George Jikovski is a Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager. Mr. Jikovski’s primary focus is on the mortgage-backed securities, structured credit, and credit derivatives sectors across the Canyon platform. Prior to joining Canyon in 2007, Mr. Jikovski was at Trust Company of the West, where he focused on high grade MBS, including MBS derivatives, collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs), and market value CDOs. Mr. Jikovski was previously with the Financial Restructuring Group at Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin and was an Investment Banker in the Corporate Finance / M&A group at Bear, Stearns & Co, Inc. Mr. Jikovski graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Business Economics and a minor in Accounting. Mr. Jikovski is a CFA charterholder.
Mitchell R. Julis is Co-Founder, Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Canyon Partners, LLC. Mr. Julis is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University (B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A., honors). He received an honorary doctorate from Yeshiva University of New York in 2011. Prior to forming Canyon, Mr. Julis directed a group of professionals responsible for a portfolio of distressed and special situation securities at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Prior to working at Drexel, he was a bankruptcy and creditors’ rights attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York.
In 2014, Mr. Julis, along with co-founder Mr. Friedman, received Institutional Investor’s “Lifetime Achievement” Award. He serves on the Board of Trustees at Princeton University and the Advisory Council for the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is a member of the Governing Board for The Institute for New Economic Thinking, the Asia Society Board of Trustees, the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute Advisory Council, and is a founding supporter of the Program on Jewish and Israeli Law at Harvard Law School.
Mr. Julis and his wife, Joleen, live in Los Angeles and have four children.
Joshua S. Friedman is Co-Founder, Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Canyon Partners, LLC. Mr. Friedman is a graduate of Harvard College (B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Physics), Oxford University (M.A., honors, Politics and Economics, Marshall Scholar), Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A., Baker Scholar). Prior to forming Canyon, Mr. Friedman was Director of Capital Markets for High Yield and Private Placements at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Prior to working at Drexel, he worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of Goldman Sachs in New York.
In 2014, Mr. Friedman, along with co-founder Mr. Julis, received Institutional Investor’s “Lifetime Achievement” Award. Mr. Friedman is a member of the board of directors of Harvard Management Company. He is also a member of Harvard’s Committee on University Resources; the Harvard Law School Leadership Council; the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors; and Harvard University Task Force on Science and Engineering. Mr. Friedman also serves as a Trustee for the California Institute of Technology (Caltech); the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the UCLA Hospital Department of Neurosurgery; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Mr. Friedman serves on the Investment Committee for the Broad Foundation and chairs the Caltech and LACMA Investment Committees.
Mr. Friedman and his wife, Beth, live in Los Angeles and have three sons.