Mr. Smith serves as an advisor and partner to DPG Investments, whereby DPG is an investor and member in GrandRock Capital. He has over 22 years experience in investment banking, asset management, hedge funds and capital markets. Mr. Smith current clients include some of the top hedge fund, multi-strategy fund of funds and private equity managers in the business while its investor base includes institutions and family offices from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the US.
Mark is the founder of GrandRock Capital, a boutique investment banking firm that provides corporate financial advisory services for a variety of middle market companies across a broad spectrum of industries and also serves as a fund placement agent for private equity, venture capital, real estate and hedge fund managers. Prior to founding GrandRock Capital, Mr. Smith served as Director of Marketing for Ares Management www.aresmgmt.com, a $20 billion private equity and high yield asset manager located in Los Angeles; and was the founding partner and CEO of ING Capital Advisors for over 8 years, where he helped build and manage a 65 person, $7 billion asset management business focused on the US and European high yield leveraged finance market. Additional experiences include: investment banking and corporate finance with Citicorp Securities; portfolio management at AIG-Sun America; and a European Investment Banking position for two years with Bankers Trust in London.
Mr. Smith received his Masters of Finance from the University of Baltimore and his BS in Business Administration at Salisbury University in Maryland.