John A. Cavalier – Chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Partner
Mr. Cavalier is Co-Managing Partner of Hudson. Mr. Cavalier was formerly Vice Chairman of Credit Suisse's Investment Banking division, Chairman of the Energy Group and Head of Credit Suisse's Global Renewable Energy efforts. Under Mr. Cavalier's leadership, the Renewables Energy Group has become Wall Street's leading Finance and Advisory Group to the Alternative Energy space. The Group has played a principal role in the initial public offerings of SunPower, Suntech, REC, Cosan, First Solar, EnerNOC, Iberdrola and financings for Airtricity, FPL Wind, Hawkeye, and many other major solar, wind and biofuel companies.
Mr. Cavalier joined Credit Suisse in November 2000 when the Firm merged with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where he was a Managing Director and a founding member of DLJ's Power and Energy Group. Since its inception in 1990, that group focused on financing, restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions within the energy sector, which was a continuation of the work Mr. Cavalier performed at his predecessor firm, Drexel Burnham Lambert.
Prior to his time at Drexel, Mr. Cavalier served in the U.S. Army for nine years where he was an officer in the Signal Corps, and later the Judge Advocate Generals Corps. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his role as the first Senior Defense Counsel for the Northeastern United States.
Mr. Cavalier is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, the University of Illinois School of Law, and Harvard Business School.