Paul Giffin has over thirty-eight years experience in all aspects of financial management and strategic planning. Mr. Giffin is a co-founder of Jefferson Capital, serving as managing partner of both Jefferson Capital Partners I, LP, and Jefferson Capital Partners II, LP, each a debenture-leveraged Small Business Investment Company. Mr. Giffin is involved in and responsible for all aspects of the operations of Jefferson Capital.
Prior to forming Jefferson Capital, Mr. Giffin joined First Commerce Capital, Inc. at its inception in 1994 as Senior Vice President and was directly involved in the development and implementation of all aspects of the investment operations. First Commerce Capital, Inc. was a very successful Small Business Investment Company, wholly owned by First Commerce Corporation, a publicly traded multi-bank holding company based in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Having previously gained 13 years experience with a private energy investment firm as a senior executive, Mr. Giffin has extensive experience in analyzing, negotiating, structuring, and closing subordinated debt and private equity investments. In addition to providing capital to portfolio companies, he was an integral part of the capital formation activities of the firm, including the placement of public and private debt and equity securities with major commercial lenders and institutional and public investors. He has served on numerous boards of portfolio companies and has been an advisor to several private companies.
Mr. Giffin began his career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen where he became a Tax Manager after initially serving on the audit staff. He was also a partner in a New Orleans based regional accounting firm providing accounting and advisory services to public and private middle market companies prior to joining the investment industry.
Mr. Giffin is a Certified Public Accountant and received a B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.