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- Craig Abouchar, Portfolio Manager, Axial Investments and Chairman, European High Yield Association
- Michelle De Angelis, Senior Director, Fitch Ratings
- Mark Bergman, Co-Head, Securities and Capital Markets Group, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
- Philip Boeckman, Corporate Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
- Adam Bradley, Senior Director, Alvarez & Marsal Europe LLP
- Pierre-Marie Boury, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
- Stephen Butcher, Broker, ICAP
- Stephen Byrne, Managing Director, Head of European Public High Yield/Loan Trading, Goldman Sachs
- Eric Capp, Global Head of High Yield Syndicate, The Royal Bank of Scotland
- Tanneguy De Carné, Co-Head of European Loan Syndicate, Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking
- James Cole, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
- Adrian Collins, Managing Director, Head of European Loan & High Yield Capital Markets, The Royal Bank of Scotland
- John Connolly, Partner, Clifford Chance
- Clare Dawson, Managing Director, Loan Market Association
- Robin Doumar, Managing Partner, Park Square Capital, LLP
- Tracy Edmonson, Partner, Latham & Watkins
- John Empson, Managing Director of Capital Markets, Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts
- Edward Eyerman, Managing Director - Head of European Leveraged Finance, Fitch Ratings
- Joel Feldmann, Head of Leveraged Finance - EMEA, Bank of America
- Tatjana B. Greil Castro, PhD, Portfolio Manager, Muzinich & Co.
- Luigi Gubitosi, Chief Executive Officer, Wind Telecomunicazioni Spa
- Martin Gudgeon, Senior Managing Director, The Blackstone Group
- Lynn Hiestand, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
- Tony Horspool, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
- Nick Jansa, Head of European Loans & High Yield, Deutsche Bank
- Patrick Kenney, Managing Director, D.E. Shaw & Co.
- Youssef Khlat, Managing Director, Global Head of High Yield Capital Markets, Calyon
- Jeff Kushner, Head of Managed Products and CEO, BlueMountain Europe
- Andrew Lago, European Trading & Member of the European Investment Committee, King Street Capital
- Dorian Lowell, Partner, Head of Special Situations, Gleacher Shacklock
- Lesley Lynn, Head of IRM EMEA in London, Citi
- Simon Mansfield, Special Situations, Goldman Sachs
- Rick Martin, Group Director - Treasury and Investor Relations, Virgin Media
- Rob Mathews, Partner, White & Case LLP
- Felipe Merry Del Val, Managing Director, Bain Capital Europe
- Chris Munro, Managing Director, Leverage Finance Capital Markets, JPMorgan
- Sarah Murphy, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
- Robert Murray, Associate, MezzVest
- Alexander Naidenov, Partner, Linklaters
- Dr. Michael W. Nimtsch, Chief Financial Officer, IFCO Systems
- Stephen Phillips, Partner, White & Case LLP
- Amit Raja, Managing Director. Head of High Yield, Loan and Distressed Trading, Citi
- John Redding, Portfolio Manager, Eaton Vance
- David Ross, Senior Vice President, Sankaty Advisors
- Peter Schwartz, Partner, Capital Markets, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
- Frank Sekula, Head of Recapitalisation and Restructuring, Jefferies
- Thomas Siebens, Partner, Securities & Corporate Finance, Milbank
- David Staples, Managing Director, Moody's Investor Services
- Karim Tabet, Managing Director, Providence Equity Partners
- Brett Tejpaul, Managing Director, Head of European Credit Sales, Barclays Capital
- Matthew Tooth, Managing Director, The Blackstone Group
- Gleeson Van Riet, Managing Director - Financial Sponsor Group, Credit Suisse
- Marc Vassanelli, Interim CFO, Equiniti
- Francois Vidal, Executive Director, Moelis
- Taron Wade, Senior Research Analyst, Standard & Poor's
- Robert Willoughby, Managing Director, Chairman, Debt Advisory and Restructuring, Credit Suisse
Craig Abouchar, Portfolio Manager, Axial Investments and Chairman, European High Yield Association
Craig joined Axial in September 2008 to assist in building a specialised leveraged finance asset management platform. He is currently managing approximately €1.5bln in leveraged loans and distressed assets. Prior to joining Pearl, Craig has worked at Merrill Lynch, Insight Investment and ING in a variety of roles managing a full spectrum of leveraged finance assets. Craig has a BA in Finance from Emory University, and an MBA in Finance and International Business from Columbia University. He is CFA qualified. Craig has been a board member of the European High Yield Association since 2003.
