John serves as Head of the Capital Advisory Investment Banking Group and is responsible for client development, all facets of capital intermediation and transaction execution, as well as advising clients on capital structure & efficiency, liquidity, and go-to-market strategy.  Having structured, underwritten, and executed $200B+ of complex debt transactions as lead arranger, John is well-versed in the bank loan, leveraged finance, structured credit, and private debt markets.

John joins Matrix after a 30-year career at M&T Bank Corporation.  As head of M&T’s Investment Banking practice, he founded and was responsible for all components of the Bank’s Debt Capital Markets platform, as well as the Bank’s Leveraged Finance and Private Equity/Sponsor Coverage businesses, the Corporate Finance/Mergers & Acquisitions team, the Alternative Asset portfolio, and Corporate Securities origination function.  He served on the Bank’s Senior Loan Committee, Alternative Asset Committee, Securities Transaction Approval Committee, and arbitrated all market risk positions assumed by his teams.

John’s industry experience includes extensive work in healthcare, food & beverage, transportation & logistics, financial institutions, consumer products, and general industrial (including building products, specialty chemicals, and paper & packaging).  Throughout his career, he has structured and led complex bank loan market transactions (pro-rata, ABL, institutional term loans), non-bank direct lender credits, uni-tranche structures, second lien, mezzanine and bridge loans.

He previously served on the Board of Directors for Property Insurance Company of America, Inc., Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Health Care Initiatives, LLC, and various other non-profit entities. John received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History from Williams College. He is also qualified as a FINRA Uniform Securities Agent (Series 63) and Investment Banking Representative (Series 79).


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