Pulitzer Prize winning historian, journalist and commentator on geo-politics, Anne Applebaum examines the challenges and opportunities of global political and economic change through the lenses of world history and the contemporary political landscape.
Informed by her expertise in Europe and her years of international reporting, Applebaum shares perspectives on, and the far-reaching implications of, today's volatile world events. And as technology allows a new scale of media manipulation to authoritarian governments and changes the tenor of political discourse, she scrutinizes the misinformation, propaganda, and criminal exploitation that influence global affairs, as well.
From Syrian refugees to Putin's disinformation narratives, from the EU and the Greek financial crisis to responding to terrorism, from solutions to transition-government corruption to Trump's game-changing campaign language, Applebaum provides both background and up-to-the-minute insights that are vital to understanding the risks and opportunities of today's world political and economic climate.
Anne’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag: A History is about the Soviet concentration camps. Her new book, Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine, is the winner of her second Duff Cooper Prize and the 28th Lionel Gelber Prize 2018. In it, Anne proves what many suspected: Stalin set out to destroy the Ukrainian peasantry. Anne is the only author to win the Duff Cooper Prize twice. Her other books include Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1946, which won a Cundill Prize for Historical Literature, and Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe.
Appointed Visiting Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics Institute of Global Affairs in 2017, Anne is in charge of a program on “fake news” and 21st century propaganda. The Transformation Lab focus on political and economic transformation challenges in individual countries.
Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute from 2011-2015, an international think tank, Applebaum is the co-founder of the institute's Democracy Lab, an online partnership between the institute and Foreign Policymagazine. An adjunct fellow of the Center for European Policy Analysis, she is former Phillipe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at the London School of Economics.
Applebaum writes a biweekly foreign affairs column for The Washington Post, and is a regular contributor to publications such as Slate magazine, The New Republic, The Spectator, and The New York Review of Books. She was formerly a member of The Washington Post’s editorial board; foreign and deputy editor of the Spectator magazine; and political editor of the Evening Standard. From 1988 – 1991 she covered the collapse of communism as Warsaw correspondent for The Economist.
Anne attended Yale University and was a Marshall Scholar at the London School of Economics and St. Antony’s College, Oxford. She divides her time between London and Warsaw, Poland.
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.
Nils Bartel is part of the Corporate Finance team and is Head of Financing, based in Zug. He is responsible for all debt financing-related aspects of Partners Group's Private Equity and Private Infrastructure Direct investments globally across their life cycle. He has 15 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Partners Group, he worked at J.P. Morgan in the EMEA Acquisition and Leveraged Finance team. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, Germany.
Ramón Betolaza has over 18 years of investment experience in special situations, rescue and stabilisation of companies across different life cycles in Europe, U.S. and Asia. Ramón was a partner from inception at MatlinPatterson Global Advisers LLC in New York, created in 2002 through the spin-off of the Credit Suisse Distressed Securities Group. He was the Head of Europe from 2006 and a member of the Investment Committee until his retirement from the firm in December 2009. Prior to July 2002, Ramón was a director at Credit Suisse in the Distressed Securities Group, the predecessor group to MP, which he joined in 1997 in London. Mr. Betolaza started his investing career in special situations at Banco Santander in London since the inception of the European HY Market in 1996. He holds a Degree in Economics and Financial Management from Universidad Comercial de Deusto and earned his MBA, summa cum laude, from IE Business School, Madrid, where he currently serves at its International Advisory Board and is a member of the Council of Advisers to the IE Fund in New York. Ramón has extensive experience as a proactive board member in private and listed companies and currently serves on the boards of various privately held companies.
Prior to joining Messier Maris & Associés, Jean-François had founded Special Debt Situations Limited, an advisory boutique focusing on restructuring and capital structure advisory in September 2013.
He notably spent close to 20 years at Lazard Frères and most recently as Head of the restructuring practice and infrastructure finance advisory.
He graduated from HEC and ESTP.
LCM Partners, together with its Link Financial servicing platform, is one of the founders of the European debt purchase market with a 20 year track record of investing in NPLs and non-core performing loans, currently through its €2.7 billion Credit Opportunities III fund. Prior to joining the Group in 2002, Adrian was with Arthur Andersen Corporate Finance advising on private equity transactions including Link’s initial capital raising. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Securities Institute Diploma.
