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Mission Statement

Napier Park puts the needs and interests of our clients first, and we recognize that we have to earn their trust in everything we do. We focus on longer term sustainable relationships and the development of differentiated investment products and client-driven solutions. We have established a partnership culture built on personal excellence and a collaborative approach to growing and managing our client relationships and our firm.


Platform
Our platform provides clients with access to experienced professionals who have built a business on the foundation of partnership, innovation, focus and commitment. Napier Park's alternative asset management platform offers unique investment products across various asset classes, ranging from alpha-generating market strategies and CLO management to private equity. The foundation of this platform is the strength and depth of our intellectual capital - including our experienced investment leadership team, and our comprehensive legal, compliance, risk and finance functions. The result is a dynamic investment management approach within a robust risk management framework that affords transparency as well as clear financial and operational controls.

Products
Each Napier Park product offering is managed by a dedicated team of experienced investment professionals who have a strong track record in their specialized investment strategy, and whose interests are firmly aligned with those of their clients. We believe such alignment is critical to ensure a common vision and commitment, and to match the objectives of the investment managers with those of their clients.

Team
Napier Park's investment professionals have access to centralized operational resources, such as risk management, compliance and legal support, as well as broad governance through the Napier Park platform. This specialized operational infrastructure provides a robust framework while still allowing investment managers to have the flexibility and independence to efficiently execute their unique investment strategies.

Leadership Team

The Napier Park Global Capital leadership team is comprised of seasoned professionals across each of our investment asset classes as well as individuals with extensive experience in administration and operations. Our objective is to foster an environment of entrepreneurialism combined with a team-minded approach to problem solving.

Napier Park Management
Jonathan Dorfman
Senior Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer

Jon Dorfman is a Senior Managing Partner and CIO of Napier Park Global Capital (“Napier Park”). Napier Park separated from Citigroup’s alternative investment arm, Citi Capital Advisors (“CCA”), in February 2013. Jon was previously Co-CEO and CIO of CCA. He was a co-founder of Carlton Hill Global Capital ("CHGC"), a specialized asset management firm that was acquired by Citi in 2007. Prior to establishing CHGC in 2005, Jon spent 20 years at Morgan Stanley in the Fixed Income Division. He worked in Tokyo and London for 17 years and served as a Managing Director for 8 years. While at Morgan Stanley, Jon held numerous senior management positions including Co-Head of the Global Investment Grade Credit Group and Head of Global Credit Derivative and Asset Swap Trading Group. Among the innovators and early risk takers in the credit default swap, credit index (Tracers and CDX) and tranched risk credit markets, Jon served as an ISDA committee member responsible for the first standardized credit default swap contract. Jon earned a BSE degree, magna cum laude, from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1984.

Napier Park Management
John P. Havens
Chairman

John Havens is the Non-Executive Chairman of Napier Park Global Capital (“Napier Park”) and joined the firm in January 2014. Most recently, John was President and Chief Operating Officer of Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C), and was instrumental in stabilizing the firm in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Previously, he served as Chairman of Citigroup Alternative Investments LLC following Citigroup’s 2007 acquisition of Old Lane LP, a multi-strategy hedge fund and private equity fund he co-founded in 2006. Prior to his tenure at Citigroup, John was with Morgan Stanley for almost two decades, ultimately ascending to the role of global head of the institutional equity division and a member of the firm’s management committee. John joined Morgan Stanley in 1986 as a principal in institutional equity and began his career as a trader of convertible securities at Kidder Peabody. John has served on the Board of NASDAQ and numerous financial industry organizations. He is a past Trustee of Deerfield Academy, is on the Board of Classroom Inc., the NY Genome Center and a senior advisor to the veterans organization American Corporate Partners.  John earned his AB degree from Harvard University in 1979.

Client Relations
Don Leitch
Head of Client Relations

Donald Leitch is Head of Client Relations at Napier Park Global Capital (“Napier Park”). Napier Park separated from Citigroup’s alternative investment arm, Citi Capital Advisors (“CCA”), in February 2013. Don has over 25 years of experience within the financial services industry. Prior to joining CCA in 2009, Don consulted on business development for Bracebridge Capital, a $4 billion fixed income arbitrage hedge fund based in Boston, MA. Prior to that, Don enjoyed a 23 year career at Morgan Stanley where he held multiple roles within their Fixed Income Division and broader Institutional Securities Group. This included six years in Japan heading their international Japanese Government Bond sales team, eight years co-heading their Emerging Markets Debt business and eight years heading their firm wide hedge fund relationship management team and co-heading their hedge fund investment banking efforts. In the latter capacity, his team delivered private transactions to hedge funds and worked on other permanent capital and M&A transactions. Don earned a BS in Finance from New York University.

