John Degen of Kayak Kapital LLC Joined Stonehaven’s Affiliate Platform

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2022-05-27

We are excited to announce that John Degen, Managing Director of Kayak Kapital LLC has joined as an Affiliate Partner.

Mr. John Degen is the Managing Director of Kayak Kapital, LLC. Mr. Degen has accumulated 30 years of finance, investment management, and operating experience across various industries. His broad expertise includes business strategy, corporate development, cross-functional business development, strategic partnering, and strategic supply chain development.  

Mr. Degen began his professional career with Ogden Corporation in 1988, where he spent six years in various legal and project finance roles. Mr. Degen’s early experiences gave him a robust understanding of what is needed to effectively negotiate and close complex business partnerships and projects. He was tasked with creating the financial models related to the construction of the Anaheim Arena, the Honda Center, the Toronto Palladium, and the World Trade Center Observation Deck Tourist Attraction.  John also held a Top-Secret level clearance and served as the Assistant Facility Security officer of Ogden for 5 of his 6.5 years with Ogden. 

In 1995, Mr. Degen began his 17-year career with Sumitomo Corporation’s Business Investment Division. He deployed in excess of $2.0 billion of debt and equity during his time with Sumitomo. From 2003 to 2010, Mr. Degen had operational profit and loss responsibility for Oxford Finance Corporation, the leading provider of senior and equipment debt finance for the healthcare and life science industries. In addition, he covered and managed investments across several operating divisions, including Agriculture, Lifestyle, Specialty Finance, General Products, Media, and Life Sciences. His final assignment with Sumitomo led New Business Development efforts for Sumitomo’s European General Manager from 2011 to 2013. 

From 2013 to 2019, Mr. Degen served as a Strategic Advisor to several early-stage companies. In January 2019, he was engaged by ShareNett as a Consultant to the Company’s CEO and Chairman. In August 2019, he became ShareNett’s Co-Head of Origination and was sponsored for his Series 7, 63, and 79 Licenses. 

Mr. Degen received a B.A. in History from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Long Island University.  He also attended executive management education programs at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.  

Mr. Degen speaks English, German and rudimentary Japanese.   

Mr. Degen currently holds Series 63, 79TO, 7TO, and SIE registrations with FINRA.

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