Mr. LaVecchia is the Managing Partner of LaVecchia Group LLC, a privately held merchant bank consisting of its broker dealer, LaVecchia Capital LLC, which is a member firm of FINRA and SIPC, and a private equity investment group. Mr. LaVecchia is also Managing Partner of Sapphire Capital Management LLC, a hedge fund investment manager. Mr. LaVecchia currently serves on the board of directors of several public and private companies, and also sits on several non-profit boards and advisory boards, including currently sitting as a member of the Board of Advisors of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation in Washington D.C.
He has previously served on several public company boards including as a board member and vice chairman of InfuSystem Holdings Inc. (INFU, NYSE Amex) and board member of Symmetry Holdings, Inc., (TONS, NYSE Amex). Mr. LaVecchia was also recently a Council Member of the NYSE Amex Listed Company Council, an advisory group to the NYSE Euronext companies. Mr. LaVecchia is also an active member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Mr. LaVecchia has previously served as Group Head of Global Private Corporate Equity Placements at Credit Suisse First Boston, Managing Director and Head of the Private Equity Placement Group at Bear, Stearns & Company, Managing Director and Group Head of the Private Finance and Sponsors Group at Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc., and Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets at FTN Midwest, In addition, Mr. LaVecchia was a private equity investor and Senior Managing Director at Hawk Holdings, LLC, an investment and holding company that was a joint venture involving Qwest Communications.
Mr. LaVecchia has over twenty-five years of investment banking and capital markets senior experience on Wall Street and has built and run several major Wall Street groups in his career. He has extensive experience and expertise in private equity, investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, corporate advisory and capital markets including IPOs, follow-on offerings, high yield and corporate debt offerings, private capital raises (both debt and equity) and PIPE transactions. Mr. LaVecchia has been involved in transactions totaling over $100 billion involving hundreds of companies and he has directly led advisory on over $15 billion of transactions in public offerings, strategic and financial private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions and PIPE transactions on a global basis involving over 150 transactions in a multitude of industries including the Healthcare/Biotech, Business Services, Financial Services, Telecommunications, Technology and Media, Software, Real Estate, and general industrial sectors. Mr. LaVecchia has also played the leading role in numerous mergers & acquisitions, corporate debt and high yield transactions.
Mr. LaVecchia has also served as a sector member to the New York City Investment Fund and has been frequently quoted as an expert on capital raising by several periodicals including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg News, Buyouts newsletter, Investors Dealer Digest, Private Equity Week newsletter, Private Equity Analyst newsletter, the Daily Deal, Inc. magazine, etc. Additionally, Mr. LaVecchia is a regular speaker/moderator at several industry, mezzanine, private equity and venture capital conferences, including Middle Market March Madness, Institute for International Research, Strategic Research Institute, Private Equity Analyst, Venture Finance, and Venture Forum.
Mr. LaVecchia received his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Finance and a concentration in Strategic Planning. He received his BA, magna cum laude, from Clark University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Mr. LaVecchia is a Wharton Ambassador and has also been a judge of the Wharton Business Plan competition since its inception and has been a judge for several years in the Wharton Buyout Competitions. Mr. LaVecchia is a proud and active member of the Union League Club (founded 1863, New York City) and has served as a Board of Governor, Admissions Committee Chairman and Public Affairs Chairman.