Corporate Credit Strategies
Ram Putcha
Chief Investment Officer of Corporate Credit Strategies

Ram Putcha is a Managing Director and the Chief Investment Officer of Corporate Credit Strategies at Napier Park Global Capital (“Napier Park”). Napier Park separated from Citigroup’s alternative investment arm, Citi Capital Advisors (“CCA”), in February 2013. Prior to joining CCA in March 2012, Ram spent close to four years as the Head of Relative Value/Credit Strategies at Citi Principal Strategies (“CPS”). At CPS, Ram ran over $500mm of trading capital in a proprietary trading portfolio that focused on relative value. In addition to credit long/short trades, the portfolio also focused on tranches, options and cross asset trades (such as equity vs. credit). Before his various roles at Citi, Ram was a Partner at Old Lane, a multi-strategy hedge fund that launched in April 2006 with over $4 billion in AUM. While at Old Lane, Ram was in charge of the firm’s credit strategies business. In this role, Ram oversaw two distinct portfolios: one that focused on loans and high yield, and another that focused on relative value trading across asset classes with an emphasis on finding mispriced opportunities in credit and equity products (including cash bonds, CDS, equities vs. credit, options and tranches). Prior to joining Old Lane at its inception, Ram worked at Morgan Stanley for over 20 years in a variety of roles, including as a market maker in corporate credit for over 15 years and as a risk manager for the investment grade corporate bond business. In the final two years of his tenor at Morgan Stanley, Ram was the head of Morgan Stanley’s proprietary credit trading and capital structure arbitrage groups. In the early part of his career in Wall Street, Ram worked at DLJ futures for two years as an interest rate analyst. He graduated in 1980 from Yale University with a MBA. His undergraduate degree was in engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, India.

Corporate Credit Strategies
Serhan Secmen
Structured Credit Portfolio Manager

Serhan Secmen is a structured credit Portfolio Manager for Corporate Credit Strategies at Napier Park Global Capital (“Napier Park”). Napier Park separated from Citigroup’s alternative investment arm, Citi Capital Advisors (“CCA”), in February 2013. Prior to joining CCA in August 2008, Serhan was a CLO trader at Lehman Brothers. Prior to his post at Lehman Brothers, he spent several years in Texas as a project manager focusing on special project financing. During his tenure at Napier Park, Serhan has assisted in the development of multiple propriety analytics systems and has been influential in the various strategies and methodologies for analyzing CLOs and other structured products. Since 2006, Serhan has also been involved in various industry forums and networks, including the investor roundtables for Moody's, S&P, and Fitch Ratings. He frequently appears as a speaker at multiple industry conferences and panels. Serhan holds an MBA degree from Wharton School of Business, an MS degree from Texas A&M University, and a BS degree from Bogazici University in Turkey.

European Credit Strategies
Michael Micko
Head of European Credit Strategies

Michael Micko is a Managing Director and the Head of European Credit Strategies at Napier Park Global Capital (“Napier Park”). Napier Park separated from Citigroup’s alternative investment arm, Citi Capital Advisors (“CCA”), in February 2013. Michael joined CCA in August 2004, bringing approximately 15 years of relevant experience to the team. Prior to joining CCA, Michael headed high yield at Mellon Newton Investment Management. Previously, Michael was an investment banker at Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust International focusing on Leverage Finance, and he also held the role as Treasurer of a listed corporate high yield issuer. Michael has a MBA from The Richard Ivey School in Canada (1991), has attended London Business School, and holds ME (Industrial Engineering) (1988) and BS (Electrical Engineering) (1987) degrees from the University of Alberta, Canada.

