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Patrick Dixon is often described in the media as Europe’s leading futurist. He is a dynamic, provocative and entertaining speaker who advises many of the world’s largest corporations on key trends, managing uncertainty, identifying risk and developing opportunities. He digs deep into the strategy of each organisation, and creates a unique presentation for each event. He has successfully identified hundreds of future business innovations.
Influential author. Dr Patrick Dixon has been ranked as one of the 20 most influential business thinkers alive today. He is the Chairman of Global Change Ltd, a growth strategy and forecasting company; he is the author of 16 books (in 34 languages); and he is a physician. Key books include Futurewise, SustainAgility, The Genetic Revolution and Building a Better Business. His newest book is The Future of Almost Everything (August 2015).
Outstanding keynote speaker. Dr Dixon has spoken to audiences in over 50 nations and is one of the world's most sought after keynote speakers at corporate events. His customised multimedia presentations are both content-rich and highly engaging for audiences. Customers describe his style as challenging, visionary, hard-hitting, strategic, provocative, dynamic, passionate and practical as well as entertaining. He has the remarkable ability to motivate people to seize growth opportunities and to change.
Multinational clients in many industries. His clients are from every industry with particular strengths in technology, marketing, consumer insight, banking and health — and include Google, Microsoft, IBM, KLM/Air France, BP, ExxonMobil, World Bank, Siemens, Ford, Sara Lee, Prudential, Aviva, Barclays, UBS, Credit Suisse, PWC, Hewlett Packard, Gillette, GSK, Roche, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Novartis, BASF, Forbes, Fortune, RBS, Zurich Financial Services, Tetrapak, Unisys, BT, BBC, Fedex and DHL. He has also taught on executive/MBA programmes at seven Business Schools.
Strategy, growth consulting, and board roles. He advises multinational boards and senior teams on strategic impact of global trends, innovation and risk, in assignments ranging from one-day strategic reviews to in-depth consulting over more than a year. Examples of issues: macro-economic trends, future of marketing, mobile payments and banking, multi-channel customers, social media, consumer shifts, lifestyle changes, customer loyalty, relationship management, call-centres, brand management, demographic shifts, health care, pharmaceutical research, antiageing, genetics and biotechnology, nanotechnology, emerging markets, geopolitical threats, risk management, agile leadership, change management, motivation, green tech, sustainable innovation and corporate responsibility.
He has also worked as Group Strategy Director for Acromas Ltd, which owns the AA and Saga (group turnover >$3bn from financial services, roadside rescue, holidays, publishing and health care). He is a non-executive director of Acromas Health Care (Allied Health Care Ltd, Nestor Health Care Ltd and Saga Health Care Ltd), which delivers as a group over 40 million home care visits a year across the UK, 24 hour live-in care, out-of-hours medical cover, hospital-at-home, end-of-life, dental, forensic medicine, nursing and prison health. He is also Chairman of the Biotech company Virttu Biologics Ltd, which is conducting clinical trials on new cancer treatments.
Presentations with practical insights
Around half of Patrick Dixon’s presentations are in-house events for senior leaders and include detailed research into company priorities, strategy and wider environment. He delivers vitally important insights specific to each corporation. Patrick Dixon has worked with hundreds of multinationals in over 50 nations, across every industry. For example, he has:
- Helped identify next-generation blockbuster drugs with potential sales of over $50bn a year
- Assisted a global telecom company to develop better customer focus
- Identified significant sustainability initiatives for the European Chemical Industry
- Advised on online banking strategy for one of the world’s premier banks
Mr. Gudgeon is a Partner at PJT Partners and Head of the EMEA Restructuring and Special Situations Group based in London. Prior to joining Blackstone/PJT Partners, Mr. Gudgeon was the Chief Executive and Head of European Special Situations Advisory at Close Brothers Corporate Finance in London, where he established the restructuring practice and had primary oversight for the firm’s corporate restructuring activities. Prior to that, Mr. Gudgeon was at Hill Samuel and spent two years on secondment to Macquarie Bank in Sydney, Australia. Mr. Gudgeon is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Electrical Engineers. Mr. Gudgeon’s undertook his training as a Chartered Accountant at Price Waterhouse and re ceived his BSc in Engineering from Durham University.