Michelle De Angelis, Senior Director, Fitch Ratings
Michelle De Angelis is a senior director in Fitch’s leveraged finance team in London, where she is responsible for rating a variety of leveraged transactions mainly in Telecoms & Media as well as Paper & Packaging and Consumer Products. Michelle is also the European Corporates representative on Fitch's Hybrid Products Committee. Before joining Fitch in 2005, Michelle worked for seven years at Deutsche Bank in London, initially in project and export finance, and subsequently with the leveraged finance team, mainly focusing on telecoms and technology companies. Michelle graduated from the University of Bath with a first-class degree in European studies, German and Italian.
Mark Bergman, Co-Head, Securities and Capital Markets Group, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Mark Bergman is co-head of the Securities and Capital Markets Group at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and is resident in the London office. Mark has extensive experience in corporate finance and securities transactions and has been involved in offerings of a range of products, including equity, investment grade debt, high yield and hybrid securities, for issuers in a number of countries around the world. As part of the firm’s general representation of U.S. and non-U.S. companies listed in the United States, Mark advises a range of listed companies on reporting and other obligations under the securities laws, establishment of corporate compliance programs, and compliance with corporate governance standards under the securities laws and stock exchange rules. In recent months, Mark has represented a range of companies in connection with their responses to the credit crisis, including advising on negotiated investments, securities offerings, restructurings of troubled asset portfolios, debt tender offers and modifications of financing arrangements.
Philip Boeckman, Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Philip J. Boeckman is a partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department in London, where he has been resident partner since 2000. Philip’s general corporate practice covers capital markets, including global public offerings, U.S. listings and leveraged acquisition financings, as well as mergers and acquisitions. He represents several of Cravath’s clients in Europe, South Africa and India. Philip is Co-Chairman of the International Bar Association’s Securities Law Committee, and a regular speaker at the PLI’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe. Philip Boeckman was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He joined Cravath in 1991 and became a partner in 1999.
Pierre-Marie Boury, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Pierre-Marie Boury is a partner based in the London office. Mr. Boury specializes in international capital markets and finance transactions, with a particular focus on U.S. securities law matters. Mr. Boury has worked on many high-yield debt offerings for both U.S. and non-U.S. issuers and underwriters. While resident in the London Office since 2000, Mr. Boury has represented issuers and underwriters on high yield offerings by French, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Swiss and English companies. Mr. Boury also has significant experience in liability management transactions having represented issuers and dealer-managers on many debt and hybrid securities tender and exchange offers and open market repurchase programs. Mr. Boury is a member of the New York and Paris Bars. Mr. Boury is recommended for high yield and liability management work by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.
Adam Bradley, Senior Director, Alvarez & Marsal Europe LLP
Mr. Bradley is a Senior Director in the Restructuring practice based in London where his clients include company boards, sponsors and senior and subordinated lenders. European restructurings that he has been involved with include TMD Friction, iSOFT and Galvex . He has also worked with a leading private equity fund to assess distressed debt investment opportunities arising from the collapse of the Icelandic banking system. Prior to joining A&M, he was a lawyer in the Restructuring & Insolvency practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before which he worked as a strategy consultant with Arthur D Little and Accenture.
