JOSEPH A. LANASA III
(“JODY”)

Founder and Chief Investment Officer

Managing Partner

LESLIE D. BIDDLE

President

Partner


ANKUR KESWANI

Head of Corporate Credit
Senior Managing Director

JAY EISBRUCK

Head of Structured Credit
Senior Managing Director

BENJAMIN VOGT

Head of European Investments

Senior Managing Director

RAZA MUJTABA

Head of Public Investments
Senior Managing Director


Robert Sumberac

Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operating Officer

Senior Managing Director

Marc Baum

General Counsel

Chief Administrative Office
Chief Compliance Office

Senior Managing Director

Robert Hamilton

Head of Business Development

Senior Managing Director



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Founder and Managing Partner of Serengeti Asset Management, a value-driven investment firm that focuses on niche credit opportunities defined by their small size and complexity. It invests in performing debt and high-yielding opportunities. Serengeti provides institutions and private company executives with sophisticated solutions to funding challenges. Investments can include steady debt, liquidations, litigation finance, stressed and distressed corporate and sovereign debt, off-the-run structured credit, reinsurance, and financing platforms.

Prior to launching Serengeti in 2007, Mr. LaNasa was a partner at Goldman Sachs where he headed the Multi-Strategy Investing Business ("MSI") in the Special Situations Group. MSI was a multi-billion dollar proprietary investment business focused on similar opportunities.

Mr. LaNasa graduated from Harvard Law School (J.D. magna cum laude) and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service (B.S.F.S. summa cum laude). He was an attorney at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz in their creditors' rights and corporate departments and clerked for Judge Adrian G. Duplantier of the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Louisiana (New Orleans).

He serves on Harvard Law School's Advisory Board and now serves on the Advisory Board for Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and previously served on Georgetown’s Board of Regents.

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Founder and Managing Partner of Serengeti Asset Management, a value-driven investment firm that focuses on niche credit opportunities defined by their small sizeand complexity. It invests in performing debt and high-yielding opportunities. Serengeti provides institutions and private company executives with sophisticated solutions to funding challenges. Investments can include steady debt, liquidations, litigation finance, stressed and distressed corporate and sovereign debt, off-the-run structured credit, reinsurance, and financing platforms.

Prior to launching Serengeti in 2007, Mr. LaNasa was a partner at Goldman Sachs where he headed the Multi-Strategy Investing Business ("MSI") in the Special Situations Group. MSI was a multi-billion dollar proprietary investment business focused on similar opportunities.

Mr. LaNasa graduated from Harvard Law School (J.D. magna cum laude) and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service (B.S.F.S. summa cum laude). He was an attorney at Wachtel Lipton Rosen & Katz in their creditors' rights and corporate departments and clerked for Judge Adrian G. Duplantier of the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Louisiana (New Orleans).

He serves on Harvard Law School's Advisory Board and now serves on the Advisory Board for Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and previously served on Georgetown’s Board of Regents.

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Leslie D. Biddle is a partner and the president of Serengeti where she heads the firm’s research efforts and risk committee. Previously, she was Global Head of Commodity Sales at Goldman Sachs and the CFO of the firm’s investments in the metals and mining sector. She held positions as head of Power, Metals/Industrial, Latin American and Environmental Commodities.

Ms. Biddle was responsible for many of the structured transactions in the private equity and power spaces including the monetization of Allegheny DWR Contract, the structuring of Calpine Construction Finance Company hedge, the Texas Genco acquisition, Northern Tier Energy financing and the TXU leveraged buy out. She was a member of the firm’s Finance Committee, Business Practices Committee, Firmwide New Activity Committee, Structured Investment Products Committee and European Audit and Compliance Committee.

She was named managing director in 2004 and partner in 2006. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Ms. Biddle was a Vice President at the AES Corporation focusing on project finance and power plant development. She also served as a vice president at the Overseas Investment Corporation, providing political risk insurance and financing to U.S. companies expanding overseas.

She holds an A.B. from Colby College where she is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Empire State Realty Trust (NYSE) and CenterPoint Energy (NYSE) and was named to the Hedge Fund Journal’s Top 50 Women in Hedge Funds in 2017 and 2015.

