Our Team

Walter Bailey Managing Director

Mr. Bailey possesses over 25 years of strategy, transaction advisory and capital raising experience, having been directly involved with in excess of $150 billion of advisory assignments and having executed over $80 billion of financings for numerous growth, middle market and large cap clients, across a broad array of sectors and geographies.

Mr. Bailey is a senior member of Oberon Securities, having recently been a registered principal and Managing Director of Pickwick Capital as well as having led the investment banking and ECM activities for Academy Securities, a certified service-disabled veteran-owned small business investment banking firm offering a full range of public and corporate finance services. Previously, he co-founded Focus Capital, a boutique advisory and consulting firm; after leading Macquarie's US Aerospace, Defense, Security & Safety and CleanTech advisory practices where he also served as interim head of US ECM. Prior thereto, he was a Managing Director and founder of Giuliani Capital Advisors' Security & Defense Group. At Jefferies & Company, Mr. Bailey co-founded the General Industrials Group while focusing on CleanTech, industrial tech, and homeland security companies. Earlier, he was a generalist officer in Citigroup's (legacy Salomon Brothers) Industrial group; in cross-border M&A at BZW and an M&A associate at HLHZ.

Mr. Bailey's clients have included a globally diverse, cross-industry population including: 3M, ATT, Avon Energy, Barclays, Battelle Ventures, British American Tobacco, Boeing, Bushmaster, Carlyle Group, CareView Communications, Century Arms, CIT Group, ConTran, Delta Connection, DirecTV, Draper Fisher Jurveston, Energy Conversion Devices, Ft. James, General Electric, General Motors, Gloria Solar, GunBroker.com, Harry Winston Jewelers, Honeywell, Horizon Batteries, Hughes, IBM, Iridium, James River, Japan Tobacco, Lockheed Martin, Loews, Lorillard, Macquarie Capital, MasTec, Mission Arms, National Education, Novak Biddle, NuEnergen, Paladin Capital, PanAmSat, Panasonic, Piaggio, ProBrass, Raytheon, RJ Reynolds, SAC Capital, Siemens, Smiths, Sparton Aviation, Textron, Tyco, TyCom, Union Texas Petroleum, and Zeigler Coal, among others.

Mr. Bailey is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he was Divisional Training NCO for HHB DivArty 5th Infantry; current or past member of multiple corporate and philanthropic boards; a volunteer youth lacrosse coach; a practicing sous chef; and NYC resident.

Aman Bajwa, Managing Director

Aman joined Oberon Securities in 2017 as a Managing Director focused on FinTech, Specialty Finance, Asset Management and Technology sectors. Prior to joining Oberon, he was part of the Strategic Investments team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York. At Bank of America he worked on numerous FinTech related strategic investments, consortium transactions and was also responsible for managing the GP and LP investments for the bank. He also served on the Boards of Acadiasoft, ELX Futures, Level ATS and Small Business Financial Exchange (SBFE).

Prior to that, Aman was part of the Financial Institutions Group at Deutsche Bank where he worked on numerous M&A, IPO, equity follow-ons and debt financing transactions. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Aman was part of the investment team at MD Sass-Macquarie Financial Strategies;; a PE fund focused on early stage asset managers. Aman also worked at Bryant Park Capital and Citi before joining MD Sass; and has executed in excess of $3 billion of completed transactions.

Aman holds an MBA from Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York and is also a FAA licensed Private Pilot.

Kurt Bermond, Managing Director

Kurt recently joined Oberon as a Managing Director focused on financial services, energy / cleantech and technology. Kurt has 20 years of experience in investment banking, private equity and corporate development. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Bryant Park Capital's New York office where he executed over 20 engagements totaling over $1 billion in transaction value, including buy-side / sell-side M&A, corporate valuations, and private placements of debt and equity.

Prior to joining BPC in 2004, Kurt spent four years working as a consultant and corporate development executive with several technology and marketing companies, including NewView Technologies, Inc. (formerly eSteel, Inc.), a supply chain software company backed by $100 million in funding from leading venture capital investors (Goldman, Sachs & Co., Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Bessemer Venture Partners), and CM Media Inc., a leading new media company. In 1996, Kurt joined Inverness Management LLC, a New York-based private equity firm with over $400 million of committed capital. At Inverness, Kurt pursued opportunities in a wide variety of industries and executed transactions with energy and financial services companies including the IPO of National Oilwell Varco (formerly National Oilwell, Inc.), today a $30 billion oil and gas services company, and the acquisition and sale of Financial Alliance, Inc., a merchant payment processor with over 60,000 accounts. Kurt began his career as an analyst at Merrill Lynch & Co's M&A Investment Banking Group in New York City.

