Co-Founder, Chief Investment Officer
Andrew Feldstein is BlueMountain’s Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Feldstein is the Chair of the Firm’s Management and Investment Committees and a member of the Risk Committee. Prior to co-founding BlueMountain in 2003, Mr. Feldstein spent over a decade at J.P. Morgan where he was a Managing Director and served as Head of Structured Credit; Head of High Yield Sales, Trading and Research; and Head of Global Credit Portfolio. Mr. Feldstein is a member of the board of directors of PNC Financial Services Group Inc. He is also a Trustee of Third Way, a public policy think tank, and a member of the Harvard Law School Leadership Council. Mr. Feldstein earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Georgetown University.
Portfolio Manager; Head of Municipal Bonds
Evan Boulukos is a Portfolio Manager who leads our Municipal Bonds strategy. Prior to joining BlueMountain, Evan served as a Managing Director in the Municipal Securities Division at Citigroup where he spent 13 years co-managing a proprietary municipal bond portfolio focused on total return. Prior to that, Evan spent five years at Lehman Brothers as a Trader on the Institutional Flow Desk in the Municipal Division. Evan earned an M.B.A. from The Stern School of Business at New York University and graduated cum laude with a BS in Applied Economics and Business Management from Cornell University.
David Buzen is Deputy CIO, working with the CIO and Portfolio Managers on BlueMountain’s harvest portfolios. Previously Mr. Buzen was the Senior Managing Director and head of Assured Guaranty’s Alternative Investments group, and spearheaded the entry of Assured Guaranty into the asset management business. He joined Assured Guaranty in 2016 after the acquisition of CIFG Holding Inc., where he was President and CEO. Prior to his years at CIFG, Mr. Buzen was Chief Financial Officer of Churchill Financial, a commercial finance and asset management company. Earlier, he headed DEPFA Bank’s municipal reinvestment and financial guarantee businesses, after serving as Chief Operating Officer of ACE Financial Solutions, which acquired Capital Re Corp. (now Assured Guaranty Corp.), where he had been Chief Financial Officer. He began his career in the financial guaranty industry at Ambac Financial Group. Mr. Buzen has an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a B.S. in Finance and Economics from the University at Albany.
Portfolio Manager; Head of Structured and Technical Credit
Brandon Cahill is BlueMountain’s Head of Structured and Technical Credit, where he co-heads the CLO business and is responsible for the firm’s mortgage, synthetic CDO and technical credit strategies. Mr. Cahill also sits on BlueMountain’s Investment and Valuation Committees. In addition, Mr. Cahill acts as the Co-CEO of BlueMountain Fuji, a CLO management platform where he focuses on capital markets and structuring. Prior to joining BlueMountain in 2004, Mr. Cahill was an analyst in Citigroup’s Global Project and Structured Trade Finance group. He attend the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated magna cum laude, earning a Bachelor’s in Economics and Mathematics.
Head of Human Capital Management & Deputy General Counsel
Laura Cappiello is BlueMountain’s Head of Human Capital Management & Deputy General Counsel, responsible for overseeing the Firm’s talent management, personnel, and communications, and is a member of the Firm’s Management and Compliance Committees. Previously Ms. Cappiello spent four years as the Director of Human Resources & Communications at Chilton Investment Company. Prior to Chilton, she was Senior Manager of Legal Recruiting with Sullivan & Cromwell and a Litigation Associate with Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Ms. Cappiello serves on the board of the non-profit organization, Behind the Book, and is a board member of the Harvard Law School Executive Committee. She earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. in English & Politics, summa cum laude, from New York University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Dawn Jasiak is BlueMountain’s General Counsel, having joined the Firm from Assured Guaranty, where she was Deputy General Counsel in the Corporate group and assisted with the acquisition of BlueMountain. Ms. Jasiak is a member of the Firm’s Risk, Valuation, Compliance, Trade Oversight and Investment Committees. Prior to joining Assured Guaranty in 2008, Ms. Jasiak spent over a decade as a corporate lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Ms. Jasiak earned a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.S. in Accounting, summa cum laude, from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Chief Operating Officer
Lee Kempler is the Chief Operating Officer of BlueMountain Capital, where he oversees the business functions of the firm, including Strategy & Product Development, Risk, Operations, and Investor Relations. Prior to joining BlueMountain in 2016, Mr. Kempler was a Managing Director at BlackRock, where he was the founding Executive Director of the BlackRock Investment Institute, an industry-leading platform for collaboration among portfolio managers and communication of investment insight to clients. Prior to BlackRock, Mr. Kempler was a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he spent nearly 25 years serving clients in financial services. He was also the firm’s first Director of Knowledge, with responsibility for capturing, codifying, and disseminating the firm’s intellectual property. Mr. Kempler holds BA, BS, and MBA degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is Chair of the Board of Advisors of SAIS and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Portfolio Manager; Loan & CLO Management