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Leslie D. Biddle is a partner and the president of Serengeti where she heads the firm’s research efforts and risk committee. Previously, she was Global Head of Commodity Sales at Goldman Sachs and the CFO of the firm’s investments in the metals and mining sector. She held positions as head of Power, Metals/Industrial, Latin American and Environmental Commodities.

Ms. Biddle was responsible for many of the structured transactions in the private equity and power spaces including the monetization of Allegheny DWR Contract, the structuring of Calpine Construction Finance Company hedge, the Texas Genco acquisition, Northern Tier Energy financing and the TXU leveraged buy out. She was a member of the firm’s Finance Committee, Business Practices Committee, Firmwide New Activity Committee, Structured Investment Products Committee and European Audit and Compliance Committee.

She was named managing director in 2004 and partner in 2006. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Ms. Biddle was a Vice President at The AES Corporation focusing on project finance and power plant development. She also served as a vice president at the Overseas Investment Corporation, providing political risk insurance and financing to U.S. companies expanding overseas.

She holds an A.B. from Colby College where she is vice chair of the Board of Trustees. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Empire State Realty Trust (NYSE) and CenterPoint Energy (NYSE) and was named to the Hedge Fund Journal’s Top 50 Women in Hedge Funds in 2017 and 2015.

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Ankur Keswani is the Head of Corporate Credit and Senior Managing Director at Serengeti Asset Management focusing on special situations and distressed debt investments. She provides insight and guidance on investments, the portfolio and the firm’s strategy. Prior to joining Serengeti Asset Management, Ms. Keswani spent more than nine years at Goldman Sachs, most recently as a High Yield and Distressed trader facilitating customer flows and managing the firm's proprietary risk in the Healthcare, Chemicals and Media/Broadcasting sectors.

From 2000 to 2004, Ms. Keswani was the lead Healthcare Analyst in the High Yield Research Division and was ranked among the top three High Yield Healthcare Analysts by Institutional Investment Magazine in 2003 and 2004.

She received her B.A. with Honors from Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. She is involved in several boards and charities, most notably WomanKind, which works with domestic violence affecting the immigrant community, and the Board of St. Hilda’s College, Oxford and was named to the Hedge Fund Journal’s Top 50 Women in Hedge Funds in 2017.

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Ankur Keswani is the Head of Corporate Credit and Senior Managing Director at Serengeti Asset Management focusing on special situations and distressed debt investments. She provides insight and guidance on investments, the portfolio and the firm’s strategy. Prior to joining Serengeti Asset Management, Ms. Keswani spent more than nine years at Goldman Sachs, most recently as a High Yield and Distressed trader facilitating customer flows and managing the firm's proprietary risk in the Healthcare, Chemicals and Media/Broadcasting sectors.

From 2000 to 2004, Ms. Keswani was the lead Healthcare Analyst in the High Yield Research Division and was ranked among the top three High Yield Healthcare Analysts by Institutional Investment Magazine in 2003 and 2004.

She received her B.A. with Honors from Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. She is involved in several boards and charities, most notably WomanKind, which works with domestic violence affecting the immigrant community, and the Board of St. Hilda’s College, Oxford and was named to the Hedge Fund Journal’s Top 50 Women in Hedge Funds in 2017.

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Jay Eisbruck is the Head of Structured Credit and Senior Managing Director at Serengeti Asset Management. At Serengeti, Mr. Eisbruck manages the structured credit portfolio and covers other structured finance related debt and equity positions.

Prior to joining Serengeti Asset Management in 2008, he was a team managing director in the asset-backed finance group at Moody’s Investors Service, where he worked from 1991 to 2007. While at Moody’s, Jay co-managed the group responsible for rating all non-residential mortgage asset-backed securities including autos, credit cards, equipment leasing, intellectual property and whole business securitization.

He received his MBA in finance in 1994 and his B.S. in economics in 1991 from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University, where he was a Racoosin scholar.

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Jay Eisbruck is the Head of Structured Credit and Senior Managing Director at Serengeti Asset Management. At Serengeti, Mr. Eisbruck manages the structured credit portfolio as well as covers other structured finance related debt and equity positions.

Prior to joining Serengeti Asset Management in 2008, he was a team managing director in the asset-backed finance group at Moody’s Investors Service, where he worked from 1991 to 2007. While at Moody’s, Jay co-managed the group responsible for rating all non-residential mortgage asset-backed securities including autos, credit cards, equipment leasing, intellectual property and whole business securitization.

