Centrecourt’s principals have decades of investment and advisory experience. The team’s investment and advisory expertise helps to differentiate Centrecourt from other capital providers as principals who are able to both creatively structure cost-effective financing solutions and add value to companies.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Smithline has over 30 years of diversified Wall Street experience as an investor, investment banker and corporate and securities attorney. He has participated in over $50 billion of transactions as an investor and advisor. Prior to forming Centrecourt Asset Management, Mr. Smithline was a partner at Scoggin Capital Management, an event-driven, special situations hedge fund. Mr. Smithline was also a Managing Director at Wasserstein Perella & Co. and its successor Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, initially in Leveraged Finance and subsequently in the Media, Telecommunications and Technology Group. Mr. Smithline was also a partner at the law firm Shea & Gould and an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel where he had significant corporate and securities experience representing primarily investment banks and financial institutions in mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities, bridge financings and restructuring transactions. He received a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.S., magna cum laude from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Ly has over 17 years of diversified Wall Street experience as an investor, investment banker and securities analyst. Prior to joining Centrecourt Asset Management, Mr. Ly was a vice president at Burnham Hill Partners, where he was involved in structuring and executing private placements in debt and equity securities and mergers and acqusitions transactions for smaller capitalization companies. Prior to working at Burnham Hill Partners, Mr. Ly was an Associate at The Ivy Group LLC, a merchant bank focused on advising emerging growth and middle market companies on private placements, restructuring and mergers and acquisitions transactions. Mr. Ly began his career at Merrill Lynch & Co. as an Analyst in the Institutional Asset Management Division. Mr. Ly received a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.