FOUNDER | pARTNER
G. Chris Andersen
Referred to by The New York Times as one of the five most creative investment bankers on Wall Street, Mr. Andersen has been involved in deals totaling over $100 billion in value. Widely recognized for playing an integral role in the creation of the high yield bond industry, Mr. Andersen has been responsible for some of the most innovative and notable transactions over the last several decades in investment banking.
Before founding G.C. Andersen Partners in 1996, Mr. Andersen served as Vice Chairman of PaineWebber from 1990 to 1995, where he helped propel the bank to record corporate finance revenues and with the acquisition of Kidder Peabody in 1994, launched the development of its international banking operations. Prior to PaineWebber, Mr. Andersen was head of the Investment Banking Group at Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated. He served on Drexel’s Board of Directors, Investment Banking Executive Committee, and Underwriting Assistance Committee (which reviewed, amended, restructured or approved an average of 600 transactions per year). Mr. Andersen began his career as a securities analyst in the trust department at the National Bank of Detroit, after which he became Vice President of Corporate Finance at Dominick & Dominick, Inc., a Partner at Prescott Ball & Turben, and a Partner at Wm. D. Witter.
Mr. Andersen has been a guest lecturer and commentator at university forums around the world. He was a member of the faculty of the Saltzberg Seminar and Mr. Andersen is regularly interviewed by CNN, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fortune Magazine and others.
He is a founder of the Garn Institute of Finance at the University of Utah; a member of the International Advisory Council of the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University; and sits on the advisory board of the RAND Corporation’s Center for Asia Pacific Policy. Mr. Andersen is a member of the Executive Committee for the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of New York.
Mr. Andersen received a BS from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
sENIOR ADVISOR | Partner
Thomas C. Blum
Mr. Blum has spent 28 years as an investment banker and an investor in private equity and venture capital opportunities. Before joining G.C. Andersen Partners in 2006, Mr. Blum ran Channel Capital LLC, a firm he founded in 2001 to provide venture capital and financial advisory services to emerging companies. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Blum was a Managing Director in the private equity firm, Columbia Financial Partners, during which time he helped manage the reorganization and liquidation of ContiFinancial Corp. Previously, Mr. Blum was a banker with Salomon Brothers Inc. and Bear Stearns & Co. where he was actively involved in mergers & acquisitions, IPO’s, high-yield and investment grade debt and corporate advisory transactions for a wide range of banks, insurance and specialty finance companies. From 1989 to 1992, he was based in Tokyo and oversaw the Salomon Brothers’ Japanese and Asian Financial Institutions activities.
Mr. Blum received a BS in Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
sENIOR ADVISOR | Partner
Gregory C. Bousquette
Greg Bousquette joined G.C. Andersen Partners in June 2013. Mr. Bousquette has over 33 years of investment banking experience and is Wall Street’s most experienced gaming industry dedicated banker. Mr. Bousquette has specialized in working with smaller and midsize casinos and over the last 25 years has been the preeminent investment banker in that segment of the gaming industry. Mr. Bousquette has extensive relationships with every segment of the gaming industry and recently represented one of the creditor tranches in the highly successful $30 billion Caesars bankruptcy. Mr. Bousquette has extensive transaction experience in Mergers & Acquisitions, high yield financing, first and second lien debt, private placements and mezzanine offerings.
Prior to joining G.C. Andersen Partners, Mr. Bousquette was the Co-Head of Investment Banking at Seaport Securities and at Libra Securities. Mr. Bousquette also worked for Morgan Stanley and Drexel Burnham Lambert (Beverly Hills).
Mr. Bosquette also worked on the startup financing for Sirius radio and has investments in nightclubs and restaurants.
Mr. Bousquette received an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business (Top 1% of Class), a law degree from Harvard Law School (admitted as a teenager), and a BBA from the University of Michigan (Summa Cum Laude).
Mark Q. Davis
Mark Davis joined G.C. Andersen Partners in January 2013. Mr. Davis has over 25 years of investment banking experience and has completed over $24 billion of financing transactions and advisory assignments. Mr. Davis has extensive relationships with a number of leading private equity firms and assists them in acquiring, financing and selling their portfolio companies. Mr. Davis has extensive transaction experience in high yield, first and second lien debt and mezzanine offerings, securitizations, IPOs, secondary equity offerings, exclusive sales, take-private transactions, bankruptcy and restructuring assignments. Mr. Davis has completed transactions in a variety of industries with a particular emphasis in the industrial and energy sectors.
