Edward Altman is the Max L. Heine Professor of Finance Emeritus at New York University, Stern School of Business and Director of the Credit and Fixed Income Research Program at the NYU Salomon Center.
Dr. Altman has an international reputation as an expert on corporate bankruptcy, high yield bonds, distressed debt and credit risk analysis. He is the creator of the world famous Altman Z-Score models for bankruptcy prediction of firms globally. He was named Laureate 1984 by the Hautes Études Commerciales Foundation in Paris for his accumulated works on corporate distress prediction models and procedures for firm financial rehabilitation and awarded the Graham & Dodd Scroll for 1985 by the Financial Analysts Federation for his work on Default Rates and High Yield Corporate Debt. He was a Founding Executive Editor of the Journal of Banking & Finance and serves on the Editorial Board of several other Finance scholarly journals.
Professor Altman was inducted into the Fixed Income Analysts Society Hall of Fame in 2001 and elected President of the Financial Management Association (2003) and a Fellow of the FMA in 2004, and was amongst the inaugural inductees into the Turnaround Management Association’s Hall of Fame in 2008.
In 2005, Dr. Altman was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Finance” by Treasury & Risk Management magazine and is frequently quoted in the popular press and on network TV.
Dr. Altman has been an advisor to many financial institutions including Merrill Lynch, Salomon Brothers, Citigroup, Concordia Advisors, Investcorp, Paulson & Co., S&P Global Market Intelligence and the RiskMetrics Group, (MSCI, Inc.). He is currently (2018) Advisor to Golub Capital, Classis Capital (Italy) and Wiserfunding in London, Clearing Bid, Inc., SREI Capital (Singapore), ESG Portfolio Management (Frankfurt) and AlphaFixe (Montreal). He serves on the Board of Franklin Mutual Series and Alternative Investments Funds. He is also Chairman of the Academic Advisory Council of the Turnaround Management Association. Dr. Altman was a Founding Trustee of the Museum of American Finance and was Chairman of the Board of the International Schools Orchestras of New York.
Alexis Atteslis, Co-Head of Europe & Partner, shares portfolio management responsibilities for European investments. Mr. Atteslis is a member of OHA’s investment strategy, ESG and various fund investment committees. Additionally, Mr. Atteslis heads the firm’s investment activities in the global maritime industry. Previously, Mr. Atteslis worked at Deutsche Bank in its European Leveraged Finance Group and at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He currently serves on the board of a number of OHA’s portfolio companies. Mr. Atteslis received an MA from the University of Cambridge and has earned a Chartered Accountant qualification with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Ran Landmann is a Senior Managing Director and joined CVC Credit Partners in 2013. Before that Ran covered European distressed/stressed credits including corporate, sovereign and financial names at Owl Creek Europe Management and Sandell Asset Management. Previously he worked at CVC Equity Partners focussing on European private equity and at Credit Suisse First Boston media and telecoms team, both in London. Ran graduated with a BSc in Business Economics from Queen Mary & Westfield University, University of London.
Simona Maellare joined UBS in February 2014 to Co-Head the Financial Sponsors Group in London. Prior to this, she has spent 8 years at BAML in the Financial Sponsors team and 9 years at JP Morgan in the Leverage Finance team in London and in New York. Simona has also worked 2 years at DLJ, in the High Yield team, both in London and in New York. She was ranked as one of the 100 most influential women in the City of London in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. She was also one of the few bankers ranked in the “top 50 in private equity” in 2018.
Simona is a member of the EMEA CCS Management Committee, Conduct Committee, Risk Committee and she is also a member of the Global CFES (Client Franchise Executive Committee)
Degree summa cum laude and a Master in Economics from Bocconi University, Milan. She has also studied at UCLA, Los Angeles as exchange student.
Prior to joining Bridgepoint, he was an Executive Director at Messier Maris & Associes, focusing on financing and restructuring advisory assignments for leverage buy-outs and corporates. He worked previously in the leverage finance group of RBS and the corporate finance division of Deutsche Bank.
Edouard is a graduate of HEC Paris School of Management.
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.
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.
Saurabh is a Portfolio Manager for the TT International Event-Driven Fund. Prior to co-launching the fund, he worked for Hadron Capital, where he was a Portfolio Manager focused on European credit. Prior to joining Hadron Capital, Saurabh was a Vice President in the leverage finance division of Credit Suisse working in both their New York and London offices. Saurabh started his career working as a consultant for Deloitte. He received an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.
Chantal Clavier is a Partner and the Head of Heidrick & Struggles’ Real Estate Practice for Europe and Africa, based in the London office. She is also a member of the Board & CEO Practice, enhancing boards for listed/ private property companies and real estate private equity operating platforms.
