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Michael Gray is head of Neal Gerber Eisenberg’s Private Equity, Venture Capital and Growth Company practice. He concentrates his practice in private equity, venture capital, hedge funds, fund formations, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property. He represents investors, companies, and executives in private equity and venture capital transactions; mergers, acquisitions and restructurings; executive compensation; general contract and intellectual property agreements and the structuring of partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies. He also has extensive experience advising investors in funds and advising funds on their formation and compliance needs (both on-shore and off-shore). His clients include private equity and venture firms, asset management firms, hedge funds, family offices, publicly traded companies, institutions, entrepreneurs and middle market businesses. Prior to joining private practice, Michael was an investor where he sourced, evaluated and closed private equity and venture capital transactions. He also was responsible for mentoring and monitoring management teams at the board and operating levels. Michael leverages this investment experience to advise clients on strategic, financial, management and operational issues.
Mr. Hunt began his term as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Apollo Investment Corporation in May 2012. Previously, Mr. Hunt was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Yankee Candle which he joined in April 2010. Prior to joining Yankee Candle, Mr. Hunt served as the Executive Vice President of Strategic and Commercial Development for Norwegian Cruise Lines from 2007 to 2009. Prior to joining Norwegian Cruise Lines, Mr. Hunt served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Restructuring Officer of Tweeter Home Entertainment Group, Inc. from 2006 to 2007 and Chief Financial Officer and Co-Chief Executive of Syratech Corporation from 2001 to 2006. Prior to Syratech, Mr. Hunt held several senior financial leadership positions including Chief Financial Officer of NRT Inc., Culligan Water Technologies, Inc. and Samsonite Corporation. Mr. Hunt earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of Vermont and is a Certified Public Accountant.
David Steinkeler joined Baird in 2010 and is a Director in Baird’s Global Industrial Group focused on the industrial technology and testing/inspection/certification/compliance (“TICC”) sectors. David has advised on over $6.5 billion of aggregate transaction value and is responsible for sector coverage, origination and execution of mergers and acquisitions, equity offerings and other financial advisory services. Prior to joining Baird, David worked at UBS Investment Bank in the Diversified Industrials Group. David received his M.B.A. with distinction from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and his B.S. with honors from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
Mr. Stern is a member of Houlihan Lokey’s Financial Sponsors Group. He has broad experience in a wide range of sellside and buyside M&A transactions, having advised North American and European public and private companies pursuing mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, private capital transactions, and exclusive sale mandates. In addition, he has advised on numerous fairness opinions and corporate valuations across many industries. Mr. Stern’s prior role at Houlihan Lokey was in the firm’s Consumer, Food & Retail Group, where he was one of the leaders of the food & beverage practice.
Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Stern worked as a Corporate Finance Associate with the investment banking division of William Blair & Company, LLC, participating in multiple sellside and buyside M&A transactions, including the J.M. Smucker Company’s acquisition of the Jif® and Crisco® brands from The Procter & Gamble Company. Mr. Stern also worked as an Associate in the investment banking division of Salomon Smith Barney. Before attending business school, he worked as a consultant with Accenture Ltd., focused on both strategy and systems consulting in the financial services industry.
Mr. Stern graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from Bucknell University and graduated with distinction from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, receiving an MBA with concentrations in Finance and Accounting.
Mr. Stern is also active in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, where he serves as a trustee on the Illinois Chapter Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Board of Trustees.