Since 2015 Daniel Zwirn has been Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Arena Investors LP, an investment firm with offices in New York, London and San Francisco and focusing on global special situations asset and credit investments in corporates, real estate, structured finance, and corporate securities.
From 2009 through 2015, he founded and/or led several specialty finance enterprises including Applied Data Finance (a consumer finance company), North Mill Capital (an asset-based lender), North Mill Equipment (an equipment lessor), and Lantern Endowment Partners (an investment fund).
From 2001 through 2009, he founded and served as Managing Partner of D.B. Zwirn & Co., a global special situations firm originally co-founded by, and spun off from, Highbridge Capital Management, for which he also served as Managing Director. During 2000 and 2001, he founded and created the Special Opportunities Group of MSD Capital, the private investment firm of Michael Dell.
He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution, the Board of Trustees of Barnard College of Columbia University, and the Executive Board of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology. He previously served on the Leadership Council of the Robin Hood Foundation and the Board of Trustees of the New York Public Theater.
He has an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School (1998) as well as a B.S. Econ. and a B.A.S. (C.S.) from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Deleveraging and newly imposed regulatory restrictions have hindered traditional bank lenders activity, and in turn restricted the capital available to many segments of the US and global economies. This has created a tremendous opportunity for alternative lenders to step in to fill the void.