Mike Kirsh - Managing Director

Mr. Kirsh focuses on institutional and high net worth co-investment relationships of ParkWest in connection with the Firm’s ongoing investing and transactional activities.  In the late 1990’s, Mr. Kirsh joined Morgan Stanley and helped pioneer its global Distressed Debt platform, which included Proprietary Trading, Origination and Secondary Trading.  This platform at Morgan Stanley grew to over 200 people worldwide with major operations in New York, London and Hong Kong, and a Value-at-Risk balance sheet in excess of $4.5 billion.  Today, this group is known as Morgan Stanley Global Leveraged Credit, and consistently ranks among the Top 10 Leveraged Finance Underwriters in the industry. 

After 10 years with Morgan Stanley, Mr. Kirsh joined BTIG in Manhattan, a boutique investment banking and trading firm, to assist with the rollout of its new Fixed Income platform, and later led the buildout of BTIG’s previously non-existent High Yield & Commodities Trading platform, before re-joining Morgan Stanley in its London offices in 2013 to continue to trade Commodity Futures & Derivatives, departing in 2015 to manage several private investments.

Mr. Kirsh received his J.D. from St. Louis University in 1992 after earning a B.S. from Southern Methodist University.