Francesco Colasanti - Managing Director, Fortress Investment Group Francesco Colasanti joined the Fortress team in Italy in 2001 and has played a part in the main investment processes of Fortress in the real estate sector, in the NPL (non-performing loans) sector and in the traditional private equity sector. Since 2005, Mr. Colasanti has contributed, on behalf of Fortress, to the creation and development of Torre SGR S.p.A., currently the eighth largest Italian real estate fund. He has also been a Member of the Board of Italfondiario S.p.A. since February 2012 and a Member of the Board of doBank since October 2015. Mr. Colasanti oversees investment strategy of Eurocastle Investment Limited, a company externally managed by Fortress and listed in the Amsterdam stock exchange and also serves as a Chief Investment Officer of the Fortress Italian NPL Opportunities Fund. Before joining Fortress, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers on the audit and transaction support team. Mr. Colasanti received a degree in Economics and Business from LUISS University of Rome.
Colm Doherty is Debtwire’s Global Head of Primary Market Analysis. He is responsible for leading the production of primary market analysis and reports focused on the leveraged loan and high yield bond markets. Prior to joining Debtwire, Colm was Director of Analysis at Thomson Reuters LPC covering leveraged loans, CLOs and high yield bonds.
Colm has a B.A. in Economics & Legal Science from National University of Ireland Galway and an MSc. in Accounting & Finance from Ulster University.
Benjamin Fanger is the Managing Partner and founder of ShoreVest Partners and is one of the pioneering investors in China's credit markets. He has managed over $1.6 billion in Chinese distressed debt and special situations investments, and sits on ShoreVest’s Investment Committee. In 2004, Mr. Fanger was one of the founders of Shoreline Capital and architected the firm and its strategies. In over a decade of Chinese distressed experience, Mr. Fanger has been involved in sourcing, analysis, negotiation, restructuring and liquidation related to acquiring and disposing countless distressed assets in China. He has worked directly with Chinese distressed asset sellers, borrowers, judges, and government officials related to the investments. Prior to co-founding Shoreline Capital and ShoreVest Partners, Mr. Fanger started several companies, two of which he sold to public companies. During graduate school, he also worked at the law firm O’Melveny & Myers on early Chinese distressed debt and private equity transactions. Mr. Fanger has been fluent in spoken and written Chinese for over twenty years. He also holds a JD and MBA from the University of Chicago and is a licensed attorney in the State of California.
Anirban Ghosh is a Principal in KKR Credit, and is focused on NPL portfolio and platform purchases across Europe. At KKR Credit, he has been involved in the acquisitions of loan servicing platforms Sistemia, Hipoges, Pepper, and in the purchase of granular secured NPLs from Spanish banks. Prior to KKR he was with Blackstone as part of the Tactical Opportunities Fund focusing on specialty finance and NPL portfolio acquisitions in Europe. Mr. Ghosh started his career in finance at the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in London, and prior to that was a software engineer. Mr. Ghosh holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, MBA Exchange from Booth School of Business, University of Chicago and did his Bachelors in Computer Science from National Institute of Technology.
Gabriel Grego is the managing partner of Quintessential Capital Management (QCM), a long/short equity hedge fund focused on value and activist investing. QCM’s short strategy consists in identifying, investigating and ultimately exposing fraudulent public companies after taking concentrated short positions on their stocks. QCM has successfully brought down a number of such companies including Globo Plc and Folli Follie.
Prior to QCM, Gabriel has held a number of senior positions in investment banking and the capital markets worldwide. Gabriel is a graduate of Tufts University and holds an MBA from SDA Bocconi. In the early 2000s he served in an elite unit of the paratroopers division of the Israel Defense Forces.
Gaudenzio has more than 20 years’ experience in private equity investment, restructuring, investment banking and corporate finance.
He is Partner at Pillarstone Italy a KKR platform investing in distressed corporates and assets backed financing, providing capital and turnaround expertise. Focusing on management of distressed assets portfolio across Europe through JV with banks.
Previously he was Head of the Global Restructuring Group in Italy and Middle East at RBS, where he was responsible for a portfolio of assets under management in excess of Euro 4bn in different geographies managed by two teams one in Milan and one in Dubai. During this period he has lead a number of very complex restructuring across Europe and in the Middle East, in a wide range of sectors and geographies.