He received his MBA in finance in 1994 and his B.S. in economics in 1991 from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University, where he was a Racoosin scholar.

Benjamin Vogt is the Head of European Investments and Senior Managing Director at Serengeti Asset Management. He covers a wide range of companies and sectors with a particular focus on financials. In addition to liquid credit and equity positions, he has also been involved in sourcing off-the-run special situations investments. For the past four years, Mr. Vogt has been focused on building out the firm’s EMEA business, notably in Spain, Greece, the UK, Germany, and South Africa.

Prior to joining Serengeti Asset Management in 2011, he was an Investment Banking Associate in Goldman Sachs’ Technology, Media & Telecom Group in New York.

Mr. Vogt received his J.D. from Yale Law School. He holds two Master’s degrees with Distinction (in History and in Classics) from the University of Oxford, as well as an A.B. in philosophy, magna cum laude from Harvard University. He is a German national and lives in London.

Benjamin Vogt is the Head of European Investments and Senior Managing Director at Serengeti Asset Management. He covers a wide range of companies and sectors with a particular focus on financials. In addition to liquid credit and equity positions, he has also been involved in sourcing off-the-run special situations investments. For the past four years, Mr. Vogt has been focused on building out the firm’s EMEA business, notably in Spain, Greece, the UK, Germany, and South Africa.

Prior to joining Serengeti Asset Management in 2011, he was an Investment Banking Associate in Goldman Sachs’ Technology, Media & Telecom Group in New York.

Mr. Vogt received his J.D. from Yale Law School. He holds two Master’s degrees with Distinction (in History and in Classics) from the University of Oxford, as well as an A.B. in philosophy, magna cum laude from Harvard University. He is a German national and lives in London.

Raza Mujtaba is the Head of Public Investments and Senior Managing Director at Serengeti Asset Management.

Prior to joining Serengeti Asset Management in 2018, he was a Partner and Portfolio Manager of Global Distressed Debt, High Yield and Special Situations Equities strategies at Tricadia Capital Management. Raza was a member of the corporate credit investment committee and also managed a short credit portfolio for Tricadia’s short-biased convexity fund. Before joining Tricadia Capital, Raza worked from 2004 to 2008 as a Senior Analyst at Anchorage Capital, whose two co-founders he had previously worked with at Goldman Sachs. There, he focused on credit and equity strategies. Raza started his career in 2000 at Goldman Sachs as an analyst in the Asset Management division (GSAM), before joining the Distressed Debt group in the Fixed Income division. In the Distressed Debt group, he worked closely with Jody.

Mr. Mujtaba holds a BA degree in Economics from Amherst College where he played varsity squash at NCAA Division 1 level.

Raza Mujtaba is the Head of Public Investments and Senior Managing Director at Serengeti Asset Management.

Prior to joining Serengeti Asset Management in 2018, he was a Partner and Portfolio Manager of Global Distressed Debt, High Yield and Special Situations Equities strategies at Tricadia Capital Management. Raza was a member of the corporate credit investment committee and also managed a short credit portfolio for Tricadia’s short-biased convexity fund. Before joining Tricadia Capital, Raza worked from 2004 to 2008 as a Senior Analyst at Anchorage Capital, whose two co-founders he had previously worked with at Goldman Sachs. There, he focused on credit and equity strategies. Raza started his career in 2000 at Goldman Sachs as an analyst in the Asset Management division (GSAM), before joining the Distressed Debt group in the Fixed Income division. In the Distressed Debt group, he worked closely with Jody.

Mr. Mujtaba holds a BA degree in Economics from Amherst College where he played varsity squash at NCAA Division 1 level.

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Robert Sumberac is the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Managing Director at Serengeti Asset Management.

Prior to joining Serengeti, Mr. Sumberac was Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director at D.B. Zwirn & Co, a global multi-strategy alternative investment firm. He joined D.B. Zwirn just prior to the in-house discovery of reporting and accounting issues and was instrumental in the forensic review and correction of these issues and the restructuring of the firm’s procedures, processes and back office organization. Prior to that, he was Treasurer and Corporate Controller at Cantor Fitzgerald. Previously, Mr. Sumberac was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs in the Firmwide Funding group where he focused on accounting and treasury issues.

