Professionals
Michael Hooks
Managing Director

Michael Hooks is a Managing Director of Black Canyon. Prior to founding Black Canyon, Mr. Hooks was the Co-Head of the Los Angeles Investment Banking Department of Credit Suisse First Boston. Prior to CSFB, Mr. Hooks was a Managing Director in the Los Angeles office of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Mr. Hooks began his career in the Beverly Hills office of Drexel Burnham Lambert. Throughout his investment banking career, Mr. Hooks specialized in complex financings, restructurings and other advisory assignments, with a strong expertise in leveraged finance. Mr. Hooks’ experience spans a wide variety of industries, including media, retail, healthcare, consumer products, industrial services, hospitality and basic manufacturing, among others. Mr. Hooks currently serves on the Board of Directors of JDC Healthcare, Malibu Boats, Saunders & Associates, and TASI Holdings, and has previously served on the Board of Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology (NYSE: PV). Mr. Hooks received a degree in Economics from Princeton University and an M.B.A. with distinction from the Wharton School of Business.
Mark Lanigan
Managing Director

Mark Lanigan is a Managing Director of Black Canyon.Prior to founding Black Canyon, Mr. Lanigan was the Co-Head of the Los Angeles Investment Banking Department of Credit Suisse First Boston and a member of the Investment Banking Executive Board.  Prior to CSFB, Mr. Lanigan was the Head of the Los Angeles office of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Mr. Lanigan started his investment banking career in the Beverly Hills office of Drexel Burnham Lambert. Throughout his investment banking career, Mr. Lanigan provided corporate finance and advisory services to a broad range of industries, with an emphasis on negotiating, structuring and financing leveraged acquisitions, recapitalizations, restructurings and mergers on behalf of private equity firms and their portfolio companies. Mr. Lanigan currently serves on the Board of Directors of Archway Marketing Services, JDC Healthcare, Malibu Boats and Saunders & Associates. Mr. Lanigan graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a major in Economics from Colgate University, received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Bradley Spencer
Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer

Brad Spencer is the Chief Financial Officer of Black Canyon. Prior to joining Black Canyon in early 2008, Mr. Spencer was responsible for accounting, finance and operations for Rustic Canyon Partners, a venture capital and private equity firm in Santa Monica. Prior to Rustic Canyon, Mr. Spencer held the position of Corporate Controller of Mellon Financial Corporation’s West Coast region as well as Mellon 1st Business Bank, a middle market bank, specializing in small to mid size businesses and high net worth clients. Mr. Spencer received his B.S. in Business Administration and Economics from California State University at Northridge.