Kurt graduated from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. in Finance and Business Honors. Kurt is a FINRA registered securities principal (series 24).

Adam Breslawsky, Partner & Managing Director

Adam has been on Wall Street since 1993 and joined Oberon in 2002. He leads the firm's Business Services practice and has closed M&A and financing transactions with a number of Oberon clients including Select Staffing, NTS Communications, BiolineRx, Butler America, and Alanco Technologies.

Prior to joining Oberon, Adam was a Vice President of JP Morgan's Telecom, Media & Technology Group where he was instrumental in the creation of the firm's Wireless Data Investment Banking coverage effort. While at JP Morgan, Adam led the execution of numerous private placements, mergers and debt financings. Prior to joining JP Morgan, Adam worked at Merrill Lynch in the Leveraged Finance Group, underwriting high yield bonds and bridge loans as well as arranging syndicated loans and mezzanine financings. Adam also spent two years as a member of Merrill Lynch's Mergers & Acquisitions Group executing over $2 billion in completed transactions across a number of industry sectors including consumer products, healthcare and technology.

Adam holds an MBA from the Wharton Business School and a BA from Union College.

Daniel P. Cannon, Managing Director

Daniel Cannon joined Oberon Securities in 2017 as Managing Director with a focus on M & A, bringing experience in infrastructure development, cyber security, healthcare, media (Motion Pictures), precious metals, energy (Oil & Gas and Alternative), environmental, biotechnology, international finance, and governmental relations. Daniel's unique knowledge and experience in Washington D.C. with the Federal government, brings Oberon strong ties to Members of U.S. House of Representatives. Relationships developed over decades as an advisor for his family consulting business, Cannon Associates, est. 1973, have won thousands of government contracts, valuing billions of dollars in technology, infrastructure, environmental, military and biotechnology. Daniel's involvement with United States Export Import Bank, resulted in first ever Exim loan (1991) guarantee for Poland. He has completed multiple secondary transactions, providing liquidity to special situations. Always a top producer, Daniel is a skilled originator, process manager and closer having earned Series 79, 7, 24, 66, 22 and 63 licenses. A self-educated financial sales and marketing expert, he attended the Virginia Commonwealth University 1979-1980 and the University of Maryland Collage Park 1980-1983 studying Economics, Government, and Politics.

Harry Chevan, Managing Director

Harry joined Oberon Securities in 2015 as Managing Director with a focus on middle market omnichannel consumer and business marketers, digital and traditional media, marketing and business services and adtech. He previously worked with Agile Equity, a boutique technology, media and telecom investment bank in New York.

Previously, Harry was a managing director at Gruppo, Levey & Co., where he spent 14 years providing M&A and strategic advisory services to catalogers, marketing service agencies and publisher. In his 20 year investment banking career Harry has executed in excess of $4 billion of M&A and private placement transactions. Harry previously worked in the publishing industry for Cowles Media and Thomson Corporation, after finishing his assignment supervising nuclear reactor overhaul procedures for the Department of Defense.

Harry earned a MS in Journalism from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

Sonny Clayton, Vice President

Sonny Clayton joined Oberon Securities in 2017 as Vice President of Business Development. In addition to leading direct origination activities for Oberon, Sonny also supports the firm's research, campaign management and marketing initiatives.

Prior to Oberon, Sonny served as a Senior Associate at Allegiance Capital Corporation, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions for privately held companies in the lower middle-market.

Sonny attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Desi Duncker, Vice President

Desi recently joined the Oberon team and has over 15 years of experience in investment banking, corporate development, government and commercial banking, where his focus has been on financial institutions.

He served in the Financial Institutions industry groups within Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs, Cowen & Co., and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he executed over $6 billion in closed transactions. Desi also served as Senior Vice President of M&A at CertusBank, a bank holding company that acquired and integrated failed banks and other types of companies. He also focused on corporate strategy and finance at CertusBank.

