Mr. Galatioto is President of Galatioto Sports Partners, the leading firm in the sports finance and advisory business. Prior to forming GSP in early 2005, he was Managing Director and head of the Lehman Brothers’ Sports Advisory & Finance Group, which was founded upon his arrival in 2001. The group was responsible for all corporate finance and advisory functions related to the sports industry. During his time at Lehman Brothers, Mr. Galatioto built on his prior relationships and experience to position the group as the premier franchise of its type on Wall Street.
For more than 15 years, Mr. Galatioto has overseen engagements in more than 70 transactions in the four major U.S. professional sports leagues as Financial Advisor, Arranger and Agent. Key clients and relationships include ownership and management of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, New Jersey Devils, New Jersey Nets, New York Giants, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, San Francisco Giants, Washington Redskins, and several other high-profile franchises.
Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, he was Managing Director and Head of SG Cowen Securities Corporation’s Sports Advisory Group. (SG Cowen was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Societe Generale). Mr. Galatioto joined Societe Generale in 1993 and established the Sports Advisory Group in 1997. Before taking that assignment, he was the Regional Manager of that institution’s East Coast Region, which encompassed one of its largest U.S. corporate lending units with over $5.2 billion in commitments.
Previously, Mr. Galatioto was employed by Westpac Banking Corporation from 1984-1993. His last position at Westpac was Senior Vice President and Manager of the Corporate Finance Unit, which focused on leveraged finance, debt restructuring and specialized insurance lending.
Mr. Galatioto holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management with distinction and high honors and a Masters of International Relations with honors from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He graduated magna cum laude from Hunter College with a B.A. in History and in 2009 was voted into the Hunter College Hall of Fame. Mr. Galatioto served as a member of the Advisory Board of the World Congress of Sports from 2002 through 2007. He also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. In December 2010, Mr. Galatioto was named one of Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal’s 50 Most Influential People in Sports Business.