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Business of the Month: Modular builder continues evolution with investment division

Real estate investment is newest endeavour for Sudbury’s Morris Group of Companies

When David Morris considered partnering on the $31-million purchase of the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre earlier this year, it was a little outside his wheelhouse.

Over the last two decades, Morris has made his name designing, constructing and selling modular buildings — offices, mine drys, washrooms, housing — not operating legacy accommodations like the Victoria Inn.

Built in 1974, the Thunder Bay establishment has long been a gathering place for Indigenous conferences and conventions, and serves as a premier facility for weddings, business meetings and tourism stays. A block of rooms is also set aside for Indigenous clients arriving in the city for medical appointments.

Michipicoten First Nation and Naicatchewenin First Nations saw the acquisition as an investment opportunity for the two communities and, together, put up all the capital for the purchase.

Impressed by their progressive approach, Morris signed on to the transaction, which he called “the first deal of its kind.” Morris Group of Companies became a general partner and the managing partner of the property.

“It’s really, to me, forward-thinking of First Nations business where the communities can work in not just, say, their territory or with a particular project, but look to expand their horizons and investments into other areas,” Morris said.

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In making this assessment about his new partners, Morris could easily be speaking about himself.

Originally trained in dentistry, Morris ventured into entrepreneurship in the mid-2000s and has continued to build a diverse portfolio of businesses under the Morris Group.

He launched his first venture, Morris Modular, with a partner in 2005, to rent modular trailers to companies needing extra space for offices, washrooms, or other

Belief: California Continues to be the Mecca for Chopping-Edge Business Financial investment

Gavin Newsom and Elon Musk
Gov. Gavin Newsom (still left) and Elon Musk outdoors the making that will be Tesla’s world wide engineering headquarters. Picture from livestream

If you watch Fox News or go through the editorials in the Wall Avenue Journal, you might conclude that California has dropped its luster as a world wide centre for know-how and innovation.

The conservative narrative is that corporations are flocking to Texas and Florida for the reason that there is no condition cash flow tax and considerably less regulation. Supposedly working a small business is all about being capable to pay your workers a little bit less and reduce a number of corners on security.

But two developments this month notify a really different story.

On Feb. 10, biotech pioneer Genetech declared a $450 million investment in Oceanside to develop new medications for exceptional conditions. Then on Wednesday, Tesla explained it would build its world engineering centre in Palo Alto.

Now Tesla did move its headquarters to Austin in 2021, and opened a factory there, but regardless of the Texas city’s popularity as a tech centre, the style and engineering of the company’s environment-beating electric autos will acquire area in California.

The vital reason is California’s unique cluster of technical expertise. As Genetech place it, “Genentech’s Oceanside campus was picked for this new producing facility because of to its proximity to earth-course biotech talent.”

Supporting this are California’s superlative universities. Think about the latest rating by U.S. News and Earth Report. A few of the world’s major 10 universities — Stanford, Berkeley and Caltech — are in the top rated 10, and three additional — UCLA, UC San Francisco and UC San Diego — spherical out the best 20.

By distinction, Texas’ prime faculty, the University of Texas Austin, ranks 43rd and Florida’s very best college, the

Investcorp Private Credit Appoints New Co-Head as Expansion of Its Credit Business Continues

NEW YORK, Jan. 23, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Investcorp, a leading global alternative investment firm, today announced the appointment of Suhail Shaikh as Co-Head of Investcorp’s Private Credit business. Based in New York, Shaikh will co-lead the private credit business alongside current Co-Head, Mike Mauer. Shaikh brings with him approximately $200 million of assets under management and three team members from his previous firm Alcentra, expanding the private credit team to 14 professionals and team-managed assets to approximately $500 million. Current Co-Head, Chris Jansen, will take on an advisory role and retire later this year after ensuring a smooth transition.

Shaikh’s appointment marks the latest in a transformational period for Investcorp’s credit business, which in December announced the acquisition of Marble Point Credit Management LLC, a leading US-based CLO manager. Over its 20-year history, Investcorp Credit Management has emerged as a leading player in the private credit space with its public BDC as well as private debt funds.

“We are pleased with the strong momentum in Investcorp’s private credit business and I want to personally thank Chris for his partnership and all his contributions,” said Mike Mauer. “Over the past months, we have expanded our product base and the addition of Suhail and his team’s expertise will only elevate our underwriting and sourcing capabilities, which will be additive to our platform.”

Shaikh has over a decade of private credit investment experience. He joins from Alcentra, where he led their U.S. Private Credit business. Prior to that, he was a Partner and Senior Investment Professional at SLR Capital Partners (formerly Solar Capital Partners). His credit investing experience was preceded by a career in leveraged finance and advisory investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, CIBC World Markets and JP Morgan.

“I am thrilled to join