Our team combines deep industry and political expertise with best operational practices honed during years of military service to create value for our partners and investors.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner at the DHIP Group where he leads the infrastructure line of business. Mr. Michel directs equity investments in high quality infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and water/waste asset classes where we possess deep experience and strong industry and political relationships bringing above-average returns and value to our limited partners by custom tailoring financing solutions across a breadth of capital needs, including greenfield and brownfield projects, acquisition finance, liquidity and growth, restructuring and secondary purchases. Mr. Michel currently serves as the President, Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at Integrated Rail and Resources Acquisition Corp.
Mr. Michel was previously the Managing Director and Head of Project & Structured Finance at Drexel Hamilton, a full-service institutional investment banking and financial advisory firm providing capital solutions to large cap and middle market companies and assisting them to structure and raise equity and debt for a variety of purposes including M&A, working capital, capital expenditures, and refinancings. Prior to his time at Drexel Hamilton, Mr. Michel raised capital and worked to structure transactions at Corporate Capital Trust, a $6 billion Business Development Company (BDC) owned and operated by KKR & CNL.
Previous to his career in financial services, Mr. Michel served in the White House and was the Navy’s Representative to the National Security Council in the White House Situation Room and was a member of the National Security Council staff. He crafted and conducted daily intelligence briefings with the President, and senior West Wing principals and liaised with global heads of state. Prior to his White House service, Mr. Michel was a career naval officer achieving the rank of Commander and served in the United States Navy for more than 20 years focusing his service within Naval Special Warfare (SEALs) and the Special Operations and Intelligence Communities and held many senior-level positions throughout the Intelligence Community and National Security establishment. While serving on active duty, Mr. Michel was stationed and deployed across the globe and held significant leadership assignments not only in Washington, but also in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Since departing the White House, Mr. Michel has served as an Independent Director at the Babel Street Corporation, a data and text analytics company based in the Northern Virginia technology corridor outside Washington, DC as well as on the Board at the Studio VC Fund, an early stage venture capital fund based in New York. Mr. Michel also works closely with the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) to raise scholarships to support the educational needs for the children of fallen special operators. In addition, Mr. Michel was appointed to the Board for the Central Florida Modeling, Simulation & Training (MS&T) Blue Ribbon Commission, which was established to protect defense industry jobs in Florida.
Mr. Michel earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Auburn University and an MBA in finance from the University of Miami Herbert School of Business.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner at the DHIP Group. Mr. Fisher is responsible for originating & directing equity investments in a variety of infrastructure assets for the independent fund and alongside operating or co-investment partners. He also works to optimize the capital structure of portfolio companies and develops new business for portfolio companies on an ongoing basis. Mr. Fisher currently serves as a Director at Integrated Rail and Resources Acquisition Corp.
Prior to forming Drexel Hamilton Infrastructure Partners, Mr. Fisher was Managing Partner and Head of Investment Banking at Drexel Hamilton, a full-service institutional investment banking and financial advisory firm. Mr. Fisher worked with a variety of private companies providing capital solutions and assisting them to structure and raise equity and debt from institutional investors for a variety of purposes including M&A, working capital, capital expenditures, and refinancings.
Mr. Fisher moved to the buyside as an assistant MLP portfolio manager at Parker Global Strategies (“PGS”) in 2013. His fund, PGS Energy Opportunities Trust, returned +30.20% with hedges and leverage in 2013 (vs +18.55% for its benchmark) and +16.69% with hedges and leverage through July 2014 (vs +7.16 for its benchmark). In July 2014, Mr. Fisher left to help a family office invest a proprietary pool of capital, raise outside capital and develop new business for lower middle market private companies in the oil & gas, transportation and specialty finance sectors.
Mr. Fisher started his finance career in equity research at UBS and JP Morgan, launching coverage on over 40 Master Limited Partnerships (“MLPs”) in a variety of energy verticals. He was also responsible for creating, writing and updating a widely distributed monthly report analyzing MLPs on a historical and forward-looking basis.
Mr. Fisher was a U.S. Army Artillery Officer, serving three tours in Iraq where he earned two Bronze Stars and an Army Commendation Medal with V-Device. During his second tour, he oversaw and coordinated with a governing district in eastern Baghdad to plan, implement. build and pay for all its U.S. funded public works projects. Mr. Fisher is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy (West Point, NY) and holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.