Before that, Gaudenzio was Head of the Leveraged Finance team in Milan at RBS, investing and financing a number of LBOs, and Deloitte Corporate Finance in London before.
MBA from Warwick University, ACA qualified in Italy, Degree in Business Administration and Economics from Ca’ Foscari University.
Francesco graduated with a degree in Economics at the Bocconi University in Milan. Since 1991, he has been the President and Managing Director of Guber SpA.
Since 2007, he has served as Managing Director of Star Finance Srl, a company controlled by Guber, that is specialized in the management of assets resulting from bankruptcies.
Since 2008, he has sat on the board of Fondazione Etica.
Since 2015, he is President and Managing Director of RE Star Srl, a company specialized in the acquisition, management and valorization of RE assets.
Peter Hayes is a partner in the Finance practice in Shearman & Sterling's London office. He specialises in bank finance and, in particular, cross-border acquisition and leveraged finance. He regularly advises private equity sponsors, hedge funds, corporates and banks on finance transactions across the capital structure. He is noted by clients for his "communication skills" and ability to "explain very complex legal points to non-legal experts." Peter is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers UK, 2016.
Frédéric Jourdren is Head of European High Yield Research at Legal & General Investment Management and, since joining the firm in 2011, has direct sector coverage responsibilities for the global Healthcare, global Automotive and European Retail & Consumer industries. Before, he was a Principal at Octagon Credit Investors, a leading US manager of leveraged loans and high yield bonds. He started his career in 2000 in the leveraged finance group of JP Morgan in London. Frédéric holds a business degree from ESC Clermont and an MBA from the University of South Carolina (Moore).
Alexandra Jung is the Head of European Investments and Partner of Oak Hill Advisors, a leading alternative investment firm with $33 billion of capital under management across performing and distressed credit investments in North America and Europe. She has primary responsibility for directing Oak Hill Advisors’ investments in European companies and managing Oak Hill Advisors’ European operations. Ms. Jung is a member of Oak Hill Advisors’ investment strategy, valuation and various fund investment committees. She has served on numerous advisory boards and creditor committees taking a leadership role in restructuring, refinancing and M&A transactions. Prior to joining Oak Hill Advisors in 2009, Ms. Jung was a Managing Director at Greywolf Capital Management, where she was responsible for investments in European performing and distressed credits and special situations. Previously, she managed investments in credit, distressed debt and equity as part of Goldman Sachs’ European Special Situations Group. In addition, Ms. Jung worked at Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin in the Financial Restructuring Group. She currently serves on the board of Casual Dining Group (previously Tragus Group) and is also a member of the Women Corporate Directors Foundation. She is a selected member of the Committee of 200. Ms. Jung was the recipient of the 2016 100 Women in Hedge Funds European Leadership Award and was selected as one of the 50 Women in Hedge Funds in 2017. Ms. Jung earned a Master of Management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A., cum laude, from Bucknell University.
Sayed joined Creditflux in 2010, covering the emergence of the global 2.0 CLO market from its inception. Since January 2017 he has served as the editor, responsible for its online news and print publications, which cover CLOs, structured credit and direct lending news and analysis.
Richard Klemmer is CEO of Pepper European Servicing and has been associated with the Pepper Group and its predecessor companies since its formation in 2001. He has over 25 years of experience in the loan servicing and asset management sectors across multiple international jurisdictions, including the USA, Canada, Australia, and multiple European markets.
Pepper manages over € 36 billion of assets globally, and in Europe operates servicing and asset management platforms in the UK, Ireland,Spain, Greece and Cyprus. Assets under management include both performing and non-performing commercial real estate, residential, SME and consumer loans.
Anil joined 3i as a Director in 2007 and is responsible for 3i's Banking Team within the Private Equity division. This team has a broad remit and is responsible for the firm's relationships with its financing institutions and provides specialist banking advice spanning all key financing stages associated with new and portfolio assets across 3i Private Equity. This includes raising primary acquisition finance, advising on the management of leveraged capital structures and preparing exit financing. Anil has 15 years of banking experience, having started at Lloyds Bank Corporate Banking in 1996. He subsequently worked for Dresdner Kleinwort from 1999, where he held various positions in Credit Risk Management, Structured Finance and Corporate Finance & Advisory. Anil studied at Sussex University and holds a BA in Economics and is an Associate Member of Corporate Treasurers.
