In his first job after graduating from the University of
Pennsylvania with a degree in diplomatic history, Matthew
Satnick learned a thing or two about company fundamentals as an
analyst in Lazard Frères & Co.s restructuring
group working on the infamous bankruptcy of WorldCom in 2002.
Sitting in the telecommunications giants headquarters
outside Jackson, Mississippi, Satnick and his team were busy
trying to sell its beeper business, SkyTel Communications,
during the time that former CEO Bernard Ebbers was arrested in
the biggest accounting scandal to rock the U.S. until Bernard
Madoffs Ponzi scheme unraveled in 2008.
Now with New Yorkbased MSD Partners, Satnick, 36,
applies his knowledge of fundamental analysis to public
equities in the energy sector, with a focus on alternative
energy, industrial cyclical businesses, oil field services and
water. He joined the $7.5 billion hedge fund formed by the
principals of MSD Capital, the family office of Michael Dell of
Dell computers fame, as a senior analyst in 2011 and was
promoted to principal in 2014.
Satnick had previously been a principal at New
Yorkbased Odyssey Investment Partners, which he joined in
2004 as an associate. The $5 billion private equity shops
top rainmakers took a shine to Satnick, and in no time the new
arrival was overseeing portfolio companies, including Oak
Brook, Illinoisbased safety gear maker Norcross Safety
Products, which Odyssey sold to Honeywell International for
$1.2 billion in 2008.
He has since developed a passion for investments in
alternative energy and water treatment. Satnick represents MSD
on the board of Woodlands, Texasheadquartered Energy
Water Solutions, which cleans and recycles the water used in
oil and gas production, and advises the American Water Works
Association, an international nonprofit dedicated to water
treatment, on connecting its members with the financial
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