 

Financial Partners
Steve Piaker
Co-Head of Financial Partners

Steve Piaker is a Managing Director and a Co-Head of Financial Partners at Napier Park Global Capital (“Napier Park”). Napier Park separated from Citigroup’s alternative investment arm, Citi Capital Advisors (“CCA”), in February 2013. Prior to joining CCA in 2011, Steve was a Managing Partner at CCP Equity Partners, a fund initially sponsored by Conning & Company and Swiss Re, where he led negotiated investments in financial services businesses. Steve joined CCP Equity Partners’ predecessor fund Conning Capital Partners in 1994 from Conseco Inc., where he was involved in forming Conseco's private equity funds. Prior to Conseco, Steve was a founding member of the financial institutions group within GE Capital Corporation's leveraged buyout division. Steve began his career with Chase Manhattan Corp and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Steve received a BA from the University of Rochester and an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

Municipal Investment Strategies
Craig Henick
Head of Municipal Investment Strategies

Craig Henick is a Managing Director and Head of Municipal Investment Strategies at Napier Park. Napier Park separated from Citigroup’s alternative investment arm, Citi Capital Advisors (“CCA”), in February 2013. Prior to joining CCA in 2006, Mr. Henick was a senior portfolio manager for Citigroup’s Municipal Proprietary Trading Desk where he co-managed a program of approximately $20bn in municipal bonds, including the $14bn Citibank TOB commencing in January 2005. Previously, Mr. Henick was a member of the team of Citigroup’s municipal secondary trading desk when it achieved a No.1 ranking in Institutional Investor’s 2004 survey. Prior to joining Citigroup in 2003, Mr. Henick managed municipal positions at JP Morgan and Lehman Brothers. Mr. Henick received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Napier Park Management
James M. O’Brien
Senior Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer

Jim O’Brien is a Senior Managing Partner and CEO of Napier Park Global Capital (“Napier Park”). Napier Park separated from Citigroup’s alternative investment arm, Citi Capital Advisors (“CCA”), in February 2013. Jim was previously Co-CEO of CCA. Jim was a co-founder of Carlton Hill Global Capital (“CHGC”), a specialized asset management firm that was acquired by Citi in 2007. Prior to establishing CHGC in 2005, Jim spent 19 years at Morgan Stanley in the Fixed Income Division. He worked in London for 5 years and served as a Managing Director for 12 years. Over the course of his career at Morgan Stanley, Jim held numerous senior management positions including Co-Head of the Global Corporate Credit Group, Co-Head of the Global Investment Grade Credit Group, Head of Global Cash Corporate Trading, Head of Global Credit Research and Head of European Corporate Bond and ABS trading. He spent his first eight years at Morgan Stanley in the US International Sales and Product Management Group. Jim began his career in the Unit Investment Trust Division of Merrill Lynch. He has been honored with Service and Humanitarian awards from Team Walker, Inner City Education Foundation and Seton Hall University. Jim earned a BS degree in Finance from Seton Hall University in 1982.

Napier Park Management
Michael Williams
Chief Operating Officer

Michael Williams is a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Napier Park Global Capital (“Napier Park”). Napier Park separated from Citigroup’s alternative investment arm, Citi Capital Advisors (“CCA”), in February 2013. Michael was previously the Chief Operating Officer for CCA responsible for Operations, Finance, Human Resources and IT for the CCA platform as well as Chief Financial Officer for Market Strategies. Prior to joining CCA in 2007, he was the CFO of Carlton Hill Global Capital (“CHGC”), where he helped launch the firm in 2006. Prior to CHGC, he worked for five years as a Principal in charge of middle office services for credit derivative and structured financial products at Bank of America Securities and he had another five years of similar experience as a Vice President with JPMorgan Chase. As a Director at Barclays Capital, he oversaw certain risk management and product control operations with respect to interest rate and credit derivative products. Michael began his career as a global swap trade analyst for Merrill Lynch. Michael earned a BS degree in Finance from Providence College.

Corporate Credit Strategies
Fred Hoffman
Head of Corporate Credit Strategies

Fred Hoffman is a Managing Director and the Head of Corporate Credit Strategies at Napier Park Global Capital (“Napier Park”). Napier Park separated from Citigroup’s alternative investment arm, Citi Capital Advisors (“CCA”), in February 2013. Prior to joining CCA, Fred was a partner and lead portfolio manager at Carlton Hill Global Capital. Fred has been working in the fixed-income markets since 1986 when he joined Prudential Insurance as a research analyst. He then became a programmer for Gifford Fong Associates. Following the merger of Equitable Capital and Alliance Capital (1992), Fred worked for 12 years at Alliance Bernstein and was a Senior Portfolio Manager for the credit portfolios. Fred also ran the credit trade desk at Alliance from 2002-2004. Fred has managed almost all sectors of the fixed-income marketplace including ABS/MBS, Municipal Bonds, Interest Rate Products and Credit. Between 2004 and 2006, he was Deputy Chief Investment Officer of Northstar Financial Services of Hamilton, Bermuda. Fred holds an MA in Econometrics from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a BA in Economics and Computer Science from Rutgers College, Rutgers University.

