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Peter Dixon is Commerzbank AG's global financial economist based in London. Peter's role is to interact with the bank's clients to analyse the feedback between economies and the markets, which is a key decision making input into investor decisions. This role entails extensive client contact both in formal presentations of the research views and ad-hoc responses to issuer or investor queries. Prior to assuming this role in 2000, Peter spent four years as head of Commerzbank's international economics group based in Frankfurt am Main. In all, he has three decades of professional experience in macroeconomic analysis and is routinely sought by the media and a variety of institutions, including the UK Treasury and Bank of England, to provide views and advice on economic and market issues.
Nishant Nayyar is a Principal in the Capital Markets Team. Nishant joined Apax Partners in 2009 as a member of the investment team based in the London office. He has been involved in a number of key deals in the Tech & Telco / Services space including iGATE, Orange Switzerland, Garda, GlobalLogic and Rhiag. He currently sits on the Board of Garda World Security Corporation and is an observer on the board of Top Right Group Limited. In addition, Nishant has been involved with Sisal, Travelex, Takko and ALM at the portfolio company level.
Prior to joining Apax Partners, Nishant worked at Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm, on a wide variety of transactions across industry groups. Before his time at Warburg, he worked with Bain & Co. in Boston and Singapore and Goldman Sachs in New York. Nishant has a BA from Williams College in Politics and Economics as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Roberto became a Partner in 2010. He is Global Head of the Financing Group and has worked on numerous transactions including Just Retirement Partnership, Marazzi Group, Seat PG, Sisal, TDC, Birds Eye Iglo, Maxeda,Allegro Group, P&I, Tilney Bestinvest and GFKL Lowell.
Prior to joining Permira in 2001, Roberto was an associate with McKinsey & Company in Italy and Israel for three years, where he worked in the Telecoms practice.
Since joining Nordic Capital in 2011, Christof has raised over EUR 12.0 billion (equivalent) of market leading multi-product debt financings for various portfolio investments including ConvaTec, Lindorff, GHD, Munters, Britax and others. He previously worked at Barclays Capital (2004–2011), latterly as Vice President in the European Leveraged Finance team in London. Previously, Christof worked at Morgan Stanley’s Private Wealth Management department in London. Christof holds a BScin Philosophy and Economics from the London School of Economics.
Mr. Bohill is Partner at StepStone and focuses on private credit investments and business development in Europe.
Mr. Bohill is also a Director of Kish Capital, a principal investor based in Dublin, Ireland. Kish acquires and operates small and medium sized businesses, with an emphasis on capital restructuring or business transformation. Prior to Kish Capital, Mr. Bohill acquired and operated several businesses on his own behalf, and was Co-Head of European Technology and Communications at BancBoston Capital, a principal private equity investor. He began his career at Broadview International, a boutique M&A Advisor in the technology, media and telecoms sectors.
Mr. Bohill received a BBs in Finance from Trinity College, Dublin.
Adil is a Director at CVC. He is a member of the CVC Capital Markets Team, responsible for supporting new and existing investments, as well as managing lender / equity investor relationships. Prior to joining CVC, he worked in Leveraged Finance at Goldman Sachs. Adil holds an MEng in Engineering Science from Oxford and an MBA from Harvard.
Martin runs LGIM’s high yield business, comprising an experienced global team. He joined LGIM in September 2011 from Alliance Bernstein, where he worked for thirteen years. At various times he ran credit research, the European fixed income business and sat on the European board. He is currently Co-Vice Chair of AFME’s High Yield Board. Martin was also a founding director of the European High Yield Association. Martin gained a MA from Saint Catharine’s College Cambridge University, where he read economics. He also qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young.
Piero Del Monte is a portfolio manager and research analyst within the Franklin European High Yield Fund.
Prior to joining the firm in 2007, he worked for Generali Asset Management where he managed the Generali European High Yield SICAV fund since 2003. Mr. Del Monte also worked for Cazenove as a research and sales analyst for Italian small-mid caps.
Mr. Del Monte is a member of the Italian financial analyst association (AIAF), holds a B.S. in economics from Universita' Bocconi, Milano and an M.S.c in finance from Birkbeck College, University of London, London.
