Kenin M. Spivak
Senior Advisor

Kenin M. Spivak is a highly regarded executive, entrepreneur, financier, author and attorney known for innovative leadership, sophisticated deal-making, marketing expertise and “hands on” management. He has acquired, led, reorganized, grown and sold companies, directed complex litigation, and led, structured, negotiated and advised on nearly $10 billion of completed complex transactions. He also led the development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of feature films and television series grossing more than $3 billion and the branding, marketing and sales of consumer products and services grossing many additional billions of dollars.

Spivak is chairman and CEO of SMI Group and its affiliates, which are principals and advisors for U.S. and cross-border strategy and transactions, including fully-licensed investment banking and investment advisor subsidiaries and joint ventures focused on cross-border transactions involving Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. SMI Group’s principals have completed more than $50 billion of transactions. SMI Entertainment owns a film library and is senior advisor to Elite Football League of India, the exclusively sanctioned American-style football league in India.

After starting his career as an attorney in Beverly Hills and New York, Spivak joined a film and television subsidiary of Mobil Oil as a senior executive and then Merrill Lynch Investment Banking. Spivak also served as an officer of investment partnerships established by Merrill Lynch.

Since then, Spivak has served as chairman, vice chairman, president, CEO, director and senior advisor for public and private companies in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East, primarily in advertising, consumer products, education, energy, entertainment, finance, food products, franchising, gaming, health and beauty, marketing, media and technology. He also has served as chairman of special litigation committees, testified as an expert on corporate governance and is the longest-serving director of the prestigious RAND Corporation Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance.

For billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, Mr. Spivak revitalized major studio MGM/UA Communications, achieving record worldwide revenues and then sold the company for nearly $2 billion. Mr. Spivak was CEO for News Corporation’s and billionaire Michael Milken’s Archon Communications, where he acquired control of media companies, guided them to success and then sold Archon for a substantial profit.

At the request of former U.S. Treasury Secretary William E. Simon, Mr. Spivak joined the executive committee of Mr. Simon’s $4 billion bank and helped guide it through a nationwide banking crisis. Mr. Spivak was chairman and CEO of pioneering global wireless technology company, Telemac Corporation; chairman of multiple advertising agencies and publishers; chairman of the executive committee of top-ranked Premiere Radio Networks; long-time vice chairman of global hair care leader John Paul Mitchell Systems and founding chairman of its cosmetology schools, which he grew into the largest chain in the U.S.; chairman of the independent directors’ committee of Metro Traffic Networks, the global leader in traffic and news reporting; vice chairman of an NYSE-listed metals trading company, an on-line social network and a publicly-traded nuclear medicine company; and a director of global tequila brand Patrón and numerous other companies.

Spivak was co-founder of the Philippines Dream casino in Cebu, instrumental in planning for the MGM Grand Hotels and advised Silicon Gaming, which introduced digital slot machines.

Spivak acquired and then led publishers Phoenix New Millennium and Knowledge Exchange. He is the author of the thriller The Karasik Conspiracy, co-editor of the Knowledge Exchange Business Encyclopedia from Warner Books and a contributor to Larry King’s Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, a compendium of essays on the justice system and produced motion pictures for 20th Century Fox, radio and television series in New York City and animated DVD’s for children.

Spivak was a member of the executive committee of the Beijing International University Task Force, formed by Chinese government education agencies and a member of the Los Angeles Committee on Foreign Relations. He is listed in Who’s Who in the West, America, Finance & Business and the World and is a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He received multiple patents for wireless technology inventions.

Spivak received an A.B., M.B.A. (marketing) and Juris Doctor from Columbia University, each with honors. He is admitted to practice law in California and New York and holds numerous securities licenses, including Series 24 (general securities principal).