Pavlin Kumchev is a Vice President with Carlyle Strategic Partners in London, focusing on distressed and special situation investment opportunities. Prior to joining Carlyle, Pavlin worked at Blackstone’s Restructuring and Reorganization Group in London. Prior to that,he was an Associate at Behrman Capital in New York, focusing on middle-market private equity investments. He began his career in the Investment Banking Group of Morgan Stanley in New York. Mr. Kumchev currently serves on the boards ofKAP Beteiligungs-AG (Germany) and Akari Care Group (UK). Mr. Kumchev received a B.A. in Mathematical Economics with a minor in German and graduated summa cumlaude from Colgate University, New York. He received an M.B.A. with distinction from INSEAD in France and Singapore.
Jack joined York Capital Management in September 2014 and is Managing Director, European Credit, based in London. From 2009 to 2014, Jack worked at Mount Kellett Capital Management as Director, European Investments in London, where he focused on special situations and distressed investing in Europe. Previously, Jack worked on the investment teams at Goldentree Asset management in London and Oak Hill Advisors in London and New York. He began his career at Lehman Brothers in the Mergers and Acquisitions investment banking group in New York. Jack is currently a member of the Board of Directors, in his capacity as a York employee, of YOA Holdco Limited and Tricer Holdco S.C.A.. Jack holds an A.B. in Economics from Princeton University.
Kon is a Partner in Kirkland's European Restructuring Group and acts for a range of stakeholders in national and international financial restructuring, insolvency and complex dispute resolution matters.
Kon is recognised in Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, IFLR 1000, the Euromoney Guide to the World's Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal and other ranking publications as a leading corporate restructuring and insolvency lawyer, and is often engaged to act in the following scenarios:
Acting for debtors and insolvency practitioners of national and multinational corporations in cross-border insolvencies and reorganisation transactions.
Acting for debt and equity investors - including a number of leading investment banks, private equity houses and hedge funds - in par, stressed and distressed transactions. These engagements extend to acting for committees of lenders and shareholders in distressed and restructuring scenarios.
Acting for a range of stakeholders in complex commercial disputes including administrators in contentious insolvency scenarios, investors in rights enforcement actions, and corporations and individuals in a variety of disputes.
In 2013 Kon was recognised as one of “40 under 40: Rising Stars of Legal Services” for the Financial News publication. Kon was also recognised as one of the "Hot 100" lawyers in Europe for 2011 in The Lawyer publication along with fellow restructuring partner Partha Kar. Kon was also nominated as one of the “Power 100” insolvency practitioners for 2011 in the Insolvency Today publication. In 2016 Kon was admitted to the Financial News Hall of Fame.
Kon routinely acts for many of the world’s investment firms in respect of their distressed investments, and the European Restructuring Group has led many of the marquee restructurings over the past decade.
Kon speaks regularly at restructuring and distressed investing conferences, and is often quoted in financial and legal media on restructuring, insolvency and distressed related subjects.
Richard is one of the few retail consultants out there who can truly claim to have worked with nearly every leading retailer in the UK. Over 30 years he has built up a peerless insight into every sector of the retail market, the leading companies in each and the management teams that lead them. Richardtalksretail provides access to this insight and opinion.
Richard started his career as a researcher at the Financial Times in the 1970s. He went on to work first as an analyst then a Director of Mintel. In September 1984 he left to launch his own business, Verdict, formed to focus on delivering a new breed of insight and analysis of the retail sector. He sold Verdict to Datamonitor in 2005 and went on to be Strategic Advisor to Deloitte.
Over this period Richard has provided strategic advice to most of the leading retailers in the UK, their product suppliers, landlords, bankers and institutional shareholders.
David has over 15 years’ experience within the restructuring and corporate finance markets, both as an advisor and investment professional. He has led SC Lowy’s sourcing capabilities since inception in 2009.
In 2014, David relocated from Head Office in Hong Kong to London to lead the expansion of SC Lowy’s European business, designed to replicate the proven model of providing value and liquidity options in the region.
David is a Qualified Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and holds a BA (Hons) in Economics.