David Newman has 27 years’ experience analysing credit. He has been No 1 ranked High Yield strategist and HY industrials analyst by Euromoney, Credit Magazine and Extel. His past professional experience includes Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income Credit Research and Co-Head Credit Trading at Citigroup, Europe, Head of High Yield Credit Research at UBS. He also lectured at ISMA (now ICMA - International Capital Markets Association) in credit. He has an MBA from Cass Business School, London and a BA (Hons) Geography, University College, London
Robert Berzins is a Managing Director at Beach Point Capital Europe and is the head of the firm’s London office. In addition to being responsible for European investments generally, he specializes in the media, entertainment and telecommunications industries. Previously, Mr. Berzins served as Managing Director with Post Advisory. As a Portfolio Manager at Lehman Brothers he was responsible for a several billion dollar portfolio of loans and bridge commitments. Earlier, Mr. Berzins was a High Yield Research Analyst at both Lehman and Kidder Peabody covering media, entertainment and telecommunications companies. Before beginning his Wall Street career, Mr. Berzins worked at Group W Broadcasting and Cable, a leading U.S. media company. Mr. Berzins received a bachelor’s degree in operations research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as an MBA with Honors and a J.D. from Boston University.
Graeme joined Alcentra in September 2004 and is the Head of European Direct Lending and Mezzanine Investments. He is also a member of the European Investment Committee and sits on the Investment Committees for U.S. Mezzanine funds.
Prior to joining Alcentra, Graeme was an Investment Director at Intermediate Capital Group where he marketed ICG’s capabilities to private equity firms and originated and invested in numerous European mezzanine financings. Before joining ICG in 1998 he worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland for five years, with two years in the leveraged finance team in London.
Graeme is a graduate of Napier University and a qualified accountant. He also received an MBA from Heriot-Watt University Business School, Edinburgh.
Mr. Ammons has over 13 years experience in leveraged finance markets, most recently working with Mr. Allen at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. He was responsible for deal sourcing, structuring and arranging, as well as active portfolio management, also serving on the Real Estate Debt Investment Committee. Previously, Mr. Ammons worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Restructuring and Leveraged Finance teams, and in Wachovia’s Leveraged Finance team.
Mr. Ammons holds a Master of Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ms. Jones joined Oaktree’s London office in 2003 and serves as co-portfolio manager for the European Senior Loan strategy, and assistant portfolio manager for the European High Yield Bond strategy and portfolio manager for the European CLO strategy. Before joining Oaktree, Ms. Jones spent more than three years at Deutsche Bank AG in London as a senior associate in the Leveraged Debt Origination Group specializing in loan, mezzanine and high yield bond financings to support European leveraged buyouts. Prior thereto, she spent two years in the Acquisition Finance Group at Natwest Group plc. Ms. Jones received a B.A. degree in economics from the University of Durham, England. She is a CFA charterholder.
Dominic is co-head of EMEA Leveraged Capital Markets, which covers the sub-investment grade loan and bond products. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2002 as an analyst in the UK Advisory team. In 2003, Dominic moved to the High Yield Capital Markets desk, where he subsequently assumed additional responsibilities for loan and mezzanine products. He became vice president in 2008 and was named managing director in 2011. In 2013, Dominic was named 'Most Impressive High Yield Syndicate Banker' in the annual EuroWeek Bond Awards. Dominic earned a double first in Economics from Cambridge University in 2002.
Tatjana came to Muzinich from Metlife Investments, where she served as an Associate Director of the High Return Unit. Earlier, Tatjana worked as Senior Portfolio Manager in European High Yield for Fortis Investments and as a portfolio manager and credit analyst at Legal & General Investment Management. She started her career as a high yield telecom analyst with Merrill Lynch. She has a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics & Political Science, a Masters from the Kiel Institute of World Economics in Germany, and an M.Sc./B.S. in Economics from the University of Vienna.
Steffen Wasserhess, Head of NIG/ HY Syndicate at UniCredit. NIG/ HY Syndicate covers non-investment grade transactions across loans and bonds. Steffen has assumed responsibility for the team at inception in 2015. Previously, he was responsible for the Leveraged Loan Syndicate in Germany. Steffen joined UniCredit in 2003 and has over 17 years of experience in leveraged finance. Prior to joining UniCredit, he worked at BHF-BANK in Frankfurt and London.
Cristobal Cuart (London) joined KKR in 2010 and is a Director of KKR, focusing on both private debt origination and capital markets solutions for financial sponsors and corporate clients. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Cuart was an Associate at Apollo Global Management, where he invested across industries in private equity and distressed debt transactions. Previously, Mr. Cuart worked at Credit Suisse in the Financial Sponsors and Leverage Finance groups where he underwrote debt for a number of leverage buyouts. Mr. Cuart holds a Masters in Business from ESADE Business School, with a specialization in Finance.