Charles Kobayashi is a Portfolio Manager responsible for BlueMountain’s CLO investments, and is a member of the Firm’s Risk Committee. Prior to joining BlueMountain, Mr. Kobayashi was a Senior Portfolio Manager at Indosuez Capital with responsibility for managing $2.0 billion in leverage loan, CDO, and high yield assets. Before joining Indosuez Capital in 2001, Mr. Kobayashi managed $1.5 billion in proprietary capital of high yield bonds, leverage loans, structured notes, CDO, and distressed assets as Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at ORIX USA Corp. He also worked at Bank of Tokyo Trust where he was involved in mergers and acquisitions and restructuring. Mr. Kobayashi earned an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University and a B.S. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Head of Private Healthcare
Jim Pieri leads BlueMountain’s dedicated Healthcare Investing strategy. Mr. Pieri is a Partner and serves on the Firm’s Investment Committee. Since joining BlueMountain in 2012, Mr. Pieri has built and managed a portfolio of private investments across the capital structure in healthcare, financial services, and real asset related markets. Prior to joining BlueMountain, Mr. Pieri headed Principal Finance & Structuring businesses at J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank. Mr. Pieri has served on the boards of several of BlueMountain’s healthcare investments, including National Partners in Health, Verity Health System, Regency Integrated Health Services, MedEquities Realty Trust, Capital Senior Care Ventures, Kindred Carve-Out JV, and GoldenLiving Carve-Out JV. Mr. Pieri holds a B.S. in Applied Economics and Business Management from Cornell University and a M.P.A. with a concentration in Economic Policy & Management from the School of International & Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Chief Financial Officer
Dava Ritchea is BlueMountain’s Chief Financial Officer, responsible for the Firm’s Fund Accounting, Management Company Accounting, Tax and Corporate Finance teams. Ms. Ritchea is a member of the Firm’s Management and Valuation Committees. Prior to joining BlueMountain in 2013, Ms. Ritchea was a Vice President in the Hedge Fund Advisory Group at Credit Suisse. Ms. Ritchea also worked for several years at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital in roles in Corporate Strategy and Investment Banking. She earned her B.S in Finance with a minor in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Portfolio Manager; Head of Asset-Backed Investing
Brad Schwartz is a Portfolio Manager responsible for BlueMountain’s investments in specialty finance companies, consumer-related asset-backed securities, and whole-asset investments. He joined the Firm in 2008 from J.P. Morgan, where he held a number of senior level positions over a twenty-year career. His responsibilities included originating, structuring, and risk-managing transactions across all asset classes. In 2005, Brad started the ABS Principal Investment Management group at J.P. Morgan. Mr. Schwartz graduated from Dickinson College with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and received an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from Cornell University.
Portfolio Manager; Head of Private Infrastructure
Scott Troeller is a Portfolio Manager, responsible for BlueMountain’s Private Infrastructure strategy. Prior to joining BlueMountain, Scott was a Managing Director at Fir Tree Partners, where he led private investment activities in infrastructure businesses such as renewable energy and telecommunication. Prior to Fir Tree, Scott was a General Partner at Veronis Suhler Stevenson, a mid-market buyout fund, where he co-managed a private equity and structured equity business across five funds in excess of $3 billion. Scott began his career as an investment banker at JP Morgan and holds a BA from Rutgers University in both Economics and Communications with concentrations in Mathematics and Physics.
Mr. Gerstein was a Senior Portfolio Manager and Partner at BlueMountain from 2004 – 2016, and currently serves as a Senior Advisor, as a member of the Firm’s Valuation Committee, and as a Director of several BlueMountain hedge funds. During Mr. Gerstein’s active tenure he oversaw the Volatility and Fixed Income Arbitrage Strategies, Risk, and was based in our London office for a time as CEO of BlueMountain Europe. Prior to joining BlueMountain, Mr. Gerstein was a Vice President and Head of U.S. Investment Grade Credit Derivatives Trading at Goldman Sachs. Over a 10 year career at Goldman, Mr. Gerstein held several other senior positions including Head of U.S. Agency Bond Trading and in Interest Rate Derivatives Marketing. Prior to that, Mr. Gerstein was a Vice President of Interest Rate Derivatives Marketing at J.P. Morgan. Mr. Gerstein is a member of the MIT Corporation Development Committee and the Board of Trustees at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, NY. He earned an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.S. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Paul Friedman is BlueMountain’s General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, and previously served as the Firm’s Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Friedman is the Chair of the Firm’s Compliance Committee, and a member of the Firm’s Management, Valuation, and Investment Committees. Prior to joining BlueMountain in 2010, Mr. Friedman spent over 10 years as an attorney with Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco and Kenneth Cole Productions in New York. Mr. Friedman earned a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy, summa cum laude, from Duke University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Scott Beardsley is BlueMountain’s Head of Treasury & Operations, responsible for the Firm’s Liquidity Management, Portfolio Finance, PnL, Valuations and Trade Support teams. Mr. Beardsley joined BlueMountain at inception in 2003. Mr. Beardsley is a member of the Firm’s Valuation, Risk & Compliance Committees and chairs the Trade Oversight Committee. Externally, Mr. Beardsley is the firm representative on ISDA’s Credit Steering Committee and is a member of MFA’s Derivatives & Swaps Committee. Previously, he was a Senior Associate in the Business Architecture group at Paloma Partners. Mr. Beardsley also worked for several years as an Associate Manager at GlobeOp Financial Services, the fund administration service provider. He earned an M.B.A. with Honors from Clarkson University and a B.S. in Finance and Economics from Castleton State College.