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The 2016 Hedge Fund Rising Stars: Matthew Satnick
At MSD Partners, Satnick focuses his analytical skills on the energy sector.
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 giant’s 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 Madoff’s Ponzi scheme unraveled in 2008.
Now with New York–based 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 York–based Odyssey Investment Partners, which he joined in 2004 as an associate. The $5 billion private equity shop’s top rainmakers took a shine to Satnick, and in no time the new arrival was overseeing portfolio companies, including Oak Brook, Illinois–based 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, Texas–headquartered 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 community.
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