About Us

Founded in 2010, Stabilis Capital Management, LP is a New York City based privately held investment firm. The firm specializes in originating real estate secured commercial bridge loans and investing in commercial loans that trade near par.
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Our Story

The firm has raised over $1.7 billion since its inception in 2010.

Stabilis’ investments are focused on direct lending primarily secured by real estate. Stabilis’ investment team and special servicing teams are fully integrated and have significant experience investing through multiple credit cycles. Our focus is on maximizing risk-adjusted returns for all investors while seeking to mitigate downside risk. Stabilis excels in sourcing, analyzing transaction complexity, deal structuring, underwriting and asset management of its investments.

Stabilis' Managing Principal, Salman Khan, has a proven track record over more than twenty-eight years of successful investing experience, having held various leadership positions at Goldman Sachs and Silver Point Capital prior to starting Stabilis. The Firm's investor base includes financial institutions, family offices, high net worth individuals, endowments, pension plans and retirement funds.

Meet the Team

Salman Khan

CEO & Founder

Scott Esterbrook

Co-COO & General Counsel

Joseph Podesta

Co-COO

Juan Robayo

Head of Originations

Vivek Khanna

Managing Director

Alex Cepero

Senior Controller

Karen Duong

AGC & CCO

Haaris Lali

Head of Business Development

Dale Cooney

Senior Advisor
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Salman Khan

CEO & Founder

Salman Khan is the Founder and Managing Principal of Stabilis Capital Management. Mr. Khan founded Stabilis in 2010 after spending 12 years at Goldman Sachs and 6 years at Silver Point. At Goldman, Mr. Khan was the Group Head and ran the Latin American distressed loan acquisition business from 1997-2001.  He also built and ran the US Small and Middle Market Loan Acquisition business which he later ported to Silver Point in 2004.  Salman has invested over $6 Billion during his career. At Silver Point, Mr. Khan created and ran a $600 million discretionary portfolio focused on Middle Market Loan Acquisition for 6 years. In 2010, Mr. Khan established Stabilis and has continued the loan acquisition strategy and built a bridge lending strategy as a complementary business. Mr. Khan has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

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Scott Esterbrook

Co-COO & General Counsel

Mr. Esterbrook is the Co-COO and General Counsel at Stabilis focused on all legal matters for Stabilis and assists on all operational and compliance matters. He has been practicing law for over twenty years, focusing on the financial services sector. In his work with private investment funds and dispute settlements, he endeavors to identify, protect and enforce rights, remedies and claims, emphasizing transactional matters for distressed debt situations. He graduated magna cum laude from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where he served as executive editor of the Temple Law Review.

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Joseph Podesta

Co-COO

Mr. Podesta is the Co-COO at Stabilis focused on Underwriting and Asset Management. Mr. Podesta joined Stabilis over 6 years ago. Previously, Mr. Podesta worked as Lead Analyst at Tannor Capital Management, where he specialized in trade and insolvency claims. Mr. Podesta received an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University and a B.S. in Economics from George Washington University. In addition, Mr. Podesta is a CFA Charterholder.

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Juan Robayo

Head of Originations

Mr. Robayo is Head of Sourcing at Stabilis. Mr. Robayo joined Stabilis in 2014 and has over 22 years of experience in the financial services sector. Previously, Mr. Robayo was Director of the Fixed Income Group at Barclays/Lehman for 7 years. While at Lehman, he acquired and managed distressed NPL portfolios in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia. Prior to Barclays/Lehman, he worked at Goldman Sachs in the Latin American distressed loan acquisition business and at Silver Point Capital in the US middle market loan acquisition business. Mr. Robayo has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Columbia University. Mr. Khan and Mr. Robayo worked together at Goldman Sachs and Silver Point Capital.

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Vivek Khanna

Managing Director

Mr. Khanna is a Managing Director in the Origination Group, he has been with Stabilis Capital since 2018. During his tenure at Stabilis he has focused on underwriting as well as asset management before joining the origination efforts. Prior to joining Stabilis, Mr. Khanna spent approximately 25 years working in the investment banking divisions of various financial institutions including Bear Stearns, Credit Suisse and HSBC, where he headed the acquisition finance effort. Mr. Khanna graduated with a degree in economics from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) and earned his MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

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Alex Cepero

Senior Controller

Mr. Cepero is the Senior Controller at Stabilis Capital Management.  Mr. Cepero has 10+ years of Fund Accounting experience as well as having both a public and private accounting background.  Prior to joining Stabilis, Mr. Cepero spent 10 years at Fortress Investment Group as a member of the Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund and Fortress Value Recovery Fund groups.  Mr. Cepero graduated from SUNY Albany with a B.S. in Accountancy.  Mr. Cepero is Uniform CPA candidate, in New York State, awaiting licensure after having successfully passed all four parts of the Uniform CPA exam.

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Karen Duong

AGC & CCO

Ms. Duong has been with Stabilis since 2013.  As Associate General Counsel, Ms. Duong provides back office support across all legal, transactional, underwriting, and asset management matters.  She is also Chief Compliance Officer for the firm.  Ms. Duong earned her J.D. from New York Law School, and graduated with a B.A. from New York University.

 
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Haaris Lali

Head of Business Development

Mr. Lali is responsible for business development at Stabilis Capital Management. Prior to joining Stabilis, Mr. Lali was the Head of Business Development at Mt. Lucas Management, a global macro hedge fund, focused on structuring and fund raising for the MLM UCITs funds. Prior to joining Mt. Lucas, Mr. Lali was a Managing Director at NewSmith Asset Management, a London based long/short equity hedge fund platform. Mr. Lali started his career at the Carlyle Group and has focused on the alternative investment space for the past 20 years.

Mr. Lali received a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University.

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Dale Cooney

Senior Advisor

Mr. Cooney is a Senior Advisor to Stabilis focused on asset management. Prior to joining Stabilis, Mr. Cooney spent 6 years at Fortress Investment Group, and 10 years at Silver Point Capital LP. He has held senior positions at Goldman Sachs, and other financial services firms over his 30+ year career in underwriting, managing and resolving real estate financing transactions. Mr. Cooney graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Accountancy. Mr. Khan and Mr. Cooney worked together at both Goldman Sachs and Silver Point Capital.