Ariane Di Iorio
Chief Investment Officer, Distressed Assets Recovery Program (DARP)
Managing Editor- Latin America
Senior Portfolio Manager
Gear Capital Partners
Lee C. Buchheit retired earlier this year after a legal career spanning 43 years. During that career he worked on the sovereign debt restructurings of over two dozen countries. He led the legal teams that assisted the Government of Iraq in the restructuring of that country's debt in 2005-08 and the Government of the Hellenic Republic in the restructuring of more than EUR 200 billion of bond indebtedness in 2011-12. He is the author of two books in the field of international law and holds several academic posts in the United States and Europe.
Carlos H.A.R. Catraio is the Managing Director of BrD, which he co-founded in 2010 . He is a seasoned international banker and entrepreneur with experience in credit, corporate debt renegotiation/recovery and corporate finance. As one of BrD’s founding partners, Catraio created the original business plan and now implements the commercial, financial and operational strategy.
Prior to founding BrD he was the founding partner and CEO of Agrosec Securitizadora, and before that he was a senior advisor to Acon Investments, where he originated and structured potential Brazilian private equity investments for Acon’s Latin America PE fund. Before joining Acon Carlos held senior roles at BPN Brasil, Itaú-Unibanco, Bank of America and JPMorgan.
Carlos has a BA in business studies from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and AMP from Insead. He speaks Portuguese and English and is based inSão Paulo, Brazil.
Pablo is Assistant Editor for Latin America. He joined Debtwire in 2014 and is responsible for the coverage of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Before, he worked for Dow Jones Newswires as a corporate news reporter based in Madrid (Spain). For more than five years, he covered the banking, construction and real-estate industries in real time for the Spanish service, and he also contributed to the printed and online editions of The Wall Street Journal. Prior to Dow Jones, Pablo was a corporate and financial news reporter in Madrid and London.
Daniel Freifeld is the founder of Callaway Capital Management, LLC and serves as the firm’s Chief Investment Officer.
Prior to founding CCM, Mr. Freifeld served as Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy at the U.S. Department of State, where he was responsible for oil and gas issues in Iraq, Turkey, Russia, and the eastern Mediterranean and as a program coordinator for the Near East South Asia Center at the U.S. Department of Defense, working in more than ten Middle Eastern countries. He is currently an associate of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the state bars of Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. He speaks Turkish and French and conversational Arabic, Farsi, and Spanish and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science summa cum laude from Emory University and a juris doctor from New York University School of Law.
Aurelio García-Miró is a Senior Managing Director leading Conway MacKenzie’s Latin American practice. He brings more than 16 years of experience in advising boards, senior management, creditors and taking board representation in operational and financial restructuring situations in Latin America, Europe and the US. Aurelio has extensive experience in executing restructuring, performance enhancement, and transformation roles across a wide range of industries, including infrastructure, manufacturing, retail, TMT, real estate, automotive, and aviation.
Since January 2015, Mr. Garcia-Miro leads CM’s team advising the Government of Puerto Rico in liquidity planning and financial reporting, including assisting in the development of baseline projections for the General Fund (“GF”), the TSA and key component units of the island.
Mr. Garcia-Miro is a member of the board of directors, appointed by the convertible bond holders, of a distribution and retail group with $1.2bn in revenue operating in South America. In other past engagements. Mr. Garcia-Miro was CRO of a Mexican engineering company with c. 25% of market share of off-shore oil rigs and platform; advised the board of a hospital operator with sales of €250 million and 13 centers in working capital and cash optimization. He was also the interim head of corporate controlling with Visiocorp, an € 800 million auto-parts manufacturer based in Germany. Mr. Garcia-Miro was Board Commissioner for the bond holders of a global printing and business services group with sales of €220m, vetting the restructuring plan, monitoring progress on improved reporting, governance and restructuring implementation milestones, and designing the strategic deleveraging scenarios.
Prior to joining Conway MacKenzie, Aurelio was Senior Managing Director and head of the Corporate Finance Practice in Spain for FTI Consulting. Before that, Aurelio was Senior Director and head of Alvarez & Marsal’s restructuring practice in Spain. Before joining Alvarez & Marsal, Aurelio was a director of the McGraw-Hill Companies International Publishing Group, managing turnaround and integration projects in North America, Spain, and Portugal.
Aurelio has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia Business School in New York, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Finance from Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, Peru. He is fluent in English and Spanish, and has a basic knowledge of Portuguese and Italian.
Joe Kogan is Head of Latin American Strategy at Scotiabank in New York. He advises institutional investors on fixed income investments in both sovereigns and corporates across Latin America and the Caribbean. From 2004 to 2009, he was a senior strategist for emerging markets at Barclays Capital and at Lehman Brothers. Prior to that, he was a professor at Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile, where he taught MBA classes and conducted research on business strategy in developing countries.
