Our Senior Management Team
West End's team has broad based management, finance, digital, and advisory experience in a variety of industry sectors. Its expertise spans product and services business from start-up technology units to multi-billion dollar conglomerates. Business advisory engagements are U.S. nationwide and international with a U.S. business nexus.
Mr. Dealy has led the investment, management and advisory practice at West End Partners since its inception in 1992. Mr. Dealy has spent more than 35 years in corporate advisory, senior management, investment underwriting and transactional mergers and acquisitions roles for West End owned and client companies. Mr. Dealy has developed digital marketing and operations initiatives coupled with transactional and advisory solutions in his direction of West End portfolio companies and for constituent public and privately held middle market and emerging business clients. West End portfolio investments directed by Mr. Dealy have included digital projection businesses, internet voice, data and video transmission technology operations, and consumer travel and sports businesses. Prior to forming West End Partners in 1992, Mr. Dealy was a founding partner of Sigoloff and Associates, Inc. an international crisis management firm led by Sandy Sigoloff, one of the preeminent corporate turnaround specialists. Engaged by boards of directors, lending institutions and operating management, Mr. Dealy managed large capitalization turnarounds and reorganizations in a variety of industries during the recession of 1989-1992. He began his restructuring career in 1983 as a member of the turnaround team that successfully completed the largest corporate Chapter 11 reorganization to that date, Wickes Companies, Inc., a conglomerate holding more than thirty companies in diverse product and services markets ranging from retail operations, apparel, home furnishings, automobile products, building materials, insurance and financial services. Mr. Dealy has advised private equity groups, boards of directors, and lenders, and has directed the hands on crisis management of venture funded companies to $ billion multinationals, both within Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings and in out of court restructurings. Mr. Dealy holds a B.A. degree from Fordham University and a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law.
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Mr. Aborn has spent his entire professional career in the management and oversight of investments and loan portfolios for financial institutions and investment companies. From 1968 through 2004, Mr. Aborn held various executive positions at John Hancock Financial Services, culminating in his management, as Vice Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, of $35 billion in private placement and commercial mortgage assets for the company as Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Board of the company. During his tenure at John Hancock, Mr. Aborn grew the third party asset management business to approximately $40 billion by creating and developing individual asset management subsidiaries specializing in venture capital, mezzanine finance, equity management, energy and agricultural sector investing and timber management. He has chaired creditors’ committees in Chapter 11 proceedings while at John Hancock. Since retiring from John Hancock, Mr. Aborn has continued his active investment oversight practice in a variety of entities, including his role as chairman of the investment committee at Controlled Risk Insurance Company (the Harvard Medical School captive malpractice insurer), and in board advisory roles at Boston Advisors LLC, Kairos Funds, LP and Debt Exchange LLC. Mr. Aborn holds Bachelor of Arts and MBA degrees from Dartmouth College and the Tuck School of Business, respectively.
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Mr. Mandel is based in Hong Kong and is a former Managing Director and Head of the Financial Sponsors Group for Asia Pacific Investment Banking for Morgan Stanley. At Morgan Stanley, he had overall responsibility for the Firm’s relationships with Private Equity and Hedge Fund Special Situation Group clients across Asia and was part of the Firm’s Sovereign Wealth Fund coverage effort. He led and oversaw significant Merger & Acquisition, Equity and Debt Financing and Derivative transactions for clients including KKR, Providence Equity, Bain Capital, Affinity Partners, The Carlyle Group and Terra Firma. Prior to relocating to Hong Kong in 2007, Jonathan was a Managing Director in Morgan Stanley’s Financial Sponsors Group in London. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Jonathan held senior roles in Europe for Goldman Sachs in the Communication, Media and Technology Group and for McKinsey & Company in the Corporate Finance & Strategy practice. In addition to his M&A and financing background, Jonathan’s experience includes the restructuring of a major European airline, including the carving out of its non core flight operations and the negotiation of entry of new equity capital, debt renegotiation for creditors of one of the world’s largest satellite companies, capital structure and management restructuring at a UK wireless technology company and advising one of Germany’s largest banks on the restructuring of its asset backed securities portfolio . Over the course of his professional career, he has completed complex transactions for corporate and sponsor clients across Asia, Europe and North America in a wide variety of sectors including Media, Telecoms, Basic Materials, Financial Services, Industrials, Retail, and Technology. Jonathan holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (BA 1991), Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) (MA 1993) and INSEAD (MBA 1996).
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