Stephen Butcher, Broker, ICAP
Stephen Butcher joined Salomon Brothers in 1994; at Salomon Smith Barney he established in 1998 the European High Yield Desk and ran distribution. Prior to which, he was responsible for Emerging Market Fixed Income Sales.Left Citigroup in April of 2008 and joined ICAP Equities in October 2008. Stephen works for ICAP Securities Ltd, which is the global agency arm of ICAP plc, where he is responsible for the client facing high yield bond trading desk.
Stephen Byrne, Managing Director, Head of European Public High Yield/Loan Trading, Goldman Sachs
Stephen Byrne is a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. He is currently responsible for the European Public High Yield and Loan trading business. Prior to his move to High Yield, he was responsible for Goldman’s European Loan trading business. Stephen joined Goldman Sachs in 1996 as an analyst in New York Capital Markets. Following his experience in Capital Markets, he moved to the New York High Yield trading desk in 1998. Prior to moving to London in 2005, Stephen was a trader on the New York Loan trading desk.Stephen graduated from the Wharton School of Business with a BA in Economics in 1995.
Eric Capp, Global Head of High Yield Syndicate, The Royal Bank of Scotland
Eric Capp is a Managing Director and Head of Leveraged Capital Markets at RBS. Since 2005, Eric has been Head of High Yield Capital Markets for JPMorgan in Europe. Prior that that Eric was a Managing Director in High Yield Capital Markets for JPM in London. Eric joined JPMorgan in 1997 as an associate in High Yield in New York and moved to London in 1998 to start JPMorgan's European High Yield bond business. From 1989 to 1995 Eric was a generalist investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, focusing in corporate finance, equity and M&A. Eric graduated from the Harvard Business School in 1997 with an MBA and in 1989 received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan. In addition, Eric is on the board of the Loan Market Association. Eric is married with three children and lives in London.
Tanneguy de Carné, Co-Head of European Loan Syndicate, Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking
Tanneguy de Carné was promoted as Co-Head of European Loan Syndicate in September 2008 from his former role as Head of European High Yield Capital Markets at Société Générale. He joined SG in July 2005 to spearhead the development of a European high yield business. He extended his responsibilities in January 2007 to the leveraged loan syndicate activities to provide integrated financing solutions to non-investment grade corporates and to private equity sponsors. Prior to his appointment, Tanneguy spent 17 years at BNP Paribas in various positions in Canada, US and the UK. Tanneguy has a BA from Dauphine university in Paris, and an MBA in Finance and International Business from the City University of New York.
James Cole, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
James is a partner in the London office, responsible for the capital markets group and the office's hedge fund practice. James' debt capital markets experience includes acting for issuers and underwriters of emerging market and high yield bonds. He also advises issuers and managers on liability management transactions, which have included deals for UK and European as well as Latin American issuers, and most recently he represented General Motors in its $27bn debt/equity exchange offer and subsequent consent solicitation. James also advises creditors on bond restructurings, which have included Skyepharma, Aflease Gold, Cambrian Mining, GHCL and BAA. He has published a number of articles, including "How to Conduct US Style Exchange Offers in Europe" in the International Financial Law Review and is a regular contributor to Hedge Fund Returns, the firm's hedge fund client publication.
Adrian Collins, Managing Director, Head of European Loan & High Yield Capital Markets, The Royal Bank of Scotland
Adrian joined The Royal Bank of Scotland in 2005 and now heads the European Loan & High Yield Capital Markets team based in London. As an integrated loan and high yield capital markets platform his team originates, structures and syndicates integrated debt financing solutions for non-investment grade clients. Before joining RBS, Adrian spent 11 years at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he performed a range of roles within financial sponsor coverage, acquisition & leverage finance, capital markets and corporate finance teams in London, New York and Hong Kong. Adrian started his career at Bankers Trust Australia and then subsequently with Bankers Trust Company. Adrian holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales, Australia, is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a board member of the European High Yield Association.