Desi served as an Investment Specialist in the U.S. Treasury Department, working within the Office of Financial Stability to implement the Troubled Asset Relief Program under Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Additionally, he was a staffer on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC), a bipartisan Congressional commission set up to analyze the financial crisis, and contributed to the FCIC's official report.

Desi started his career at Prudential before moving on to FleetBoston Financial, where he was a commercial banker covering all industries within the middle market.

Desi holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a BA in Economics from Harvard University. He is a CFA charterholder and a member of New York Society of Security Analysts.

John Eger

John Eger has served as a senior executive in over a dozen companies, and as a strategic consultant to over fifty companies and organizations. He has led strategic teams to: facilitate succession planning, transition management, and corporate reorganizations; negotiate strategic alliances, technology co-development, counter trade agreements, and M&A; as well as equity and debt financing rounds both domestically and internationally.

He has over 35 years of buy and sell-side experience as well as advising entrepreneurs, inventors, Chief Executives, Executive Directors, and Directors in diverse vertical markets.

Over the last decade as Managing Director of Allen & Associates, a Santa Monica boutique corporate finance advisory firm, he negotiated: the sale of MLB general and limited partnership interests; the completion financing for the Oscar-nominated film Albert Nobbs; the acquisition of multiple international lottery licenses on behalf of a US client; and the reorganization of under-performing portfolio assets for institutional investors.

Elad Epstein, Co-founding Partner & Managing Director

Prior to founding Oberon in 2001, Mr. Epstein was with Deutsche Banc Securities Inc. (formerly Deutsche Banc Alex Brown) in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group where he focused on innovative, leading-edge technology companies. Prior to the Mergers and Acquisitions Group, he was a member of the Financial Sponsor Coverage Group working with the top private equity firms on a wide range of transactions.

While at Deutsche Banc Alex Brown, Elad executed over $2.5 billion in completed transactions in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged debt and equity transactions. Prior to his employment with Deutsche Banc, Elad was a member of Oppenheimer & Co. Technology Investment Banking Team. At Oppenheimer, Elad executed over 14 public and private equity transactions, raising over $750 million for emerging growth technology companies.

Elad holds an MBA from the Wharton Business School and a B.A. from Tel Aviv University.

Renee Farmer

Renee Farmer is co-founder of Rainmaker Capital Partners, where she draws upon over 20 years of investment management and business/real estate estate development experience. Renee created Rainmaker with the goal of bringing more innovative, world-changing businesses to the marketplace. Renee focuses on facilitating funding/investing sources for growth companies and also provides businesses with goal-specific strategic solutions. Prior to this, Renee was a vice president in investment management for Goldman Sachs and a Executive General Manager at Westfield Group. Renee is the Vice Chairperson for the Forty Carrots Family Center Board of Trustees in Sarasota, and she is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the University of South Florida's Center of Entrepreneurship and a volunteer with Gulf Coast Community Foundations B.I.G. Initiative.

Renee achieved her International Executive MBA from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.

Lou Frost, Managing Director

Lou joined Oberon Securities in 2013 from KPMG LLP where he was National Real Estate Advisory Leader and National Real Estate Investment Banking Leader. Prior to joining KPMG, Lou was a Senior Vice President in Macquarie Capital (USA), Inc.’s Real Estate Private Equity team and led deal teams responsible for bidding on companies and assets worth approximately $5 billion.

Before joining Macquarie Capital, Lou had been a Vice President in Goldman Sach’s Real Estate Investment Banking Group where he was involved with closing approximately $25 billion in real estate transactions that included mergers and acquisitions, equity offerings and debt offerings.

Lou earned an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School, a JD from William and Mary Law School and a BA from Princeton University.

Ray Gatten, Managing Director

Ray recently joined Oberon as a Managing Director focused on financial services and commercial real estate. Ray has 30 years of experience in banking, trading and sales with a specialization in negotiated private placements of term asset-backed securities, warehouse credit facilities, whole loan transactions, subordinated debt financings and other investment banking related transactions for specialty finance companies and commercial real estate.

Previously, he was an Executive Managing Director with Bonwick Capital Partners (BCP) where he co-engineered and placed four Eaglewood Consumer Loan Trust (ECLT) private transactions secured by Lending Club consumer loans.

