meet the team
Michael Katz, Founder
Michael Katz is the Founder and Managing Partner of Quadrangle Consulting LP. Michael has spent his career building world-class investment management firms.
From 1995 to 2005, Michael was the Managing Director and Co-General Counsel at Paloma Partners. Michael was responsible for legal, regulatory and compliance as well as various business and transaction matters between the investment partnerships, funds and management company. He helped develop the fund’s operational banking arrangements and built best practice models for each of the fund’s trading strategies. Michael also was instrumental in building the infrastructure for Paloma’s seeding platform. Prior to Paloma, Michael was a corporate attorney at Weil, Gotschal & Manges.
Michael received a BS in economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from the University of Pittsburgh. Michael is an active member of the University of Pennsylvania’s alumni association.
Bill Busineau, Senior Director
Bill Busineau is an attorney with over 20 years in the financial industry with experience in a wide variety of trading and investment products, as well as the various laws and regulations that impact those products. His experience prior to Quadrangle includes positions at Citigroup, Credit Suisse, HSBC and RBS and work as an associate in the structured finance / derivatives departments at the law firms of Schulte, Roth and Zabel and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Prior to attending law school, Bill spent a combined 6 years in Haiti first as a Peace Corps Volunteer and then as a Regional Director with the OAS/UN International Civilian Mission.
Bill received his AB from Colby College and his JD from Fordham University School of Law.
Daniel Katz, COO
Daniel Katz joined Quadrangle in 2018 and focuses on core business activities, including business development, product expansion, industry relationships and client management. Dan understands the importance of listening to prospects and clients to learn and understand the challenges they face. This allows for Quadrangle’s services and technology to continuously adapt to fulfil and exceed client needs. Prior to Quadrangle, Dan was a Manager at a major financial consulting firm focusing on regulatory, credit, and risk initiatives within the banking and capital markets space.
Dan received a BBA from George Washington University with a concentration in Finance.
Hans Gibson, Senior Director
Hans Gibson is a Director at Quadrangle Consulting LP and QDS LP. Hans has spent over 30 years of his career in the documentation of trade and financing agreements (mainly in the derivatives and Prime Brokerage industries) with investment funds, large and small corporations, and high-net-worth individuals.
Prior to Quadrangle, Hans was a director at UBS AG where he was responsible for the documentation of ISDA Agreements, along with being part of the team that instituted a new documentation tracking and reporting system. Hans also learned and negotiated Prime Brokerage and Repurchase Agreements, along with the Master Equity Confirmation. Prior to UBS, Hans spent 8 years as an Associate at JPMorgan where he focused on derivatives documentation with European companies and high-net-worth individuals.
Hans received a BA from Connecticut College and a Certificate of Accounting from Fairfield University.
Chip Haunss, Vice President
Chip Haunss is a vice president at Quadrangle Consulting LP. Chip has 19 years of legal experience, including the last 13 focused on the negotiation and review of trade and financing agreements (with a specialization in derivatives and prime brokerage space) for hedge funds, banks, and corporations. Prior to Quadrangle, Chip worked for Morgan Stanley, both as a negotiator in its equity derivatives documentation team and its exotic confirmations team. Before Morgan Stanley, Chip worked at Thomson Reuters, where he was a senior manager. Chip also spent 6 years as a vice president at Bank of America Corporation.
Chip received his BA from SUNY Geneseo and his JD and MA in Journalism from Syracuse University.
Alexandra Pivovarova, Director of Business Development
Alexandra Pivovarova joined Quadrangle at the beginning of 2022. She is responsible for the continued growth of Quadrangle through marketing, business development and sales efforts. Prior to joining Quadrangle, Alexandra spent 6 years at Constellation Advisers, where she focused on expanding the firm’s presence across the investment management industry. In her role at Constellation, she provided guidance to a variety of investment firms by assisting them in developing and managing their financial, accounting, operational, and compliance infrastructures.
Alexandra holds a BS in Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and International Business, as well as a BA in Psychology from the University at Buffalo.
Matthew Merrill, Senior Associate
Matthew Merrill is a senior associate at Quadrangle Consulting LP, where he has worked since 2018. He is primarily involved in negotiating derivatives documentation as well as vendor agreements. Prior to Quadrangle, Matthew worked at New Oak, a consulting firm that specializes in mortgage-backed securities litigation.