John Connolly, Partner, Clifford Chance
John is a partner in Clifford Chance's Capital Markets department and heads its London High Yield practice. He specialises in international capital markets transactions including global equity offerings, US private placement and leveraged finance transactions with a particular focus on High Yield bond offerings. He is also actively involved in restructurings and liability management transactions. His practice covers representation of both issuers and underwriters in the UK, Continental Europe, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. John was born in Jacksonville, Florida. He has been a partner at Clifford Chance in London since 1995.
Clare Dawson, Managing Director, Loan Market Association
Clare joined the Loan Market Association in 1999 after spending two years in the syndications department at Sumitomo Bank, working on loans in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to Sumitomo she spent two years at the British Museum Development Trust raising funds for the Museum's Great Court project. Before joining the British Museum, Clare had spent some eight years at Sumitomo in the international department, including two years at the bank's head office in Tokyo, where she helped establish a syndications desk. In London she worked mainly on origination in various Western European and Nordic countries. Clare has an honours degree in Modern and Mediaeval Languages from the University of Cambridge.
Robin Doumar, Managing Partner, Park Square Capital, LLP
Robin Doumar is the Managing Partner of Park Square Capital, LLP. Prior to founding Park Square, Robin spent 15 years at Goldman Sachs in New York and London, where he was Head of Workouts and Restructurings, Head of European Leveraged Finance and Head of European Mezzanine in the Principal Investment Area. In 1989, Robin joined Goldman Sachs in New York in Corporate Finance and initially focused on the restructuring of U.S. based companies burdened by leveraged capitalisations in the wake of the 1989 credit collapse. Robin specialised in large, complex advisory and financing assignments and became Head of the Workout and Restructuring business. In 1997, Robin moved to London to lead the Goldman Sachs European Leveraged Finance business, including initiating high-yield origination activities in Europe. While Robin was Head of the Leveraged Finance Group, Goldman Sachs built its business into a market-leading franchise and, in 1999, was awarded European High Yield Bond Firm of the Year by IFR. In 2000, Robin moved to the Goldman Sachs Principal Investment Area to head the European mezzanine business. During the period 2000 to 2004, Robin led 12 investments totalling approximately $1 billion of invested capital. Robin received his AB from Brown University, and a JD and MBA from the University of Virginia.
Tracy Edmonson, Partner, Latham & Watkins
Tracy K. Edmonson is a partner in the London office, was the Global Recruiting Chair from 2003-2005 and Chair of the San Francisco Corporate Department from 2002-2006. Ms. Edmonson’s practice focuses primarily on corporate finance, with particular focus on highyield debt offerings, debt tender offers and consent solicitations, equity-linked securities and complex restructurings. She also advises numerous companies on a variety of general corporate issues, including securities law compliance, financings and corporate governance. Her company clients include Nike, Safeway, Owens-Illinois, Sistema, Mobile Telesystems, Yara International, Versatel and Norsk Hydro. She also frequently represents underwriters and lenders, including UBS, Citigroup and Credit Suisse, in acquisition financings, and debt, equity and derivatives offerings. Ms. Edmonson’s restructuring practice includes advising companies, bondholders, bondholder committees and financial advisors in connection with all aspects of a restructuring. Her transactions often include a cross-border component –recently involving Canada, India, Russia, Scandinavia and Italy.
John Empson, Managing Director of Capital Markets, Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts
John H. Empson (Age 45, London) joined KKR in July 2008 as the Managing Director of KKR Capital Markets Ltd. With JP Morgan for 21 years, he has had long term experience in the European debt markets and was formerly head of JP Morgan's European leveraged loan capital markets businesses between 2003 and 2008. John also has extensive experience in leveraged finance debt origination and has worked on some of the largest and most complex transactions syndicated in the European market.