Piotr Ossowicz is a Senior Analyst with Ironshield Capital Management, focusing on event driven opportunities in the European stressed and distressed corporate credit market. Prior to joining Ironshield, Piotr worked at Credit Suisse Leveraged Finance and Sponsors Group in London. He began his career at the Boston Consulting Group where he focused on corporate strategy, reorganization and due diligence. Piotr holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Christopher has 35 years of experience in the shipping and banking industries. Originally based in London, Christopher worked as corporate banker for 12 years before moving to Athens in 1994. For the next 16 years Christopher served as the Chief Financial Officer for three US publicly listed shipping companies, including 2 IPOs and has also held non-executive director positions. After working in Copenhagen and Dubai, from 2011 to 2016, Christopher returned to London and joined Berenberg’s Shipping Origination Team.
Aage Figenschou, lawyer by education.
He has spent his life in Shipping and the offshore industry in various operating and board capacities. From early on he made it a specialty assisting with the financial restructuring of distressed shipping and oil service companies. His last assignment was leading the restructuring process of Eitzen Chemical, (Team Tankers) as Chairman. He has otherwise served as chairman or director in domestic and foreign investments banks, insurance companies, shipping and offshore companies and boards of various industry organizations.
Martin Hugger is managing director of Meerbaum Capital Solutions Inc. Meerbaum is advising an entity, that provides financing to small and medium sized shipping companies and has access to capital from institutional investors.
Since 2013 Martin is also managing director of Oceanbulk Maritime Deutschland GmbH, a company that focusses on finding structured solutions and investment opportunities in distressed situations in shipping and that is part of the Pappas group of companies.
Prior he has been head of Greek shipping at Commerzbank, overseeing of the merger of the Greek shipping portfolios of Deutsche Schiffsbank, Commerzbank and Dresdner Bank, combined at that time one of the largest lending portfolios in Greek shipping. His experience includes numerous restructurings of tramp owners as well as liner and cruise companies, either -depending on size- as the banks lead negotiator or in supervisory position. Martin has also worked at Cardiff Marine as banking executive and taught at the MBA and MSc in Finance and Investment courses of the Open University Business School in the UK. He holds an MBA degree of Warwick Business School and the German degree Diplom-Kaufmann.
Barend is the portfolio manager of Gladwyne Investments LLP, an 8 year old, London based manager of European corporate credit. Prior to founding Gladwyne, Barend was a managing director at Goldman Sachs in London.
Marion Halftermeyer isa restructuring reporter for Debtwire Europe, with a focus on the offshoreenergy and shipping sectors. She writes breaking news stories and analyticalarticles on borrowers in need of liquidity and financial solutions as well asdebtors undergoing in and out of court restructuring processes. Recent coverageincludes Seadrill Limited, Teekay Offshore Partners, and Danaos Corporation.Marion previously worked on Debtwire’s North America- Middle Market team whereshe covered the energy bust that led to over 150 energy companies goingbankrupt. Marion has a masters’ degree in journalism with a focus in business& economics reporting from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree fromBoston College.
Tim is a Senior Investment Officer at Therium Capital Management Limited in London, and has been in the third party funding market since 2008.
He is a highly experienced funder, having managed investments in disputes with a collective value of several billion pounds sterling.
He funded the well-known ICSID case of Kardassopoulos & Fuchs vs. The Republic of Georgia and has extensive experience of funding investor-state claims.
Tim is a former director and Company Secretary of the Association of Litigation Funders of England & Wales, the UK’s voluntary funding regulator, and helped draft the funding Code of Conduct endorsed by the Civil Justice Council and Sir Rupert Jackson.
He is also a member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) – Queen Mary Task Force on Third Party Funding.
He was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn in 1997 and took Firsts in both Jurisprudence (1995) and the Bachelor of Civil Law degree (1996) at Oriel College, Oxford.
Fathima Hussain is a Managing Director in the Energy & Natural Resources Industries Group based in London and has over 20 years banking experience in the project & structured finance arena covering Africa, Asia and Latin America. During her career, Fathima has structured and led the execution of a number of award-winning debt arranging and advisory mandates both in the upstream and downstream sectors.