Most recently, Mr. Davis was a Managing Director and Head of the Financial Sponsors Group at Global Hunter Securities. Prior to joining Global Hunter Securities in 2011, Mr. Davis was a Partner at The Balloch Group, a leading independent investment bank serving both domestic Chinese and international clients in China. Mr. Davis was responsible for cross-border transactions and spent approximately 50% of his time in China developing relationships and executing transactions. Notable transactions include a ground-breaking $3.5 billion repurchase agreement between a global pension fund manager and China Investment Corporation. While at The Balloch Group, Mr. Davis assisted his clients in closing over $4.9 billion of financing transactions and advisory assignments.
Prior to joining The Balloch Group in 2007, Mr. Davis was a Managing Director at Jefferies & Company where he was responsible for originating investment-banking business with private equity firms. Previously, Mr. Davis also worked for DLJ, Bear Stearns, Wasserstein Perella, and Drexel Burnham Lambert.
Mr. Davis received a MBA from The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan.
Douglas T. McClure
Mr. McClure has over 30 years experience in the investment and merchant banking arenas. He has had extensive experience in mergers & acquisitions, debt and equity capital raises, and financial restructurings. Before joining G.C. Andersen Partners in 2000, Mr. McClure was a partner at The Private Merchant Banking Company, a boutique investment and merchant banking firm focused on middle market and emerging growth companies. From 1992 to 1994, Mr. McClure was a Managing Director at New Street Capital, an asset management firm, where he co-managed a $400 million portfolio investing in distressed, mezzanine and private equity securities and high yield bonds. From 1990 to 1992, Mr. McClure served as a Managing Director at Drexel Burnham Lambert during its bankruptcy, where he co-managed the firm’s portfolio of investments in distressed securities and high yield bonds. He was also responsible for most of Drexel’s major distressed securities positions and was Chairman of several creditor committees. Prior to 1990, he was a Managing Director in Drexel’s Corporate Finance Department.
Mr. McClure received an A.B. from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
R. Chris Busbee
Mr. Busbee has worked for 25+ years in numerous management roles in investment banking and management. He served as Global Head of HVB/Unicredit Bank’s Private Placement Group for five years and spent ten years with Citibank Securities. Mr. Busbee also served as Chief Financial Officer for Mesa Power, Mr. T. Boone Pickens’ captive power company and worked in various capacities for the Hunt Oil Company
Mr. Busbee also has previous experience managing and investing private capital. He served as SVP/Team Leader for Prudential Capital and as Managing Director for Jacobson Partners Private Equity. In both cases, Mr. Busbee was responsible for private debt, mezzanine and equity investments. Mr. Busbee also serves on the board of directors for Pallet Ops, LLC (a recycled pallet manufacturer based in Texas) and manages a charitable trust for the benefit of children
Mr. Busbee received his BBA from Washington & Lee and MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.
Luke J. Paetzold
Mr. Paetzold joined G.C. Andersen Partners in January 2017. Mr. Paetzold has over 8 years of combined corporate finance experience spanning investment banking and principal investing.
Mr. Paetzold has completed over $10 billion of financing transactions, advisory assignments, and principal investments. Mr. Paetzold has transaction experience in high yield, first and second lien debt, mezzanine offerings, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, mergers and acquisitions, secondary equity offerings, management buyouts, IPOs, and direct equity investments.
Previously, Mr. Paetzold was an associate at Pine Brook Partners, where he was responsible for evaluating equity investments in the energy sector. Completed transactions include equity platform investments in Serafina Energy and Wagon Wheel Exploration.
Prior to Pine Brook Partners, Mr. Paetzold was an analyst in the Global Energy & Power Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he advised companies in various verticals across the energy sector. Notable transaction experience includes Kohlberg Kravis Roberts’ $7.2 billion leveraged buyout of Samson Resources, over $2.0 billion of senior notes issuances and advisory roles on key Permian Basin acreage acquisitions and divestitures for Concho Resources, Inc., various capital markets offerings for Legacy Reserves LP, PDC Energy, QR Energy, LP, LRR Energy, L.P., and Breitburn Energy Partners, L.P., as well as reviews of strategic alternatives for Chevron Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell, Petrobras, Ecopetrol, Centrica plc, and Reliance Industries Limited.
Mr. Paetzold holds a B.S. in Finance from the Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University.
Our partners have also served on the Boards of Directors of the following companies:
United Rentals, Millenium Cell, Terex, PaineWebber, Landauer Metropolitan Inc., m2m Imaging, Inc. Technologies, SkyFuel, Inc., Interactive Frontiers, Inc., United Waste Systems, Westpoint Stevens, United Artists Entertainment, Grand Union, XPO Logistics, National Distributing, Moduline International, Sunshine Mining Co., Drexel Burnham Lambert, Memorex Telex, and The Seidler Companies.