Edward Eyerman, Managing Director - Head of European Leveraged Finance, Fitch Ratings
Edward Eyerman is a managing director and the head of European leveraged finance at Fitch Ratings, based in London. He leads a team of 10 analysts that rates over 300 leveraged transactions and produces timely reports and commentary on leveraged product and market developments. Prior to assuming management of Fitch’s European leveraged finance practice in 2005, Ed published special reports and commentary on developments in the European credit markets for the European corporates group. He is the author of numerous reports on creditor rights, inter-creditor arrangements, and the changing role of public and private credit markets in European corporate finance. In January 2006, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the European High Yield Association, a forum of the Bond Markets Association. Prior to joining Fitch in April 2003, Ed was an investment banker in Credit Suisse First Boston’s European acquisition and leveraged finance and telecommunications groups. From 1997 to 1998, Ed was in the European high-yield origination and credit research groups at Deutsche Bank. He also worked for Merrill Lynch in New York from 1994 to 1997 as an associate in the corporate bond research department covering Yankee bond issuers. Ed holds a BA in history from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York.
Joel Feldmann, Head of Leveraged Finance - EMEA, Bank of America
Mr. Feldmann joined Bank of America in 2006 as a Managing Director in the Leveraged Finance Group. He joined BASL in London in January 2007 and was promoted to his current role in May 2007. Prior to joining Bank of America, Mr. Feldmann spent a brief period in the Financial Sponsors Group at Jefferies and was also a partner at Headwaters Merchant Bank, a middle market advisory and merchant banking firm from 2003- 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Feldmann spent 10 years at Morgan Stanley where he ran the firm’s Acquisition Finance business; 5 years at Citicorp in the Venture Capital Group and the High Yield business; and 3 years at Bankers Trust Company in the Acquisition and Structured Finance Group. Mr. Feldmann earned a BS degree from Miami Univerity (Ohio) in 1980 and an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1986. In between these academic pursuits, he was a CPA with Price Waterhouse.
Tatjana B. Greil Castro, Portfolio Manager, Muzinich & Co.
Tatjana is a portfolio manager and head of the firm's London office. She was formerly with Metlife Investments, where she served as an Associate Director of the High Return Unit. Earlier, Tatjana worked as Senior Portfolio Manager in European High Yield for Fortis Investments and as a portfolio manager and credit analyst at Legal & General Investment Management. She started her career as a high yield telecom analyst with Merrill Lynch. Tatjana has a PhD from the London School of Economics & Political Science, a Masters from the Kiel Institute of World Economics in Germany, and an MSc/BS in Economics from the University of Vienna.
Luigi Gubitosi, Chief Executive Officer, Wind Telecomunicazioni Spa
Luigi Gubitosi has been Chief Executive Officer of Wind Telecomunicazioni since July 2007. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Wind Telecomunicazioni S.p.a. and has been a member of the Board of Wind since the company was acquired by Weather Investments in August 2005. He was the Chief Financial Officer of Fiat Group until July 2005 and before then Vice President and Group Treasurer of Fiat from 2000 to 2003. Mr. Gubitosi worked as an executive in various capacities for the Fiat Group from 1986, including being Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fiat Partecipazioni and member of the Board of Directors of Fiat Auto, Ferrari, CNH, Iveco, Itedi, Comau and Magneti Marelli. Mr. Gubitosi received a Masters Degree in Business Administration from INSEAD and he undertook undergraduate studies at University of Naples and the London School of Economics. Luigi Gubitosi is a Chartered Financial Analyst and teaches Corporate Finance at LUISS University in Rome.
Martin Gudgeon, Senior Managing Director, The Blackstone Group
Martin Gudgeon is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone and the Head of their European Restructuring Advisory Practice. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Gudgeon was the Chief Executive and head of Restructuring Advisory at Close Brothers Corporate Finance in London. 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 restructuring recent transactions include Northern Rock, British Energy, Eurotunnel, Thule, Klöckner Pentaplast, Mauser and Government of Ukraine.
