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About WhiteStar Asset Management

WhiteStar Asset Management, based in Dallas, Texas, is a credit-focused investment management firm, with emphasis on managing syndicated bank loans. Its team of talented professionals has deep experience in investing in and managing bank loans, loan acquisition, loan origination, credit analysis, portfolio management, trading, collateralized loan obligation (CLO) investing, and CLO deal structuring and compliance. WhiteStar Asset Management has approximately $4.5 billion of fee generating assets.


Driven by research and analytics

Focused on Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs), WhiteStar Asset Management invests in syndicated bank loans. With our extensive experience in investing in bank debt – combined with CLO deal structure, compliance and portfolio management skills – we are uniquely qualified to deliver value. WhiteStar’s initial strategy for growth is focused on collateralized loan obligation (CLO) issuance and separate accounts.


LEADERSHIP

Gibran Mahmud

Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer


Mr. Mahmud serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer at WhiteStar Asset Management. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Mahmud was a Senior Vice President and Head of Mergers, Acquisitions and Business Strategy for a private family office.

Mr. Mahmud was elected to the Board of Trinitas Capital Management and named to the Investment Committee of Trinitas Capital Management in August 2015.

Previously Mr. Mahmud served as Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of Structured Products at Highland Capital Management, L.P. He served as the Head of the Structured Product Credit Committee and the Senior Structured Products Trader. Mr. Mahmud structured, marketed, negotiated, managed and monitored 30+ CDOs totaling over $28 billion backed by a variety of asset types. Mr. Mahmud managed a team of professionals that was responsible for the day-to-day management of all CDOs including portfolio management, asset surveillance, cash management, portfolio structuring, monthly trustee reporting, and quarterly waterfall and cashflow calculations. He also marketed related CDO investment strategies globally to pension funds, endowments, hedge funds, insurance companies and money managers. Additionally, Mr. Mahmud managed and invested a portfolio of over $6 billion of structured credit paper that was primarily backed by senior secured bank loan collateral and traded over $10 billion of structured credit paper overall during his time at Highland.

Prior to joining Highland, he served as a Senior Analyst at Fleet Capital where he was involved in originating, structuring, modeling and credit analysis for clients primarily in the manufacturing, retail and services industries. Formerly, he was a Senior Auditor at Arthur Andersen.

Mr. Mahmud received a Master of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Baylor University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).


Philip Braner

Chief Operating Officer


Mr. Braner serves as Chief Operating Officer at WhiteStar Asset Management with extensive experience in the structured product and capital markets.

Prior to joining the firm, he was a Managing Director in the structured products group with Highland Capital Management responsible for structuring, marketing and business development of its structured products business and foreign funds effort with a focus on emerging markets, primarily Latin America. During his time at Highland he was COO of the Structured Products Group, as well as head of the Deal Team within Highland’s Structured Products Group, responsible for the origination of structured finance transactions and separate investment accounts. Mr. Braner has structured over 30 CDOs and separate accounts totaling over $25bn, including US and Euro cash CLOs, CDO Squareds, middle market CLOs, real estate CDOs and a Brazilian securitization.

Previously, Mr. Braner served as a Senior Accountant at KPMG in Dallas, Texas serving clients primarily in the Telecommunications industry.

He received both a Masters in Accountancy and a BBA from Baylor University. Mr. Braner is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.


Mark Murray

Chief Financial Officer/Chief Compliance Officer


Mr. Murray joined WhiteStar Asset Management and Trinitas Capital Management in 2017 with over 20 years of experience in the leveraged loan, CDO, credit hedge fund and alternative asset management industry.

Previously Mr. Murray was Global Head of Finance for Markit a $5 billion global provider of financial information services. He also served as the CEO of Financial Computer Software LP and Markit WSO providing software, services and data services to the leveraged loan market. He served as the President of a wholly owned subsidiary of JP Morgan prior to assisting with the sale and deal structuring of the business to Markit.

Prior to his roles at FCS he served as Chief Financial Officer of Highland Capital Management, L.P. an institutional investment advisor in Dallas where he led the middle and back office operations as well as all corporate functions.

Prior to joining Highland Capital Management, Mr. Murray was a supervising senior accountant at KPMG-Peat Marwick responsible for technology and financial services clients.

He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting.


Kevin Enoch

Director, Head of Operations


Mr. Enoch joined WhiteStar Asset Management in 2013 as a Senior Operations Analyst for WhiteStar, where he is responsible for the operational aspects of the group. He has more than 12 years of experience in operations and surveillance for a variety of investment fund types, including extensive experience in collateralized loan obligations and structured products.

Mr. Enoch was named Vice President – Operations of TCM in August 2015.

Prior to joining the firm, he served as a Portfolio Analyst at Oak Hill Advisors, LP where he was responsible for the surveillance of collateralized loan obligations. He produced monthly investor reports, ensured proper investor payments were made on a timely basis, maintained and implemented surveillance products for the group, provided pro-active portfolio optimization ideas, and performed analysis for multiple trading scenarios. Before joining Oak Hill, he served in a similar role for a fixed income asset manager after beginning his career as an associate at JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Mr. Enoch received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Stephen F. Austin State University.


