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Mr. Michael B. Kessler joined Riverside in 2013 as a Partner and founding member of a new fund family, the Riverside Strategic Capital Fund (RSCF). The RSCF seeks to make non-control investments in companies with $5+ million of EBITDA for acquisition financing, liquidity events, growth initiatives, buyouts and recapitalizations.
Prior to joining Riverside, Mr. Kessler was a Managing Director at Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS) and a member of the firm’s investment committee. At VSS, Mr. Kessler was responsible for the origination, underwriting, structuring and management of portfolio investments in the VSS Structured Capital and Equity Funds. Prior to joining VSS in 2003, he worked for 17 years as an investment banker at CIBC World Markets, Oppenheimer & Co. (acquired by CIBC in 1997), Barclays Capital and Merrill Lynch. Mr. Kessler holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, and a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Kessler is a member of RSCF’s Investment Committee, and a board member of Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc. and Bentley Laboratories, LLC.