Michael J. Zupon is a Senior Advisor to Digital Colony Credit. Mr. Zupon has over 30 years of investment experience managing leveraged loan, high yield bond, distressed debt, mezzanine debt and private equity investments.
Prior to Digital Colony, Mr. Zupon was a Managing Director and the Chief Investment Officer of the Allianz Global Investors (“AllianzGI”) US Private Credit Solutions team. Mr. Zupon joined AllianzGI in January 2017 following the acquisition by AllianzGI of Sound Harbor Partners’ investment funds. Mr. Zupon founded Sounded Harbor Partners’ in 2009 to provide private credit to US companies.
Prior to founding Sound Harbor in 2009, Mr. Zupon was a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group from 1999‐2009 and was a Partner and member of the Management Committee. Mr. Zupon founded Carlyle's Leveraged Finance business and led its growth to over $13 billion of assets under management. As head of U.S. Leveraged Finance, Mr. Zupon served as Chief Investment Officer, Loan Portfolio Manager and Special Situations Portfolio Manager. In his role as Special Situations Portfolio Manager, Mr. Zupon developed and led Carlyle's entry into mezzanine debt and credit solutions distressed investing. Mr. Zupon was a member of the Investment Committees to Carlyle Strategic Partners, a credit solutions distressed fund and Carlyle Mezzanine Partners and served on the board of Carlyle Europe Leveraged Finance.
Prior to Carlyle, Mr. Zupon was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch and Banc of America Securities (f.k.a. NationsBanc Markets, Inc.), where he managed a department responsible for its leveraged loan underwriting business. Earlier, Mr. Zupon worked at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce's Acquisition Finance Group (CIBC).
Mr. Zupon earned a B.S. in Business from Miami University of Ohio.