Last Year's Speakers Included:
Joanna Anderson is head of Cortland’s Syndicated Loan and Credit Services business and a senior member of Cortland’s leadership team. Joanna is a highly regarded expert with successor agency assignments. Prior to joining Cortland, Joanna founded and managed the syndicated bank loan agency business for Gleacher & Co. from inception through its acquisition by Cortland in 2013. Before launching the bank loan agency initiative for Gleacher, Joanna was a special situations analyst for Van Kampen Investments, where she served on numerous lender steering committees and focused on distressed situations. Joanna holds a degree in Finance from Indiana University.
Phil Anker is Co-Chair of the Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Practice Group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. Phil has been involved in a number of large and significant Chapter 11 cases and related litigation matters, including Lyondell, Adelphia, Tribune, WaMu, WorldCom, Energy XXI, Refco, Global Crossing, Idearc, FairPoint, and Lehman. Phil represented the first liens in the EFIH case, where he litigated the makewhole claim, prevailing on appeal in the Third Circuit. He also recently argued the appeal of the denial of the makewhole (and the cramdown interest issue) on appeal in Momentive in the Second Circuit.
John Bae is a restructuring attorney with extensive transactional and litigation experience. He has represented clients in large, complex and litigious bankruptcies, as well as strategic transactions utilizing the bankruptcy process to achieve a specified goal. He has developed particular experience in mass tort-related bankruptcies, including asbestos bankruptcies. John regularly advises and represents companies and boards of directors in insolvency situations both domestically and internationally. His clients have included debtors, creditors, senior and mezzanine lenders, ad hoc noteholder committees, insurers as well as administrators of foreign insolvent estates.
Reshmi is an assistant editor at Debtwire, where she focuses on covering distressed and restructuring situations in the retail and technology space. Prior to joining Debtwire in 2008, she worked at Prospect News and Forbes magazine. Reshmi started her journalism career as a researcher at the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. She attended Bryn Mawr College and earned a Master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master's degree in public policy from the University of Chicago.
Michael Bevacqua joined Bain Capital Credit in 1999 and is a Managing Director in Opportunistic Credit and the Head of the Restructuring team. Previously, he was a Vice President at First Union Capital Markets where he worked in the Asset Securitization Group. Mr. Bevacqua was also an Associate in Corporate Finance at NationsBanc Capital Markets and spent four years as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Bevacqua received an M.B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. from Ithaca College.
Bill Brandt is Executive Chairman of Development Specialists, Inc. (DSI). Over the past 40 years he has been involved in a number of the most notable matters in the restructuring field. He is also the author of a number of amendments to the Bankruptcy Code including the provision which permits the election of trustees in Chapter 11 cases. By Gubernatorial appointment, he served three terms as Chairman of the Illinois Finance Authority, one of the nation’s largest state-sponsored bond-issuing agencies. He is currently Chair of the National Advisory Board for the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He also completed service as a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission tasked with analyzing the reform of Chapter 11, and had the distinct honor and privilege of serving this nation as a member of the Electoral College for the 2016 presidential election.
Gregg Galardi is a restructuring attorney with broad global experience. He has represented some of the most well-known debtors, in a wide variety of industries, including most recently Gawker Media. He has over 25 years of experience in both in court and out of court restructurings and reorganizations. He also serves the firm's sponsor client base and portfolio company clients in distressed M&A and special situations. He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, formerly served as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt Law School and is a frequent speaker on Chapter 11 issues.
Manny Grillo represents secured and unsecured creditors, Chapter 11 debtors and borrowers, as well as both sellers and purchasers in distressed mergers and acquisitions. He regularly advises banks, hedge funds, sponsors and other financial institutions regarding insolvency and restructuring matters in complex financings and securitizations. Prior to joining Baker Botts, he was a Partner at Goodwin Procter, Torys LLP and Salans/Christy & Viener. He began his career as an Honors Program Attorney in the Office of the United States Trustee for the Southern District of New York of the U.S. Department of Justice. Manny earned his BSFS from Georgetown University and his JD from Fordham University School of Law.
Bob Grosskopf is Co-President of Gordon Brothers’ retail team and is jointly responsible for its North American growth strategy and oversight of all client engagements and operations. Over the course of his 20+ career at Gordon Brothers, Bob has held numerous roles, shaping key client transactions such as The Sports Authority, CompUSA, Pier 1 Imports and The Home Depot. Bob has assisted retail clients with developing and implementing custom strategies surrounding store closings, relocations, excess inventory solutions and mergers and acquisitions while protecting the client’s brand, customers and distribution channels. Bob is a member of the Turnaround Management Association.
Carney Hawks is Co-Portfolio Manager of Brigade’s Energy Opportunities Funds and the Head of Special Situations. Additionally, Carney is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. Prior to joining Brigade, Carney was a Managing Director in the High Yield Division of MacKay Shields, LLC from 1998 to 2006. Through his work at both firms, he’s been involved in numerous in and out-of-court corporate restructurings. Notably, he served on the ad hoc committees in the recent restructurings of Jefferson County, Puerto Rico and Caesars. Carney received a BS with Distinction from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. He serves on the Board of Trustees at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation.