As a real estate specialist, she has a deep knowledge of the market, its trends and cycles. Chantal has been instrumental in assessing and placing key senior executives at board and executive committee levels throughout her 18 years in executive search.
Chantal has operated across the whole sector undertaking searches and assessments for property companies (both public and private including landed estates and the public sector); investment banks, fund,and investment managers (including private equity, sovereign wealth funds, pension plans); family offices, corporate owners/ occupiers and operating platforms (in particular, retail,consumer, industrial and alternatives); and professional service providers across EMEA.
Her breadth of experience and unique track record across both real estate finance and “brick and mortar” real estate (the built environment and real assets), enables Chantal to provide a more holistic approach to search, advising her clients with creative and innovative solutions and helping to drive change through talent.
Mark is a Chartered Surveyor who has specialised in the Retail property sector for nearly 30 years.
Whilst overseeing the day-to-day operations of the UK Retail Agency & Lease Advisory Divisions, which now comprise over 70 fee earners and conduct over 1,100 retail transactions per annum, Mark specialises in the Investment sector. Mark has advised on more than £1bn of acquisitions, disposals and development forward funding’s for a wide range of private, public and institutional investors in the last 15 years.
Mark has recently concluded over £200m of Investment acquisitions and disposals for clients including:
▪ Sale of: 176/206 Kensington High St for Standard Life (£68m)
▪ Acquisition of: 129/137 & 151/161 Kensington High St for DTZ Investors (£55.4m)
▪ Sale of: 168/174 Kensington High St for BMO Real Estate Partners (£19m)
▪ Acquisition of: 114 Kings Road, SW3 for Private Investor (£20m)
▪ Sale of: 110/112 Kings Road, SW3 for YBS (£13m)
▪ Acquisition of: Haymarket Towers, Leicester for Fairacre/IVG (£30m+)
Tatjana manages the Muzinich Enhancedyield Short-Term strategy and the Muzinich Bondyield ESG strategy. She is a founding member of the European Leveraged Finance Alliance, a member of the ECB’s Bond Market Contact Group, a regular participant at the UBS Investor Forum and a frequent speaker at investment conferences. Tatjana is a leading advocate for incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices into credit portfolios and her strategies have won numerous industry awards – including ESG-specific awards. In 2018, Tatjana won Fund Manager of the Year (small to medium firms) at Investment Week’s Women in Investment Awards. Tatjana joined Muzinich in 2007 from Metlife Investments, where she served as an Associate Director of the Higher Return Unit. Prior to that she worked as a Senior Portfolio Manager in European High Yield for Fortis Investments and as a portfolio manager and credit analyst at Legal & General Investment Management. She has a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, a Masters from the Kiel Institute of World Economics in Germany and an M.Sc/B.S. in Economics from the University of Vienna.
Richard Segal is a senior investment analyst at Manulife Investment Management in London, where he runs the Emerging Market Credit Research team. In this role, Richard analyzes specific companies, interprets macro trends and market activity to provide information and analysis for the decision-making process across Manulife’s fixed income funds. Prior to joining Manulife, Richard spent four years at Jefferies International. As a desk analyst, he was responsible for CEE corporate and sovereign credits. Beforehand, he worked at Knight Capital as a director in the emerging markets division, and has also worked at institutions such as Bank of America and Santander, as well as specialized credit funds, investment banking boutiques, and consulting firms. Richard has a degree in economics from MIT.
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.
Josep M. Julia is the Global Head and Chief Investment Officer of the Distressed Asset Recovery Program (DARP) at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) based in Washington DC. Mr. Julia oversees IFC’s global business of acquisition and resolution of distressed assets and special situations, with deals in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and Middle East, for a total amount in excess of US$7.5 billion. Mr. Julia is active in the board of directors of several of the Group’s servicers globally.
Prior to joining the IFC, Mr. Julia worked at Lehman Brothers Private Equity where he was involved in restructuring deals, monitoring some of the Private Equity Fund’s portfolio companies as part of their Board of Directors, and identifying and analyzing new investment opportunities. Mr. Julia was also the Chief Operating Officer at iSOCO where he led the first financing round of the company, raising €20 million, the largest first financing round in Spain for a software company.
Mr. Julia holds an M.B.A. with emphasis in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business and a B.A. in Finance from ESADE Escuela Superior de Administracion y Direccion de Empresas.
Michele is Head of Funds Special Situations at Park Square Capital.
Prior to joining Park Square Capital, he was Managing Director at Terra Firma, in charge of the Operational Secondaries strategy of the firm. Previously he had been Chairman and CEO of Opera SGR where he led the successful takeover of the management of four PE funds, and then the monitoring and exiting of approximately 40 portfolio investments.
Michele has also worked at Lazard, Doughty Hanson, IBM, Morgan Stanley, Olivetti SpA, Stet Società Finanziaria Telefonica and McKinsey & Co.