Dr. Kogan received a Ph.D. in business-economics from Harvard University, an M.A. in economics from Harvard University, and a B.A. in economics and mathematics from Princeton University. Dr. Kogan’s dissertation at Harvard won the 2002 prize for best dissertation in international business awarded by the Stockholm School of Economics. His research has appeared in top academic journals such as The Review of Economics and Statistics and Journal of International Business Studies. Joe Kogan was born in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Alejandro Sainz leads the Insolvency & Restructurings practice group and leads the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group of Cervantes Sainz S.C. He represents and provides legal advice to national and multinational clients in a broad range of transactional matters, providing legal advice in the areas of corporate, finance and commercial law, including reorganizations, restructurings and work-outs, bankruptcy and cross-border insolvency procedures (concursos), sale & acquisition of distressed assets and securities, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, foreign investment, joint ventures, infrastructure, real estate, and telecommunications transactions.
He was selected by Latin Lawyer as one of Mexico’s top lawyers and by The International Who's Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers as one of the world's pre-eminent insolvency & restructuring lawyers. Mr. Sainz was also appointed by Chambers and Partners as one of Mexico’s premier insolvency and restructuring lawyers.
Among other restructuring cases, Mr. Sainz has participated in Vitro, Satmex, Comercial Mexicana, Corporación Durango, Mexicana airline, Grupo Iusacell, Iusacell Celular, Grupo Sare, Copamex, Tower Automotive, Urbi, Geo, Homex, Cementos Chihuahua, Hipotecaria su Casita, Oro Negro, Oceanografía, Latina Offshore Holding, Cozumel Caribe, ICA and M&G Polímeros México.
Mr. Sainz is the author of multiple articles and publications in transactional, corporate and insolvency matters. Among others, he was selected by Latin Lawyer and Chambers and Partners to contribute with the chapter of “Mexico: Restructuring”.
He is a member of the Mexican Bar Association, International Bar Association, American Bar Association and Iberoamerican Institute of Insolvency Matters.
Mr. Sainz has postgraduated studies from Universidad Panamericana, Escuela Libre de Derecho, Harvard Business School and Harvard University, and J.D. degree from Universidad Panamericana.
Josephine is a senior portfolio manager for emerging markets debt. She is responsible for managing investments in emerging market US dollar-denominated debt portfolios.
Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Josephine worked at Hartford Investment Management Company where she was co-head of the emerging markets debt team and senior portfolio manager for emerging market corporate and sovereign credit. She spent the first decade of her career as a research analyst and junior proprietary trader for emerging market corporate debt, US high yield, convertible bonds and US equities. Josephine has been in the investment industry since 1995.
Josephine earned an MLitt in political economy from the University of Oxford and a master's degree in economics from the University of Amsterdam.
Ron Silverman is co-head of Hogan Lovell's U.S. Business Restructuring and Insolvency practice group. He represents banks and financial institutions, hedge and private equity funds, and other sophisticated investors involved in restructurings, rescue financings, distressed M&A, and insolvencies.
Ron has a broad background in international restructurings, having completed restructurings in dozens of countries across the globe. He has led some of the most significant Chapter 15 cases in connection with cross-border restructurings, and wrote the Chapter 15 primer for a leading treatise.
Ron's range of experience is diverse but includes comprehensive knowledge of energy restructurings involving the power, oil and gas, solar, wind, and mining areas. Ron is also involved in restructurings related to China. He led the landmark ABI Beijing Insolvency & Restructuring Symposium in Beijing.
Ron was also the Vice President for International Affairs of the American Bankruptcy Institute and served on the board of directors of INSOL International. Previously, Ron served on the adjunct faculty at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He taught a seminar on international insolvency while maintaining his private practice.
Pieter Wernink has 22 years of experience in emerging markets investing and 19 years devoted to private investments. Mr. Wernink has played an integral role in developing Albright Capital’s special situations offering and has focused on investments in power, financial services, agribusiness, clean technology and infrastructure. He has also served on the board of directors for many companies in emerging markets.
Prior to joining Albright Capital, Mr. Wernink was a Director at Citigroup Venture Capital international where he was responsible for the origination, structuring and management of private equity investments in Latin America, the Caribbean and the U.S. Hispanic markets. His previous experience also includes Citicorp Securities, Inc. where he worked with syndicated leverage and asset-based loans, and J.P. Morgan’s emerging markets loan trading group.
Mr. Wernink received an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a BA in Economics, cum laude, from Kenyon College.