Tripp has over 15 years of experience in private equity, distressed debt, public equity and investment banking.
From 2015 to 2017, Tripp was co-head of the European distressed team at BlueMountain Capital. From 2006 to 2015, Tripp worked at Apax Partners where he invested in the consumer, retail, and media industries and also worked closely with Apax's troubled investments as a member of Apax's Capital Markets team.
Prior to working at Apax, Tripp worked at Warburg Pincus and Goldman Sachs.
Tripp has an MBA from Wharton, an MA in International Relations from SAIS, and a BA from Colgate University
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.
Roxana Mirica is a Principal and head of Capital Markets in Europe. She joined Apax Partners in 2017 and is currently based in London. She has worked on financing for Vyaire Medical, Exact, Azelis, Safetykleen and ThoughtWorks.
Prior to joining Apax Partners, Roxana was a Director in Barclays’ Leveraged Finance team, where she worked on sub-investment grade financing transactions globally.
Roxana holds a BA in Economics and Chemistry cum laude from Dartmouth College.
Fraser Perring is a co-founder of Viceroy Research Group, an investigative research group. Viceroy’s mission is to sift fact from fiction to encourage greater management accountability through transparency in reporting and disclosure by public companies – thereby improving the quality of global capital markets. Viceroy’s most notable reports include Steinhoff, MiMedx, Caesarstone, Quintis (Formerly TFS Sandalwood) and ProSiebensat Media.
Fraser Perring was previously a co-founder of Zatarra Research and member of a number of anonymous short-seller outfits and researchers inputting to the discovery of significant corporate governance issues.
Alessia Pirolo is Head of NPL Coverage at Debtwire ABS. From a previous focus on Southern European Commercial Real Estate, she is now in charge to expand Debtwire's NPL coverage areas around the world. Before joining Debtwire, she covered U.S. and European commercial real estate for The Wall Street Journal, and the Commercial Observer. She holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Vicky Pryce is Chief Economic Adviser and a board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). She was previously Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, Director General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Joint Head of the UK Government Economic Service. Before that she was Partner at the accounting and consulting firm KPMG after senior economic positions in banking and the oil sector. She holds a number of academic posts and is a Fellow of the UK Academy for Social Sciences and of the Society of Professional Economists and a Companion of the British Academy for Management. She sits on the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, on the Advisory Board of the central banking think-tank OMFIF and on the Economic Advisory Group of the British Chambers of Commerce. Her recent books include: “Greekonomics: The Euro crisis and Why Politicians Don't Get It”; “It's the Economy, Stupid- Economics for Voters”, with Ross and Urwin; “Redesigning Manufacturing”, with Nielsen and Beverland and "Why Women Need Quotas”, with Stefan Stern. She is also co-founder of GoodCorporation, a company set up to promote Corporate Social Responsibility, is a Freeman and Liveryman of the City of London and now also sits on the City’s Members Diversity Working Party. She is also a member of the Brexit advisory groups of TechUk and CIPFA and is a patron of Pro-Bono Economics ."
Rob manages the editorial team in London, overseeing the leveraged loan, high yield, restructuring and mid-market desks. He joined Debtwire in 2007 as a high yield reporter covering primary markets, going on to head the desk and ramping up its secondary market coverage. He became deputy editor at the start of 2011 and took over as managing editor mid 2012.
Prior to joining Debtwire, Rob reported for two years on the European securitization market at EuroWeek, where he covered new ABS asset classes such as catastrophe bonds, as well as the development and subsequent collapse of the sub-prime RMBS market.
He began his career as a chemical engineer, initially working as a research technician for ICI Explosives in South Africa, before moving to Europe taking up a technical sales role in the European industrial water treatment sector.
Akshay Shah is an experienced corporate investor, having spent more than 17 years evaluating and investing in stressed and distressed opportunities. Before co-founding Kyma Capital, he was a Senior Managing Director at The Blackstone Group (GSO Capital Partners). He was responsible for GSO’s European Distressed investment portfolio, and a member of the Investment Committee for GSO’s Distressed Funds. He started his career at Lehman Brothers as an investment analyst focusing on European high yield bonds and leveraged loans, with a bias towards stressed and distressed debt. Akshay has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Delhi University and a Master’s degree in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge University. He is a CFA charterholder.