Lynn Hiestand, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Lynn Hiestand co-leads Skadden’s corporate restructuring practice in Europe where she specializes in troubled company M&A transactions and complex financial restructurings involving clients with global operations. These matters invariably involve reorganization proceedings in multiple jurisdictions around the world. Current and recent representations include: Nokia Siemens Network B.V. in its US$650 million purchase of the advanced wireless technology business of Nortel Networks, Canada’s largest telecommunications company which is in Canadian CCAA and US chapter 11 proceedings; Koenigsegg Group AB, a Swedish maker of high performance sports cars, and a consortium of investors in connection with its planned acquisition of Saab Automobile AB, which is in Swedish restructuring proceedings, from General Motors, currently in US bankruptcy reorganization proceedings; Nomura in its acquisition of various businesses of Lehman Brothers in Europe, Asia and India; Hayes Lemmerz International, Inc., an automotive supplier with operations throughout Europe, in connection with its global restructuring; and various financial institutions, private equity and hedge funds regarding their distressed investments, including with respect to the US chapter 11 filing of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and its affiliates and the UK administration of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) and its affiliates.
Tony Horspool, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Tony Horspool is a partner in the Business Finance & Restructuring group. He advises debtors, creditors, shareholders, insolvency officeholders and providers of rescue and exit finance on restructurings, refinancings and insolvencies across the world, with a particular focus on creditor representations and cross-border work. Tony has been involved in many of the largest and most complex European restructurings including Eurotunnel, Parmalat and Telewest, and a number of structured investment vehicles. Most recently, he has been advising creditors of Four Seasons, Skyepharma, GHCL, GAL, Teksid and Schieder Moebel, and advising Lehman Brothers in relation to cross-border aspects of its chapter 11 filing. Tony's clients include hedge funds, special situations groups, banks, monolines, accountancy firms and insurers.
Nick Jansa, Head of European Loans & High Yield, Deutsche Bank
Nick Jansa is a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank and is Head of the European Loan and High Yield business. This includes the origination, execution and distribution of investment grade and non investment grade loans as well as high yield bonds. Nick joined Deutsche Bank in London in 1995, working initially in structured finance before moving into capital markets. At the end of 2000, he moved to New York where he spent 5 years focusing on the US leveraged finance market before returning to London at the end of 2005. He has broad experience across a number of jurisdictions in Europe and North America and has originated, structured and syndicated a significant number of corporate acquisition financings, large sponsor driven LBOs as well as more general refinancings. Nick is active on the boards of both the LMA and EHYA.
Patrick Kenney, Managing Director, D.E. Shaw & Co.
Patrick Kenney is a managing director of D.E. Shaw & Co. (U.K.), Ltd, where he is the portfolio manager for the D.E. Shaw group’s non-U.S. credit-related opportunities portfolio. Mr. Kenney is based in London, where he is responsible for overseeing investments made by the credit-related opportunities group in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. He currently serves on the board of directors of Beijing Guohua Real Estate Co., Ltd and Welsh Power Group Limited. He previously served on the board of directors of Empresa Distribuidora Electrica Regional S.A. (EMDERSA) and AEI (formally known as Prisma Energy International). Prior to joining the D.E. Shaw group in 2003, Mr. Kenney worked in international distressed investing at Tudor Investment Corporation. Before that, he was a member of the distressed and risk arbitrage group at Moore Capital Management, LLC. Mr. Kenney began his career in investment banking at Wasserstein Perella & Co. in New York. He received his B.A. from Wesleyan University, where he studied philosophy.
, Managing Director and Global Head of Yield Capital Markets, Calyon
Youssef is Managing Director and Global Head of High Yield Capital Markets. In this role, he oversees the origination, structuring and execution of high yield bond issues for Calyon’s clients located around the world. He joined Calyon in August 2009 from BNP Paribas where he was Head of European High Yield Capital Markets and Deputy Head of European Leveraged Finance. He was responsible for expanding the European high yield franchise and also led the merger and integration of the high yield platform into the broader pan-European leveraged finance business. Prior to BNPP, he worked at Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust. He brings with him 23 years of investment banking and debt capital markets experience. Youssef has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a MA from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Boston, USA).
