Greg Clark is Debtwire’s Head of Municipal Research. In that role he publishes research on a variety of municipal market issues and topics and supports Debtwire’s journalists. Greg began his career in 1980 at Moody’s Investors Service and his other experience includes bond insurers and a hedge fund. At his own consulting firm, his clients included venture capital funds and a Big Four firm. Greg is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He is a past chairman of both the Municipal Analysts Group of New York and the National Federation of Municipal Analysts.
Richard Cooper is a partner based in Cleary Gottlieb’s New York office. His practice focuses on international and domestic restructurings both in the private and public sectors. He has represented corporate, sovereign and municipal debtors; creditors, creditor committees, buyers and sellers of distressed assets and securities, DIP lenders, and other participants in out-of-court and in-court bankruptcy proceedings. He has been named an “Outstanding Restructuring Lawyer” by Turnarounds and Workouts and a “Bankruptcy MVP” by Law360. Additionally, he is internationally distinguished as one of the world’s leading lawyers by The Legal 500 Latin America, Latin Lawyer 250, Latinvex’s Top 100 Lawyers, Global M&A Network, Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Latin America, The Legal 500 U.S., IFLR 1000, The Best Lawyers in America and Global M&A Network.
Paul Greaves brings more than 16 years of experience in the realm of public finance to his current position of Managing Editor of the team of municipal bond reporters. Having held positions in the rating agency, letter of credit bank and municipal bond insurance arenas, Paul has performed detailed analyses of a variety of sectors, including tax-backed, transportation, not-for-profits and healthcare. Additionally, he has worked on underwriting, credit remediation, municipal swaps and portfolio surveillance issues. He is a current member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts and a Fellow with the State Academy for Public Administration.
Hector Negroni is the Co-Founder, Co-Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer of Fundamental Credit Opportunities (FCO). He has been a pioneer in the municipal market for over 25 years, leading innovation in proprietary trading, public/private financing, derivatives, securitized products and a broad range of structured solutions. Prior to forming FCO, Hector was the head of municipal trading at Goldman Sachs, overseeing all capital commitments, including flow trading, proprietary trading, money markets, lending and structured products. Before joining Goldman, he worked at Société Générale, Lazard Fréres and Citigroup in different proprietary and structuring roles. Hector earned a BS from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Carlos R. Mercader Pérez is the Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration. He was appointed by Governor Ricardo Rosselló in January 2017. Prior to his current position, he worked at the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC. He served as an Associate Counsel at International Human Rights Group as well as the Executive Director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles. He has a BA from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus and a JD from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. He also appeared as a political analyst and commentator in major national radio and TV shows hosted on networks such as CNN, Telemundo, Univision, amongst others.
Jim Millstein is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Millstein & Co., a financial advisory firm with 40 professionals in offices in Washington, DC and New York City. Representative engagements include advice to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in connection with the management of its $75 billion of institutional indebtedness. Previously, Jim was the Chief Restructuring Officer at the US Department of the Treasury. Prior to the Treasury, Jim served as Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Corporate Restructuring at Lazard, and was Partner and Head of the Corporate Restructuring practice at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. He received a JD from Columbia Law School, he holds an MA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and has a BA in Politics from Princeton University.
Matt Rodrigue is a Managing Director at Miller Buckfire & Company, financial advisor to a coalition of asset managers and retail investors holding approximately $2.5 billion of COFINA senior bonds. Since joining Miller Buckfire, Matt's corporate experience includes representing 888 Holdings, General Growth Properties, Ingenco Holdings, LodgeNet Interactive Corporation and Wolverine Advanced Materials. Creditor-side and buyside experience includes representing the secured lenders to Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, Coldwater Creek, and FairPoint Communications. Matt holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School as well as a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maine.
Stephen Spencer is a senior member of Houlihan Lokey’s Financial Restructuring Group. He is an expert in corporate and government restructuring. Over two decades, he has led financial restructurings in a diverse range of industries. In government restructuring, Mr. Spencer is a widely recognized expert, having advised key creditors in high-profile restructurings such as Puerto Rico and Detroit. Mr. Spencer specializes in large, complex transactions involving political or regulatory constraints. Mr. Spencer frequently speaks on the topics of corporate and government restructuring and has testified as an expert before the U.S. Congress and various federal agencies. Mr. Spencer is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Nader Tavakoli has spent more than three decades operating at the highest levels of business, finance and law. Until December 2016, Nader was the Chief Executive Officer and President of Ambac Assurance Corporation. During his tenure at Ambac, Nader led the very successful loss mitigation efforts of the company’s over $100 billion dollar risk portfolio and led the restructuring discussions related to Puerto Rico’s over $70 billion of public debt. Nader has broad-based investment experience, having served in senior portfolio management positions at two of America’s most prominent hedge funds before founding his own firm, EagleRock Capital Management LLC.