About Us

AMA brings unique capabilities to industry leaders and investors. AMA believes that all efforts – from advisory services to principal investing – start with a deep understanding of the underlying industry.

AMA Capital Partners in brief:

  • Established in 1987, AMA is the only merchant banking partnership in the U.S. exclusively focused on the transportation, energy and offshore industries. Proven expertise across a wide spectrum of advisory services including mergers and acquisitions, restructuring distressed companies, capital raising and strategic planning – AMA also manages an active fund to invest equity and mezzanine debt as well as provide asset leasing options to owners and operators – Affiliate of AMA Securities, LLC a registered broker/dealer specializing in M&A advisory, fairness opinions, private placements of securities, and corporate underwriting
  • 9 professionals in New York and Los Angeles
  • Members of AMA also serve or have served on boards of directors of publicly listed companies: Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc., Genco Shipping & Trading, Golar LNG Partners LP, North Atlantic Drilling Limited, Seadrill Limited, Seaspan Corporation and Ship Finance International Limited

AMA provides a unique cross section of skill sets and resources:

  • Pro-active senior level attention from our five Managing Directors
  • Long-term industry relationships at all levels providing both corporate and asset level insight
  • Direct access to decision makers representing a variety of capital sources seeking investments in different layers of the capital structure
  • AMA is viewed by many as a “bridge” between the financial and operating world – AMA distills the value proposition and has an appreciation for issues related to asset finance
  • We are independent – no ancillary agendas – our success is aligned with that of our clients

Our Team

Jim Dolphin

Managing Director

Paul Leand, Jr.

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

Peter Shaerf

Managing Director

Michael Dockman

Managing Director

Kevin O’Hara

Managing Director

Rick Brock

Chief Financial Officer

Myles McAlpine


Dennis Rutter


James Dolphin

Senior Analyst