Daniel Zwirn, Managing Member, Zwirn Family Interests
Daniel Zwirn is Managing Member of Zwirn Family Interests, LLC and Arena Investors, LLC and is an owner or board member of several financial institutions including: (i) Big Rock Partners, a real estate developer, (ii) Global Analytics, a consumer finance and analytics provider, (iii) Colford Capital, a commercial finance company, (iv) White, Weld & Co. Holdings, LLC, an investment advisor, and (v) ZFI Endowment Partners, an alternative investment fund manager.
From 2001 through mid-2009, he founded and managed the business of D.B. Zwirn & Co. (“DBZ”), of which he was Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer. During its ongoing operations, DBZ managed up to $6 billion of equity capital and approximately $12 billion of assets. The firm, directly or indirectly, employed over 1,000 people across 15 core offices and over 75 specialty finance-oriented exclusive joint ventures throughout North America, Europe, Asia/Pacific and Latin America while earning more than $2.7 billion for its partners and investors.
Through December 2003, Mr. Zwirn also served as Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Special Opportunities Group of Highbridge Capital Management. Prior to that, Mr. Zwirn served as Founder/Portfolio Manager of the Special Opportunities Group of MSD Capital, L.P., the private investment firm of Michael Dell. From 1997 through early 2000, Mr. Zwirn was employed at Davidson Kempner Partners, where he initiated that firm’s focus on direct debt investments as well as international merger arbitrage, for which he was given a mandate to open the firm’s London office. Prior to attending business school, Mr. Zwirn served as an analyst in the Media and Communications Investment Banking and Private Equity departments at Lazard Frčres & Co. and Madison Dearborn Partners, respectively.
Mr. Zwirn received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School in 1998, a B.S. in Economics with a triple concentration in Accounting, Finance and Corporate Control (self-designed), cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in 1993, and a B.A.S in Computer Science, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School of Electrical Engineering in 1993.
Mr. Zwirn is or has been a member of The Council on Foreign Relations (Term) and The Young Presidents Organization. He serves or has served on the Board of Directors of the Brookings Institution, the Advisory Council of the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution, the Leadership Council of the Robin Hood Foundation, the Board of Trustees of New York's Public Theater (Treasurer), the Barnard College Real Estate Committee, and the Board of Trustees of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club.
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