Before joining to form Phoenix Capital, the principals worked for some of the world’s largest financial institutions. We came together as a result of our shared common vision, entrepreneurial spirit, and a long-term commitment to the firm and our clients. We each bring in-depth industry knowledge, broad transaction skills, risk management and risk measurement skills and cross-border transaction experience. Our combined experience enables us to be valuable contributors to the success of our clients and investors.
Massy Homayouni, Co-founder and Managing Partner
Massy Homayouni has over 25 years of global investment banking, advisory, structured finance and private equity experience. She has provided over $60 billion of financings for U.S. and international companies, and has extensive experience in both buy and sell sides of the market, across a wide array of industries. Those industries include transportation, healthcare, energy and power, commodities, real estate including asset-backed securities, mortgage-backed securities, telecommunication, media and entertainment, among others.
As co-founder and managing partner of Phoenix Capital, Massy has advised and participated in over 200 transactions for companies at various stages of their development phase. She has developed extensive relationships with private equity firms, hedge funds, sovereign wealth funds, government institutions, high-net-worth investors, family businesses and corporations across MENA, Asia, the U.S., Europe and Latin America. She has advised investors on portfolio diversification strategies and new investment products.
Massy is one of the pioneers of the asset-backed securities market. Prior to co-founding Phoenix Capital, she was director and board member of Traveler’s Group (then parent company of Citigroup) Private Equity Specialty Finance Group. Before joining Citigroup’s Private Equity Group, Massy was a senior vice president in the Debt Capital Markets and Asset Finance Group at Salomon Smith Barney, focusing on esoteric and non-traditional asset classes and cross-border transactions. Before joining Salomon Smith Barney, she was co-head of the Structured Finance Group at Banque Paribas (currently BNP Paribas), working out of London and Paris, where she introduced some of the first asset-backed transaction issuance in Europe and Latin America, as well as working with governments and regulatory authorities in formulating the legal and tax structures for new financing structures. Prior to Paribas she was a vice president in the Asset Backed Securities Group as well as the Corporate Finance and Loan Syndication Groups at JPMorgan Chase. Massy began her Wall Street career in 1983 as an associate with Morgan Stanley & Co.
Massy completed her M.A. (ABD) in economics from Georgetown University, with a joint program from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and her B.A. in economics from Georgetown University.
Marjan Homayouni, Co-founder and Managing Partner
Marjan Homayouni has over 25 years of experience in complex fixed-income and derivative products, including mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities, energy (including oil, gas and renewable) products and commodities. She has priced and settled over 900 deals totaling over $400 billion across asset classes and industries. Marjan also pioneered new structures for the unique investor risk profiles of Muslim countries, Middle Eastern and Asian investors in early 2000s.
Marjan has developed strong risk management skills based on 27 years of valuation expertise, and building the necessary risk management infrastructure for global Fortune 500 companies. As an expert in designing and developing products, markets, systems and building infrastructure, Marjan has made a major impact, working for 25 years with organizations such as Arthur Anderson & Company, Salomon Brothers, Freddie Mac, Bear Stearns and UBS, as well as top-tier private equity and hedge funds. She gained in-depth expertise advising CFOs, starting as a certified public accountant with Arthur Andersen & Company (a Big Five accounting firm).
Marjan received her BBA in accounting from George Washington University in 1983.
Henry Chen, Managing Director
Henry Chen has 20 years of experience in investment banking, structured finance, private equity and venture capital. He also founded, and successfully exited, several startups in the Internet, specialty finance, and energy sectors.
In addition to his venture capital and private equity experiences, Henry’s structured finance product expertise includes large-ticket equipment leases, healthcare receivables, student loans, auto loans, royalty income from intellectual property and future receivables securitization for various industries including oil and oil-related products and precious metals, as well as multi-currency credit derivative transactions.
Henry’s investment banking experience spans cross-border structured finance and large-ticket project finance transactions. Earlier in his career, he was an associate in the Structured Finance Group of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya, S.A., in New York, focusing on structured finance transactions in Latin America, and covering industrial clients such as Caraiba Metais, Petrobras and Organização Odebrecht. Before joining BBV, he was a senior associate in the Salomon Smith Barney Asset Finance Group (now Citigroup Inc.’s Global Corporate & Investment Banking Group), working on non-traditional asset finance transactions for esoteric asset classes.
Henry holds an M.B.A. (with a concentration in finance) from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business of New York University, and a B.S.E in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.