Mr. Messersmith, a Managing Director of Westwood Capital, has over fifteen years of corporate finance, restructuring and investment banking experience. He is involved in all of the firm’s practice areas, with experience in a wide range of corporate finance activities. Mr. Messersmith is heavily focused on the firm’s real estate practice, which includes: large-scale residential homebuilding, multi-family property acquisition and development finance, as well as hospitality, entertainment, gaming, and retail. He has worked on projects in the United States, the Caribbean, China, Vietnam, and Japan.
Throughout his career, Mr. Messersmith has been involved in merger and acquisition transactions, debt and equity capital raises, asset securitizations, real estate project finance, and financial restructuring advisory services. He has advised clients in heavy industry and the power generation sector, including those involved in renewable energy. In addition to his real estate and project finance experience, Mr. Messersmith has been involved in numerous media transactions including the financing of over $1 billion of full-length motion pictures, a $22 million securitization of music royalties, and the successful sale of the Silver Screen partnership film libraries to the Walt Disney Company for a total of $500 million.
Prior to joining Westwood, Mr. Messersmith was a senior consultant with Nachman Hays Brownstein, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in providing financial advisory and operational restructuring services in connection with distressed situations and turnaround efforts, where he was staffed on projects in the commercial finance and retail sectors. Prior to his tenure at Nachman Hays, he was a partner with Jerome Advisors, LLC, a financial advisory boutique providing investment banking services to clients involved in bankruptcy and other special situations. Prior positions also included those with the Sony Corporation of America and Merrill Lynch, Inc.
Mr. Messersmith received his B.S. from Cornell University in economics, and his M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Jon lives in New York City and is an avid athlete who competes in local running events, duathlons, and cycling races.