Prior to joining BCP in 2014, Ray was a Managing Director with National Alliance Capital Markets where he co-engineered and placed the first ever Peer-to- Peer private securitization Eaglewood Consumer Loan Trust 2013-1, backed by Lending Club consumer loans. Ray co-engineered and placed the first private transaction secured by California Water Contracts and placed $400 Million in Non-Performing and Re-Performing commercial real estate loans for Security National Mortgage Company.

Ray has held senior positions with major firms which include Cantor Fitzgerald as Head of the Structured Product trading desk, Managing Director Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets (RBC) where he co-engineered and placed over $1Billion in private asset-backed transactions from 2000-2005 and Senior Vice President of Structured products with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in Chicago where he worked on and placed the first credit card Asset-backed securitization in 1987 backed by Sears credit card receivables.

Ray graduated from the University of North Alabama with a B.A., Post Graduate work includes Merrill Lynch School of Finance, American Institute of Banking, University of Memphis. Ray is a FINRA registered securities principal (Series 24).

Christopher V.L. Giffuni, Managing Director

Christopher V.L. Giffuni is a Licensed Investment Banker, a Certified Public Accountant, and has been a founder and shareholder in several financial and operating companies. He was previously employed by Deloitte and Touche LLC, and as the CFO of a large privately held electronics manufacturer, and as an Investment Banker as a Managing Director of Kildare Capital. In addition he has been a co-founder and chief financial executive in a computer software start-up company. Mr. Giffuni is also the co-founder (1995), Managing Member and Chief Operating Officer of Ameriteak Reforestation, LLC which is a principal shareholder in Interforest SA, a forestry plantation project establishment management company in Central America which owns 9,000 acres and manages an additional 8,000 acres of plantation forests. Chris is a Board member of Interforest. He is also a founder and the Managing Partner of Giffuni and Young CPA, P.C.

Mr. Giffuni has advised and consulted with numerous companies, both publicly traded and privately held, on a variety of financial, accounting, computer and investment issues. He has extensive experience in real estate including the litigation and settlement of a portfolio of Manhattan apartment buildings encompassing a divestiture well in the eight figures. In addition he has extensive expertise and experience in recording studio technology and operation and is a NY State level licensed soccer coach with collegiate and international experience as a player. Mr. Giffuni has served on the Board of Directors of several public, private, and not for profit entities.

Mr. Giffuni is a licensed Investment Banker holding series 63 and 79 licenses. His expertise in M&A transactions is often utilized by clients in buy side transactions during the expansion of the business and sell side activities on an exit. Together with other Investment Banking colleagues at Kildare Capital Inc. from 2010-2015, he was involved also in the capital raise and debt refinance activities of businesses.

Jerome Gregory, Managing Director

Jerome Gregory joined Oberon as a Managing Director to focus on business development initiatives.

With more than a decade of experience in asset-based lending and an equal amount of time spent on Wall Street in Mortgage-backed Securities, Jerome brings clients the expertise they need to secure financing, arrange working capital structures, and mitigate risk. Jerome is also the host of the popular 'Midtown Lunch' quarterly networking events held in Manhattan for professionals in the middle market community. He also maintains professional membership in the Commercial Finance Association and Association for Corporate Growth and is a past board member of The Risk Management Association - Northern NJ Chapter.

In his previous positions as Managing Director of Albany Capital Resources and Vice President at Sun National Bank, Jerome consulted with CEOs and CFOs of lower middle market companies, targeting transactions between $5 million and $50 million. At Sun National Bank, Jerome sourced transactions exceeding $200 million between 2011-2014.

Jerome attended New York University where he studied Computer Science. Jerome holds FINRA Series 6 Designation and is a licensed producer in NY & NJ. Jerome is a US Army veteran where he served with the 82nd Airborne Division.

Daniel T. Guilfoile, Managing Director

Dan has over 30 years of Wall street and Investment Banking experience across the Resource & Energy and Industrial Infrastructure Sector. He has been responsible for approximately One Billion in combined Domestic and International Capital Raised in both the Public and Private arena. Dan is extremely well versed in multiple Financial and Legal structures including both straight Equity and Debt, Mezzanine Financing, Structured and Project Financing, IPO's, PIPE's, Reverse Mergers and APO's.