Kurt Plumer

Managing Director, Head of Restructuring and Workout


Mr. Plumer joined WhiteStar Asset Management in 2013 as a Managing Director with over 24 years of leveraged finance experience. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Plumer was a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for Commerce Street Investment Management where Mr. Plumer managed two structured credit funds and worked with institutional clients to develop new products.

Mr. Plumer previously was a Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager with Highland Capital Management, L.P. He served as a member of Highland's Leveraged Loan Investment Committee. He actively managed a $10 billion portfolio of leveraged loans, high-yield bonds and distressed corporate debt and managed a team of up to 12 investment professionals. Additionally, he raised and managed two multi-strategy credit hedge funds and was the Portfolio Manager for a multi-strategy credit closed-end fund listed on the NYSE (ticker: HCF).

Mr. Plumer has significant bankruptcy and workout experience, having served on numerous creditor and steering committees. He formerly was a High Yield Trader for Lehman Brothers in New York. He began his career at Banc of America (formerly NationsBanc) Capital Markets in the Corporate Finance Group.

Mr. Plumer received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baylor University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter Holder.


Nathan Hall

Director


Mr. Hall joined WhiteStar Asset Management as a Senior Portfolio Analyst in 2013 with over 12 years of investment experience, focused largely on credit and bank loans.

Mr. Hall was named to the Investment Committee of Trinitas Capital Management in August 2015. Before joining the firm, Mr. Hall served as a Vice President with H.I.G. WhiteHorse, the lending affiliate of the $12 billion middle market private equity firm H.I.G. Capital. During his tenure, he independently managed a portfolio of syndicated bank loans, underwriting new primary investments, monitoring existing investments, and making recommendations to Portfolio Managers. He gained significant reorganization and workout experience and held numerous positions on steering committees with the firm. He was a voting member of the CLO Investment Committee, where he evaluated all new CLO investment opportunities. Additionally, Mr. Hall worked with Managing Directors at Bayside Capital, the distressed debt affiliate of H.I.G., to source, evaluate, and manage distressed debt investments across multiple sectors from inception to ultimate resolution. Prior to joining WhiteHorse, Mr. Hall completed a two year analyst program at an integrated asset management firm, gaining exposure to bank debt, bonds, and equities across a wide variety of structures and strategies. He has also received credit management and underwriting training from Wells Fargo.

Mr. Hall received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas A&M University.


Brandon Davis

Director


Mr. Davis joined WhiteStar Asset Management as a Senior Portfolio Analyst in 2013. He has over 11 years of relevant experience, investing primarily in the credit markets.

Mr. Davis was named to the Investment Committee of Trinitas Capital Management in August 2015.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Davis was an Associate Director in the Proprietary Investing group of ORIX USA, where he managed a portfolio of syndicated bank debt, high yield bonds, equities, and derivatives. His responsibilities included idea generation, underwriting, ongoing surveillance, and making trade recommendations to the Portfolio Managers. Prior to ORIX, Mr. Davis was an analyst at Sanctuary Capital Management, a hedge fund focused on investments in syndicated bank debt. Mr. Davis began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was an associate in the Dispute Analysis and Investigations group.

Mr. Davis received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting, Magna Cum Laude, and a Masters of Science degree in Financial Management from Texas A&M University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter holder and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Texas.


Miles McCollum

Director, Head of Trading


Mr. McCollum joined WhiteStar in 2012 with over 10 years of experience, where he is responsible for the ongoing management of WhiteStar’s leveraged loan portfolio, including deal sourcing, surveillance and trade execution. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a Portfolio Manager at NexBank, managing the company’s $80 million leveraged loan portfolio across multiple sectors. He was responsible for sourcing both primary and secondary loans, underwriting, portfolio allocation and on-going monitoring. Mr. McCollum previously worked in asset management at AIMCO Capital on capital markets transactions.

He received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Montana-Missoula.


Barry Boland

Director


Mr. Boland joined WhiteStar Asset Management in 2014. He has over 14 years of relevant experience focused primarily in the credit markets.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Boland was an Associate Director in the Proprietary Investing group of ORIX USA, where he managed a portfolio of leveraged loans, high yield bonds, equities, and derivatives. He focused on distressed or special portfolio hedges/shorts, and equity trades, and managed distressed credits through restructurings, including bankruptcy and out-of-court restructuring. His responsibilities included idea generation, underwriting and diligence of investments, and ongoing monitoring and surveillance. Prior to Orix, Mr. Boland was a proprietary trader with Hold Brothers, a direct access equity trading firm. Prior to Hold Brothers, Mr. Boland was a senior auditor with Ernst & Young. Mr. Boland began his career as a staff auditor with Deloitte & Touche.

Mr. Boland received a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics for Finance from Baruch College, City University of New York and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Oklahoma.


Want to join our team?


WhiteStar Asset Management seeks talented, hard-working team members with the desire to make a difference in their workplace and community. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to be part of a team, working for WhiteStar could be the perfect career move for you. Interested candidates should send their resumes to info@whitestaram.com

Phone Number:

(214) 420-2400

Address:

300 Crescent Court, Suite 200 - Dallas, TX 75201