Fathima Joined SCB in October 2005 and her current role primarily focuses on the origination, structuring and execution of limited recourse financings, structured financings and project advisory mandates in the Energy and Natural Resources sector across Africa & the Middle East.
Fathima was previously with ANZ Investment Bank in London working on project advisory mandates, limited recourse finance and loan syndications in the Oil & Gas sector including reserves based lending, LNG, Petrochemical and Fertiliser projects with a specific focus on the Middle East & South Asia. In 2002, Fathima relocated to Singapore where she worked with the Leasing & Structured Asset Finance team primarily focusing on offshore transportation and FPSO projects across Asia.
Fathima holds a Masters degree in Economics from Cambridge University and a BSc (Hons) Degree in Financial Services and is a qualified Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
Cyril Tergiman joined EQT Partners in 2008 and is a Partner of EQT's Credit team in London.
Cyril is a graduate of Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC, Paris) and also holds a BsC in Economics from Universite Paris IX-Dauphine.
Prior to joining EQT Partners, Cyril was involved in structuring and negotiating financing for leveraged buyouts, levered corporates, as well as restructurings as a professional in the leveraged finance teams at Citi and before that at BNP Paribas in London.
Cyril is a member of the Credit Partners Investment Committee.
Kiran specialises in power generation, in particular renewable technologies, and infrastructure development. He regularly advises funds, financial institutions, private sector developers and multilateral agencies in the UK and worldwide on primary and secondary transactions. He has represented clients on structuring, negotiating and implementing complex project financings, including market-leading PFI and PPP transactions, as well as the acquisition and disposal of numerous power and infrastructure projects.
He is listed in the Emerging Markets Directory as a leading lawyer and by Chambers & Partners as someone who is “impressive technically" (Chambers UK 2013).
Kiran is also a member of both the firm's India and Africa Focus Groups, cross-departmental business groups dedicated to providing a comprehensive service to our Indian and African clients and to our European clients doing business in India or Africa.
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Alistair is the leader of PwC’s corporate financial restructuring team, focused on advising management teams, Board and shareholders on restructuring corporates. Alistair joined PwC in 2015, and was previously Head of Debt Advisory and Restructuring for Rothschild in Australia and South East Asia,from 2011-15. Prior to that, Alistair was a core member of Rothschild’s European restructuring team,advising companies and lenders on a wide range of complex restructurings. Alistair has been advising a number of listed and privately owned businesses in the UK, Europe and wider EMEA, including Bartec,Circle Oilplc and Etisalat Nigeria. In Australia, Alistair advised on landmark restructurings, including Nine Entertainment and Mirabela Nickel, and also corporate financing advisory roles including Pan Aust, Woolworths Holdings (in the acquisitions of David Jones and Country Road), and Bris Connections, among many others. Alistair’s EMEA experience includes advising on some of the region’s largest restructurings, including Dubai World and Nakheel, complex cross border transactions,including Almatis and Laurus/Super deBoer, and a variety of private equity investee companies,including McCarthy and Stone, Icopal and Craegmoor Homes.
Stephan Chischportich is a Managing Director of the firm’s Restructuring and Debt Advisory Group and is based in London.
Mr. Chischportich has advised companies and their stakeholders in many of the most complex debt financing and financial restructuring transactions globally. He has represented both debtors and creditors across a number of jurisdictions and has significant experience in debt financing, liability management, restructuring and distressed M&A.
Mr. Chischportich has advised on a number of high profile transactions, including (among others) advising ZIM Integrated Shipping Services in connection with its financial restructuring and charter-hire renegotiations, advising senior lenders to Dubai World on an amend & extend transaction involving over $15 billion of debt obligations and advising senior lenders to Travelodge in connection with a debt restructuring and CVA process. Other notable engagements include acting for Akerys, Clipper, Infogrames, Inspired Gaming Group, Groupe Novasep, Park Plaza Hotels and Uni-Invest and acting for the creditors of Alliance Medical Group, CMA CGM, Consolis, Mainsail II, Monier, PA Resources, Polestar and Teksid Aluminium.
