Michael Simon is the Managing Member of Traverse Pointe Partners. Prior to founding Traverse Pointe Partners, Michael was a Vice President in the Office of the Chairman at Mesirow Financial, a diversified financial services firm headquartered in Chicago, IL. In this role, he focused primarily on direct principal investment opportunities outside the firm on behalf of its partners and strategic clients. Michael initially joined Mesirow Financial’s investment banking group as an associate, where he provided merger & acquisition advisory services to middle market companies.
Prior to joining Mesirow Financial, Michael was in the Restructuring Advisory Services group at Giuliani Capital Advisors, where he provided turnaround consulting and crisis management advisory services to industrial and manufacturing clients, both in and out of bankruptcy.
Michael serves on the Board of Directors and Governors at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and sits on its Investment Committee, Finance Committee, and Legal & Bylaws Committee.
Michael received his B.B.A. at Loyola University Chicago and his M.B.A. at the University of Michigan. He currently resides in Chicago with his wife and two children.
François brings more than 25 years of M&A and strategic business development experience to Traverse Pointe. Throughout his investment banking career he has advised on complex public and private transactions, including domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, sales, privatizations, recapitalizations, financings, leveraged buy-outs, spin-offs and Chapter 11 processes. François has worked on numerous private equity transactions and has successfully lead countless transactions entailing the purchase or sale of family or privately held businesses, as well as divestitures of divisions owned by a larger parent company. François is currently a Senior Managing Director at Mesirow Financial. Before that, he was a managing director at Rothschild, head of investment banking for the Americas at HSBC, and a managing director in the M&A departments of Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers.
François received his Bachelor’s degree at Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Rouen (Rouen Business School) and his MBA at New York University Leonard A. Stern School of Business.
Prior to coming on board, Evan worked at Mesirow Financial, a diversified financial services firm headquartered in Chicago, IL and St. James’s Place Private Wealth
Management in London, UK. Both opportunities gave him experience in client services and exposure to the international financial climate.
Evan has his Bachelor in Business Administration and is currently pursuing his Masters of Business Administration, both at the University of Indiana,
Kelley School of Business.