Dan has run numerous Investment Banking departments and divisions including, Nutmeg Securities, Pali Capital, Joseph Gunnar, Laidlaw and Corinthian Partners.

Dan earned his MBA in Finance from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Villanova University.

John Kinney, Managing Director

John Kinney joined Oberon Securities in 2012 bringing more than 20 years of experience in investment banking and corporate development gained as a senior banker in the investment banking departments of Deutsche Bank Securities, Dresdner Kleinwort Securities, Daiwa Securities, and UBS Warburg / PaineWebber where he generated and executed transactions across the consumer products, retail, technology, and general industrial sectors. He began his career with Chemical Bank and ABN AMRO completing more than forty public and private debt transactions for small and mid-cap companies.

Immediately before joining Oberon, John served as the VP/Head of Corporate Development for an early-stage renewable energy and feed company based in Florida as well as a Director in Business Development at Valens Capital, a billion dollar hedge fund focused on providing flexible, custom-tailored and cost-effective debt and equity growth financing solutions to small-cap public and private companies.

John received his MBA from the Stern School of Business of New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

David M. Kratochvil

David Kratochvil has over twenty-five years of Wall Street experience ranging from private equity and emerging market equity investing to investment banking and research. Prior to joining Oberon in 2017, he was Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at VolitionRx (NYSE MKT: VNRX), a multi-national medical diagnostics company developing simple blood-based tests to accurately diagnose a range of cancers. Previously, at Euro Pacific Capital, Mr. Kratochvil was a Managing Director in the Corporate Finance department overseeing the firm's investment banking efforts across a variety of sectors including energy, mining, and transportation. Prior to joining Euro Pacific Capital, Mr. Kratochvil ran his own advisory firm Vista Capital Advisors where he provided investment banking services and consulted on various investment projects.

Additionally, Mr. Kratochvil was an international portfolio manager at Omega Advisors and a Director at Merrill Lynch Asset Management in London. Mr. Kratochvil has also worked as an equity analyst covering basic materials and industrial stocks, as a venture capitalist in Prague, and as a tax consultant advising on numerous M&A, real estate, and oil and gas transactions. Mr. Kratochvil holds an MBA in finance and international business from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business and a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds FINRA 7, 24, 63, 79, 86 & 87 registrations.

John Malone, Managing Director

John Malone joined Oberon as a Managing Director in July 2016 to focus on the natural resources, renewable energy and infrastructure sectors. Prior to Oberon he was a Principal at Vanwall Capital, a middle-market private equity fund, where he concentrated his efforts on sourcing and analyzing energy investment opportunities, negotiating with management and technical teams, and identifying macro trends that impacted the fund's investment strategy. While at Vanwall he was a key man on deal bids representing >$4bn in total capital. Prior to this he headed the energy equity research efforts for the North American arm of Mizuho Securities, with a focus on domestic and international E&P and LNG. Previously, Dr. Malone was a Managing Director at Global Hunter Securities and Ticonderoga Securities, boutique investment banks focused on natural resources. At IHS Herold, an energy-specific asset and equity valuation firm, he led the International E&P group and directed Herold's research on alternative fuels (GTL, CTL) and geothermal energy. Prior to Herold he was a VP with private equity firm MMC Energy, where he supported the acquisition of power assets in California, and an LNG/natural gas consultant with Poten & Partners. He received a PhD in Geological Sciences from Trinity College Dublin, an MSc in Geological and Marine Sciences from the University of Maine and a BA in International Relations from Lehigh University.

Frank McGrath, Managing Director

Frank McGrath has spent thirteen years on Wall Street as an advisor, banker and asset raiser. Currently, Frank acts as a Managing Director at Oberon Securities, focused on natural resource initiatives and "alternative to alternatives investing". He consults with numerous market participants and observers - including many levels of government, family offices and First Nations.

Prior to his tenure at Oberon, Frank had been a senior principle at several asset managers - including the team that founded the Fairstream Fund, a global fund acquired by Nikko Asset Management in 2008.

Frank began his Wall Street career at Deutsche Bank in 2001 as a quantitative researcher in foreign exchange / commodities. He is a former US Army officer, a graduate of both Tulane University (BS-Mathematics) and Georgetown University (MBA).