Mr. Sumberac received his B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame.

Marc Baum is the Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Office and Senior Managing Director at Serengeti Asset Management.

Prior to joining Serengeti, Mr. Baum was the General Counsel and a Partner of Offit Capital Advisors and a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. From 2005 to 2009, Marc was a Managing Director, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Ramius LLC, which followed his role as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for The Seaport Group. Seaport was formed in the broker dealer subsidiary of the IPO Group where Marc served as the CEO and which published the IPO.com web site. Previously, Marc served as the Chief Legal Officer and Managing Director for compliance at T.D. Securities/The Toronto-Dominion Bank. Before T.D., he practiced capital markets law at J.P. Morgan Securities, Merrill Lynch and Salomon Brothers. Marc began his legal career as an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson.

Marc has been an active member of the Managed Funds Association where he served on the steering committees for the Hedge Fund Advisory Committee and the General Counsels’ Forum. In addition, Marc is a Trustee of American Jewish World Service, a Director of The NASDAQ Stock Market Educational Foundation, Inc.

Marc received his B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard College, earned his M.Sc. from The London School of Economics and received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Marc Baum is the Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Office and Senior Managing Director at Serengeti Asset Management.

Prior to joining Serengeti, Mr. Baum was the General Counsel and a Partner of Offit Capital Advisors and a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. From 2005 to 2009, Marc was a Managing Director, the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Ramius LLC, which followed his role as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for The Seaport Group. Seaport was formed in the broker dealer subsidiary of the IPO Group where Marc served as the CEO and which published the IPO.com web site. Previously, Marc served as the Chief Legal Officer and Managing Director for compliance at T.D. Securities/The Toronto-Dominion Bank. Before T.D., he practiced capital markets law at J.P. Morgan Securities, Merrill Lynch and Salomon Brothers. Marc began his legal career as an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson.

Marc has been an active member of the Managed Funds Association where he served on the steering committees for the Hedge Fund Advisory Committee and the General Counsels’ Forum. In addition, Marc is a Trustee of American Jewish World Service, a Director of The NASDAQ Stock Market Educational Foundation, Inc.

Marc received his B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard College, earned his M.Sc. from The London School of Economics and received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Robert R. Hamilton is the Head of Business Development and a Senior Managing Director at Serengeti Asset Management. Mr. Hamilton has been continuously engaged in capital raising and business development in senior roles at various hedge funds and financial services firms since 1997.

Prior to joining Serengeti, Mr. Hamilton was the President and Co-Founder of Kildonan Castle Asset Management, established in August of 2011. Before the formation of Kildonan Castle, Mr. Hamilton was a Managing Director at Perella Weinberg Partners, having joined the firm in May of 2008. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Hamilton was a Director in the Private Equity Capital Raising Group at Merrill Lynch. Immediately before joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Hamilton was a founding partner and President of Twinfields Capital Management from 2004 to 2006, and before that Mr. Hamilton was a founding partner of Grange Park Capital from 2002 to 2004. Prior to joining Grange Park Capital, Mr. Hamilton was an independent futures trader and was a member of the Chicago Board of Trade from 1988 to 1997. Mr. Hamilton began his career at Tudor Investment Corporation in 1987.

Robert R. Hamilton is the Head of Business Development and a Senior Managing Director at Serengeti Asset Management. Mr. Hamilton has been continuously engaged in capital raising and business development in senior roles at various hedge funds and financial services firms since 1997.

Prior to joining Serengeti, Mr. Hamilton was the President and Co-Founder of Kildonan Castle Asset Management, established in August of 2011. Prior to the formation of Kildonan Castle, Mr. Hamilton was a Managing Director at Perella Weinberg Partners, having joined the firm in May of 2008. Prior to joining Perella Weinberg Partners, Mr. Hamilton was a Director in the Private Equity Capital Raising Group at Merrill Lynch from 2006 to 2008. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Hamilton was a founding partner and President of Twinfields Capital Management from 2004 to 2006. Prior to joining Twinfields Capital Management, Mr. Hamilton was a founding partner of Grange Park Capital from 2002 to 2004. Prior to joining Grange Park Capital, Mr. Hamilton was an independent futures trader and was a member of the Chicago Board of Trade from 1988 to 1997. Mr. Hamilton began his career at Tudor Investment Corporation in 1987.