CFIP’s team is led by five principals, including our two Managing Principals, Brad Couri and Levoyd Robinson. Our principals have worked together for over 20 years and have significant experience investing across the capital structure, including managing structured credit vehicles, hedge funds and distressed debt funds.
Bradford B. Couri
Mr. Couri shares responsibility for firm-wide management with Mr. Robinson and is a member of the Investment Committee. From 1999 through 2004, Mr. Couri was a Managing Director at Citadel Investment Group, LLC where in 1999 he founded Citadel’s Distressed and Fundamental Credit Group. While at Citadel, he was responsible for overall portfolio construction and risk management for Citadel’s multi-billion dollar fundamental credit portfolios, including acting as portfolio manager for the Citadel Distressed and Credit Opportunity Fund, Ltd. from its inception through its merger with another Citadel fund. Mr. Couri was a member of Citadel’s firm-wide Portfolio Management Committee and a recipient of the 2003 Citadel Leadership Award. Prior to Citadel, Mr. Couri was the founder and Portfolio Manager of the Distressed Investment Group at Bank of Montreal from 1996 through 1999. From 1988 through 1996, Mr. Couri held various positions at First Chicago Corp., beginning his career as a legal analyst with First Chicago and culminating with his trading and assisting in the management of a $250 million proprietary distressed portfolio.
Mr. Couri earned a B.A. (cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame in 1985, and a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law (with honors) in 1988.
Levoyd E. Robinson, CFA
Mr. Robinson shares responsibility for firm-wide management with Mr. Couri and is a member of the Investment Committee. From 2000 through 2005, Mr. Robinson was a Managing Director at Citadel Investment Group, LLC where he was head of Global Private Debt for Citadel’s Distressed and Fundamental Credit Group, responsible for managing teams in the United States and London that made mezzanine and special situation debt investments including: high yield and distressed loans, asset based and structured financings, and cash and synthetic CLOs and CDOs. Prior to Citadel, Mr. Robinson was a founding principal and Senior Managing Director for two special situation CDOs managed by PPM America’s Special Investment Group from 1996 through 2000. Mr. Robinson began his career in 1988 at First Chicago Corp. where he held various positions culminating with his managing a $250 million proprietary distressed portfolio.
Mr. Robinson currently serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Working Group on Financial Markets and is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago. Mr. Robinson earned a B.B.A. in Finance (magna cum laude) from Howard University in 1987 and is a member of the Alumni Exemplars Society. He also earned an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988, and is a CFA charterholder.