Peter Plaut, Managing Director

Peter joined Oberon Securities in 2017 as Managing Director with a focus on origination and capital raises in the Specialty Finance and Real Estate verticals.

Although a New York native, he is based in London given his international transaction focus and extensive relationships with global capital providers. He has been a lead banker on many successful capital raises, transactions, and consultative assignments with senior management teams and Boards of Directors.

Peter's previous experience includes senior level banking, sales, and research roles in the United States, Asia, and the United Kingdom for Bank of America, BTIG, Jefferies, JPMorgan, Penserra Securities, and Salomon Brothers. He was also a portfolio manager and senior research analyst for Sanno Point Capital in New York and Hovde Capital based in Washington DC.

Peter's career accomplishments include serving as an Advisor to the Republic of Korea during the Asian financial crisis of 1997-98, and as a result, was invited to Term Member to the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been recognized by Institutional Investor, Euromoney and Alternative Investor, including the accolade of one of the top Rising Stars of Hedge Funds during the 2008 financial crisis.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Marc B. Powell

Mr. Powell's practice covers international investment transactions across a broad range of industries with a focus on emerging markets. He has spent over 20 years as a corporate and commercial lawyer. For the past 12 years Mr. Powell has acted as General Counsel to a $700 million Family Office with real estate development, construction and financial services holdings in Europe, Canada and the Middle East. Whilst representing the Family Office's interests, he has advised and negotiated on real estate transactions and cross border investments valued in excess of $500 million.

Mr. Powell received his J.D from Boston University School of Law and his B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University.

Chandler Rapson

Chandler Rapson is CEO/Chairman of Rainmaker Capital Funding where he focuses his vast healthcare and insurance expertise in the healthcare services and technology space. Over the last twenty years he has successfully led large healthcare organizations and has worked extensively with Medicaid and Medicare, provider service networks and the Agency for Healthcare Administration. Prior to helping found Rainmaker and Star Capital Partners, he was president of MedSave USA, and president and CEO of its' sister company, First Service Administrators, which became the fastest mid-market TPA in the eastern United States. He also served as executive Vice President of Operations and Implementations at Ingenix (CareMedic Division), and as an equity owner and EVP of Operations and Business Development for HealthPlan Services.

Chandler was a Captain in the U.S. Army and earned a bachelor's degree in management from Tulane University and a MBA from University of Maryland & Monmouth Universities.

Yoav Rekem, Partner & Managing Director

Prior to joining Oberon in 2004, Yoav was a Vice President with CIBC World Markets’ Technology Investment Banking Group where he initiated banking coverage of the telecom networking equipment and voice-over-packet sectors. While at CIBC, Yoav led the execution of numerous equity financings including IPO’s, secondary offerings, private placements, and mergers and acquisitions transactions.

Previous to joining the Technology Group, Yoav worked at CIBC’s Leveraged Finance Group where he executed various financing transactions such as high yield, mezzanine, bank debt offerings, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring advisory assignments, and private equity investments.

Yoav is a lawyer, who practiced for over a year with M. Seligman & Co. in Tel Aviv. He holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and a joint degree in Law and Economics from Tel Aviv University.

Scott Robinson, Managing Director

Scott joined Oberon Securities in 2013 with more than 15 years commercial real estate experience encompassing real estate credit rating analysis, capital markets and investment banking. Before joining Oberon, Scott was a partner at the middle market real estate advisory firm Cadence Capital Group, where he was involved in advisory and capital raising engagements totaling over $900 million supporting a range of investment opportunities including acquisitions, note purchases and property development. Prior to Cadence, he was a key member of the Citigroup real estate investment banking team and instrumental in securitization and syndication of various secured high-yield and unsecured corporate debt commitments ranging from $50 million to over $5 billion.

Scott’s earlier experience also includes positions in REIT and CMBS credit analysis at Standard & Poor’s, sell-side equity research at Macquarie Capital, acquisitions at Advanced Real Estate Services, and financing at BRT Realty Trust.

Scott received a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a minor in Accounting from the University of California, Riverside, and a Master of Science in Real Estate Finance from New York University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Monmouth Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE: MNR) and is a Clinical Professor at NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.