Corporate Credit Strategies
Daniel Slotkin
Head of Leveraged Loans

Daniel Slotkin is a Managing Director and the Portfolio Manager for Napier Park’s loan funds which include Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs). Napier Park separated from Citigroup’s alternative investment arm, Citi Capital Advisors (“CCA”), in February 2013. Daniel Slotkin joined Citi in 1991 and prior to joining CCA’s Leveraged Loan Investments team in 1998, Daniel worked in the Airlines Asset Distribution Department, Capital Markets Origination, Leveraged Loan Structuring and in the Relationship Management areas of Citi’s corporate bank. During his tenure in Leveraged Loan Investments, Daniel has led bank loan trading, portfolio strategy, loan workouts and also worked as a credit analyst. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida.

Distressed Debt Strategies
James J. Duplessie
Head of Distressed Debt Strategies

James Duplessie is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of Distressed Debt Strategies at Napier Park Global Capital (“Napier Park”). Napier Park separated from Citigroup’s alternative investment arm, Citi Capital Advisors (“CCA”), in February 2013. Prior to joining CCA in November 2008, James was a Managing Member of Epic Asset Management. James was formerly an Executive Director of United Bank of Switzerland (“UBS”). James became an Executive Director of UBS when UBS AG merged with Swiss Bank Corporation (“SBC”) and an Executive Director of SBC when SBC consummated its acquisition of the O’Connor Partnerships. During his tenure at O’Connor, James led the expansion of the firm’s proprietary investment activities in bankruptcies and restructurings. Prior to joining O’Connor in 1991, James was an investment banker at Robert Fleming Inc., and, before that at Plaza Securities, where he identified, structured and negotiated mergers, acquisitions and restructurings. James is the President of The Coral Reef and Marine Science Foundation, an affiliate of Lizard Island Research Station, Australia. James has a BA in Economics from Washington and Lee University, an MBA from Tulane University, and a JD from Wake Forest University.

Financial Partners
Manu Rana
Co-Head of Financial Partners

Manu Rana is a Managing Director and a Co-Head of Financial Partners at Napier Park Global Capital (“Napier Park”). Napier Park separated from Citigroup’s alternative investment arm, Citi Capital Advisors (“CCA”), in February 2013. Prior to joining CCA in 2007, Mr. Rana was a Managing Director of Old Lane, where he led negotiated investments in financial services businesses. Mr. Rana joined Old Lane from Lazard Alternative Investments, where he was a Managing Director of the firm and a Principal of Lazard Technology Partners. At Lazard, Mr. Rana was responsible for equity and debt investments in financial- and related business, as well as information services investments. Mr. Rana started at Lazard in 1994, initially in its financial institutions investment banking group and, from 2000 on, he worked at Lazard Alternative Investments. Prior to Lazard, Mr. Rana was a member of A.T. Kearney’s financial institutions practice. Mr. Rana received a BA from Columbia University.

Mortgage Strategies
Rajesh Agarwal
Head of Mortgage Strategies

Rajesh Agarwal is a Managing Director and the lead Portfolio Manager of Mortgage Strategies at Napier Park Global Capital (“Napier Park”). Napier Park separated from Citigroup’s alternative investment arm, Citi Capital Advisors (“CCA”), in February 2013. Prior to joining CCA in March 2008, Rajesh was a Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager in HSPI, LP formerly affiliated with Halcyon from 2006-2008. Prior to joining Halcyon from 2004-2006, Rajesh was a Senior Analyst at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (“MLIM”), where he served as lead analyst for asset selection across residential housing sectors (Prime/Alt-A/Sub-Prime) and CDOs for three high-grade CDO deals launched and managed by MLIM. Prior to joining ABS/MBS research, he worked in the Global Markets and Investment Banking group at Merrill Lynch from 1998-2004. From 1996-1998, Rajesh was a Senior Engineer at Simulation Sciences, Inc., where he developed simulation algorithms used by the chemical industry. Rajesh received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and an MS in Chemical Engineering, both from the University of Texas at Austin.

