Lawrence Joseph (LJ) Mahon

Senior Lecturer
Lawrence Joseph (LJ) Mahon
150 RBB
Academic Specialty
International and Corporate Finance

J.D., Indiana University School of Law
Executive MBA, Harvard Business School
B.A., University of Notre Dame

Areas of Expertise

Border / International Finance
Public Private Partnerships
Private Equity Investing into Emerging/ Developing Markets

Lawrence Joseph (LJ) Mahon is a senior lecturer in the Department of Finance at Florida State University’s College of Business. His academic specialty is international and corporate finance. Mahon has extensive experience in infrastructure development and international project financing, including the development of projects in Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the U.S. 

Mahon worked with Alstom S.A. (previously GEC Alsthom) for more than 14 years as a consultant/advisor for its board on strategic development and market entry/development. From 1996 - 2000, Mr. Mahon became Deputy COO and General Manager of Alstom Transport's US manufacturing site in Hornell, NY that manufactured mass transit cars for the US transit industry. 

Mahon also worked as the CEO of the Infrastructure Construction & Development Sector at Basic Element Company. In this role, he was responsible for the development/ negotiation of construction, infrastructure and commercial real estate projects in Russia and the CIS, including Western High Speed Diameter (the 1st PPP in Russia), Orlovski Tunnel, Nadzemny Express, Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics' Master Plan for infrastructure and commercial development (+ 1 million m2 ), several airports (Sochi, Saint Petersburg, Geledznik, Anapa) and other commercial and infrastructure development projects with an estimated valuation of + $10 billion. 

Prior to joining Basic Element, Mahon was the beneficial owner and Managing Director of an Irish private equity firm, Mathghamhain Partners Limited, which primarily invested in Russia and the CIS. Investment partners were Bank of Ireland, Allied Irish Bank and a US private equity firm, Nathanson Associates. Total investments exceeded $500 million.Upon repatriating from Russia, Mahon re-joined Mathghamhain Partners as Managing Director and a board member. 

Mahon received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, his executive MBA from the Harvard Business School and his J.D. from Indiana University

Interesting Facts
  • Developed several first time investments structures for projects in emerging markets and developing economies (e.g. Angola, Kazakhstan, Mexico, etc.).
  • Independent Board member on companies in Russia, Kazakhstan, Austria, France and USA.
  • Helped develop / draft the public private partnership (“PPP”) legislation as an advisor to the respective legislative bodies in both Russia and Kazakhstan
  • Negotiated / developed first western funding / investments into Kazakhstan for: (i) a glass bottling plant, (ii) a center pivot irrigation plant, and (iii) a logistics warehouse at Tengiz oil fields
  • Negotiated the first funding/ financing for an alternative energy project (400 MW) utilizing fluidized bed boiler technology (Alstom design) and alternative fuels (petroleum coke) with PEMEX, Mexico
  • CEO for the largest construction company in Russia and Board member of the largest private equity firm in Russia (Basic Element Company)
Honors and Awards

Who’s Who in American Industry

Men’s Singles and Team Squash Champion, Michigan

Keynote Speaker, Sochi Financial Forum, Sochi, Russia

Leon/ Tallahassee Economic Development Council Board Member