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.
Lionel Spizzichino is a partner in the Business Reorganization & Restructuring Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Paris. He has extensive experience in complex cross-border restructurings as well as French pre-insolvency and insolvency matters, including amicable restructuring, insolvency proceedings, restructuring litigation and distressed mergers and acquisitions.
His clients include corporate debtors, creditors or investors in a wide range of sectors such as retail, media, chemical, financial services and automotive. He regularly advises investment funds, recovery funds and hedge funds.
Lionel has been involved in some of the most significant pre-insolvency proceedings, bankruptcy proceedings and high-profile distressed M&A cases in France.
Federico Sutti is Managing Partner of Dentons in Italy.
Federico has extensive experience in M&A transactions, particularly in the Real Estate sector, advising Italian and international clients in the acquisition of assets and portfolios, as well as relevant, complex developments. These include, in particular, some of the most prominent development transactions in the residential/office/retail as well as in the logistic sectors. In addition, he has carried out various brownfield transactions advising international investors operating in the hotel and/or office sectors.
Moreover, Federico advised the lenders in the context of the most relevant development projects in Italy among which Citylife and Varesine projects.
His experience extends to the PFI/PPP sectors, pioneering the use of project finance techniques in the Italian and international infrastructure markets, with specific reference to the healthcare sector. In particular, he assisted the Veneto Region for several years. Moreover he advised the Ministry of Infrastructures in Turkey in relation to the development of the PFI structure model for hospitals.
Over the last years he has assisted leading banks, Italian companies and multinationals in various restructuring and refinancing matters.
Christine is an English qualified lawyer with over 19 years of qualification comprising extensive experience in practice in banking and finance law at leading City law firms. She is Head of European Research at Xtract Research – global provider of covenant analysis for the High Yield Bond and Leveraged Loan markets.
Ioannis is an advisor in the CEO's Office of Piraeus Bank. He has close to two decades of professional experience in alternative investments (mainly PE). He has extensive experience across different types of transactions (e.g.corporate & financial restructurings, buyouts, growth capital, PIPEs, fund-of-funds) and sectors (e.g. pharmaceuticals, FMCG, mining, healthcare, retail, logistics, education, industrial services). Between 2007-14, he worked at NBGI Private Equity (a London based private equity firm),heading the firm’s Emerging Europe division. Led and developed the team into one of the most active PE platforms across Southeast Europe.
Mark Wells is one of the Founder Partners of Calunius Capital. Calunius was established in 2006 as one of the first UK fund managers to specialise in litigation funding. At Calunius Mark focuses on the financial and quantitative aspects of litigation investment. Prior to Calunius Mark worked in investment banking starting at JPMorgan in 1987 and subsequently at Goldman Sachs, Chase, Toronto Dominion and Dresdner Kleinwort. Mark has a degree in Engineering from Cambridge University.
James Yu joined EQT Partners in April 2013 and is responsible for managing the financing activities within the EQT Partners Equity and Mid-Market teams.
James holds a BA in Economics from Trinity College in Connecticut and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Columbia Business School.
Prior to joining EQT Partners, James was a Managing Director in the Leveraged and Acquisition Finance team at Morgan Stanley in London. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director at JP Morgan. He has 20 years of investment banking experience in London and New York and has worked on a variety of financing and advisory transactions.
Ms. Zubiría joined the Group as Chief Financial Officer in 2015. Prior to joining theGroup, she was Head of Capital Markets & Investor Relations at Abengoa from2011 to 2014. Before that, she was Chief Accounting Officer & Head ofInvestor Relations at Telvent from 2005 to 2010, Financial Auditor/ Consultantat Deloitte & Touche from 2001 to 2005, Senior Auditor at Arthur Andersenfrom 2000 to 2001 and Staff Accountant at KPMG from 1999 to 2000.
Ms. Zubiríaholds a degree in Business Administration (Accounting and InternationalBusiness) from Florida International University and a Master in Accounting andAuditing from Florida International University. She also completed theExecutive Management Development Program and other focused programs at IESE.