Our Approach

Whether the project involves a financial investment or advisory engagement, we apply value-oriented principles when working with management teams and clients. This approach includes thorough diligence, expedient and straightforward assessment, clear and frequent communication and the establishment of open partnership relationships with our counterparties and clients.


Matt Hawkins is a founder and managing principal of Adjacent Capital Advisors, LLC.  Prior to the founding of the firm, he was a partner and President of Conix, Inc., a private real estate investment company which acquires REO and NPL from banks and financial institutions across the country, with particular interest in multifamily residential and self-storage assets. Conix  completed more than 55 bank-direct acquisitions, deploying over $500MM of capital since Q4 2008. In 2013 alone, the company bought close to 10,000 Class B and Class C value-add multifamily units across the Sunbelt of the United States.  Prior to investing in and joining Conix,  Matt was a Principal/ Co-founder of San Jacinto Partners, a fund focused on the bulk acquisition of single family residential assets and the Managing General Partner of Adjacent Capital, L.P., a private equity/specialty lending fund. He was earlier affiliated with Treadstone Partners, L.L.C., a distressed debt and equity fund.  He has an extensive background in both turnaround management and private equity. Prior to joining Treadstone and forming Adjacent Capital and San Jacinto Partners, Matt was a director with Hull & Associates, a regional turnaround management firm. Matt is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.
Michael is the Managing Director of Cornerpost Capital Partners, LLC and a founder of Adjacent Capital Advisors, LLC.  Michael has over 25 years of experience working with healthy, troubled and distressed companies as outside counsel, general counsel, ā€œCā€ level executive, turnaround consultant, and private equity investor. He practiced law in private firms in the areas of commercial finance and corporate bankruptcy from 1987 through 1999. From 1999 to 2005, combining extensive commercial bankruptcy experience with executive experience in distressed corporations, Michael was engaged by a series of public and private companies in various roles, including Chief Restructuring Officer. From early 2005 until 2010, he was a Principal in a private equity manager focused on lower and middle market investments in distressed situations. He managed several portfolio investments as Board chairman or member. Michael founded Cornerpost in 2010. Michael graduated from Stanford University in 1984 with a B.S. in Applied Earth Sciences and earned his law degree from the University of Chicago in 1987.
Dave has over 30 years of corporate finance, advisory, financial restructuring, ā€œCā€ level leadership and operational turnaround experience for healthy, underperforming, troubled or distressed companies. He has a demonstrated ability to identify and evaluate strategies for maintaining or increasing stakeholder value, executing asset divestiture and M&A strategies, formulating capital and financing structures, securing debt and equity financings, and negotiating debt restructurings. His career includes 15 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was a Managing Director in the Global Corporate Finance Practice and led investment banking practice units in Houston and San Jose, CA. His subsequent positions include CFO/CAO at an internet commerce site, Founder/Managing Director of regional corporate finance and financial advisory firms, Interim CEO of a software company and a Senior Director at a national restructuring and turnaround advisory firm. Dave graduated from Louisiana State University in 1981 with a B. S. in Accounting and is a CPA.
Ed has over 25 years of management experience in improving business processes and the reliability and timeliness of financial information in highly competitive environments, while serving as the Regional Controller, Controller and Chief Financial Officer of public and private companies in the financial services, software technology, consulting, private equity, banking, retail and restaurant services segments. Prior to joining Cornerpost, sister company to Adjacent Capital Advisors, Ed spent five years with Tatum LLC, a financial consulting firm, six years with Altius Capital, an investment banking firm, and five years as senior financial executive for software and technology companies. His most recent assignments included CFO of a large wind power generation company, controller of a $1 billion construction materials company, and controller of a distressed $250 million conglomerate. In addition to being CFO of Cornerpost, Ed is CFO of a Cornerpost portfolio company, CPS Operations, LLC. He is a CPA, with an accounting degree from Winona State University and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts.
Prior to joining Cornerpost/Adjacent, Nathan Kinney worked for URS Corporation.  His experience primarily focused on the design engineering and procurement of a Liquid Extraction Facility, Deethanizer Tower addition, and Turbo-Expander addition,  all constructed to improve extraction efficiency of hydrocarbons from natural gas liquids.  As an Instrumentation and Controls Engineer he was responsible for the design and implementation all equipment and control systems required for successful plant operation.   Such work required financial and technical bid analysis on equipment packages from various vendors, weighing in on cost, quality of equipment, and competence of respective engineering firms.  Nathan graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and is a certified EIT.