Financial, investment and legal professional with almost 20 years of diverse experience within financially and operationally troubled companies -- from the principal and advisor side -- including leading complex financial restructurings in the U.S. and Europe. Meet QFE standards as a Financial Expert.
M-III Partners, New York
Managing Director, May 2017 - Present
M-III Partners is an independent corporate advisory firm providing operational, strategic and financial solutions for our clients.
Morgan Stanley, New York and London
Managing Director, 2010 – April 2017
Built and led a special situations investment group - approved and managed investment opportunities throughout global platform. Ran complex restructurings. Member of Lending Management & Credit Commitments Committees. Representative investments include: American Airlines; Colt Defense; Cengage Learning; Essar Steel; General Motors (Nova Scotia); Mood Media (Europe); Opera TV (Norway); Puerto Rico (TRANS); Skillsoft; TXU (EFIH); and Visteon.
Citadel Securities, New York
Managing Director, 2009 - 2010
Provided financial advisory services to companies and creditor groups. Representations included: Chemtura Corp.; Extended Stay Hotels; and Green Valley Ranch.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Partner, 2004 - 2009
Responsible for all aspects of debtor representations -- using both in and out-of-court strategies. Regularly represented secured lenders, bondholders, equity sponsors, and investors in numerous restructuring situations. Representations included: Allegiance Telecom; Cornerstone Propane; Delphi; General Motors; Solutia; Tower Automotive; and Tronox.
UCLA School of Law
J.D. & Certification in Business Law – 1999
A.B. Economics & History – 1996
Admissions & Licenses
New York State Bar (2000)
Courts for the Southern District of New York
Series 7, 24 and 63
- Regular speaker on distressed investing at industry (INSOL, ABI, TMA) and investor conferences
- “Oil & Gas Restructuring: Where is the Bottom and What Does it Mean?”, TMA Investing Conference 2016
- “How Secured are Secured Creditors?”, ABI Spring Meeting 2015
- Frequent guest lecturer and former assistant professor at business and law schools
- Columbia Business School, “Legal Analysis and Value Investing” – Lecturer 2015, 2014 and 2013
- NYU School of Law, “Transactions in Complex Corporate Restructurings” – Assistant Professor 2007 and 2008
Mr. Brazier joined Madison Capital in 2015 as a member of the Loan Syndications Team. He currently focuses on developing and maintaining relationships with lenders as well as structuring and syndicating transactions originated and led by the firm. Prior to joining Madison Capital, Mr. Brazier spent 10 years on the Capital Markets Team at Antares Capital, formerly GE Antares Capital where he was responsible for loan syndications. Prior to 2005, he held positions in audit, portfolio management and underwriting at GE Capital. Mr. Brazier received his BS in Finance from the John Carroll University and an MBA in Finance from the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago.
Rachel Butt is a reporter with Debtwire Middle Market. She focuses on distressed energy situations, and tracks companies from asset acquisitions & divestitures, refinancing, capital raising, to restructuring. She holds a M.A. in business journalism from New York University and a B.A. in business journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a staunch Tar Heel fan.
John is Managing Director and runs the Syndicate desk for the Loan Capital Markets Group. John has more than 15 years of experience in corporate finance, leveraged finance and loan syndications. Prior to joining Citizens Financial Group, John was a Partner and Head of Product Development with Gulf Stream Asset Management, a $3.5 BN leveraged loan asset manager. John has also held various positions in the Loan Syndications Group and Corporate Finance division of Wachovia Securities. John received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Rochester and a Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
James Doak is a Co-Head and Managing Director of Miller Buckfire. Mr. Doak's experience includes M&A, financing and restructuring transactions on behalf of the Aeropostale, Inc., City of Detroit, the Mashantucket (Western) Pequot Tribal Nation, Optima Specialty Steel, Broder Bros. Co., Magna Entertainment Corp., Standard Pacific Corp., Allied Holdings, Hines Horticulture, ITC^DeltaCom, Level 3 Communications, Kanebo Ltd., Burlington Industries, Horizon Natural Resources, CenterPoint Energy, Gilat Satellite Networks, Viatel and Allied Riser Communications. Mr. Doak has also represented creditor constituents in various restructuring transactions including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Idearc, Wilton Brands Inc. and The Lenox Group. Mr. Doak has authored several articles on corporate distress and turnaround leadership and in June 2011 was selected as one of The M&A Advisor’s 40 Under 40 leading M&A, financing and turnaround professionals. Mr. Doak has an M.B.A., a J.D. and an A.B. from Harvard University
Todd A. Feinsmith is the partner in charge of the Boston office of Pepper Hamilton LLP and co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group. Mr. Feinsmith has practiced in the areas of business reorganization, workouts and debt restructuring, distressed M&A, creditors’ rights and secured lending for 25 years.
Managing Partner; Founder of OceanArc Capital Partners, an independent capital markets advisory firm specializing in advising clients with all aspects of successfully executing a financing in the bank and alternative credit markets. OceanArc provides clients with capital that is both relevant and flexible to execute on its business plan in all market conditions. Prior to founding OceanArc, he was a Managing Director at Miller Buckfire and Morgan Stanley, where he ran Restructuring Finance and ABL Capital Markets. He also created the Strategic Finance verticals at Barclays Capital and Tygris, a sponsor-backed mid-market finance lender. He began his lending career at GE Capital Restructuring Finance where he held senior roles in originations, underwriting, and audit.
Andrew Olinick joined 3i in 2007 and is co-head of 3i’s North America Private Equity team and the Global Head of Business & Technology Services. Andrew has played a key role in 3i’s investments in Element Materials Technology, JMJ Associates and TouchTunes. He currently sits on the Board of JMJ Associates.
Prior to joining 3i, Andrew was an Associate at VSS, where he focused on the media, business services and education sectors. At VSS, Andrew was involved in the Cambium Learning, Tranzact, MediZine and Ipreo investments. Prior to joining VSS, Andrew was an Associate at ZelnickMedia, a media-focused private equity firm.
Andrew received an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Richard Shinder is a Managing Director and Head of the Financial Restructuring Group at Piper Jaffray & Co., based in New York. He has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and joined Piper Jaffray in 2016 from TPG Specialty Lending, where he helped lead the firm’s rescue financing and special situations investing efforts. He was previously a Partner in Perella Weinberg’s restructuring advisory group, and has also held Managing Director, group head or other senior restructuring advisory and special situations investing roles at Goldman Sachs, Avenue Capital, Merrill Lynch, the Blackstone Group, and Lehman Brothers. Mr. Shinder graduated summa cum laude from Gonzaga University and earned an M.B.A. with distinction from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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.