Managing $16+ billion*, Crestline Investors provides proven creative solutions tailored to emerging companies and financial sponsors seeking growth capital and bridge financing in North America, Europe and Asia, as well as flexibility and capacity to lend.
Our diverse capital offerings range from senior-secured, unitranche and structured capital to specialty finance and niche real estate, providing liquid and illiquid solutions. Meanwhile, Crestline’s strategies aim to provide consistent risk-adjusted return.
Mr. Bratton is Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Chief Investment Officer of Crestline Investors, Inc., the general partner of Crestline Management, L.P., the manager of a diversified family of investment products. He is the Chair of the Investment and Management Committees. Mr. Bratton has been an investment professional with organizations utilizing alternative asset strategies since 1983. He has extensive experience in credit strategies, hedge fund management, private equity and venture capital. Since 1989, Mr. Bratton has managed portfolios using these strategies on behalf of Crestline and the Bass family. During this period, he also negotiated alternative asset related purchases and joint ventures. These include: lift-outs of proprietary trading groups, seeding of asset managers and the acquisition of investment management organizations.
Mr. Bratton has been President of Crestline Investors, Inc. since 1997. Prior to founding Crestline Investors, he was employed by Taylor & Company, an investment organization associated with members of the Bass family, the Airlie Group, L.P., Investment, L.P. and Smith Barney Harris Upham. Mr. Bratton received a BS from North Carolina State University in 1981 and a Masters of Business Administration with Honors from Duke University in 1984.
Mr. Cochran joined Crestline in 1998 and serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Crestline. He is a member of the Management Committee, the Investment Committee and the ESG Committee. While at Crestline, he has also held the titles of CFO and CCO at various points in his career. Mr. Cochran has 29 years of experience in various segments of the investment industry including private equity, venture capital and hedge funds. Prior to joining the Firm in October 1998, he spent 10 years with KPMG L.L.P. (“KPMG”). During his tenure at KPMG, a majority of his time was spent working with various hedge funds, investment companies, private equity firms, venture capital groups and broker dealers performing both audit and financial due diligence services. Mr. Cochran received a B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas Christian University in 1987.
Ms. Cooley joined Crestline in 1998 and is Managing Partner and CIO of Crestline Summit Strategies, a multi-strategy, multi-PM, market neutral hedge fund manager. She also serves on Crestline Inc.’s (parent company) Management Committee. A veteran in the alternative investment industry, Ms. Cooley has experience as a portfolio manager, risk manager and trader in equity, fixed income and derivative markets. Ms. Cooley previously was the CIO of Crestline’s Hedge Funds of Fund business, overseeing manager selection and portfolio management, since joining the firm. From 1986 through 1997, Ms. Cooley was a derivatives trader and risk manager with Taylor and Company, an investment firm associated with the Bass Family of Fort Worth, TX (one of the earliest multi-asset, multi-strategy alternative asset managers). Ms. Cooley began her career in the investment industry at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company (later merged into JP Morgan) where she specialized in futures markets in both New York and Chicago after receiving her BA in Economics from The College of William and Mary in 1983. Ms. Cooley serves on the Advisory Board of Texas Wall Street Women and on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of Fort Worth.
Michael joined Crestline in 2015. Prior to Crestline he worked at BAML, Credit Suisse/DLJ, McKinsey and JP Morgan, over 26 years, principally in credit-focused roles, responsible for a variety of Distressed, Special Situations and Leveraged Finance businesses in Europe. He served with the British army in Germany and was educated at Oxford and Harvard.
Mr. Jordan joined Crestline in 2016 and is Head of the Client Partnership Group. Prior to joining Crestline, Mr. Jordan spent 10 years at GoldenTree Asset Management, most recently as Partner & Co-Head of Business Development and a member of GoldenTree’s Executive Committee. Prior to GoldenTree, Mr. Jordan was a Partner of High Yield Sales at Wasserstein Perella, where in 1998 he was voted Institutional Investor’s, Bond Week, High Yield salesman of the year. Earlier in his career, Mr. Jordan also spent time with Citibank and Salomon Brothers where he ran a national sales team. Mr. Jordan has been involved in credit markets and in many cycles where he has learned humility and the importance of collaborating with colleagues and clients.
Mr. Philipp joined Crestline in 2013 and is a Partner of the firm in the Fund Liquidity Solutions Group, a Senior Portfolio Manager of the Portfolio Financing Fund and a member of the ESG Committee. Mr. Philipp has more than 27 years of experience in investment banking and alternative investments. Prior to joining Crestline, Mr. Philipp co-founded and managed several family-owned investment and advisory firms with holdings and operations around the world. Earlier in his career, he spent 12 years at Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse focused on providing structured financing strategies for alternative investment managers. He is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the Security Analysts of San Francisco. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Colorado.
Mr. Semple joined Crestline in 2011 and is responsible for Crestline’s Opportunistic and Private Credit Strategies. He is a member of the Management Committee, the ESG Committee and various investment committees. Prior to joining Crestline, Mr. Semple was Vice President in the Special Situations Group for Goldman Sachs where he was responsible for originating, underwriting, executing and managing middle market debt and equity investment opportunities. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Semple worked as a credit analyst within the Special Opportunities Group for TQA Investors. Mr. Semple has a BA in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently or has previously served on the Board of Directors of Urgent Team Holdings, Inc., Carepayment Technologies, Inc., Leading Pharma, LLC, Clinipace, Inc. and is a member of YPO.
Mr. Williams joined Crestline in 2012 and is Managing Partner of Credit Strategies and Co-Chief Investment Officer. He is a member of the Management Committee and Investment Committees for all Credit Strategies. Mr. Williams has more than 24 years’ experience in alternative investments and restructuring advisor services.
Prior to joining Crestline, Mr. Williams spent the majority of his investing career at Goldman Sachs’ Special Situations Group where he developed and implemented liquid and illiquid distressed investing strategies and was responsible for deal sourcing and execution for private debt strategies. In addition to his investing experience, Mr. Williams provided restructuring and turnaround services to underperforming companies as a founding member of McKinsey & Company’s RTS group and a nationally recognized restructuring boutique. Mr. Williams has a BBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University and and MBA from Rice University.
Crestline’s founding ties to the Edward P. Bass family underscore a culture of collegiality and trust, emphasizing long-term and repeat relationships.
On the investment side, Crestline prioritizes a partnership culture that’s collaborative—arming our portfolio managers for success. On the lending side, we ensure that our portfolio company relationships are partnerships post-close, leading to continuity for the borrower. In this way, our relationships are non-adversarial, as our underwriting and portfolio management groups are the same.