Jason is a director and senior member of Cortland's Syndicated Loan Services business. Prior to joining Cortland, he held executive roles at two private middle market specialty finance firms where he oversaw the origination, financing, and management of alternative loans and investments. He has also worked in the restructuring & turnaround group at Huron Consulting Group and held originations and asset management roles at Fortress Investment Group, HBK Capital Management, and the syndicated bank loan group at GE Commercial Finance. Jason holds an MBA in Finance & International Business from New York University and a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Madalina Iacob is an Associate Editor and Senior Distressed Debt Reporter for Debtwire, covering the energy sector and telecommunications. Her coverage includes breaking news stories and analytical articles about distressed borrowers and debtors, including Energy Future Holdings, ATP Oil & Gas, Samson Resources and Nortel. She received an MA in Business and Economic Reporting from New York University and an MA in European Politics & Policy from Manchester University, UK, where she was an Open Society Foundation/George Soros scholarship recipient.
Evan Lederman joined Fir Tree in February, 2011 and is a Managing Director, Co-Head of Restructuring and a Partner at Fir Tree Partners. Prior to joining Fir Tree, Evan worked in the Business Finance and Restructuring groups at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Evan is currently a member of the board, in his capacity as a Fir Tree Partner’s employee, of New Emerald Energy LLC and Linn Energy. Evan received a JD degree with honors from New York University School of Law and a BA, magna cum laude, from New York University.
Michael Lipsky is a Partner and Portfolio Manager of MatlinPatterson’s distressed hedge fund. Prior to joining MatlinPatterson in 2011, Michael was a Managing Director at Blackrock, Inc. where he was a Portfolio Manager for distressed investments in the R3 Capital fund and the Value Credit Partners fund. Prior to joining Blackrock, he was a Senior Partner and head of distressed products for R3 Capital Partners. Earlier, he worked for Lehman Brothers, Deutsche Bank Securities and Goldman Sachs & Co. Michael holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the investment committee of MatlinPatterson Global Advisers.
Sachin Lulla is a Managing Director in Evercore’s Restructuring and Debt Advisory Group. Sachin has advised companies and creditors on a wide-range of corporate finance activities, including mergers and acquisitions, Chapter 11 restructurings, exchange offers, financings, and out-of-court restructurings. Sachin has experience in many industries, including: energy; consumer and food; healthcare; industrials; real estate; and TMT. Prior to joining Evercore, he was a Director in Lazard’s Restructuring Group and also has experience as a principal investor through prior positions at Mesirow Advanced Strategies, where he led a credit investment strategy and at RoundTable HealthCare Partners, a healthcare focused private equity firm. Sachin received a BS, with a dual concentration in Accountancy and Finance, from the University of Illinois.
Kate has covered leveraged financial markets and M&A since 2005, including reporting on the high yield market for SourceMedia and risk arbitrage opportunities at DealReporter. She joined Debtwire in June 2007, when she helped launch Debtwire’s coverage of the leveraged loan market in North America, and currently serves as Deputy Editor.
Grant Nachman joined Arrowgrass Capital in 2016 to focus on distressed debt investments. Previously, he worked in the same capacity at Brigade Capital Management, and at Millennium Global Investments. Grant holds an MBA from The Wharton School, a Master in Economics from The Sorbonne, and a BA from Swarthmore College. He started his career in private equity.
Trey Parker is Partner and Head of Credit at Highland Capital Management, L.P. Mr. Parker is responsible for managing the Credit Team/Platform. Prior to his current role, Mr. Parker was a Portfolio Manager covering a number of the industrial verticals, as well as parts of Tech, Media and Telecom; he also worked as a Senior Portfolio Analyst on the Distressed & Special Situations investment team. Prior to joining Highland in March 2007, Mr. Parker was a Senior Associate at Hunt Special Situations Group, L.P., a Private Equity group focused on distressed and special situation investing. Mr. Parker was responsible for sourcing, executing and monitoring control Private Equity investments across a variety of industries. Prior to joining Hunt in 2004, Mr. Parker was an analyst at BMO Merchant Banking, a Private Equity group affiliated with the Bank of Montreal. While at BMO, Mr. Parker completed a number of LBO and mezzanine investment transactions. Prior to joining BMO, Mr. Parker worked in sales and trading for First Union Securities and Morgan Stanley. Mr. Parker received an MBA with concentrations in Finance, Strategy and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA in Economics and Business from the Virginia Military Institute. Mr. Parker serves on the Board of Directors of Euramax Holdings, Inc., TerreStar Corporation, JHT Holdings, Inc., and a non-profit organization, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (Dallas chapter).
Kevin Phillips has nearly two decades of experience advising corporate clients, developers and investors in the power sector regarding M&A, equity, debt, mezzanine financings and restructurings. He joined Jefferies in Summer 2014 from Bank of America Merrill Lynch to launch the Power, Renewables and Infrastructure Group. While at Jefferies, Kevin and his team have advised clients including Macquarie, Blackstone, Panda Power Funds, GIC, Elliott, ContourGlobal and Atlantica Yield. Kevin began his career as an Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell and moved shortly thereafter to Wall Street as an Associate in the Global Energy Group at Credit Suisse First Boston. Kevin earned his BSFS, MBA and JD from Georgetown University.