Matthew received a BS in Psychology from Michigan State University and his JD from New York Law School.
Nancy Yang, Associate
Nancy Yang joined Quadrangle Consulting LP and QDS LP as an associate in 2019. Prior to Quadrangle, Nancy was at Scotiabank, where she was responsible for vendor management and financing arrangement negotiations. While at Scotiabank, Nancy spearheaded a project to revamp the bank’s corporate governance documents and compliance systems. Prior to Scotiabank, Nancy was a Lead Analyst at Davis Polk & Wardwell.
Nancy received a BS in Legal Studies and Business Administration from St. John’s University and a JD from New York Law School. Nancy is an active member of the Asian American Bar Association of New York and Network of Bar Leaders.
Alexandra Schimmel, Associate
Alexandra Schimmel is an associate on the legal team at Quadrangle Consulting LP and QDS. Prior to Quadrangle, Alexandra worked in advertising where she specialized in branding strategy and data analytics. She has also held roles in business management. Additionally, Alexandra worked in mergers and acquisitions for a cannabis franchising company in Denver, Unity RD. She was an integral member of the mergers and acquisitions team in risk management, legal compliance, and licensing. She conducted extensive research and analysis on existing and emerging markets.
A native New Yorker, Alexandra received her BA In communication from the University of Colorado, where she was also a competitive skier, and subsequently a JD from New York Law School.
James Mishan, Associate
James Mishan joined the Quadrangle Consulting LP and QDS LP as an associate in 2020. Prior to Quadrangle, James interned at both Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. and Lasser Hochman.
James received a BBA double major in both International Business and Business Management from CUNY Brooklyn College and his JD from New York Law School.
Steven Bonanno, Associate
Steven Bonanno joined Quadrangle as an associate in Fall of 2021. Prior to Quadrangle, Steven worked at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services from 2016-2018 handling abuse and neglect cases. He later held a clerkship position with the Honorable Jefferey S. Sunshine at the Kings Country Supreme Court wherein he assisted in settling matrimonial cases and disputes.
Steven received a BS in Legal Studies from St. John’s University and his JD from New York Law School. He joined the New York City State Bar in September 2017.
Chris Murphy, Associate
Chris Murphy joined Quadrangle in Fall of 2021. Prior to Quadrangle, Chris worked in OFAC Sanctions Advisory at Société Générale, advising the bank of sanctions-related risks and how to mitigate them. He also created and spearheaded the Sanctions Quarterly Round Up and SG Workflow, an automated project management software.
Chris received a BA in English with a business minor from the University of Albany and his JD from New York Law School.
Riley Coyne, Senior Analyst
Riley Coyne joined Quadrangle in 2019 and focuses primarily on project management and data analysis. Additionally, Riley spearheads many new technology projects, acting as a liaison with the development team. Prior to his time at Quadrangle, Riley worked at Castle Hill Capital Partners in capital introduction for endowments, pension funds, and foundations.
Originally from Cleveland, Riley graduated magna cum laude from Fordham University with a degree in finance, fintech, and economics. Outside of work, Riley loves playing music and nerding out over new technology.
Harris Wekselblatt, Senior Analyst
Harris Wekselblatt joined the Quadrangle team in 2019. His focus spans business development, sales and client relationship management, while supporting strategic initiatives around internal operations and technology enhancements. He brings a breadth of experience across real estate private equity, wealth management and startups, also leveraging his experiences living and traveling in Asia to support Quadrangle’s global client base.
A New Yorker born and raised, Harris graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics and gained exposure to the APAC region via an exchange program at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Patrick Neuner, Analyst
Patrick Neuner joined Quadrangle Consulting in 2020. At Quadrangle, Patrick primarily focuses on project management and sales. Before Quadrangle, Patrick interned for Teneo Strategy, Predata, and Grameen Bank. Outside of work, Patrick is passionate about politics, international development and finding cheap flights.
He is from Atlanta, by way of Washington, where he attended George Washington University. There he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in economics and international affairs.
Grace Janosik, Analyst
Grace Janosik recently joined the Quadrangle team in summer 2021 after interning during her last semester before graduation. She primarily focuses on internal project management, marketing, and technology development. While in school, Grace was heavily involved in the Office of Residential Life and worked as an RA for two years.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Grace attended Fordham University and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in information systems, mathematics, and business law and ethics.