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.
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.