John Phelan

John Phelan

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John Phelan is the Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer of MSD Capital and MSD Partners. Prior to this, he was a Principal at ESL Partners and was responsible for the firm’s Special Situation and Distressed Investments. He helped grow ESL from $50 million to over $2 billion in assets under management. Prior to ESL, Phelan was a Vice President in the Equity Group and was in charge of Acquisitions for the Zell-Merrill Lynch Real Estate Opportunity Funds. He began his career at Goldman Sachs in the real estate investment banking services department.

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