Stuart J. Lissner joins The Peakstone Group as Managing Director

February, 2017. Stuart J. Lissner is a Managing Director at Peakstone Group and will focus on deal origination and execution in a number of areas including power, energy, oil and gas, manufacturing, transportation and other industries.  Stuart also has expertise in distressed M&A transactions.

Stuart has over 20 years of experience as a private equity sponsor, distressed debt investor, and workout professional.  As the co-founder and managing partner for Apex Fundamental Partners, a lower middle market private equity sponsor, Stuart focuses on managing Apex’s energy platform companies and on finding add-on opportunities, as well as new platform investments.

Stuart began his asset management career as a senior asset manager and workout professional for PPM America, Inc., a $100 billion global investment firm. Stuart was a managing director and workout professional in the special investments group that invested PPM’s $1.3 billion of fund capital in the distressed debt, high yield bonds, leveraged bank loans, and private equity in over 100 different companies across most industry sectors. Some of these specific industries and sub-industries included: energy (oilfield services, oil exploration and production, merchant energy, back-up power), metals, recreational vehicles, pulp and paper, department stores, supermarkets, plastics, rental companies, telecom, packaging, coupon processing, agriculture, food, gaming, and healthcare.

Stuart also partnered with Lissner Associates Ltd., his family’s management consulting firm, to provide turnaround consulting services to underperforming businesses.

Stuart has negotiated, structured and/or restructured numerous transactions including:
– The acquisition of a $17 million oilfield services company.

– The restructuring, capital raise and acquisition of an oil and gas exploration and production company, raising over $200 million in new debt financing to facilitate the transaction.

– The restructuring and acquisition of a non-performing $500+ million recreational vehicle business with a diverse and contentious group of debt and equity holders.

Stuart is passionate about his role as board member of Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. (AKA “Camp One Step”), which offers camp experiences and other excursion programs that allow children with cancer to just be kids.

Stuart is a CPA and an attorney with a Bachelor of Science in Management from Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business and a Juris Doctor from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.

About Peakstone
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