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Team


Our Leadership Team

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Team


Our Leadership Team

John Travaglini

Chief Executive Officer

John is a technology and capital markets entrepreneur, and a highly experienced M&A professional. Prior to founding 4Front Capital Partners, he owned a mid market investment and merchant banking consulting firm based out of Toronto, Ontario. In this role John consulted to large multinationals, funds and family offices worldwide on wealth preservation, mergers and acquisitions and International Investments. Prior to that John co-owned an investment bank with offices in Toronto, London, Singapore and Sydney Australia. This company did both public and private transactions totaling over $250 million.

John co-founded a systems integration company which had revenues of over $55 Million. John has held sales positions with Sun Microsystems, Unisys Corporation.

John has held board positions and executive management positions in both public and private companies in Canada and abroad. He holds an Honors Degree in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a graduate of the Quantum Shift Executive Management program sponsored by KPMG and Ivey School of Business.


Raj Natarajan

Partner

Raj is a Vice President within our investment banking group. He joined 4Front Capital Partners in summer of 2011 after completing his MBA at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Prior to undertaking his MBA, Raj founded and managed a company that used trenchless technology to install telecommunication cables.

Before starting his own firm, Raj worked for KLA-Tencore in India. As an Applications Engineer in KLA-Tencor, Raj provided technical consultation in 5 countries to some of world’s largest semiconductor companies.

Raj holds an undergraduate degree in Electronics Engineering and is currently pursuing his CFA.


Mark Kennedy

Vice President

Mark is a Vice President within our investment banking group. He joined 4Front Capital Partners in the fall of 2017.  Mark is a seasoned banking and capital markets professional with extensive experience and a demonstrated ability to strategize, analyze numbers and assess risk. His work experience includes twenty years with the large Canadian banks in banking, corporate finance and investment research, six years with equity boutiques in institutional equity sales and four years in the finance function (corporate development and CFO) of a private Green-tech startup overseeing several capital raising rounds. Mark has deal experience in numerous resource and industrial sectors including forest products, energy and energy services, agriculture, mining, utilities, manufacturing and real estate.

Mark holds an Honors Degree in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Masters of Business Administration from York University.


BENHUR GHIRMAI

Analyst

Ben joined 4Front Capital Partners in 2015 and is responsible for financial analysis and research. Ben has been involved with supporting acquisitions, private financings, and public listings. Furthermore, Ben is head of our CPC program. He is a CFA level 1 candidate who enjoys managing and cultivating client relationships.


Will Stuart

Analyst

Will joined 4Front Capital Partners in 2018 and is responsible for financial analysis, modelling, research, and submissions to the investment committee within the merchant banking group. Prior to starting at 4Front, Will worked as an analyst for an infrastructure fund that placed over $150MM in loans in 2018 while also working in corporate finance and business development for a portfolio company. Before this Will spent 3+ years in various roles at the Bank of Montreal and one year at a boutique asset management company.

Will graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with Honours in Bachelor Business Administration and is a CFA Level III candidate.


SAMI MASRI

Associate

Bringing a strong background in banking and investment management, Sami is responsible for identifying potential partnerships, industry analysis and company specific due diligence. Prior to joining 4Front Capital Partners, Sami was an Analyst in the investment banking derivative operations division at RBC Capital Markets. During this time, Sami had a strong track record supporting the structured rates desk, structured products desk and providing calculations on existing deals. Sami has held previous positions at CIBC and a wealth management firm in Toronto.