John Laguzza

John Laguzza currently serves as a Managing Director providing financial, strategic and operational advisory as well as interim management for clients across a broad range situations and industries. Mr. Laguzza has completed turnaround and restructuring strategies including distressed recapitalizations, off balance sheet financing, distressed bond investments and asset backed deals among others

John has served on numerous corporate boards and assumed interim management responsibilities to execute on performance improvement, lender negotiation, capital raising and M&A strategies. Mr. Laguzza has been a principal investor in over 20 energy companies and also has in-depth expertise in restaurants, food & beverage, wine & spirits, hotels, travel, aviation, shipping, and technology sectors

Prior to joining Portage Point, Mr. Laguzza was Head of Investments and Managing Director for the Private Equity Investment Group that he launched for BNP Paribas in New York. He expanded the group globally to make 50 investments across five continents in energy and commodities. Prior to BNP Paribas, he was a Senior Director at Fitch Ratings as the Lead Analyst covering companies in the Restaurant, Food & Beverage and Travel sectors. John is credited with launching the agency’s first Rating Assessment Service for Cendant’s acquisition of Budget. John previously served as Managing Director at PCM, a turnaround private equity and venture capital firm in San Francisco where he launched a FinTech company and executed on a successful turnaround and roll-up to create a leading digital agency subsequently acquired by Accenture. He has also worked at GE Capital in San Francisco as part of the structured equity group that focused on recapitalizing distressed businesses. Earlier in his career, John was an attorney at Holland & Knight and worked in the Audit and Tax Consulting Group at Deloitte

John is a member of the New York and Connecticut Bar Associations and holds a JD, MBA, and Master of Tax from Fordham University and a BA from Georgetown University