Real Assets
Joseph Lane
Managing Director

Joe joined Napier Park Global Capital in 2015 and has over 35 years of experience in financial services. Prior to joining Napier Park, Joe held a number of executive roles in the commercial finance sector, including president and CEO of GATX Capital, CEO of GE Technology Finance; president of IBM Credit Corporation; and head of IBM Global Finance, one of the largest captive finance organizations globally. Joe also co-founded Sinter Partners, an investment and advisory partnership. In addition to several corporate boards, he currently serves on the board of the Inner City Foundation for Charity & Education and the Advisory Board of the South Bronx Educational Foundation. He is an Associate Fellow of Davenport College at Yale University.

He has been a director, vice chairman and chairman of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), and a trustee and chairman of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation.

Joe received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, where he continues to be actively involved with the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute.

Napier Park Cares

Employees at Napier Park are committed to making a positive impact in our community. Recent community outreach efforts include:

Berklee College of Music

Jim O’Brien, Senior Managing Partner of Napier Park Global Capital, and his wife Judy gave a generous gift to the Berklee College of Music to have the dining hall stage named in honor of singer-songwriter Jackson Browne.  The O’Briens were inspired to make the gift in Jackson Browne’s honor in part to recognize him for his volunteer work with students at the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center in Los Angeles.  Jim and Judy are both longtime supporters of the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center and Jim currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors.  They hope that Berklee students for years to come will find inspiration on a stage named for Browne.

To learn more about the dedication, please visit: https://www.berklee.edu/news/berklee-dedicates-jackson-browne-stage

About Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center

The Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center (FPCAC) is a non-profit organization, which provides quality arts instruction to 600 under-served students, age 8-20 years old, in South Los Angeles. FPCAC teachers provide a program filled with structure and well planned curriculum to help their students build self-esteem, develop civic responsibility and learn to apply the same dedication and commitment to their academic efforts.

This is particularly important because Performing Arts assist in children’s development and enriches the lives of the community. Arts, including theatre, are vital to a well-rounded education and person. Yet, many local public schools offer little to no performing arts programs. Arts instruction has been proven to raise test scores, improve reading and communication skills, improve school attendance and reduce High School dropout rates.

The donations that Michael was able to raise through his efforts will allow 45 jazz students to gain access to both instruments and practice time. These donations will also help put cameras in the hands of 60 film students. FPCAC has assisted thousands of children in gaining acceptance to college, and four students of the program have gone on to win Grammys. 

To learn more about The Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center please visit http://pullumcenter.org/


Fernando Pullum, Dianna Cohen, Judy O’Brien, Jackson Browne, Jim O’Brien and Berklee President Roger Brown at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on the Jackson Browne Stage in the Berklee Dining Hall

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Sponsors for Educational Opportunity

Napier Park is a proud sponsor of the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Summer Mixer which took place on July 21, 2016.  Mario Ruiz is an Investment Associate on the Financial Partners team at Napier Park Global Capital and is a member of the Junior Leadership Board of SEO.  The Summer Mixer supported SEO’s Scholars Program, a free eight year academic program that gets high school students to and through college with a 95% college graduation rate.  Mario himself is an alumni of two SEO programs:  the SEO Career Program and Alternative Investments Program.

About Sponsors for Educational Opportunity

Since 1963, Spon­sors for Edu­ca­tional Oppor­tu­nity (SEO) has made a life­time of achieve­ment pos­si­ble for 12,000 tal­ented young peo­ple from under­served and under­rep­re­sented communities.  SEO offers three distinct programs:  SEO Scholars, SEO Career and SEO Alternative Investments. 

SEO Scholars is a rigorous eight-year academic program that prepares underserved public high school students for admission to the nation’s most competitive colleges–and supports them through college graduation. 95% of SEO Scholars graduate college in 6 years and 80% graduate in 4 years.

In high school, the program offers intensive year-round academic preparation via a carefully-calibrated, rigorously-assessed course of supplemental education. The Saturday, summer, and weekly after-school classes provide the equivalent of 2.5+ years of instruction in English and 1.5+ years of instruction in math.

In college, the program continues to support students through each of their four years, providing one-on-one academic, personal, and career exploration support.

