Michael Leitner is a Managing Director at Blackrock and Co-Head of Direct Lending and TCP Special Situations. Previously, Mr. Leitner was a Managing Partner of Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC and a member of its Management Committee. During 2018, Tennenbaum Capital Partners was acquired by Blackrock. Prior to joining TCP in 2005, Mr. Leitner served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for WilTel Communications, and before that as President and Chief Executive Officer of GlobeNet Communications, leading the company through a successful turnaround and sale. Previously, he was Vice President of Corporate Development of 360networks and additionally developed and managed the Company’s global colocation services business. Prior to 360 networks, he served as Senior Director of Corporate Development for Microsoft Corporation, managing corporate investments and acquisitions in the telecommunications, media, managed services, and business applications software sectors. Prior to Microsoft, he was a Vice President in the M&A group at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Leitner currently serves as a Director on the boards of Avanti, Integra Telecom and Core Media.
• M.B.A. from the University of Michigan
• B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles
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.