Carlo joined Greenhill in 2014 to expand Greenhill's Financing Advisory Practice in EMEA. For the previous 8 years he worked at Lazard in the Restructuring Group, most recently in NewYork
Carlo has represented debtors in over 20 closed transactions in Europe and the U.S., in a wide range of corporate financeactivities including out-of-court and in-court restructuring, rehabilitations,distressed merger and acquisitions and debt and equity financings
Carlo holds a M.Scin Finance (CLEFIN) and a BA in International Economics and Management (DIEM)from Bocconi University
Dr. Lutz Jäde is a Partner at Oliver Wyman in Munich. He leads the Corporate Restructuring practice and supports corporates, financial investors, and banks in the turnaround and value growth of companies in a crisis situation. He has experience in a broad range of sectors, with a particular focus on the manufacturing, automotive supplier, and high-tech industries.
Steve Jones is a Director within the Dispute Resolution Practice and his primary role involves working with law firms and litigation funders to achieve insurance solutions for their clients varied requirements in complex litigation and international arbitration. Having had a sixteen year career at several high-profile sets of London Barristers Chambers, and been Head of Dispute Resolution at a commercial law firm before joining Gallagher, he is able to combine first-hand knowledge of the problems litigants encounter with intelligent and responsive insurances solutions. Steve has been primarily responsible for the development of a number of novel insurance products such as Arbitration Proceedings Award Default Insurance and Appeal Protection Insurance.
Andreas Ziegenhagen is Germany Managing Partner and European Head of the Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy group. He covers the areas of mergers and acquisitions (legal and tax advice), corporate recovery and insolvency law, corporate and tax law as well as banking and financing. Andreas regularly acts as a double-sided trustee in distressed situations and as a fully authorized representative in the framework of a debtor-in-possession proceeding for the purpose of restructuring by insolvency plan proceedings. He is one of the few German lawyers who is both, a qualified accountant and a tax consultant. Andreas is Partner at Dentons in Berlin and also Director of Dentons GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft Steuerberatungsgesellschaft. Prior to joining Dentons (formerly Salans) in 2006, Andreas spent his entire career at Haarmann Hemmelrath, where he became Partner in 2001 and Head of the Corporate Recovery and Insolvency practice group in 2004.
Jennifer specialises in a wide range of work in commercial, banking, restructuring and insolvency law. She advises generally on issues arising in taking and enforcing of security, structuring transactions to mitigate against the effects of insolvency and cross-border restructuring transactions. She advised a large number of counter parties of Lehman Brothers and the Icelandic banks following the failure of those entities. In particular, she advised one of the parties in the Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (LBIE) client money directions application (which went to the Supreme Court) and one of the parties in the LBIE Waterfall Application. She is currently advising the lenders and the receivers in relation to the OW Bunker group which collapsed in November 2014.This involves insolvency proceedings in a large number of different jurisdictions across the world.
Asignificant part of Jennifer’s practice is the drafting of opinions required byregulators under European legislation concerning the potential impact of theinsolvency or resolution of financial institution counterparties.
Jenniferis also responsible for keeping clients up to date with recent developmentsincluding the European Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings and legislation inrelation to failing banks, and has given a number of presentations in thisregard.
Jennifer is the chairman of the Insolvency Subcommittee of the City of London Law Society and a Council member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association. She is a member of the Banking Liaison Panel, a working group established by HM to consider bank and investment firm failure.
Rob joined Debtwire Europe in 2007 to cover the European high-yield market and went on to become Managing Editor, overseeing its stressed debt and restructuring, leveraged loan, high yield bond and sovereign coverage. Based in London, he specialised in the chemicals sector but has broad experience of reporting on all aspects of the high yield market. He was instrumental in the launch of Debtwire’s ABS product, and more recently in the development of its sovereign debt coverage.
Previously, Rob reported for two years on the European securitization market at EuroWeek, where he covered the development and subsequent collapse of the sub-prime RMBS market.
Rob began his career as a chemical engineer, initially working as a research technician for ICI Explosives in South Africa, and subsequently in the European industrial wastewater treatment sector. On the foundation of his broad industrial experience, he completed a specialist degree for business journalists and has been covering debt capital markets since.