Mr. Armutcuoglu is currently a Senior Advisor at LSH Partners, a registered investment banking firm in New York. Said joined Loeb Partners, the predecessor firm to LSH Partners, in 2009 as a Managing Director working in the firm’s M&A, Restructuring and Capital Markets advisory businesses as well as principal investments. In addition, Mr. Armutcuoglu was a member of the investment committee of the Loeb and a Director on its Board. At Loeb, Mr. Armutcuoglu was a generalist banker and principal investor with a particular focus on Technology, Media and Telecommunications, Logistics and Transportation and consumer products industries. Some of the recent transactions Mr. Armutcuoglu worked on include: restructuring and potential sale of Clinique La Prairie, various private placements, advisory to a family owned media buying company in PA, distressed sale of InfraRedex, sale of a healthcare services business, sale of a construction materials distribution business to a family office, private debt financing for a public company, and the sale of a logistics company to an Australian public company.
Prior to joining Loeb, Mr. Armutcuoglu spent 17 years at Lazard Ltd. and was made a Partner of Lazard in 2005. Within Lazard, Mr. Armutcuoglu worked in a wide range of groups including Capital Markets, General M&A advisory, Restructuring and Technology, Media and Telecom. As part of the Capital Markets group, Mr. Armutcuoglu has advised numerous companies and/or controlling shareholders in structuring large private or public offerings, and continued investment banking coverage to these companies. As an M&A and restructuring advisor, Mr. Armutcuoglu has worked over the years in some of the most important transactions Lazard was involved with both in the US and cross-border, advising Boards of Directors, family offices, management teams or creditors in balance sheet restructurings, mergers, acquisitions or sales of companies or their assets.
Some of the key Lazard clients Mr. Armutcuoglu worked with include: Adelphia Communications, Icahan Enterprises/TimeWarner, SunGard, 360 Networks, Bell Canada, Teleglobe, MCT Communications, SunCom, Primus Telecommunications, NCR, Rural Cellular, MCT Communications, SpecTran, Danone, Publicis Group, Heinz Family Foundation, Baxter International, Caremark, Hach Corporation, Charming Shoppes, Corporate Partners, among others.
Mr. Armutcuoglu graduated from The University of Chicago with a B.A. in Economics, has a Swiss Matura from Institut Montana in Switzerland and is fluent in English, German, French and Turkish.