MTN Capital Partners

Our Team:

Managing Partners

Olivier Trouveroy

Dan Negrea

Managing Directors

Ivan L. Lustig

James Kim

Vice President,
Business Development

Florin Butunoi

Associate,
Business Development

Bridget O’Donnell

 

New York Team

 

New York Team

Olivier Trouveroy
Managing Partner

Mr. Trouveroy co-founded MTN Capital Partners in 2003 and the firm began investing in 2004. Since then, MTN and its portfolio companies have been involved in acquisitions totaling almost $500 million.

Mr. Trouveroy, a professional with over 30 years of business experience, was a founding partner of ING Equity Partners and its successor Hampshire Equity Partners. The funds he co-managed made investments totaling over $500 million in both performing and underperforming companies. He built a very successful investment track record over a nine year period.

Prior to joining MTN, he was head of GE Capital’s leveraged finance business in France.

Mr. Trouveroy worked for six years in the mergers and acquisitions department of Drexel Burnham in New York where he became a partner. He handled M&A transactions totaling over $4 billion.

Mr. Trouveroy is a director of Rita's, Sound Lounge and Joliet Equipment Corporation. He is a former director of Kings Supermarkets.

Mr. Trouveroy has an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Louvain in Belgium. He passed the C.P.A. examination.

Mr. Trouveroy is a board member and chairman of the finance committee of the Belgian American Educational Foundation.

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Dan Negrea
Managing Partner

Mr. Negrea co-founded MTN Capital Partners in 2003 and the firm began investing in 2004. Since then, MTN and its portfolio companies have been involved in acquisitions totaling almost $500 million.

Before MTN, Mr. Negrea was an investment banker for 20 years. He held senior positions in leveraged finance at Drexel Burnham, Bear Stearns, Chase Securities, and ING Barings. At ING Barings, he served as head of high yield capital markets.

During his career, Mr. Negrea worked with companies in almost every industry and has raised over $15 billion in capital through a variety of financial instruments including high yield bonds, senior secured notes, bank loans, mezzanine loans, and equity securities.

Mr. Negrea is a director of Revolution Dancewear and JSI Store Fixtures. He is a former director of The Orthotic Group and Kings Supermarkets.

Mr. Negrea has an M.B.A. from Cornell University and an M.A. in International Finance from the University of Bucharest, Romania.

Mr. Negrea is a member of the Order of Malta.

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Pierre Dahmani
Managing Director

Mr. Dahmani joined MTN in 2012 and is responsible for transaction origination and execution.

Before MTN, he was Managing Director of Global Partners, a merchant bank with offices in the US and Europe that he co-founded in 2002. Global partners’ focus has been M&A transactions and principal investing involving US and European companies. His private equity experience runs the gamut from being an M&A advisor, to making control equity investments, and to having senior management roles in his portfolio companies.

Mr. Dahmani’s most recent control investment was in Miller and Company, one of the most diversified suppliers of raw materials to the ferrous foundry and steel industry in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Before Global Partners, he practiced law for ten years. Mr. Dahmani studied international business at Universite de Paris, Sorbonne before attending the University of Michigan. He has a J.D. from the University of Detroit.

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Ivan L. Lustig
Managing Director

Mr. Lustig joined MTN in 2012 and is responsible for transaction origination and execution. Mr. Lustig has over 30 years as an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions and financings having worked on over $200 billion of transactions.

He was most recently a Senior Managing Director at Duff & Phelps and was, prior to that, Head of M&A in the Americas for The Royal Bank of Scotland, Head of M&A in North America for predecessor firm ABN AMRO and Head of Media and Communications Investment Banking at ING Barings (acquired by ABN AMRO). Prior to that, he was Head of Telecom, Media and Technology Investment Banking at Wertheim Schroder & Co.

Mr. Lustig graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. M. Eng. and M.B.A. as a Knight Scholar.

Mr. Lustig is also Co-Chairman of the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City, a member of the Cornell Engineering College Council, an Advisory Board member of Cornell’s Financial Engineering Graduate Program and a Board Member of ARIF, a private foundation.

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Steven J. Ross
Managing Director

Mr. Ross joined MTN in 2011 and is primarily responsible for transaction origination. Mr. Ross has over 25 years of senior management experience, ranging from high growth private companies to multi-billion dollar divisions of public enterprises. Immediately prior to joining MTN, Mr. Ross was CEO of National Investment Managers (NASDAQ: NIVM) from 2006 until its going private in 2011. Under Mr. Ross’ leadership, the company made several acquisitions and became the largest independent retirement services company in the US with over $11 billion in assets under administration and operations in 17 cities. Prior to that, Mr. Ross served as Chairman and CEO of DynTek, a leading provider of information technology services with annual revenues of over $100 million. He was also General Manager of the Computer System Division of Toshiba America with overall responsibility for Toshiba’s $3 billion computer business in the US and South America. Mr. Ross served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Computing Technology Industry Association (COMPTIA) and as a board member of the US Internet Industry Association (USIIA).

Mr. Ross is an alumnus of Harvard University and graduated from the Advanced management Program at the Harvard Business School. Mr. Ross is currently the lead director of for the Longhai Steel Company (OTC: LGHS), a $1 billion revenue steel wire producer based in Xingtai, China.

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James Kim
Managing Director

Before joining MTN in 2002, Mr. Kim was a member of Bear Stearns’ corporate finance department.

At Bear Stearns, Mr. Kim was mainly involved in mergers and acquisitions in the aerospace, defense and information services industries.

Mr. Kim has worked with senior management and boards of directors of a variety of companies on transactions including exclusive sales, buy-side M&A engagements, recapitalization, and acquisition financings.

He has regularly attended the board meetings of Kings Supermarkets and Sound Lounge, two MTN portfolio companies.

Mr. Kim has a B.S. in Economics with a dual concentration in Finance and Accounting from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Florin Butunoi
Vice President, Business Development

Mr. Butunoi joined MTN in 2013 and is involved in both the origination and execution of investments.

Prior to joining MTN, he worked as a program manager with several United Nations agencies in New York where he was in charge of strategy development, market research, and analytics. Before that, Mr. Butunoi founded and managed an industrial equipment manufacturing company. He also spent five years as a corporate attorney.

Florin earned his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his LLM from Fordham Law School.

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Bridget O'Donnell
Associate, Business Development

Ms. O’Donnell joined MTN in 2014 and is primarily responsible for business development. Ms. O’Donnell is also involved in due diligence related to MTN acquisitions.

Between 2012 and 2014, Ms. O’Donnell worked for NBC Sports in the Production Department. She was involved in the scheduling and production of event coverage.

Ms. O’Donnell received a BA in Economics from Boston College.

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Dewayne Johnson
Vice President

Mr. Johnson is responsible for transaction origination.

Prior to joining MTN in 2014, Mr. Johnson was President and CEO of MDJ Ventures, LLC, a consulting firm he founded in 1999. MDJ provided executive consulting and corporate services to early stage and middle market technology companies, primarily in the areas of business development and strategic planning.

He was also Worldwide Marketing Director for Automotive Marketing Association, Inc., and before that National Marketing Manager for Dorman Products, Inc., both after-market automotive parts distributors.

He started his career in marketing at Lexmark and IBM.

Mr. Johnson has a BA from Eastern Kentucky University.

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