Vice Chairman of Cowen and Company Investment Banking
Frank Dunlevy joined Cowen in early 2004 from Thomas Weisel Partners, where in 1998 he was one of four original founding partners. During his tenure at Thomas Weisel Partners, Mr. Dunlevy held various positions, including Co-Head of Investment Banking, Head of Equity Capital Markets, and Vice Chairman, Private Equity & Asset Management. Prior to that (1990-1998), he was a Senior Managing Director at Montgomery Securities, where he co-led the Consumer Group and co-founded and led the Education, Information Technology, and Business Services teams. From 1971 to 1989, Mr. Dunlevy was with the Investment Banking Department of The First Boston Corporation (Credit Suisse First Boston) in New York, London and San Francisco.
From 1966 to 1968, Mr. Dunlevy served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam as a member of the 101st & 82nd Airborne Divisions. He received a BS from Southern Methodist University in 1971, where he was a member of the Board of Trustees for 12 years (2000-12) and served as the Vice Chairman of the Board for the Finance and Athletic Committees and on the Executive Board of the S.M.U. Cox School of Business.
In 2014, he was honored as a “Distinguished Alumni” of the University and in 1999 of the Cox School of Business. Mr. Dunlevy played a key role in the early public financings for such major companies as Charles Schwab, Infosys, Kohl’s, Apollo Group, Magna International and Chipotle.
Head of Consumer Investment Banking
Mr. Flynn is a Managing Director and Head of Cowen and Company’s Consumer Investment Banking Group. Mr. Flynn rejoined Cowen in 2011, after Co-Heading the Specialty Retail practice at Piper Jaffray for a year. Prior to Piper Jaffray, Mr. Flynn had overseen Cowen’s Consumer Investment Banking practice since 2005. Prior to Cowen, Mr. Flynn was a Partner at Thomas Weisel Partners and Co-Head of the Consumer Investment Banking Group. Prior to his six years at Thomas Weisel Partners, Mr. Flynn worked in the Consumer Group at Montgomery Securities. Mr. Flynn began his investment banking career at Kidder, Peabody & Co. In his 20 years in investment banking, Mr. Flynn has completed public and private financings for more than 100 consumer companies including Chipotle, Crocs, Morton’s Steakhouse, Ruths Chris, Ulta Salon, UnderArmour and Vitamin Shoppe. In addition, he has advised many premier consumer companies on broad range of buy-side, sell-side, and restructuring assignments including Wingstop Restaurants, Charlotte Russe, Woot.com, backcountry.com, PF Changs and GMarket.
Mr. Flynn holds a B.A. from Cornell University.
Rene M. Kraenzlin
Chief Operating Officer of Investment Banking
Mr. Kraenzlin is a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Cowen’s Investment Banking Group. He joined Cowen in February of 2007. Mr. Kraenzlin has had a variety of senior management positions in his 20 year Investment Banking career. Prior to joining Cowen, he served as COO of the Investment Banking Division of Dresdner Kleinwort Americas. Prior to that, he was the Chief Administrative Officer for UBS in the Americas and CAO for Broadview International.
Mr. Kraenzlin received a Ph.D. in Operations Research and a BA in Economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications Investment Banking
Chris McCabe is Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications Investment Banking. Mr. McCabe joined the firm in 2011 from Piper Jaffray where he was a Managing Director and Global Co-Head of both the Clean Technology and Renewables and Industrials Groups. Mr. McCabe led the Clean Tech practice from 2008 until he left the company, organizing and branding the group and helping to turn the practice into the top equity underwriter in the sector over the past three years. Mr. McCabe’s responsibilities included coverage of Solar, Energy Efficiency, Industrial Biotech, Industrial Technology and Industrial Growth. He joined Piper Jaffray in 2002 as Head of Semiconductor Banking and was Head of Technology from 2005 to 2008.
Before that, Mr. McCabe was Head of Semiconductor Banking at Robertson Stephens, where he had a broad range of deal experience in IPOs, follow-ons, convertible debt and M&A transactions. Previously, Mr. McCabe was Head of West Coast Technology Banking at Bank of Boston.
He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and holds a MBA in International Management from the University of South Carolina.
Head of Healthcare Investment Banking
George Milstein is a Managing Director in the Health Care Investment Banking Group focusing on Biotechnology and Life Sciences. He joined Cowen from Wedbush Pacific Growth Life Sciences, where was Head of the Strategic Advisory practice. Previously, Mr. Milstein was the Head of Investment Banking, a shareholder and a member of the Executive Committee for Pacific Growth Equities. Prior to his experience at Pacific Growth, he was an investment banker with Robertson, Stephens & Company.
Mr. Milstein holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Southern California and a J.D. from the University of Arizona.
John P. Nelson
Head of Aerospace & Defense / Industrials Investment Banking
Mr. Nelson is a Managing Director and Head of Cowen and Company’s Aerospace & Defense / Industrials Group. Prior to joining Cowen in 2007, Mr. Nelson was a Managing Director in the M&A Group at Friedman, Billings, Ramsey following the acquisition of Legacy Partners Group. Previously, Mr. Nelson was a Managing Director at Bank of America Securities, where he headed the Technology & Business Services Group. Prior to Bank of America, Mr. Nelson worked at Salomon Smith Barney and Bear Stearns, where he focused on technology-related mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Nelson received an MBA with Distinction from NYU’s Stern School of Business, and a Master of International Public Policy with Honors from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. He has a BA in Management from Gettysburg College. Prior to business school, Mr. Nelson served as a Captain in the U.S. Army.
Head of Investment Banking
Kevin Raidy is Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking. Prior to his current position, Mr. Raidy served as co-head of Cowen and Company’s equity capital markets group, which is responsible for the origination and execution of all equity capital-raising transactions. Before that, he was a managing director at Ramius LLC, where he was portfolio manager for direct investments and convertible bonds. Mr. Raidy also was the founder of H4 Capital Management LLC. His sell-side experience includes ten years at Shipley Raidy Capital Partners LP, a boutique investment banking firm that he co-founded, where he was responsible for sourcing, evaluating, and structuring numerous debt and equity financings and also performed M&A advisory services. Prior to founding Shipley Raidy, Mr. Raidy was an associate at Philadelphia First Group. He started his career at Cantor Fitzgerald before moving to Merrill Lynch as an analyst in the municipal finance group.
Mr. Raidy holds a BS in economics with a concentration in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.