Marc S. Cooper
Chief Executive Officer
Marc S. Cooper is Chief Executive Officer of Solomon Partners, a position he has held since 2016. He was previously Vice Chairman from 2013 to 2016 and joined the firm in 1999 as a Partner and Managing Director.
In 2016, Mr. Cooper led the transaction in which Natixis, the international corporate and investment banking, asset management, insurance and financial services arm of Groupe BPCE, made a strategic investment in Solomon Partners. The partnership with Natixis provides Solomon Partners clients with global advisory services and proprietary access to financing capabilities throughout Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas.
Under Mr. Cooper’s leadership, Solomon Partners has significantly expanded and diversified sector coverage and today serves clients across a broad range of industries including Consumer Retail; Financial Sponsors; FinTech; Grocery, Pharmacy & Restaurants; Healthcare; Infrastructure, Power & Renewables; and Technology, Media & Telecommunications.
As the former head of Solomon Partners’ Consumer Retail Group, Mr. Cooper has advised a long roster of high-profile retailers and brands. Over the past three decades, Mr. Cooper has advised on hundreds of transactions globally, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations and restructurings, financings and shareholder activism.
Mr. Cooper serves on the boards of the Partnership for New York City and Fedcap, a non-profit dedicated to creating opportunities for people with barriers to economic well-being. He is also a Trustee of The Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board.
Prior to joining Solomon Partners, Mr. Cooper co-founded and served as Vice Chairman of Barington Capital Group where he oversaw its investment banking operations. He began his career in investment banking at Kidder Peabody.
Mr. Cooper holds an MBA, magna cum laude, and a BS from New York University.
Served as financial advisor to Conair Corporation on its sale to American Securities
Served as advisor to Hudson’s Bay Company on its sale of Lord + Taylor to Le Tote.
Financial advisor to HBC on its sale of real estate assets to Signa and the formation of a joint venture between HBC Europe and Karstadt.
Served as co-advisor to Charlesbank Capital Partners and Partners Group in the sale of Varsity Brands to BainCapital
Advised The Finish Line, Inc. on its sale to JD Sports Fashion Plc
Advised the company on its minority investment by Irving Place Capital
Advised the company in $350 million multi-tranche Secured Financing Facility
Advised the company on its sale to Jones Apparel Group