Mr. Michael Balistreri
New York University
MICHAEL is a managing director in the firm’s Corporate Finance practice, where he specializes in providing investment banking and financial advisory services on behalf of corporations, creditors and shareholders across all industry lines in growth, storied, complex, distressed and special situations. His transaction experience includes financial restructurings, recapitalizations, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), divestitures, and debt and equity financings. He holds Series 7 (General Securities Representative), Series 24 (General Securities Principal) and Series 63 (Uniform Securities Agent State Law) licenses from FINRA. In addition, he is a founder and managing member of Palladium Capital Partners, an investment vehicle for commercial office buildings and hotels, and Ridgewood Properties Holdings, a provider of real estate loans in distressed situations.
Michael previously was a managing director in the investment banking division at Canaccord Genuity, where he led and was a founding member of its U.S. Debt Finance & Restructuring practice and served on the firm’s Fairness Opinion Review Committee. Prior to that, he was a managing director at Bacchus Capital Management, a private-equity and alternative lending fund, and the youngest vice president at Gordian Group. He started his career as an investment banker at Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin.
Michael has made it a personal mission to leverage his expertise to improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable members of his community. Since 2010, he has served as the youngest member of the board of directors of The Institute for Community Living, an award-winning 501(c)(3) organization that provides housing and health care to more than 10,000 people annually in New York City. As treasurer and chair of its Finance & Investment Committee, he is responsible for managing its $125M annual operating budget and $100M real estate portfolio. He also created and oversees the agency’s Real Estate Committee and is a member of its Executive Compensation Committee. In addition to his work in the community, he is studying to become a licensed pilot and is a left-handed guitarist who loves to perform, record and produce music.