Investment platform Preston Hollow Capital has hired Nga Nguyen as director of transaction structuring and John Dinan as general counsel. Both were previously employed by ORIX USA.
DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Preston Hollow Capital, LLC announced today that two former ORIX USA Directors will fill key positions on the firm’s rapidly growing team. Nga Nguyen will serve as Director of Transaction Structuring, and John Dinan has been named General Counsel of the non-bank investment platform, which seeks to produce superior risk-adjusted returns across a broad spectrum of investment strategies.
The announcement was made by Jim Thompson, the Chairman and CEO of Preston Hollow Capital, based in Dallas, Texas. Thompson launched Preston Hollow Capital in early January 2014, after serving for many years as President and CEO of ORIX USA Corporation, a non-bank financial conglomerate.
“In the role of Director of Transaction Structuring, Ms. Nguyen will oversee multiple aspects of transaction execution. Ms. Nguyen’s experience in the markets will be a real asset to our company in the present market environment,” said Thompson.
“As General Counsel for Preston Hollow Capital, Mr. Dinan’s responsibilities will include oversight of legal and compliance matters, transaction negotiation, documentation and execution, as well as the application of his specialized expertise in credit-related matters,” Thompson noted.
From 2008 – 2014, Ms. Nguyen was employed by ORIX USA, where she served as a Director and Trader with responsibilities that included trading ORIX’s municipal bond portfolio, evaluating new investment opportunities and transaction restructuring. In addition, she managed the CMBS portfolio at ORIX during 2013. Prior to ORIX, Ms. Nguyen was a research analyst at Credit Suisse’ Structured Finance Group, where she advised institutional clients on CMBS and the commercial real estate market. She also held previous positions with Merrill Lynch’s Mortgage Trading System where she structured Agency CMOs, ABS and other fixed-income products. Ms. Nguyen received dual bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Pure Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin, and she is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter-holder and member of CFA Society of Dallas-Fort Worth.
Mr. Dinan previously served as Director and Senior Legal Counsel for ORIX USA, which he joined in 2001 to provide a multifaceted range of legal and investment support to the real estate, capital markets, corporate finance and municipal investment divisions. Prior to joining ORIX, Mr. Dinan was a development partner with one of the nation’s largest multifamily merchant builders. He began his legal career in 1981 with concentrated expertise in the areas of real estate tax and finance, creditor’s rights, bankruptcy and debt restructuring, and later became a founding member of one of the 20 largest law firms in Dallas. Mr. Dinan received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his graduate and master’s law degrees from Cumberland School of Law and New York University, respectively.
“As we continue building a talented team at Preston Hollow Capital, we will continue to look for specialized experience, track record and expertise,” Thompson said. “Both Ms. Nguyen and Mr. Dinan bring unique insight to their roles, making them key members of the PHC team.”
About Preston Hollow Capital, LLC and Jim Thompson
Preston Hollow Capital, LLC (“PHC”) is a non-bank investment platform launched in January 2014 by Jim Thompson, the former, long-time President and Chief Executive Officer of ORIX USA. PHC seeks to produce superior risk-adjusted returns across a broad spectrum of investment strategies, including fixed income, private equity, venture capital and alternative investing. Mr. Thompson serves on the boards of Dallas CASA, the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance, and Angel Flight South Central. He also, along with his wife Angela, supports Dallas-area non-profits through the Jim & Angela Thompson Foundation, and STEM education initiatives through the Blue Sky Educational Foundation.