Founder & CEO
Andy Mitchell is the Founder, CEO and Managing Partner of Lantern Capital Partners. Mr. Mitchell brings over twenty years of investment management, financial advisory, capital markets and restructuring experience. His professional investment and advisory experience includes Cerberus Capital Management, Centerbridge Partners, Ally Financial’s Global Special Assets Group, Houlihan Lokey’s and PricewaterhouseCoopers’ restructuring groups. He serves on several boards including, among others, American Zinc Recycling (specialty zinc business), Goodbulk, Ltd (shipping and transportation), Lantern Entertainment (media and entertainment) and Bluejack National (hospitality).
Prior to joining Lantern, Mr. Mitchell led Ally Financial’s Global Special Assets Group (SAG) and served as President of the Business Capital Group, where he led the turnaround and management of non-performing portfolios in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom. During Mr. Mitchell’s tenure, these divisions managed more than 300 investments including approximately $5 billion of debt and equity positions. As part of Ally’s transformation to a bank holding company, Mr. Mitchell led the creation of the SAG and policies related to the management of special assets and watch-list credits. He also chaired Ally’s SAG Investment Committee and worked with the Federal Reserve and other regulators on related compliance issues.
Mr. Mitchell joined Ally from Cerberus Capital Management where he focused on originating and managing distressed or opportunistic investments across the entire capital structure, including both debt and equity.
He also worked for the financial restructuring group of Houlihan Lokey and PricewaterhouseCoopers as financial and operations advisor (including interim management) to middle market companies both in and out of court.
Mr. Mitchell has led and assisted in numerous major and middle market transactions across a variety of industries including: complex restructurings, recapitalizations, private placements, distressed mergers and acquisitions and valuations of distressed and healthy companies. He has been a speaker on restructuring topics at several conferences and universities and is a member of the Turnaround Management Association.
Mr. Mitchell has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a double major in finance and accounting from TCU. He lives with his wife Kristin and four children in Dallas, Texas.
Partner & Managing Director
Milos Brajovic provides over 20 years of investment management, investment banking and restructuring experience. He was previously the founder of Noster Credit, a special situations investor. Prior to launching Noster, Mr. Brajovic was a Senior Portfolio Manager and investment committee member at European Credit Management, a $15 billion fund focused on global fixed income and credit. He was also a partner at Glencore International, where he founded and managed the firm’s proprietary trading desk.
Mr. Brajovic was one of the formative employees in Houlihan Lokey’s Financial Restructuring Group and led many unique and marquee deals in the United States and established Houlihan’s European practice. He currently sits on the Board of Overseers of New York University’s Stern School of Business, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and master’s degree in business administration with highest distinctions.
Mr. Brajovic holds a post graduate master’s degree with London School of Economics.
Chief Financial Officer
Chris Halpin is the Chief Financial Officer of Lantern Capital Partners and Lantern Asset Management. Mr. Halpin is responsible for all aspects of the finance function for Lantern and its investment vehicles. Mr. Halpin also serves as Lantern’s Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to Lantern, Mr. Halpin was with Highland Capital Management, an alternative investment manager with approximately $40 billion in assets under management that primarily invested in bank loans, high yield credit, distressed debt and private equity. During his tenure with Highland, Mr. Halpin oversaw the finance and accounting aspects of more than $5 billion of hedge and private equity funds and managed the finance function of the asset management company and its European subsidiary.
Prior to joining Highland, Mr. Halpin served as the director of accounting and divisional controller of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings during the company’s emergence from bankruptcy and complete restructuring efforts. Previously, he was with Ernst and Young in its Assurance and Advisory Business Services group in Dallas and New York, where he focused on airline clients AMR Corp., Air China and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings and other publicly-listed clients.
Halpin holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting from Texas A&M University.