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Frank Hager

Francis J. Hager

Managing Partner

Prior to co-founding the OppCAP Group LLC in 2011, Mr. Hager was a Partner at Stone Tower Capital (“STC”) responsible for marketing, investor relations, and business development. Between 2008 and 2010 he was also a senior advisor on all CDO related investments for STC funds. Mr. Hager was also one of five members of the Investment Committee for the Stone Tower Structured Credit Recovery Fund.

For the prior eight years, Mr. Hager was co-head of the Credit Suisse “cash” CLO/CDO group. From 1984-2000, Mr. Hager was employed at Morgan Stanley in the Institutional Equity, and Global High Yield groups. In 1997, Mr. Hager was made a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley where he began his career in leveraged finance. From 1981-1984, Mr. Hager was in the corporate finance group at Citibank. Mr. Hager holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1979. He received an M.Phil. in Economics from Oriel College, University of Oxford in 1981.  

Mr. Hager is currently a member of the IESE (Barcelona) Business School US Advisory Council, the Board of Trustees of the Collegium Institute (University of Pennsylvania) and the Board of Regents of the Delbarton School (Morristown, New Jersey). In addition, Mr. Hager recently completed a number of consecutive 3 year terms  on the Seton Hall University Board of Regents, Board of Trustees, Seminary Board, and the Hackensack Meridien School of Medicine.

Chris Perrella

Christopher A. Perrella

Managing Partner

Prior to co-founding OppCAP Group LLC, Mr. Perrella was a Partner of CAP Services LLC, a firm advising alternative asset managers on marketing and business development focused on the institutional and family office marketplace.

From 1999 through 2008, he headed North American distribution focusing on select institutions and family offices for alternative investment product represented by the Credit Suisse (formerly DLJ) Private Fund Group (“PFG”). As the market leading placement agent, the PFG raised direct investment capital for global alternative investment firms, including all disciplines of private equity, real estate and hedge funds. Before Credit Suisse, Mr. Perrella was a Vice President in institutional sales with the Fixed Income Division of Morgan Stanley from 1989 to 1998 where he primarily covered insurance companies, pension funds, mutual funds and asset managers for both the Global High Yield Group and the Futures Group.

Mr. Perrella began his career in 1987 at Kidder Peabody in their Financial Futures Group covering a variety of institutional investors. Mr. Perrella holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems, Minor in Mathematics from Regis College.

Dwight Holloway

Dwight F. Holloway

Prior to joining OppCAP Group, LLC, Mr. Holloway was an Executive Vice President and Head of Global Consultant Relations at PIMCO, one of the world’s premier fixed income managers. During his 20-year career at PIMCO, he built key institutional relationships with clients and consultants. His expertise included investment portfolios in fixed income securities, hedge funds and private equity. In 1998, he moved to London to launch PIMCO’s institutional client service team. While based in London, Mr. Holloway led the development of PIMCO’s consultant relationships across the UK, Europe, and Africa.

Prior to joining PIMCO, Mr. Holloway served as Director of Policy for the Secretary of Commerce during the Administration of President George H.W. Bush. He began his career at The Chase Manhattan Bank in New York where he completed the credit training program.

Mr. Holloway has 25 years of investment experience and holds an M.B.A., with a concentration in Finance, from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his undergraduate degree in Politics from Princeton University. In 1997 he was awarded the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst.

He currently serves on the Board of the Severn Leadership Group, an Annapolis MD non-profit focused on mentoring mid-career professionals to achieve their leadership potential by living a life of selfless courage and boldness in service to others.

John Layng

John G. Layng

Prior to working with OppCAP Group LLC, Mr. Layng served as Partner and Chief Marketing Officer of Five Mile Capital Partners from 2004 through 2012. Mr. Layng began his career in the equity and fixed income businesses of G. A. Saxton and Wood Gundy, respectively. He subsequently joined Morgan Stanley in 1980, where he spent nearly 20 years in institutional sales, capital markets, product development and distribution with some of Morgan Stanley’s most sophisticated clients.

In 1999, Mr. Layng joined Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (“DLJ”) Asset Management as a Managing Director for Business Development and as a member of the Management Committee. After the acquisition of DLJ by Credit Suisse, he became a Managing Director and Head of Sales at Credit Suisse Asset Management. Mr. Layng has a BA in History from Lafayette College.

Matt Misbin

Matthew P. Misbin

Prior to working with OppCAP Group LLC, Mr. Misbin was a member of the marketing and investor relations group at Apollo Global Management. There, he focused on the Firm’s activities in various corporate and structured credit strategies.

From 2008 – 2011, Mr. Misbin worked at Stone Tower Capital in the Business Development group. During this time, he facilitated all aspects of the fundraising process. His responsibilities at various times included product development, production of Firm materials, establishment of marketing plans, working with financial institutions on potential capital markets products, investor servicing, and marketing to institutional investors. Beginning in 2007, Mr. Misbin worked at Credit Suisse in the global cash CLO group.

Mr. Misbin earned a B.S. in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia in 2007 with concentrations in Accounting and Finance.

David Murphy

David J. Murphy

Mr. Murphy began his career at Warburg Paribas Becker in 1980 in Fixed Income sales. He joined Morgan Stanley & Co. in 1984 where, over a 21 year career, he was a Principal in the Institutional Securities Division, retiring in 2005 as Executive Director of Morgan Stanley’s Global Pensions Group, a unit focused on asset allocation, liability hedging, the structuring and management of large asset transitions and private funds placement with many of the firm’s largest institutional clients.

Mr. Murphy was a Founding Partner of Hunthill Capital in 2005, later serving as Managing Director of Client Services at GLG Ore Hill and Advisor to Ovid Capital, an investment consultancy focused on bank deleveraging and regulatory capital solutions. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he received a B.A. in Economics.

