John Phelan

Managing Partner & Co-Founder at MSD Capital LP

John Phelan

John Phelan

Managing Partner & Co-Founder at MSD Capital LP

Overview
Career Highlights

MSD Partners LP
MSD Capital LP

RelSci Relationships

1953

Primary Location

New York City, NY

Number of Boards

12

Birthday

1964

Age

56

Interests

Artwork Collecting

Contact Data
Trying to get in touch with John Phelan? Subscribe today to access their professional contact information and receive a one time promotion of free Contact Data credits!
Relationships
RelSci Relationships are individuals John Phelan likely has professional access to. A relationship does not necessarily indicate a personal connection.

Co-Founder at Child Mind Institute, Inc.

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Chief Legal Officer at MSD Capital LP

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Founder at Safariland LLC

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Co-Founder at MSD Capital LP

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Member, Board of Directors at Child Mind Institute, Inc.

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Nancy & Bob Magoon Chief Executive Officer, Director & Chief Curator at Aspen Art Museum

Relationship likelihood: Strong

President & Chief Executive Officer at Revlon, Inc.

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Vice Chairman at Whitney Museum of American Art

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Vice Chairman at Whitney Museum of American Art

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Vice Chairman at Whitney Museum of American Art

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Paths to John Phelan
Potential Connections via
Relationship Science
You
John Phelan
Managing Partner & Co-Founder at MSD Capital LP
Family Members
Spouse
Member, Board of Directors at Child Mind Institute, Inc.

The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. The Institute teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most.

Education
MBA
Class of 1990

Harvard Business School (HBS) is the graduate business school of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The school offers a large full-time MBA program, doctoral programs, and many executive education programs. It owns Harvard Business School Publishing, which publishes business books, leadership articles, online management tools for corporate learning, case studies, and the monthly Harvard Business Review.

BA in Economics & Political Science with Distinction, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1986

Southern Methodist University is a private university near the center of Dallas. SMU offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs through seven schools in the humanities and sciences, business, the performing, visual, and communication arts, engineering, education and human development, law, and theology.

General Course with Emphasis in Economics & International Relations

LSE was founded in 1895 and has grown to become one of the foremost social science universities in the world, ranked alongside Harvard, UC Berkeley and Stanford. A specialist university with an international intake, LSE's reach extends from its central London campus to around the world. The School has a cosmopolitan student body, with around 9,500 full time students from 140 countries It has a staff of just over 3,000, with about 46 per cent drawn from countries outside the UK Over 100 languages are spoken on LSE's campus An influential network of over 160,000 LSE alumni spans the world, covering over 190 countries with more than 80 active alumni groups.

Career History
Co-Founder
2010 - Current

MSD Partners serves as the management company to and has discretionary trading authority over various funds that are offered on a private placement basis.The Credit Opportunity Funds seek to produce attractive risk-adjusted returns by investing in distressed, stressed, special situation and event-driven value opportunities across the capital structure.The Private Credit Opportunities Fund seeks to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns primarily by investing in loans, and structured debt and debt-like securities, in businesses operating both inside and outside the US.The European Opportunity Funds are sub-advised by MSD's London-based affiliate. MSD Capital (Europe) LLP. The funds seek to produce attractive risk-adjusted returns by capitalizing on mispriced investment opportunities in Europe. They invest in bank debt, bonds, trade claims, hybrid securities and equities, in addition to more infrequent use of credit default swaps and equity options. Investments are focused on Europe but may also include US investments.The Torchlight Funds seek to produce attractive investment returns over the long-term without excessive risk by investing in financial instruments that are selling at a perceived significant discount to their current liquidation value and/or investing in companies and financial instruments that are expected to generate significant internal rates of return over time. Investments are made across all markets globally, but tend to be concentrated in the US.MSD's Mortgage Funds seek to acquire a direct limited partnership interest in Partners In Prophet Ltd., managed by Prophet Asset Management LLC. The principal objective of the fund is to generate superior risk-adjusted returns through an investment strategy primarily focused on the acquisition, holding and disposition of MBS, including but not limited to US Government Agency guaranteed and non-Agency guaranteed MBS, and CMOs. securities and collateralized mortgage obligations.The principal objective of the India Funds is to produce superior risk-adjusted returns through investments in, or in instruments related to, a selection of companies that: are organized under the laws of India; have securities that are traded principally on any Indian stock exchange or in the Indian OTC; or are located outside of India and sell goods or services into India or otherwise have the potential to benefit from access to Indian operations, markets, technologies, workforce or other capabilities.