Steven Rosenblum, Managing Director

Steven is a Managing Director at Oberon Securities focusing on special situations transactions. He primarily works on behalf of family offices, pensions, endowments and foundations to manage distressed situations, recover legacy investments and optimize underperforming assets. Before joining Oberon, Steven led the Special Situations Team in the Americas at StormHarbour Partners LP. At StormHarbour, he originated and executed many innovative and award-winning private equity and structured credit financings on behalf of private investors, institutional asset managers and companies around the world.

Previously, Steven spent 12 years as an analyst and portfolio manager across a broad range of liquid and illiquid investment strategies. Most recently, he was a portfolio manager at Cynthion Partners, a global long/short equity hedge fund. At Cynthion, Steven oversaw the fund's Eastern European investments, managing a team in both New York City and Moscow. Steven began his career in the asset management group of Deutsche Bank and later worked as a senior investment analyst at Okumus Capital, Himalaya Capital, and Akul Group.

Steven is conversant in Spanish, French and Russian and has conducted business in more than thirty countries. He holds an MBA from New York University's Leonard Stern School of Business and a BA in International Relations from Boston University. He is also an Adjunct Professor at NYU's Center for Finance teaching various courses in investment analysis and corporate finance.

Nicole Schmidt, Co-founding Partner & Managing Director

Prior to co-founding Oberon, Nicole was head of the U.S. operations for Kentech Ventures, an Israeli-based VC, where she was successfully helping start-up software companies identify business opportunities, forge strategic relationships, amend and execute their business plans and source capital. Prior to joining Kentech, Nicole spent nearly seven years working on Wall Street as a senior equity analyst on both the buy and sell-side. Nicole is an expert on Internet, e-commerce, enterprise software, contract manufacturing, and IT services companies and wrote the definitive tome on the Information Security space in early 1998, while she was a Vice President / Director of Technology Research at CIBC Oppenheimer & Co. She started her finance career as an equity analyst on the buy-side at Hudson Capital Advisors, a firm which managed $1 billion in institutional assets.

Nicole is a lawyer and holds a B.A. in Political Science from New York University. She began her career working at The Segal Company, the premiere multi-employer employee benefits consulting firm, drafting pension plans and welfare plans for unions and their employers.

William Seery

Bill joined Oberon in 2013 and has worked in investment banking since 1989 with a primary focus on technology, specifically IT Services and Communications Software, after starting his career as a generalist. Bill has previously worked for Tucker Anthony, Prudential Securities and CIBC World Markets, executing approximately 75 financing and advisory assignments totaling over $7 billion. Bill has also worked as the CFO of a private manufacturing company and a public sports event marketing company, both of which were sold.

Bill holds an MBA from the Darden Graduate Business School and a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia.

Andy Silver, Managing Director

Andy has over 30 years of Wall Street experience, beginning in 1982 as an equity research analyst at DLJ and continuing into corporate finance at Dillon Read, UBS, Houlihan Lokey and Morgan Joseph. He joined Oberon Securities in 2016 where he will continue to work with clients in the industrial sector, including machinery, building products and construction, environmental, metals, general manufacturing and distribution.

He has broad deal capabilities, having executed $20 billion of transactions in his career including mergers and acquisitions, public and private debt and equity offerings, fairness opinions and strategic advisory. Some of the more notable transactions he's worked on include the sale of Silver Line Building Products to Andersen Windows & Doors, the divestiture of several business units from Waste Management, the initial public offerings of General Cable and Stericycle, and the cross-border acquisition of Walbro by TI Group plc.

Andy has a BA (Government and East Asian Studies) and an MBA from Harvard University. He holds several FINRA licenses (7, 16, 24, 63 and 79).

Adam Taplinger, Managing Director

Adam Taplinger, is an M&A and capital raising specialist in the Consumer and Retail sector, with a focus on consumer products, apparel, jewelry and the luxury markets as well as digital media. Adam has over 14 years of investment banking and consulting experience. He was previously a Vice President in the Asia Focus Group at Sagent Advisors, where his work centered on international Mergers and Acquisitions and capital raising activities. Prior to Sagent Advisors, Adam was a Vice President at Daiwa Securities, an affiliate of Daiwa Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, and worked closely with Japan's largest corporations to help develop, implement and execute their global M&A initiatives. He completed numerous acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures on behalf of his clients. Adam offers clients a truly global reach with his extensive cross-border experience. He has led transactions of various sizes in numerous industries in over 15 countries.

