Credit Advisory Board

New State Capital Partners has assembled its Credit Advisory Board with individuals who have outstanding experience and perspectives on the credit markets and who have close relationships with New State and its principals.  The board will convene periodically to advise New State on its various interactions with the credit markets, including:

  1. Private equity investment new acquisition financing
  2. Private equity portfolio company re-financings
  3. Impact of credit markets on buyside and sell-side M&A strategies
  4. Direct investments in credit

Board Members

Geoff Coar

Geoff is Senior Vice President of Opus Bank and is responsible for leading Orange County, CA and San Diego Commercial Banking debt originations and client management with a focus on companies with annual revenues between $10 to $150 million.  Prior to joining Opus Bank in 2014, he was Senior Vice President of US Bank Commercial Banking Orange County and Citibank Commercial Banking Orange County and San Diego focused on middle market lending.  Mr. Coar began his 25 year career with Wells Fargo Commercial Banking in 1995.  Mr. Coar is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

Daniel Han

Daniel joined New State Capital Partners in 2020 to lead Special Strategies. He brings 20 years of distressed credit, private equity and investment banking experience across a variety of industries, including industrials, metals, financials, infrastructure and consumer retail. Mr. Han has served on ten corporate boards, including those of publicly-listed companies.  Previously, he was the Co-Head of North American Investments at Strategic Value Partners, an $8B distressed credit investment manager based in Connecticut. Prior to Strategic Value Partners, Mr. Han served as a Principal at Wellspring Capital Management, a $3B middle-market buyout fund, where he sat on the investment committee and led transactions across the industrial and consumer sectors. He started his career in the M&A group of J.P. Morgan in New York.  Mr. Han graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce, with a concentration in Finance.

David Blechman

Dave is a Senior Principal and Founder of New State Capital Partners.  He has more than 25 years of experience in credit from various perspectives.  For five years, he worked on complex debt restructurings at The Blackstone Group.  As a principal investor since 2005, Mr. Blechman has raised acquisition financing, refinanced and restructured credits and invested in credit positions directly.  Previously, he served as Adjunct Professor of Finance at Columbia Business School where he taught a class in distressed value investing. Dave received his undergraduate degree in economics from University of Chicago and earned his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

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