President

Kevin Westenburg joined Kennedy Lewis in 2019 and is a Vice President focused on investments in the Industrials, Fitness, and Technology, Media, and Telecom (TMT) sectors. Mr. Westenburg was formerly an audit Associate at Grant Thornton, a global public accounting firm. He worked for Grant Thornton in three of their offices from 2016 to 2018: Baltimore MD, Boston MA, and most recently New York City. During that time he worked on manufacturing, insurance, NFP, and healthcare financial statement audits.

Mr. Westenburg received a BS in Accounting from Towson University in 2016 and a Master of Science in Finance from Boston College in 2017. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Odelya Yodice

Vice President
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Odelya Yodice

Vice President

Odelya Yodice joined Kennedy Lewis in 2020 and is a Vice President focused on investments in the Consumer, Retail, Fitness and Business Services sectors. Ms. Yodice was formerly an Investment Banking Associate in the restructuring practice of Guggenheim Securities. At Guggenheim, Ms. Yodice advised corporations on the evaluation, structuring, and execution of transactions including in- and out-of-court restructurings, distressed asset sales, refinancings, exchange offers, and rights offerings across several industries. Prior to Guggenheim, she was a Valuation Analyst with Houlihan Lokey. Ms. Yodice started her career as an equity derivatives Sales & Trading Analyst with Citigroup Global Markets.

Ms. Yodice received a BBA in International Business & Marketing with a minor in Finance from The George Washington University.

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Dan Brownstein

Associate, CLO Operations
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Dan Brownstein

Associate, CLO Operations

Dan Brownstein joined Kennedy Lewis in 2021 as part of the Kennedy Lewis controlled strategic partnership (“Generate Advisors”) with York Capital Management Global Advisors, LLC (“York”). He is an Associate focused on CLO operations in connection with the CLOs managed by Generate Advisors. Prior to joining York in 2021, Mr. Brownstein was a Consultant in the CLO Securitization group at Deloitte.

Mr. Brownstein received a BS in Finance from Bentley University.

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Remy Costa

Associate
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Remy Costa

Associate

Remy Costa joined Kennedy Lewis in 2020 and is an Associate focused on operations. Mr. Costa was formerly an Investment Operation Analyst at FCI Advisors in Kansas City, MO from 2018 to 2020.

Mr. Costa received a BBA in Finance from the George Washington University in 2018.

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Langston Johnson

Associate, CLO Analyst
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Langston Johnson

Associate, CLO Analyst

Langston Johnson joined Kennedy Lewis in 2021 as part of the Kennedy Lewis controlled strategic partnership (“Generate Advisors”) with York Capital Management Global Advisors, LLC (“York”). He is an Associate and CLO Analyst responsible for the CLOs managed by Generate Advisors. Prior to joining York in 2020, Mr. Johnson was a Research Associate at Shenkman Capital Management where he focused on investing in high yield bonds, leveraged loans, and convertible bonds across the healthcare, telecommunications, and technology sectors.

Mr. Johnson earned bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Political Science from Southern Methodist University.

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Justin Lipstein

Associate
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Justin Lipstein

Associate

Justin Lipstein joined Kennedy Lewis in 2020 and is an Associate focused on investments in the Power and Homebuilding sectors. Mr. Lipstein was formerly a Drilling Fluids Engineer with M-I SWACO, a Schlumberger Company, from 2014 to 2017. Mr. Lipstein spent his career in the oil fields of Alaska where he was responsible for consulting on advanced fluid engineering techniques for the drilling of crude oil and natural gas with major international oil companies such as BP, ConocoPhillips, and ENI Petroleum.

Mr. Lipstein earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2014 and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University – Tepper School of Business in 2020.

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Sam O’Sullivan

Associate
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Sam O’Sullivan

Associate

Sam O’Sullivan joined Kennedy Lewis in 2021 and is an Associate focused on risk management. Mr. O’Sullivan undertook an internship at Kennedy Lewis in 2020 and then rejoined the Firm after graduation.

Mr. O’Sullivan earned a BS with honors in Finance and Business Analytics from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 2021.

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Sean Smart

Associate, CLO Operations
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Sean Smart

Associate, CLO Operations

Sean Smart joined Kennedy Lewis in 2022. He is an Associate focused on CLO operations in connection with the CLOs managed by Generate Advisors. Prior to joining Kennedy Lewis in 2022, Mr. Smart spearheaded strategic projects across various business segments at Legacy Housing Corporation.

Mr. Smart received a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia.

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