Michele holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Laurea in Electronic Engineering from the University of Napoli”
Filomena is a Director -European Marketing & Client Relations at Muzinich & Co., a global institutional asset manager specializing in credit.
As part of a team focused onEuropean institutional investors, Filomena has played an instrumental rolein opening private debt opportunities for Muzunich in her native Italy and inother European countries.
Prior to joining Muzunich inLondon, Filomena was Senior Vice President at Neuberger Berman focused onestablishing and expanding the U.S. fund manager's international distribution.
From 2007 to 2009, she workedin the Hedge Fund Development and Management Group at Merrill Lynch andpreviously was a General Practice Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell.
Filomena started her careerin finance as an analyst at Lehman Brothers. Conversational in four languages,she earned her law degree magna cum laude at the Bologna University School ofLaw and her LLM from Columbia University. She was admitted to the New York Barin 2010.
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.
Claire joined Permira Debt Managers in September 2017. She focuses on originating, leading and executing new investment opportunities across all sectors.
Previously, Claire worked at HIG WhiteHorse for four years originating and executing deals. She also spent five years at Hawkpoint Partners (where she was involved in the Icelandic restructuring in 2009), three years at Societe Generale in their Leveraged Finance teams in London and Hong Kong and three years at Barclays.
Anthony Robertson joined Cheyne SVC in August 2017 as Managing Partner and CIO of the Strategic Value Credit Group. Anthony has a multi-decade track record in fundamental, value-based investing, having previously overseen the development and growth of two early stage credit businesses. From 2004-2017, he was Partner and Head of Global Leveraged Finance at BlueBay Asset Management where he was responsible for establishing and managing the sub-investment grade platform, and spearheaded the inception of a number of more recent initiatives including Private Debt and Unconstrained Credit strategies. Prior to BlueBay, Anthony helped establish one of the first dedicated European high yield funds in 2000 at New Flag Asset Management, with top decile performance leading the firm to be acquired by Putnam. His tenure in sub investment grade and distressed debt dates back to 1996 when he worked as a distressed debt analyst in the special situations group at West Merchant Bank in London. He had previously worked as a credit analyst in a division of Barclays ABSA Bank in South Africa from 1993 before moving to London. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from the University of Cape Town (undergraduate) and University of Natal (postgraduate, Honours).
Romain Miginiac joined the GAM Star Credit Opportunities Team in 2018. Previously, Romain worked at Aberdeen Standard Investments as credit analyst covering EU financial institutions and held positions with KPMG and UBS in financial services audit and wealth management respectively. Romain holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Geneva and a master’s degree in finance from ESADE Business School.
Chris is Head of Manager Research at Willis Towers Watson, leading a 100 person international team conducting research of all equity, credit, liquid diversifying and real assets managers and products.
Chris joined Willis Towers Watson in August 2004 and has held various roles over this time, including: serving as a member of Willis Towers Watson's Global Investment Committee for four years; building-out of direct hedge fund research in discretionary global macro and credit long/short; founding manager research efforts in private debt. Chris now sits on the investment committees for a number of the solutions offered by Willis Towers Watson as part its delegated offering.
Chris works closely with a number of Willis Towers Watson's largest credit clients and has experience consulting to clients on a broad range of issues including investment strategy and manager structure.
Chris holds the CFA UK Level 3 Certificate in Investment Management and has a BA in Mathematical Sciences from St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford.
Archie joined Muzinich in March 2019. He oversees the firm’s responsible investing and internal corporate responsibility commitments. Archie joined after leading the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) fixed income and private markets programmes for seven years. Previously, Archie worked as a corporate sustainability consultant with Net Balance (EY Climate Change & Sustainability Services) and ESG research and engagement specialist with Regnan. Archie holds a Master of Environmental Management from the University of New South Wales and an MA (Hons) in Hispanic studies from the University of Edinburgh. He also holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) from the CFA Society.
Maarten is co-head of the RWC European Focus Fund, a leading European active ownership fund with AUM of more than $500mn.
Maarten has over 15 years experience in fund management, special situations and active ownership investing. He joined RWC from Hermes Fund Managers in October 2012 where he had been fund manager of the European Focus Fund. Previously, he worked at Robeco Asset Management and ABN AMRO. Maarten is Dutch, holds a M.Sc. in Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and is a CFA charter holder.
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.
Adam Samoon joined the Debtwire European High Yield bond team in August 2011 after working at Goldman Sachs in Emerging Market Credit. Previewing primary issue performance and forecasting corporate earnings, he has interviewed several company CFOs and identified CDS basis opportunities, as well as being among the first to highlight trends such as the ‘great rotation’ into equities and emergence of CEE High Yield issuance. Adam graduated from Oxford University in Modern History and Economics in 2008.
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.
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.