SEO Career: the nation’s premier summer internship program for talented, underrepresented college students of color. In 2015, 85% of SEO Career interns were offered full-time jobs at the end of their summer internships – either at their host company or another SEO Career partner.

SEO Alternative Investments: provides education, exposure, training and mentoring opportunities to talented professionals traditionally under-represented in the alternative investments sector. As of 2016, partner firms for the Alternative Investments program include: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Palladium Equity Partners, TPG, and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe.

To learn more about SEO please visit http://www.seo-usa.org/

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Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center

Michael Lashendock, Senior Client Relations Manager at Napier Park Global Capital, successfully completed his second Ironman triathlon on Sunday, July 24, 2016 in Lake Placid, New York. In doing so, Michael raised $25,000 for the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center (FPCAC). To make a larger impact, Michael and his wife Donna, matched every dollar donated, up to $10,000 for a total donation of $35,000.

The race consisted of a swim of 2.4 miles, a ride of 112 miles and a run of 26.2 miles.  Michael was able to complete the grueling race in 16 hours and 28 minutes.

About Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center

The Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center (FPCAC) is a non-profit organization, which provides quality arts instruction to 600 under-served students, age 8-20 years old, in South Los Angeles. FPCAC teachers provide a program filled with structure and well planned curriculum to help their students build self-esteem, develop civic responsibility and learn to apply the same dedication and commitment to their academic efforts.

This is particularly important because Performing Arts assist in children’s development and enriches the lives of the community. Arts, including theatre, are vital to a well-rounded education and person. Yet, many local public schools offer little to no performing arts programs. Arts instruction has been proven to raise test scores, improve reading and communication skills, improve school attendance and reduce High School dropout rates.

The donations that Michael was able to raise through his efforts will allow 45 jazz students to gain access to both instruments and practice time. These donations will also help put cameras in the hands of 60 film students. FPCAC has assisted thousands of children in gaining acceptance to college, and four students of the program have gone on to win Grammys. 

To learn more about The Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center please visit http://pullumcenter.org/


Fernando and the Pullum Center kids showing their support for Team Lash.

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Cycle for Survival

On March 10, 2016, Team Napier Park rode in the New York Cycle for Survival event. 12 Napier Park employees participated in a relay-style cycling event funding rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

We raised $64,125 in the event which includes a $25,000 award from the Bloomberg Challenge for raising more between the hours of 6pm - midnight that night than any other team in attendance.

About Cycle for Survival

Cycle for Survival, is a national indoor cycling event that funds rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). MSK is one of the world's premier cancer research institutions, and the work conducted there benefits patients around the world. In just the first nine years of Cycle for Survival events, over $75 million has been raised.

That's an incredible number, but we must keep increasing it to beat these diseases!

Funding for rare cancer research is critical. Approximately 50% of people with cancer are fighting a rare cancer. And these are familiar diseases: all pediatric cancers, leukemia, lymphoma, and thyroid, ovarian, and pancreatic cancers, among many others. The people fighting rare cancers face limited, if any, treatment options.

To learn more about Cycle for Survival and ways that you can help, please visit www.cycleforsurvival.org

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ReserveAid

Evan Odim, Senior Operation Analyst at Napier Park Global Capital, and five friends ran the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim (“R2R2R”) to raise awareness for ReserveAid. Evan and his team set out on this 50 mile endurance run, with an elevation change of approximately 20,000 feet, on October 31, 2015. The team started on the Canyon’s South Rim (via South Kaibab Trail), then headed to the North Rim, and then turned around and ran back to the South Rim (via the Bright Angel Trail). Evan was able to successfully raise close to $25,000 for this endeavor which will go an incredibly long way toward helping our veterans.

Why would anyone do this to themselves? As Evan said:

“The late Steve Jobs once stated ‘I want to put a ding in the universe.’ While I’m certainly not out here looking to change the world, I am trying to help those who keep me and my family safe. Consider this my effort to ‘ding.’

The daily financial hardships faced by our Reservists and National Guard members, simply because they are making good on their commitment to protect our freedoms, dwarf the challenges I will face on the run. To the degree that I can honor their commitment and help in any way I can, I will.”

About ReserveAid

ReserveAid is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that makes unrestricted, need based grants to military Reservists, and families of Reservists, on full time deployment to a combat zone or homeland security position. ReserveAid exists as a response to the hardships and grim financial realities experienced by the men and women of the United States Armed Forces Reserves.