Prior to joining Daiwa, Adam was a consultant to the CFO of J.Crew Group. At J.Crew, he built an institutional, centralized reporting process to enable the consolidation of the company's independent divisional FP&A functions. Adam began his career at JWGenesis Capital Markets, now part of Wells Fargo Securities.

Adam holds a BS from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and is a registered representative with FINRA. He serves on the Advisory Board for Public Allies, an organization that empowers young adults to strengthen their communities through leadership and civic participation.

Phil Toth, Managing Director

Phil Toth joined Oberon in 2015 focusing on asset-based lending and specialty finance. Phil has over 20yrs experience in investment banking and institutional sales. Combined this experience includes several billion dollars transaction experience in the United State, Europe and Asia.

Prior to joining Oberon, Phil was a partner in two investment banking boutiques where he helped originate, structure and close equity and debt private placements, commercial real estate transactions and asset-backed financing. He has also held senior institutional sales positions at Sterne Agee & Leach, Cohen and Company (now JVB Financial) nd Janney Montgomery Scott.

Mr. Toth completed his undergraduate studies in finance at Michigan State University. He holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma, a Master in International Economics from SDA Bocconi (Milan) and a Master in Public Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University

Steven Warsaw, Managing Director

Steven joined Oberon Securities in 2015 and currently supports the firm's investment banking efforts. Steven has nearly 15 years of investment banking, private equity, and corporate finance experience. Throughout his career, Steven has covered the origination, structuring, and execution of numerous transactions and served as strategic advisor to senior executives, providing advice on mergers & acquisitions, private equity, strategic relationships, and strategic positioning for capital-raising efforts and other corporate initiatives. Prior to joining Oberon, Steven spent 4 years as a Director with Miller Tabak + Co. where he was instrumental in the creation of the firm's consumer Investment Banking coverage effort. Prior to joining Miller Tabak, Steven managed a leading U.S. power generator's portfolio of environmental commodities both in and outside the U.S. while establishing the company's initial strategy for originating, trading, and structuring a diverse portfolio of direct investments across infrastructure and energy projects worldwide. Warsaw began his Wall Street career in 2002 working with Advest followed by Citigroup in their Asset Management groups.

Mr. Warsaw holds degrees in both Finance and Economics from the University of Delaware Business School as well as FINRA Series 3, 7, 63, 66, and 79 licenses.

Alberto Washington, Managing Director

Alberto recently joined Oberon Securities, LLC as a Managing Director to offer middle market corporate clients with financial solutions and advise on corporate funding. In this role, Mr. Washington offers corporate clients a diverse array of advisory services centered on its clients' business strategy and financial needs, from assisting clients in developing a growth strategy, to creating and implementing a financial strategy to better connect with the capital markets on any type of fundraising needs. In addition, Mr. Washington is the CEO and managing principal of Mercury Americas Financial Partners, LLC, a consulting firm offering global reach and boutique advisory services to Mexico and Latin America-based clients.

brings over 13 years of asset management and financial advisory and services to corporate clients and high-net-worth individuals. He brings expertise in offering clients services like: fairness opinions, public offerings, private placements, crowdfunding, real estate transactions, recapitalizations, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, real estate advisory, senior debt, mezzanine capital, equity, project finance, joint ventures, investment banking and business strategy. He previously worked at Greenhill & Co closing transactions in M&A, private equity and restructuring and at AQR Capital Management, LLC where he worked as a senior portfolio manager for a diverse array of investment funds.

Alberto holds a MSE in Financial Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a dual degree from the University of Pennsylvania from both the Wharton Business School and Engineering School.

Ed Zelmanovitz, Managing Director

Ed Zelmanovitz has more than 15 years of corporate finance experience as an investor and advisor to middle market companies. In 2016, he joined Oberon Securities as a banker to Consumer and Healthcare clients who seek strategic alternatives and access to debt and equity capital markets. Ed spent 12 years as an investment analyst with institutional investment funds and family offices where he invested in middle market opportunities. Ed began his advisory career as an analyst in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Lehman Brothers. He holds a B.S. from the Stern School of Business at New York University and an M.B.A. from the Johnson School at Cornell University.

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