Bruce Spohler has been the company's Chief Operating Officer since 2007, was named Co-Chief Executive Officer in June 2019, and has over 30 years of experience in leveraged finance.
Previously, Mr. Spohler was a Managing Director as well as Co-Head of U.S. Leveraged Finance at CIBC World Markets. He held numerous senior roles at CIBC World Markets, including serving on the U.S. Management Committee, Global Executive Committee, and the Deals Committee, which approved all of CIBC World Markets' U.S. corporate finance non-investment grade debt capital decisions. During his tenure, Mr. Spohler was responsible for senior loan, high yield and mezzanine origination and execution, as well as CIBC World Markets' below investment grade loan portfolio in the U.S.
As a Co-Head of Leveraged Finance, Mr. Spohler oversaw over 300 capital raising and merger and acquisition transactions, comprising over $40 billion in market capitalization. Mr. Spohler joined CIBC World Markets in 1995 when it acquired The Argosy Group, for which Mr. Spohler was a Founding Member and Managing Director. Founded in 1990, The Argosy Group was a middle market financing business, in which Mr. Spohler and other Argosy principals raised third party capital as well as invested alongside their financial sponsor clients. Prior to co-founding The Argosy Group, Mr. Spohler worked in mergers and acquisitions at Drexel Burnham Lambert from 1986 to 1990.
Mr. Spohler earned a B.S. from Syracuse University and an M.M. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.