Michael J. Smith

Principal



Mr. Smith is a founding principal of Gulf Capital Partners, Inc. His professional background includes many years of operating and engineering experience which provides a strong commercial perspective combined with his extensive experience in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions on Wall Street.

  • Mr. Smith received his degree in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1970. He commenced his career with Atlantic Richfield Company where he spent eight years in a variety of engineering assignments.
  • In 1976, Mr. Smith received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He joined Merrill Lynch Capital Markets Group in 1978, where he financed a number of U.S. independent oil and gas companies through public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities.
  • In 1985, he joined J. Henry Schroder Corporation as a Managing Director with responsibility for corporate finance in oil and gas exploration and production, oil field services and pipelines. He also provided restructuring advice for public companies and rendered fairness opinions for the acquisition and disposition of oil and gas properties.
  • In 1986, Mr. Smith joined Citicorp Investment Bank as a Managing Director in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department. He was responsible for assignments in the oil and gas exploration and production, refining and marketing and both specialty and commodity chemicals sectors in the oil and gas industry. He also advised in takeover negotiations of public companies and conducted negotiations on crude oil supply arrangements for OPEC producers with refiners.
  • In 1990, he opened the Houston office of The London Manhattan Company to provide financial advisory services to their clients in the Southwestern Region of the U.S.