James Pavela

James A. Pavela

Prior to joining OppCAP Group LLC in 2015, Mr. Pavela was a Director, Fixed-Income Sales, with Citigroup Global Markets Inc.’s Institutional Clients Group from 2009-2014, responsible for Investment Grade Taxable & Tax-Exempt Public securities, as well as Taxable Debt Private Placement issues. In addition, his experiences included Private Equity and Real Asset fund placements with his Insurance Company clients expanding their portfolio interests in Alternative Investments.

From 1994 until 2009, Mr. Pavela was a member of Smith Barney, Inc.’s Middle Markets Group in a Fixed-Income Institutional Sales capacity, until Citigroup sold Smith Barney to Morgan Stanley in 2009. His Financial Services Industry career began in 1984 initially working in a similar role for Chicago area firms: Van Kampen Merritt, Clayton Brown & Associates and Mesirow Financial. During his time with Nike Securities/First Trust Advisors (1992-1994), Mr. Pavela was also responsible for helping the firm further develop and grow its Bank Investment Portfolio Management business. His professional career began in 1979, when he joined IBM Corporation’s General Systems Division as a new account salesman, helping small companies in a variety of industries realize the benefits of automating their business operations.

Mr. Pavela graduated from Illinois State University in 1979 with a B.S. in Business Administration.

Katherine Wicker

Katherine B. Wicker

Prior to joining OppCAP Group LLC, Ms. Wicker was a Vice President at Rochdale Securities, LLC from 2003 to 2012 where she was an integral part of the West Coast institutional equity sales and research marketing team.

From 1998 through 2002, Ms. Wicker was a senior Institutional Equity Sales Trader at Robertson Stephens, Inc. covering major institutional accounts on a national basis. This followed her time from 1986 until 1996 where, as Vice President, she was in a similar role at both Credit Suisse First Boston and Salomon Brothers. She was formerly the Head Trader for Integrated Resources Asset Management and worked closely with the Portfolio Management and Business Development teams from 1984 to 1986 focusing on equity and convertible bond products.

Ms. Wicker began her career on the Los Angeles trading floor of the Pacific Stock Exchange in 1978, working with a specialist running a book of stocks. Ms. Wicker has a BA in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Bob Gorman

Bob Gorman

Prior to joining OppCAP Group LLC, Mr. Gorman was a Managing Director at Sandler Capital Management from 2009 thru 2014 where he marketed their hedge fund products and performed client service work for the firm.

From 2007 through 2009 Mr. Gorman marketed the alternative products at Wood Creek Capital. From 2000 through 2007 Mr. Gorman was involved in marketing traditional and alternative products at Dalton, Greiner, Hartman and Maher.

Mr. Gorman began his career at Bankers Trust in 1986 and was involved in various marketing and operational roles at the bank through 2000. Mr. Gorman holds a BA in Mathematics from Providence College and an MBA in Finance/Operations Management from Columbia University. Mr. Gorman is on the Board of Trustees at Providence College.

Matthew Woolley

Matthew Woolley

Prior to joining OppCAP Group LLC in 2022, Mr. Woolley was a Vice President at BlackRock. Most recently, he was responsible for marketing of fixed income funds to institutional and wealth investors across US, EMEA, APAC and LatAm. In this role, Mr. Woolley facilitated all aspects of the fundraising process including new fund launches, marketing strategy, sales content creation, and roadshows and events. During his time at BlackRock, Mr. Woolley also worked on the firm’s smart beta and sustainable investing funds.

Prior to BlackRock, Mr. Woolley also held investor relations and fundraising roles at Vista Equity Partners and Sixpoint Partners, respectively. Mr. Woolley earned a B.S. in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Economics from the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond in 2012. Mr. Woolley started his career in a corporate finance program at TD Amertrade.

Jim Mitchell

Jim Mitchell

Jim has over 30 years of experience in alternative investments, portfolio management, strategic consulting and new business development. In that time, he has developed, launched, managed and raised capital for hedge funds, private equity, real estate and renewable energy projects.

Prior to joining OppCAP Group, Jim was a Partner at Oakton Trinity Partners (OTP), a firm that consults with and arranges financing for energy infrastructure projects; in particular, solar, hydroelectric and renewable fuels. At OTP, Jim’s focus had been on sourcing projects, performing due diligence and making strategic business introductions.

Before OTP, Jim was a co-founder and Managing Partner with Precision Approach Marketing; a boutique, third-party placement agent. There, he sourced and marketed hedge funds, private equity investments and real estate strategies.

Between 2010 and 2015, Jim worked as COO of The Rockledge Group, a quantitative investment management firm. He was responsible for all trading and fund administration operations as well as new business development. He helped launch their flagship long/short equity strategy as an exchange traded fund.

From 2002 to 2010, Jim was a Managing Director with Tremont Capital Management, the alternative investments arm of Oppenheimer Funds. He relocated to London as Head of Investment Management (Europe). He also led Tremont’s fund sales efforts throughout EMEA. In 2008 he returned to New York and led the sales and marketing efforts covering hedge fund of fund products and direct manager investments in the US.

Before Tremont, Jim was part of the Citibank Alternative Investments Group. Joining in 1996, he was responsible for developing a managed account platform; unique for managing multiple investment strategies within one structure. Jim helped develop risk management, asset allocation and investment monitoring procedures covering traditional and alternative equity, fixed income, and CTA strategies.

Jim got his start at Bankers Trust, within the Global Custody and Security Services division in New York. He started as an accountant within the Fund Administration Group before becoming a Relationship Manager covering BT’s largest pension fund and endowment relationships. Specifically, he focused on how a pension fund investment managers interacted with BT’s operations.

Jim graduated from Denison University with a BA in Economics, and currently resides in Connecticut.