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Senior Management

Joshua S. Friedman - Founding Partner, Co-Chairman, and Co-CEO

Joshua S. Friedman is Co-Founder, Co-Chairman, and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Canyon Partners, LLC. Mr. Friedman is a graduate of Harvard College (B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Physics), Oxford University (M.A., honors, Politics and Economics, Marshall Scholar), Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude), and Harvard Business School (M.B.A., Baker Scholar). Prior to forming Canyon, Mr. Friedman was Director of Capital Markets for High Yield and Private Placements at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Prior to working at Drexel, he worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of Goldman Sachs in New York. Mr. Friedman is also a director and trustee of a number of nonprofit and charitable organizations.

Mitchell R. Julis - Founding Partner, Co-Chairman, and Co-CEO

Mitchell R. Julis is Co-Founder, Co-Chairman, and Co-CEO of Canyon Partners, LLC. Mr. Julis is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University (B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude), and Harvard Business School (M.B.A., honors). Prior to forming Canyon, Mr. Julis directed a group of professionals responsible for a portfolio of distressed and special situation securities at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Prior to working at Drexel, he was a bankruptcy and creditors' rights attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York. Mr. Julis has authored a number of articles published in law journals and other periodicals on the subject of bankruptcy and distressed credit investing.

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Senior Portfolio Managers

Allen Ba, CFA - Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager

Allen Ba is a Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager. Mr. Ba’s primary focus is on structured debt products (specifically RMBS), as well as investments in financial, insurance, real estate, energy, utility and chemical companies.

Prior to joining Canyon in 2001, Mr. Ba worked as an Associate with Crown Capital Group, where he evaluated private equity investments across a number of industries. Mr. Ba is a graduate of Dartmouth College (B.A., cum laude, honors in English Literature), the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles (M.B.A., Venture Fellow) and the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (J.D., Law Review). Mr. Ba is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.

George Jikovski, CFA - Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager

George Jikovski is a Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager. He primarily focuses on identifying investment opportunities in the mortgage-backed securities, structured finance and credit derivatives sectors. In addition, Mr. Jikovski is involved in the risk management and hedging of the portfolios.

Prior to joining Canyon in 2007, Mr. Jikovski was at Trust Company of the West, where he focused on high grade MBS, including MBS derivatives, collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs) and market value CDOs. Mr. Jikovski was previously with the Financial Restructuring Group at Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin and was an Investment Banker in the Corporate Finance / M&A group at Bear, Stearns & Co, Inc. Mr. Jikovski graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Business Economics and a minor in accounting. Mr. Jikovski is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.

Todd Lemkin - Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager

Todd Lemkin is a Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager. Mr. Lemkin oversees Canyon’s European investments and the London office. Mr. Lemkin focuses on opportunities in stressed and distressed bank loans and high yield securities across a variety of industries in Europe, as well as in the U.S. cable, media, telecom, satellite, technology, real estate, building products, and homebuilding sectors.

Prior to joining Canyon in 2003, Mr. Lemkin was an analyst at Scoggin Capital Management in New York where he focused on analyzing securities of distressed and bankrupt companies. Prior to working at Scoggin, he was an Investment Banker in the Healthcare Group of Banc of America Securities and the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of Lehman Brothers. Mr. Lemkin is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (B.A., English).

Dominique Mielle - Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager

Dominique Mielle is a Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager. Ms. Mielle’s primary focus is on distressed and high yield investments within the airline, wireless and retail sectors. She also specializes in aircraft lease securitizations, select high yield municipal bonds and intracapital arbitrages.

Prior to joining Canyon in 1998, Ms. Mielle worked as an Analyst with Lehman Brothers, Inc. in the Financial Institutions Group, where she focused on mergers and acquisitions. She also worked as an Associate at Libra Investments, Inc. in the Corporate Finance department where she covered middle market companies. Ms. Mielle graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in France (B.S., International Management) and Stanford University Business School (M.B.A., Finance).

Soon Pho - Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager

Soon Pho is a Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager. Mr. Pho oversees the investment activities across Canyon’s liquid alternatives portfolios.  In addition, Mr. Pho manages the convertible bond portfolio (including arbitrage and distressed opportunities).  Mr. Pho also focuses on investments in the industrials, healthcare and mining sectors. 

Prior to joining Canyon in 2001, Mr. Pho was an Associate at JUMP Investors, where he evaluated investments in early stage information technology companies. Prior to JUMP, Mr. Pho worked in the Investment Banking group at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. Mr. Pho graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (B.S., summa cum laude, Economics).

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Senior Traders

Chris Heine - Partner and Head Equity Trader

Chris Heine is a Partner and Head Equity Trader.

Prior to joining Canyon in 2005, Mr. Heine was a Principal and Head Equity Trader at Och-Ziff Capital Management Group in New York. Prior to Och-Ziff, Mr. Heine was Vice President and Director at Toronto Dominion Securities (USA) in the Institutional Equity department. Prior to that, Mr. Heine was a Registered Option Trader and market maker on the American Stock Exchange. Mr. Heine is a graduate of Union College (B.A., Managerial Economics).

Desmond Lynch - Partner and Head Debt Trader

Desmond Lynch is a Partner and Head Debt Trader. Mr. Lynch’s primary focus is to oversee trading activity in credit market investments.

Prior to joining Canyon in 1993, Mr. Lynch was a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions department at The Seidler Companies. Prior to that, Mr. Lynch was an Account Executive at Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc., where he was involved in the sales of debt and equity investments. Mr. Lynch is a graduate of the University of Oregon (B.S., Finance).

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Operating Management

John Plaga, CFA, CPA - Partner and Chief Financial Officer

John Plaga is a Partner and Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to joining Canyon in 1997, Mr. Plaga spent three years at Trust Company of the West where he managed an accounting staff and coordinated the financial reporting of various international equity and emerging market debt portfolios. Previously he was a senior auditor with Ernst & Young. Mr. Plaga is a graduate of University of Southern California (B.S., Accounting, cum laude). He is a Certified Public Accountant and CFA charterholder

Christopher Borghi - Chief Technology Officer

Chris Borghi is Chief Technology Officer. He is responsible for all information technology.

Prior to joining Canyon in 2006, Mr. Borghi was the Chief Technology Officer of Integrated Finance Ltd. He has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology, with the bulk of his career with Wall Street firms. His previous experience includes senior positions at JP Morgan Chase, Credit Suisse First Boston, Moore Capital Management, Alliance Capital, and Salomon Brothers. Mr. Borghi received a B.A. in Computer Science with minor in Physics from Ithaca College.

Doug Anderson - Chief Compliance Officer

Doug Anderson is Chief Compliance Officer. He is responsible for monitoring compliance with the federal and state securities laws as well as client mandates.

Prior to joining Canyon in 2005, Mr. Anderson was a senior Securities Compliance Examiner with the Pacific Regional Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for over five years. He was responsible for conducting compliance examinations (routine and cause) of various investment advisers and investment companies. Mr. Anderson is a graduate of the University of California, Davis (B.A., Economics and Communications) and Vermont Law School (J.D., cum laude).

Jonathan Kaplan - General Counsel

Jonathan Kaplan is Canyon's General Counsel.

Prior to joining Canyon in 2007, Mr. Kaplan was a partner at Sidley Austin LLP, where he acted as outside counsel for Canyon and a number of other investment fund clients. He is a graduate of University of California, San Diego (B.A., Political Science) and New York University School of Law (J.D.).