Nearly one half of American troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan are from Reserve units. As a result of lengthy activations, many Reservists are suffering emotionally and financially as they worry about providing for their families back home and completing their missions abroad. ReserveAid’s objective is to meet every valid emergency financial need of service members and their dependents within 48 hours of grant approval.

To learn more about ReserveAid and ways that you can help, please visit www.reserveaid.org

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Grace Institute

An integral part of the Grace Institute curriculum is to have the women visit an office to begin to imagine and prepare for the next step in their career journey. On July 29, 2015, Napier Park collaborated with Grace Institute and hosted the firm’s 3rd Annual Grace at Work Event. Napier Park hosted seven women from the Grace Institute at the office to give them exposure to a diverse range of jobs, learn about the Napier Park business and goals, network and hear personal success stories from our employees. One of the many highlights of the day was the opportunity to hear from Napier Park Compliance Associate, Maria Kling, who is a Grace graduate herself, and a true testament to the strength of the program and how helpful it has been in her own career.

About Grace Institute

Grace Institute was founded in 1897 by W.R. Grace, twice-elected Mayor of New York City. For 119 years, Grace Institute has provided tuition-free career training and job placement services to over 100,000 economically disadvantaged women throughout New York City. Each year, 300 unemployed women ages 18 and over are trained with the computer and business skills necessary to pursue a fulfilling career and financial independence.

To learn more about Grace Institute and ways that you can help, please visit www.graceinstitute.org

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Napier Park Annual Holiday Toy Drive

For the past eight years, Napier Park has organized an annual holiday toy drive to donate toys and gifts to local charities.  The drives have been initiated by Rosemarie Mohammed and organized with the assistance of fellow colleagues, Michael O’Brien and Larissa Wilson. These efforts from our team brings comfort and joy to the less fortunate during the holiday season. In the 2015 holiday season, Napier Park’s toy drive contributed gifts with value in excess of $6,000 to Women in Need (WIN) and Safe Horizon centers in New York City in time for distribution on Christmas Eve.

To learn more about these organizations and ways that you can help, please visit

www.safehorizon.org
http://winnyc.org

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Weill Cornell Medicine

Jonathan Dorfman and Jim O’Brien, Senior Managing Partners at Napier Park, made a three-part gift to patient care, research and education at Weill Cornell Medicine. The men and their families are longtime patients of Christopher Barley, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine – and so, inspired by the care they’ve received for well over a decade, recently made a joint gift that will touch on each area of the mission at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Empowering Future Physicians

Christopher Barley, M.D. Scholarship – Judy and Jim O’Brien and Melissa Kaish and Jonathan Dorfman have established an endowed scholarship for medical college students pursuing general medicine. Scholarships like these help relieve financial strain for students graduating with large amounts of debt and provide freedom to pursue general and primary care medicine if that is their passion.

Promoting Discovery and Innovation

Daedalus Fund for Innovation – Mr. Dorfman and Mr. O’Brien supported this program providing funding for promising medical research with commercial potential.

Training for Excellence in Physicianship

Mr. Dorfman and Mr. O’Brien supported crucial clinical fellowships in infectious diseases. Fellows graduate as leaders in clinical care focused on treating individuals with infectious diseases including HIV/ AIDS, hepatitis, malaria and tuberculosis.

For additional information, please see the October 2015 edition of Weill Cornell Medicine “Milestones”.

About Weill Cornell Medicine

Founded in 1898, and affiliated with what is now NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital since 1927, Weill Cornell Medical College is among the top-ranked clinical and medical research centers in the country. In addition to offering degrees in medicine, Weill Cornell also has PhD programs in biomedical research and education at the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and with neighboring Sloan-Kettering Institute and The Rockefeller University, has established a joint MD-PhD program for students to intensify their pursuit of Weill Cornell's triple mission of education, research, and patient care.

Weill Cornell Medical College is divided into 24 basic science and patient care departments that focus on the sciences underlying clinical medicine and/or encompass the study, treatment, and prevention of human diseases. In addition to its affiliation with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College and the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences maintain major affiliations with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The Rockefeller University, the Hospital for Special Surgery, as well as with the metropolitan-area institutions that constitute NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare Network. Weill Cornell Medical College and the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences are accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education of the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges.

To learn more about Weill Cornell Medicine and ways that you can help, please visit www.weill.cornell.edu

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