Managing Partner & Co-Founder
1998 - Current

MSD Capital is an investment firm primarily focused on the following investment activities: investing in publicly traded securities, engaging in traditional private equity activities, investing in real estate and selectively forming partnerships with established third-party managers in the private and public markets.The MSD Public Equities group's primary investment mission is to utilize their family capital base and resources in making long-term equity investments in a limited number of outstanding companies. The group employs a disciplined, research-intensive analytic process in their search for businesses that possess sustainable long-term competitive advantages and are managed by honest, astute and shareholder-driven people. In addition to investing in equities, MSD maintains a substantial convertible bond portfolio.Private equity is an integral part of the long-term investment strategy of MSD. They seek to deploy capital in outstanding businesses with excellent management teams at attractive valuations. As distinct from private equity funds, they provide long-term, permanent capital and are able to invest without the pressures of fund raising.MSD invests in established public and private companies through privately negotiated transactions, including buyouts of private companies and divisions of public or private companies and acquisitions of public companies through going private transactions. They also make purchases of blocks of stock from public or private companies seeking equity capital or persons, families or funds seeking liquidity on existing investments. Transaction examples include leveraged and management buyouts, going private transactions, mezzanine debt and other structured investments, Private Investments in Public Entities (PIPEs) and growth equity financings, platform acquisitions and roll-ups and partnerships with other financial sponsors.While they maintain a generalist approach with regard to industries and transaction structures, they generally seek to invest in non-technology companies as a means to diversify their portfolio.MSD seeks investments with the following characteristics: solid business fundamentals including recurring revenue, high margin businesses with organic growth potential and favorable long-term prospects. They also seek investments in companies with stable, predictable operating earnings and free cash flow as evidenced by consistent operating history, a strong and sustainable market position based on high barriers to entry, attractive valuations and favorable transaction structures. Other considerations are sensible valuation multiples with attractive free cash flow yields, conservative leverage ratios with emphasis on safety of principal and strong management teams.MSD also engages in special opportunities investing. The group focuses on a variety of event-driven investment strategies including distressed debt investing, equity restructurings, direct investments and merger arbitrage.The firm's Partnership Investments group invests in a select number of investment partnerships across a variety of investment disciplines and asset classes, including hedge funds employing specific public equity and fixed-income strategies, private equity funds and real estate. They seek to generate superior risk-adjusted and tax-efficient returns by concentrating their investments with outstanding managers who collaborate with the firm to build economically aligned, long-term strategic relationships.

Principal
1992 - 1997

ESL Investments' (\"ESL\") overall investment philosophy is value-driven and based on disciplined, extensive fundamental analysis and field research. ESL generally looks for good companies, with strong fundamentals, selling at attractive prices. The firm primarily invests with a bottom-up perspective, focusing on the individual company business model rather than making a sector or industry bet. ESL generally does not invest with a macroeconomic focus or in industries they don't believe they fully understand. Most investments have historically been made through US financial markets in US-based companies. With their long-term capital and investment perspective, ESL has less of a focus on short-term market-driven price performance and has the ability to support strategies that increase the value of company shares over a longer time horizon. This approach allows them to pursue those companies that may temporarily fall out-of-favor with the broad investor universe but where long-term value can be realized. ESL's investment strategy is not intended to generate absolute returns, but is instead intended to exceed the performance of the broad US stock market over a minimum five-year horizon.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
Tenure Unconfirmed

The LSE Centennial Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in New York. The LSE Centennial Fund has continually supported the LSE Annual Fund. Each year the Annual Fund supports a wide variety of projects on campus ensuring that donations are used where they are most needed and that they have the largest possible impact at the School. The money raised will be used to fund projects that help the School achieve its strategic aims and to support initiatives that would not otherwise receive funding but make a real difference to life at the School.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

Learn how non-profit organizations benefit from RelSci
$100K +
2018

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Inc. provides research services. It operates educational institutions. The firm offers research in cancer, neurobiology, plant genetics, and bioinformatics. It also offers laboratory workshops to science teachers, students, and other groups across the nation. The company was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in Cold Spring Harbor, NY.

$100K - $5M
2017

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Inc. provides research services. It operates educational institutions. The firm offers research in cancer, neurobiology, plant genetics, and bioinformatics. It also offers laboratory workshops to science teachers, students, and other groups across the nation. The company was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in Cold Spring Harbor, NY.

$50K - $100K
2017

The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. The Institute teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most.

Political Donations
$2,500
2012

Former Governor of Wisconsin

$2,500
2012

Representative from Colorado's 3rd Congressional District

$2,500
2012

Strategic Business Development Advisor at Pilot Growth Management LLC

Transactions
Details Hidden

MSD Credit Opportunity Fund (Cayman) LP raised money in a private placement transaction

Details Hidden

MSD Capital LP, MSD Capital Management LLC purchase Kobalt Music Group Ltd. from SPARK Venture Management Ltd.

Details Hidden

MSD Torchlight Partners LP raised money in a private placement transaction

Public Holdings
Restricted data only for RelSci Professional users.
Events
Speaker
Tiger 21 Group Meetings

Speaker
New York City, NY
iGlobal Forum 3rd Annual Alternative Investments Summit

Speaker
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area
2013 Bloomberg Hedge Funds Summit

The Bloomberg Hedge Funds Summit gathers managers and investors in New York for one of the most significant annual gatherings for the industry.

This web site is not endorsed by, directly affiliated with, maintained, authorized, or sponsored by John Phelan. The use of any trade name or trademark is for identification and reference purposes only and does not imply any association with the trademark holder. The Presence of John Phelan's profile does not indicate a business or promotional relationship of any kind between RelSci and John Phelan.