Vince has been a corporate finance lawyer for 35 years. His experience in the leverage loan area began in 1979 when he was an associate at Skadden Arps representing Drexel Burnham in the early days of the high yield bond market. During his years as a partner at Skadden Arps and Kirkland & Ellis, he represented Merrill Lynch, DLJ, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and each of the other major investment banks, and numerous issuers, in leveraged finance transactions, public and private. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers in New York in the field of securities law and debt capital markets. Vince is a graduate of Vassar College and St. John’s Law School and is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.
Angelo Rufino joined Brookfield in 2014 as a Portfolio Manager for the Brookfield Credit Opportunities Fund. Prior to Brookfield, he was responsible for Brigade Capital Management’s investments in autos, industrials, transportation and services, with a focus on distressed credit and special situations. From 2004 to 2007, he worked in the investment banking division at JPMorgan Chase advising European and Asian multinationals on capital raising and strategic advisory. Angelo started his career at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission serving as a Securities Examiner in the Philadelphia Regional Office. Angelo holds a BA with honors from Skidmore College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Paunie Samreth is an Associate Editor at Debtwire North America. Her coverage includes media, healthcare, gaming, paper/packaging, and building products. She specializes in distressed situations, as well as mergers & acquisitions. Paunie attended the University of California, Los Angeles where she wrote for the school’s paper, the Daily Bruin. She is a longtime member of the National Audubon Society.
Michael Teplitsky joined Wynnchurch in 2008. Prior to joining Wynnchurch, Michael was with Lime Rock Partners, where he was involved in the execution of numerous energy sector investments across North America and Europe. He began his career at UBS in its Investment Banking Department in New York and was a member of the Global Energy Group. Michael’s responsibilities range from deal origination and structuring to due diligence, execution and monitoring. Michael’s experience includes transactions involving family businesses, corporate carve-outs, underperforming companies and restructurings. Michael holds a BA degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Andrew Thomison represents borrowers, financial institutions, capital companies, agent banks and other institutional investors in connection with acquisition financings, senior and subordinated debt, working capital credit facilities, bridge loans, asset-based financings, secured and unsecured term lending, high-yield debt offerings, private placements of securities, receivables financings and other forms of debt financing. Andrew holds a BA from Williams College and JD from Columbia Law School.
Jack M. Tracy II is a former practicing restructuring attorney. Prior to joining Debtwire, Jack practiced in the New York offices of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. He has represented debtors, official committees and ad hoc groups in several high-profile restructurings, including those of Energy Future Holdings, Edison Mission Energy, James River Coal Company, Cengage Learning, Legend Parent (M*Modal), Interfaith Medical Center, Broadview Networks and Otelco.
Robb Tretter advises private investment firms, corporations and financial institutions on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, financing arrangements, securities law compliance, corporate governance and general corporate matters in private and public takeovers, investments, restructurings and reorganizations in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Tretter's practice generally focuses on distressed or special situations. His corporate clients come from diverse industries, including airlines, technology, health care, manufacturing, leisure, chemicals, and financial services. Since 2017, Mr. Tretter has been an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law teaching a course on special situations.
Spencer has over 15 years of experience developing comprehensive business solutions in retail restructurings and reorganizations. He holds a BA in economics from Haverford College and attended the London School of Economics. He serves, or has served, in a number of senior leadership roles at non-profits including Haverford, the LSE, the Turnaround Management Association, and the American Red Cross. On the topic of restructurings, and specifically retail, Spencer is frequent panelist, author, and commentator for the media. He was awarded the Future Leader of the Year Award by the New York Institute of Credit.
Keith Wofford is Co-Managing Partner of Ropes & Gray’s 300 attorney New York office. He has been a Partner in the Business Restructuring Group at Ropes since 2006. His practice focuses on bankruptcy and creditors' rights. Keith primarily acts on behalf of investment funds specializing in distressed debt. He regularly represents "ad hoc" committees of secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 cases and in out-of-court workouts (most recently, GenOn, NewPage, TXU, and Edison Mission), and also represents official committees in Chapter 11 cases (most recently, Linn Energy and Berry Petroleum Corporation).
Kyle Younker is a Senior Reporter for Debtwire North America, primarily covering the metals & mining and energy sectors. His coverage has included Peabody Energy, JMC Steel, Magnetation, and Thompson Creek Metals. He studied economics at the University of Minnesota and public policy at Georgetown, and started in journalism as a correspondent in Argentina.
Jessica Zhou is a Vice President in the Energy Mezzanine Opportunities Group at the Carlyle Group, focused on evaluating investment opportunities and managing the investment portfolio. She is based in New York. Prior to Carlyle, Ms. Zhou was with Goldman Sachs, in the Special Situations Group, focused on alternative energy investing. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Ms. Zhou was with Morgan Stanley, in the Global Structured Solutions Group. Ms. Zhou received a B.S.E. in operations research and financial engineering at Princeton University.