Jeff Kushner, Head of Managed Products and the CEO, BlueMountain Europe
Jeffrey Kushner is an original partner and has served in a number of roles at BlueMountain. Presently, Jeff is the Head of BlueMountain’s Managed Products Business and the CEO of BlueMountain Europe. Prior to his present role Jeff was responsible for creating and leading the Trade Execution function covering all traded products. Additionally, Jeff is a member of the board of the LSTA (Loan Syndicate and Trading Association) He was recently honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award from Credit Investment News for his leadership in creating the LCDS contract. Prior to joining BlueMountain, he worked in a variety of trading roles within Structured Credit/Credit Derivatives Trading at ING Financial, LLC. Mr. Kushner began his career at Merrill Lynch where he worked in a variety of trading roles. He holds a B.A. in History from S.U.N.Y. Albany and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. Jeff lives in London with his wife and daughters.
Andrew Lago, European Trading & Member of the European Investment Committee, King Street Capital
Prior to joining King Street in 2007, Mr. Lago spent over 9 years as a market maker on the credit trading desk at Merrill Lynch focusing on industrial credits. Mr. Lago has been trading CDS since 2001 and bonds since 1998. Mr. Lago received a BA in Economics from Duke University in 1994 and has held the Chartered Financial Analysts designation since 2001.
Dorian Lowell, Partner, Head of Special Situations, Gleacher Shacklock
Dorian joined the firm in March 2009 to lead the Special Situations Group, having worked previously at One East Partners, LP, a New York-based hedge fund, where he was a partner managing the fund’s private investment portfolio. Previously Dorian was a Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Financial Restructuring Group in New York and London, where he helped establish Houlihan Lokey’s European restructuring practice. Dorian has over 18 years of financial restructuring, corporate finance and principal investing experience in Europe and the United States. At Houlihan Lokey, Dorian represented the French government in Eurotunnel and led the restructuring teams in Treofan (Germany), Senator Entertainment (Germany), Inve (Belgium), KarstadtQuelle (Germany), Parmalat (Italy), and MyTravel (UK), among others He has also has worked on numerous chapter 11 restructurings in the United States. Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Dorian worked at Cleary Gottlieb in New York.
Lesley Lynn, Head of IRM EMEA in London, Citi
Lesley has 31 years experience at Citibank, which she joined immediately on leaving Oxford in 1977. From 1981 to 1983 Lesley worked for Citibank Caracas, Venezuela. In a varied career ,she has gained considerable experience from leading a number of syndicated, complex, cross-border financing and leasing transactions, much of this from 10 years in Citibank’s Airlines Department. In 1994 Lesley switched industry focus being appointed as Citibank’s European Senior in the Telecommunications & Media Sector, based in London. In Sept 2001, Lesley was asked to establish an IRM unit for Europe, based in London. Lesley has an MA Hons, Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Somerville College, Oxford.
Simon Mansfield, Special Situations, Goldman Sachs
Simon is co-head of the European Special Situations Group (ESSG) and is responsible for proprietary investing in credit and equity from new issue bank loans to distressed bankruptcy claims, throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa. The group invests in a wide range of asset classes including new issue LBO bank loans, public and private equity, real estate mezzanine loans, rescue finance (debt and equity), portfolios of non-performing loans and receivables, high yield bonds and bankruptcy claims. Simon joined Goldman Sachs in 1999 as a vice president in Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities to set up a broker-dealer of distressed bank debt and bonds. In 2003 he co-founded ESSG. He was named managing director in 2002 and partner in 2006. Prior to joining the firm, Simon worked as a managing director for Bankers Trust Company heading up distressed trading in Asia and Japan. Simon earned a degree in civil engineering from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, in 1988. He is a director of various portfolio companies.
