Stellwagen Capital’s world-class team of professionals, led by a top-tier management team, has an outstanding track record in the aviation industry. The initial capital raise will focus on investments in secured aircraft financing by providing senior and junior secured loans, high yield instruments, and operating lease debt to airlines and operating lease companies. These investments will be made in a structured and highly efficient manner.
Leveraging decades of industry experience and technical know-how.
With strong relationships in the aviation industry and decades of capital markets experience, Stellwagen Capital provides the expertise needed to coordinate the legal, technical, and commercial aspects of every investment structure we develop. What sets us apart is our ability to price and structure each transaction, assess risk, and monitor the investment process to generate maximum returns for our investors.
Scott Corman is Chief Executive Officer at Stellwagen Capital responsible for building and growing the firm’s aviation fund management and structured finance businesses. Previously he was Executive Managing Director at ECN Capital/Element Corp overseeing the Rail & Aviation Finance business unit. Prior to his post at ECN, he was Transportation Asset Finance Managing Director at Credit Suisse and head of the Transportation Asset Finance team within the Structured Products Division where he was responsible for leading the team’s efforts in the operating lease and transportation sector and oversaw the group’s credit exposures to the sector. He has over 20 years of experience and has structured and syndicated both debt and equity in numerous transactions. Throughout his career, Scott has created and fostered key global relationships at an executive level, with numerous leading transportation and leasing groups. As a result, he has led ground breaking transactions in the railcar and aircraft finance sectors, receiving industry recognition and multiple awards for his accomplishments. Over the last decade, Scott played an integral role in raising equity capital and related debt for three start-up leasing companies within the transportation industry. Today, each of these entities have grown to become some of the top lessors in their respective industries.
Pradeep Hathiramani is Chief Investment Officer at Stellwagen Capital drawing on his experience in asset based lending, leasing, capital markets, and alternative investment management. In 2013 he founded First Star Aviation, an international aircraft leasing portfolio company for BDC Fifth Street Finance, and built a global portfolio of aircraft delivering high-teen unlevered returns in just five quarters. Previously, Pradeep was Principal and Sector Head of Transportation in Kohlberg Kravis Roberts’ Asset Management business where he led credit investments. His roles included origination, investment selection as well as portfolio management of leveraged loans, high yield bonds, direct lending, mezzanine and special situations investments managing over $800 million. Prior to that, Pradeep was a Director in the aircraft leasing group of GATX Financial Corporation (now Macquarie AirFinance). He started his finance career at Citibank in the US West Coast investment banking group. Pradeep received an A.B. in Economics with a minor in French from Vassar College where he was class Valedictorian. He received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Christian Schultheiss is Chief Admin Officer at Stellwagen Capital. Previously he was Chief Financial Officer at Stellwagen Group. Before that he was a Managing Director and Chief Admin Officer at Oppenheimer Asset Management, a $20 billion wealth management platform. Chris was also a Senior Manager with Arthur Andersen’s business consulting practice serving as a senior advisor to clients on operational and technology related engagements in the financial services industry. Chris began his career with Arthur Andersen as an auditor. He received his Certified Public Accountant certificate from the State of New York and holds a bachelor of science in accounting from St. John’s University.
Michelle O’Toole is Head of Investor Relations at Stellwagen Capital. Prior to joining Stellwagen Capital in April 2016, Michelle was a Vice President at Jefferies in the Private Capital Group. Previously, she was a Director at Blackstone (Park Hill Group) where she worked within the EMEA Private Equity team based in London. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2011, Michelle was an Associate at Lehman Brothers/Nomura where she advised clients on M&A transactions in the Consumer & Retail Sectors. She received a BSc. degree in Business and Economics from Trinity College Dublin and a MSc. in Finance and Capital Markets from Dublin City University.