Michael Blum Joins ORIX

Michael Blum has joined ORIX USA as a managing director and head of corporate development and strategic opportunities. He previously spent 16 years with Merrill Lynch.


ORIX USA today announced the appointment of Michael A. Blum as Managing Director, Head of Corporate Development & Strategic Opportunities of ORIX USA Corporation. Blum, 45, will be based in New York and will be responsible for originating, analyzing and executing strategic and opportunistic investments in the Americas and Europe. In this capacity, he will be focused on enhancing ORIX USA’s existing footprint and also expanding the company’s investment activities into new business lines such as merchant banking and private equity investing.

Blum, a 16 year veteran of Merrill Lynch with extensive principal investing, capital markets and management experience, will report to Jim Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of ORIX USA.

“Michael and ORIX have been on separate sides in transactions over the years. When the opportunity to have Michael on our team arose – we jumped on it. I expect to see a marked increase in deal flow with Mike on board,” said Jim Thompson, CEO of ORIX USA.

I am very excited to be joining the senior management team at ORIX with this mandate at this most opportune time in the market cycle,” said Blum. “ORIX’s global footprint and dynamic business model make it uniquely positioned to capitalize on the tremendous opportunities created during the past two years.”

About Michael A. Blum

Mr. Blum is Managing Director, Head of Corporate Development & Strategic Opportunities of ORIX USA Corporation. He was a 16 year veteran of Merrill Lynch and held various senior positions with global responsibility for origination, financing and principal transactions in the following businesses: consumer and specialty finance, middle market finance, regulated bank lending and investment portfolio management, asset backed securitization, mortgage whole loan trading, securitization and servicing, media and entertainment as well as other esoteric asset classes.

Before Merrill Lynch, Mr. Blum was an attorney at New York City law firms Baer Marks & Upham and Richards & O’Neil (1989-1992) specializing in derivatives, corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions. Since leaving Merrill Lynch in April 2008, he provided consulting services in the specialty finance, entertainment and asset management businesses and most recently was a Managing Director at Fortress Investment Group’s Hybrid Funds.

Mr. Blum graduated from Emory University (1986) and holds a Juris Doctor with Honors from The National Law Center at George Washington University (1989).


ORIX USA is a diversified financial company with over $4 billion of investments in commercial finance, venture finance, commercial real estate, mortgage backed securities, municipal obligations and commercial equipment leases. ORIX USA is a highly rated Special Servicer of securitized commercial mortgages. In 2006, ORIX acquired the global investment bank Houlihan Lokey. Headquartered in Dallas Texas, ORIX USA or its subsidiaries have approximately 1,200 employees and offices in most major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Atlanta as well as Hong Kong and Tokyo.

ORIX USA Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of ORIX Corporation a publicly traded international diversified financial services firm headquartered in Tokyo with operations in over 25 countries world wide.