Colin Atkins is a Managing Director and Head of the European Structured Credit advisory team based in London.
Mr. Atkins joined the firm in 2004 as Head of Credit for the European Leveraged Finance business, a role in which he worked on many notable transactions, before taking on his current position.
Mr. Atkins came to Carlyle from Prudential M&G where between 1999 and November 2004, he helped establish Prudential M&G's Leveraged Finance platform, which became a market leader in the European institutional market. Over the five year period, the business invested over €2.5 billion in leveraged finance assets and Mr. Atkins had responsibility for primary market execution and secondary market loan trading. Mr. Atkins previously worked in Corporate Private Placements at PPM America in Chicago and held positions in Prudential M&G's Corporate Tax and Treasury departments.
Mr. Atkins holds a B.A. (Hons) in accounting & finance from Nottingham Trent University.
He is a member of The Association of Chartered Management Accountants (ACMA) and is a CFA charter holder. Mr. Atkins has been registered with the FSA since 2010 for the CF30 and CF4 controlled functions.
Mr. Dennis is a Partner in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s European activities. Additionally, Mr. Dennis serves as a member of the Management Committee of Ares, the Ares Credit Group’s European Direct Lending Investment Committee and other select Ares Credit Group investment committees. Prior to joining Ares in 2007, Mr. Dennis was Head of the London Financial Sponsor Group at Barclays Bank, where he focused on originating middle market financing opportunities. Mr. Dennis holds a B.Sc. from the University of Nottingham and University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and an M.B.A., with high honors, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Rob is Chief Investment Officer at Spire Partners. Spire Partners is an award winning independent fund manager focused on European non-investment grade credit. Spire has recently closed its 3rd CLO.
Rob was previously Chief Investment Officer of 3i Debt Management’s Credit Opportunities Fund, and Portfolio Manager of four of 3i DM CLO’s.
Before 3i, Rob was Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer for Resource Europe Management Ltd, a top performing European CLO manager. Altogether, Rob has over 35 years of financial services experience having held leadership positions at a wide range of financial institutions.
Rob has a mathematics degree, a financial studies diploma, an MBA from City University Business School and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Durham University Business School. Rob is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, and a regular speaker at industry conferences.
Marwa Elborai is a New York qualified partner in the Capital Markets Group of our London Office, with a focus on U.S. federal securities law, leveraged finance, high yield debt offerings, and general debt and equity capital markets transactions. She has represented both issuers and underwriters on complex corporate financings.
Her specific experience covers several areas of international corporate and capital markets transactions, including high yield and leveraged finance transactions, SEC-registered and other types of initial public offerings, restructurings, debt offerings, debt tender offers/consent solicitations and general corporate matters.
Korey Fevzi is a partner in the Finance practice in Shearman & Sterling's London office. He advises private equity sponsors,pension funds, financial institutions, leading corporations and hedge funds on finance transactions, focusing on leveraged finance, acquisition finance,restructuring transactions and secondary debt trading with a particular emphasis on cross-border financings. He also has extensive experience of mezzanine and other forms of subordinated financing.
James spent 22 years as a finance lawyer, 12 as a partner, at Herbert Smith LLP, a leading City of London-based international law firm. His long experience includes acting for borrowers and lenders in new money, refinancing and restructuring work in the syndicated loan, bond, private equity and project finance markets. He joined Xtract Europe in October 2010 as the senior English covenant analyst on high yield bonds and syndicated loans.
Mariana Valle is co-deputy editor at Debtwire Europe, running the primary and leveraged loans coverage of primarily private equity deals across mid-market and large cap. Mariana and her team break news across the European leveraged/high yield debt space, uncovering upcoming LBOs/debt issuers, underperforming credits and trade ideas, also producing analytical articles on company earnings, new issuance and market trends. Mariana has over nine years of experience covering corporate finance and private equity, seven of those with Debtwire. She has a first class BA (Honours) degree in journalism from the University of the Arts London.
Joelle Jefferis is a reporter at Debtwire Europe covering leveraged buyouts and refinancing in the mid-market space in the UK and Benelux regions. Joelle has two years of experience as a financial journalist reporting on international taxation and credit. Joelle has a BA in Social Anthropology with International Study from the University of Manchester.