Michael Leffell founded Portage Advisors, LLC in 2010, and has twenty-six years of alternative investment experience. He focuses on providing access to proprietary deal flow and evaluating the risks and merits of potential investment opportunities.
Prior to founding Portage in 2010, Mr. Leffell was the Deputy Executive Managing Member of Davidson Kempner Capital Management, a $22 billion event driven, multi-strategy hedge fund. While at the firm, Mr. Leffell also managed the Distressed Securities investment strategy for 20 years. Under his guidance, the firm successfully navigated through volatile markets and grew from $20 million under management and 6 employees, to $12 billion under management with over 150 employees in New York and London. Mr. Leffell's key contributions include strengthening the firm's investment research and management practices as well as expanding its strategies, investment discipline, employee empowerment, autonomy, and accountability.
Prior to joining Davidson Kempner Capital Management, Mr. Leffell was a Litigation Associate at the New York law firm Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler.
In 1999, Mr. and Mrs. Leffell established The Lisa and Michael Leffell Foundation dedicated to Jewish education and strengthening security and vibrancy of the State of Israel. Mr. Leffell is President Emeritus of the Board of Trustees at the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, a Trustee of The Jewish Theological Seminary, Commentary Magazine, Jewish Institute for National Security of America, Coalition for Opportunity in Education, and The Gruss Life Monument Funds, Inc. and is a Wexner Heritage Fellow.
Mr. Leffell received a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1984, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and earned a B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Clark University in 1981.