Robert G. Rusk

Advisory Director

Rob Rusk is an Advisory Director of Cypress Associates.  He is a co-founder and Partner of Orion Energy Partners, a credit-oriented private equity firm focused on middle market energy infrastructure and services.  Previously, Mr. Rusk was Managing Director and member of Cypress' Management and Fairness Opinion Committees.  He has over 30 years’ experience in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, capital markets, leveraged finance, private equity, distressed investing and restructuring.  He has led teams structuring and executing transactions with a value in excess of $30 billion primarily in the energy industry but also in automotive supply, consumer products, healthcare, industrial, retailing, and technology on behalf of corporate, private equity, hedge fund and institutional investor clients.  

Mr. Rusk was formerly a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Department of CIBC World Markets, where he advised clients in the power, utilities and energy industries.  Prior thereto, Mr. Rusk was an investment banker at Bear, Stearns & Co. and at Bankers Trust Company. 

Mr. Rusk earned a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School Business of the University of Pennsylvania. He has been qualified as an expert in leveraged finance in federal bankruptcy court, and is a member of several corporate and charitable boards.  He holds series 7, 24 and 63 securities licenses.