David Stickler
Senior Managing Director

Throughout his highly successful career, Mr. Stickler has structured and raised capital for many of the world's highest profile steel industry projects.  Mr. Stickler's global roster of clients benefit from his expertise in structuring and metals and recycling transactions involving all forms of capital, including senior secured debt, unsecured debt, highly structured mezzanine financing and equity.  Mr. Stickler is well known for his ability to raise billions of dollars of startup and expansion capital for new and growing steel companies in both Asia and North America. He has also gained a reputation for successfully designing and implementing restructuring plans for metals companies throughout the world.

Mr. Stickler has been extremely active in accessing extremely favorable forms of financing for clients, including over $200 million in  federal and state new market tax credit allocations and billions of dollars of low-cost state and federal government supported loans.

Mr. Stickler holds an M.B.A. degree from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. degree in accounting from Bowling Green State University. Mr. Stickler currently serves as chief executive officer of Big River Steel LLC.


Ahab Garas
Managing Director

Mr. Garas has an established history of providing industrial companies with restructuring, crisis management, merger & acquisition and capital raising advisory services. Throughout his career, Mr. Garas has demonstrated expertise in creating innovative capital structures, executing complex transactions and raising a broad range of capital for both distressed and growing companies focused within the industrial sector.

Mr. Garas has extensive experience serving as an executive crisis manager having served clients throughout his career in both out-of-court and in-court restructuring environments. Mr. Garas has served in various executive and director roles for private and public companies within the steel industry, most recently having served in the role of chief executive officer of G Steel, a publicly traded flat-rolled steel producer with an annual capacity of over three million tons.  Mr. Garas also served as chief executive officer of a construction advisory firm during this firm’s involvement in the construction, erection and start-up of a US$4.5 billion steel mill project.

Additionally, Mr. Garas has led GPP’s efforts in securing many of the industrial sector’s most competitive governmental economic incentive packages as well as leading the firm’s business location advisory efforts.  Mr. Garas has negotiated with numerous legislative bodies, municipalities, counties, states and major utility providers drawing on his knowledge of economic incentives, tax laws and legislative statute processes to consistently deliver oversized financial incentives for clients.

Mr. Garas holds M.B.A. and J.D. degrees from Case Western Reserve University, where he was a Merit Scholar, and a B.A. degree from Boston University and he currently serves as the president of BlueOak Arkansas, LLC.


Ari Levy
Managing Director

Mr. Levy has an extensive track record of assembling highly structured debt packages, involving senior- and subordinate-secured and unsecured debt, for his metals and heavy industry clients.  Alongside of the debt packages, Mr. Levy frequently layers in both equity and government incentive funding to complete the capital stacks GPP’s clients are seeking.  Recently, Mr. Levy has been able to secure more than two billion dollars of efficiently priced debt capital under the most challenging of market circumstances.  Mr. Levy has leveraged his debt experience to assist GPP’s clients in structuring complex project financing transactions in distressed areas of the country, such as a mill modernization project in Detroit, Michigan, a greenfield silicon metal project in north Mississippi and a greenfield scrap metal recycling and steel production facility in northeast Arkansas.

In advisory or financial executive roles with various projects, Mr. Levy has developed with lenders sophisticated financial models and has managed project companies’ financial monitoring, forecasting and reporting functions and loan disbursement practices. Thus, Mr. Levy brings a depth of technical knowledge in loan sourcing and administration. Mr. Levy also plays an active role in underwriting and structuring direct deployments of debt and equity capital from GPP and its investment affiliates.

Mr. Levy obtained a bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan Business School. Mr. Levy currently serves as chief financial officer of Big River Steel LLC.


Julie Payne
Vice President and Controller

Ms. Payne has worked on a number of complex investment banking and restructuring transactions including capital raising transactions, debt restructurings, buy side and sell side mergers and 363(b)(1) asset sales.  Ms. Payne supports Global Principal Partners in numerous roles that include preparing transaction documents, comprehensive information memorandums, management presentations and financial schedules.  Ms. Payne has extensive contact with GPP’s clients and the attorneys, consultants, accountants and debt and equity providers that come together in support of GPP-led transactions.  Ms. Payne assists clients with the organization and formation of new companies. This assistance includes providing on-site support to the client's general operating needs, systems creation and process development.  Ms. Payne also serves as GPP’s controller. Ms. Payne currently serves as project coordinator for Big River Steel LLC.

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