Meet the Team
Stefan Shaffer
Managing Partner

Stefan was a founding partner and President of SPP Hambro, SPP Capital’s predecessor. He manages the global origination of SPP Capital and sits on the Investment Committee of SPP Credit Partners, SPP Capital’s direct lending affiliate. His over 30 years of experience in the private market includes hundreds of transactions in North America, Asia and Europe. Prior to his tenure at SPP, Stefan was a Vice President in the Private Placement Group at Bankers Trust Company where he was responsible for origination, structuring and pricing of private placements for the Capital Markets Group, both nationally and internationally. Prior to his move to investment banking, Stefan had been an attorney with the law firm of White & Case where he drafted and negotiated private placements, public securities, leveraged lease transactions and provided general corporate counsel. Stefan is a cum laude graduate of Cornell Law School where he earned a J.D. degree and served on the Board of Editors on the Cornell International Law Journal; he is a magna cum laude undergraduate from Colgate University where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Shaffer sits on the boards of the Construction Partners, Inc (NASDAQ: ROAD), LIM University, and Cape Air.

 

Contact : sshaffer@sppcapital.com | 212.455.4502

Robin Busch
Managing Partner

Robin leads capital raising efforts at SPP Capital and has responsibility for deal teams and key client relationships. Robin's primary area of expertise is structuring and arranging financings for corporate and private equity clients. She maintains relationships with a broad range of financing sources including banks, mezzanine funds, BDCs, credit opportunities funds, insurance companies, specialty finance companies, and private equity firms. Prior to joining SPP Capital at its inception, Robin was with Bankers Trust Company in the Capital Markets Group. Robin is a cum laude graduate of New York University.

 

Contact : rbusch@sppcapital.com | 212.455.4504

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Todd Kumble
Managing Partner &
Chief Investment Officer, SPP Credit Partners

Todd oversees SPP Capital's direct lending fund, SPP Credit Partners, and has extensive experience investing in private debt and equity. Having joined SPP Hambro, SPP Capital’s predecessor, in 1993, Todd’s experience spans a broad array of industries including manufacturing, distribution, financial services, consumer products, and media. Before joining SPP Capital, Todd was a Director of Financial Planning for Home Box Office, Inc. where he was involved in acquisition analysis for the company. Prior to this, he was a Manager of Treasury for The Allen Group, Inc. and a Credit Analyst for the Leveraged Buyout Group of Manufacturers Hanover Trust. Todd has a B.A. degree in Economics from Yale University and an M.B.A. degree in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

 

Contact : tkumble@sppcreditpartners.com | 646.436.1808

Amy Lazarus
Partner
Chief Financial & Operating Officer

 

Amy was a founding partner of SPP Hambro, SPP Capital’s predecessor, and originally served as the firm’s head of distribution. Prior to joining the firm as a principal, Amy was a Vice President in the Private Placement Group at Bankers Trust Company. Her responsibilities included the structuring and execution of transactions for both U.S. and international clients in all types of issues including senior and subordinated notes, equities, LBOs, project financing and ESOPs. Amy has extensive experience in structuring private placements and derivative products. A certified public accountant, she began her career at Arthur Andersen. Amy holds an M.B.A. degree in finance from The Columbia Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Vermont. She graduated both Beta Gamma Sigma and magna cum laude, respectively.

 

Contact : alazarus@sppcapital.com | 212.455.4515

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Alex Leukart
Managing Director

Alex is a Managing Director at SPP Capital and brings more than a decade of experience to the position. He works closely with SPP's clients to originate and execute debt & equity raises for the needs of new and existing investments, including leveraged buyouts, add-ons, recapitalizations, and refinancings. He also maintains relationships with a wide variety of regional and national capital providers, including banks, credit opportunity funds, mezz funds, and family offices, among others. Prior to joining the firm, Alex held positions at Moody's Investors Service and Bloomberg. He graduated with honors from the University of Richmond where he received a B.S.B.A in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Economics.

 

Contact : aleukart@sppcapital.com | 212.455.4516

Joe Branosky
Managing Director

Joe joined SPP Capital as an Associate in 2015. Previously, he spent two years as a Financial Analyst at Houlihan Lokey, Inc. focused on consumer products M&A transactions and financial sponsors coverage. Prior to Houlihan Lokey, Joe was a Data Analyst for Bloomberg, LP. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Lafayette College with a B.A. in Economics & Business and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Contact : jbranosky@sppcapital.com | 212.455.4586

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John McDonald
Senior Analyst

John joined SPP Capital as an Analyst in 2021. Prior to joining the firm, John held positions at Ernst & Young as a Business Advisory Consultant and spent summers working at Bank of America and Raymond James Financial. Currently, John supports each stage of the deal process. He graduated with magna cum laude honors from Colgate University where he holds a B.A. in History. 

Contact : jmcdonald@sppcapital.com | 212.455.4588