Philip Hall has significant experience acquiring and financing middle-market businesses. Prior to co-founding Spotlight Equity Partners, Philip was a Partner at Inner Circle Sports, a New York City-based investment banking boutique focused on the global sports, media, and entertainment industries. While at Inner Circle Sports, Philip completed several high-profile international transactions, including the acquisition of Liverpool Football Club by Fenway Sports Group (Boston Red Sox), as well as other transactions across all major U.S. professional leagues, including the NBA, NHL, and MLB. Philip also led several capital raising initiatives for middle-market companies including Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events (catering, concessions, and hospitality) as well as the re-launch of the New York Cosmos. Prior to Inner Circle Sports, Philip worked in The Boston Consulting Group’s London office where he consulted to the U.K.’s largest DIY retailer on critical operational issues including inventory and SKU management systems.
Philip was previously a co-founder of Tara Capital, a private investment firm created to acquire Tara Technologies, the semiconductor equipment component business divested from parent PerkinElmer. In 2011, Tara Capital sold Tara Technologies to EnPro Industries, a U.S. publicly-traded company, generating returns that resulted in Tara Capital outperforming over 90% of its private equity group peers making investments in comparable vintage years.
Prior to co-founding Tara Capital, Philip was a founding member of Oaktree Capital Management’s Mezzanine Fund I, where he helped deploy over $200 million in equity and junior debt securities in support of middle-market buyouts across a variety of industries. Philip started his career as an investment banker in Salomon Smith Barney’s leveraged finance and mergers and acquisitions groups (now part of Citigroup).
Philip is an avid traveler and maintains an expansive network of professional relationships throughout the United States and in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. In addition to travel, he enjoys cooking and golf. Philip is a fluent French and Spanish speaker and graduated cum laude from Franklin & Marshall College, where he earned a BA degree in Finance and Spanish. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.