Cultural Transformation 
Reinventing the team experience for better client outcomes.

Patience and good stewardship are the drivers behind our team’s success. We believe that the best transaction outcomes are achieved by establishing mutual trust and respect with our clients and we are guided by this principle internally. We are a team comprised of star talent coming from diverse backgrounds, and we cultivate a high performance and high empathy culture.

Westcove’s culture of respect, accomplishment, and empowerment allows the members of our team to consistently raise their individual bar of excellence, and create value for our clients. We believe deeply in the professional development of all team members, regardless of function. Our continuous investment in the personal and professional growth of our team members increases the impact they have on our firm and drives significant value for our clients.

Leadership

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Justin Hand

Founder & Managing Director

Justin is the Founder and a Managing Director of the firm. Justin is responsible for consistently enhancing the strategic direction of Westcove and focuses on expanding the firms capabilities and service offerings. He is involved in most active mandates, oversees financial sponsor coverage, maintains key third-party relationships, and leads the firm’s Impact Investing initiatives. Justin has a nearly twenty year tenure of providing strategic advisory to healthcare business owners, strategic acquirers, and private equity sponsors with the goal of providing thoughtful and actionable steps to enhance the equity value and market perception of their respective organizations.

Justin is proud to promote Westcove’s culture of respect and execution excellence with a focus on driving the team towards individual accomplishments and empowering everyone at Westcove to consistently raise their individual bar of excellence resulting in value creation for our clients, Westcove, and the broader community we impact.

Justin received his MBA from UCLA Anderson and completed his undergraduate degree in finance and international businesses at Northeastern University. Justin holds both the Series 63 and 79 FINRA licenses.

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Abe M’Bodj

Vice President

As a Vice President with the firm, Abe focuses on advising clients through a variety of mandates including merger & acquisition transactions, debt and equity financings, as well as our Impact Investing fund. As a critical component of our team, Abe actively manages many of Westcove’s mandates and is actively involved in the firm’s healthcare industry coverage. In addition to his role of advising clients at Westcove, Abe is responsible for helping to implement the strategic direction and vision of the firm as well as the development of talent internally. Abe joined Westcove early in its tenure and as a critical team member, he is committed to building a culture of excellence, ethics, and respect at the firm.

Prior to joining Westcove, Abe began his investment banking career with Provident Healthcare Partners, and played an instrumental role in successfully advising his healthcare clients through numerous transactions. Abe has also been widely recognized as an industry expert on the subject of private equity investment in healthcare services and has been interviewed on numerous occasions by various publications and has been invited to speak at several industry conferences on the subject.

Abe graduated from Bryant University where he played Division One college football and was a four-year starter on the offensive line for the Bulldogs. He credits his determination and will to succeed on behalf of his clients to his time spent in Division One athletics. Abe holds his Series 63 and 79 FINRA licenses.

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Shan Chawla

Associate

As an Associate, Shan focuses on advising clients through merger & acquisition transactions, debt and equity financings, recapitalizations and general strategic advisory. Prior to joining Westcove, Shan began his investment banking career with Cantor Fitzgerald in New York City where he worked as an investment banking analyst in the firm’s healthcare department. At Cantor Fitzgerald, Shan was part of numerous mandates across both the life sciences and healthcare services subindustries. He advised on equity and debt raises as well as several merger and acquisition transactions. Prior to Cantor Fitzgerald, Shan worked for the Michel-Shaked Group, a valuation and corporate finance advisory firm based in Boston. At the Michel-Shaked Group, Shan served as a Senior Analyst and helped the firm with engagements revolving around bankruptcy valuation, asset valuation, financial analysis and expert testimony.

Shan graduated from Boston University with Magna Cum Laude Honors. He is also a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst Designation.

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Dimitrios Michalakis

Associate

As an Associate at Westcove, Dimitri assists in merger and acquisition transactions, debt and equity capital raises, and strategic advisory across the healthcare continuum. Dimitri works closely with clients in all phases of the transaction, being actively involved in market research, financial analysis, marketing, and due diligence. Dimitri utilizes his diverse experience in business development and the financial markets to support Westcove and its clients. Prior to joining Westcove, Dimitri worked closely with investors in the equity and derivatives markets to develop bespoke market analysis tools as the co-founder of a fintech company.

Dimitri holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sussex and the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST). Dimitri is currently pursuing his MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management with a concentration in finance.

Scott Schulkin

Associate

As an Associate at Westcove Partners, Scott works closely with entrepreneurs and management teams on mergers & acquisitions advisory, debt and equity capital raises, and strategic advisory services across multiple healthcare verticals. In addition to his transactional duties, he is actively engaged in business development and firm-building activities.

Scott is currently pursuing his MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, with a concentration in finance and entrepreneurship. Scott brings diverse venture capital, lending, real estate and business management experience to Westcove. Previously, as the Director of Closing for a hybrid commercial and consumer lending division of First Republic Bank in San Francisco, CA, Scott was part of the leadership team that grew a student loan refinancing portfolio from $2 million to over $3 Billion in loans outstanding in three years, and grew a private equity co-investment loan portfolio from $800 million to over $2 billion in committed capital over the same period.  Before his tenure at First Republic Bank, Scott was the Director of Asset Management for a boutique property and business management firm in Los Angeles and oversaw a $200 million commercial and residential real estate portfolio spread across the Western United States.

Scott earned his B.A. from Bowdoin College and majored in Government & Legal Studies, he also played on Bowdoin’s Division III  men’s college basketball team.

Firm Values

Industry Experts

We are a team of specialized professionals who thrive in a high performance and high empathy environment.​

Career Investment

Our culture promotes continued professional development and encourages professionals to take calculated risks.

Partnership Model

Our team members drive our success and each have ownership interest in our firm.

Promote Diversity

We attract and cultivate the next generation of diverse investment bankers through formalized mentorship programs.

If you have an interest in joining a firm that encourages team members to take calculated risks, promotes diverse ideas, and expects the highest quality advisory services, then please consider joining our team.​