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Stephen Ballas,

General Counsel

Mr. Ballas is a Managing Director and the firm’s General Counsel.  He manages all legal and regulatory matters affecting the firm’s operations and investments.  He is also a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Stephen Ballas

General Counsel

Mr. Ballas has worked in multiple industries, including in and outside of investment management, and has extensive experience in M&A, strategic transactions, capital markets, SEC reporting and public-company corporate governance.  Prior to joining our firm in 2018, he served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Global Eagle Entertainment, a Nasdaq-listed provider of media, content, connectivity and data analytics to aviation, maritime and remote-land markets.  He supervised all legal, regulatory and compliance matters for that company and its global operations.

Mr. Ballas previously served as a Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel (Corporate, M&A and Securities) at CBRE Group, the Fortune 500 global commercial real-estate services and investment firm, and as a Senior Counsel at that company’s investment-management arm.  He was a Vice President at GSO Capital Partners, the credit-investment arm of The Blackstone Group, and a Senior Counsel at the New York-based hedge fund TPG-Axon Capital.  He began his legal career as a corporate associate at the global law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where he supported both public-company- as well as private-equity-backed M&A and strategic transactions. 

Mr. Ballas graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a B.A. in Economics and cum laude with a J.D. from Georgetown University.