John Chachas

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John Chachas is a nationally-recognized investment banker focused on advising media and digital companies.  Originally from Nevada, Mr. Chachas left Lazard to run for the U.S. Senate in 2010 and has been politically active supporting a variety of candidates since then.  He presently serves as the Managing Partner of Methuselah Advisors, a merchant bank active with media enterprises.  Prior to forming Methuselah, Chachas worked as a Managing Director of Lazard  where hewas a senior calling officer responsible for the firm’s relationships with The E.W. Scripps Company, Entravision Communications, Hearst Corporation, Pulitzer, Clear Channel Communications, and The Walt Disney Company among others.  Since the formation of Methuselah, he has served as a financial advisor to a number of the country’s largest news organizations, including Tribune Company throughout its bankruptcy from 2009 until emergence in 2012. He has been involved in numerous transactions in the TV and radio broadcasting sectors including advising Hubbard Broadcasting on its acquisition of Bonneville International (2011); advising the board of Clear Channel Outdoor (2009) with respect to capital finance matters; advising the board of Clear Channel Communications with respect to its going private transaction (2008); advising the board of Walt Disney with respect to the separation and sale of ABC Radio to Citadel Broadcasting (2008).  Most recently he advised Journal Communications in a complex merger with E.W. Scripps (2014) and its acquisition of Landmark television’s Nashville station (2013).   Prior to Lazard Mr. Chachas was a Managing Director in the Media Groups of both Merrill Lynch and CS First Boston (predecessor to Credit Suisse), which he joined in 1986 upon receiving his BA from Columbia University.  He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1990.  Mr. Chachas currently resides in New York City and is a supporter of Turning Point USA and its mission to empower and educate young American voters.  He is a frequent commentator on trends and events impacting the media industry.