Rick Martin, Group Director - Treasury and Investor Relations, Virgin Media
Rick joined ntl in March 2003; his initial position was Vice President – Financial Operations. In 2004, he was appointed Project Director for the eventual disposition of the company’s Broadcast Division, which generated proceeds of £1.2 B on closing in 2005. He served briefly as Group Director – Risk Assurance, before assuming the role of Group Treasurer in August 2005. During his tenure, Rick has played an important role in the merger of ntl and Telewest, as well as the attendant £5 B bank and bond financing. He also secured financing for the company’s subsequent purchase of Virgin Mobile. Over the last two years Rick has led an £890 M partial term-out of the company’s bank debt; a $1 B convertible bond offering; an amendment to the company’s senior credit facility which materially improved financial flexibility; and the recent $1 B high-yield offering which helped to re-open the European market.
, Partner, White & Case LLP
Rob Mathews is a partner in White & Case's Banking & Capital Markets group in London and leads its London High Yield practice. He concentrates on multinational corporate and finance transactions, with particular emphasis on high yield debt offerings. Rob represents investment banks and companies in a wide range of securities and other finance transactions, including cross-border Rule 144A and Regulation S debt and equity offerings and restructurings. In addition, Rob advises clients on US securities law matters and supports White & Case's corporate and M&A practice groups across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Felipe Merry Del Val, Managing Director, Bain Capital Europe
Felipe Merry Del Val is a Managing Director at Bain Capital where he leads the retail, leisure and consumer sector as well as covering Italy and Spain. He joined Bain Capital in 2006 after three years as a founding partner of Hemisphere One, a development capital firm focused on the luxury, retail, consumer and leisure sector, and had previously worked at Investcorp and Merrill Lynch. While at Investcorp Felipe was involved in a number of acquisitions including Welcome Break, The British Printing Company, Whatmoughs Holdings, and Gerresheimer Glass. He also lead the IPO of LeicaGeosystems and Gucci. Since joining Bain Capital, Felipe led the acquisitions Brake Brothers, Woodwards and Cerved. Felipe currently sits on the board of Brake Brothers, Cerved and Dollarama.
, Managing Director, Leverage Finance Capital Markets, JPMorgan
Chris Munro is Managing Director in JPMorgan’s European High Yield Capital Markets business. He joined one of JPMorgan’s predecessors (Chase Manhattan Bank) in 1995 as an analyst in the High Yield Finance group, where he worked on leveraged buyouts and debt financings for Financial Sponsors and Corporate clients. He relocated from New York to London in 1998 to help build the firm’s European High Yield business. In late 2000, he joined JPMorgan’s TMT group where he focused on financing and restructuring advisory for European emerging telecommunications operators. In 2002 he rejoined the High Yield Capital Markets desk at JPMorgan. He has a B.A. from Dartmouth College.
, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Sarah is a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Based in London, she heads up the Freshfields US Corporate practice and is co-head of the Freshfields International Capital Markets Group. She has participated in many high yield and international equity offerings as well as cross border M&A, bond tender and restructuring transactions representing both corporations and investment banks. Prior to joining Freshfields as a partner in 1998, she was at Cravath Swaine & Moore in both New York and London and clerked in the Southern District of New York
Robert Murray, Associate, MezzVest
Robert Murray joined MezzVest in March 2007. At MezzVest Robert is involved in the origination, execution and monitoring of subordinated leverage loans. Prior to joining MezzVest, Robert held positions in London with UBS in the Corporate Finance team specializing in Healthcare. Robert has a BSc in Economics and Economic History from the London School of Economics.
, Partner, Linklaters
Alek is a US partner in our banking group, specialising in high yield and acquisition finance. His experience includes transactions for CGG-Veritas, Eircom, Versatel, Dockwise and Gallery Group. Alek is also actively involved in restructurings, representing existing investors as well as distressed investors in analysing new investments and participating in work-outs and dealer/managers in debt buybacks. He recently acted on the restructurings of Countrywide, Tiscali, Jazztel and Waterford Wedgwood as well as currently acting on two other covenant-lite and high yield restructurings of sponsor-owned companies.
Dr. Michael W. Nimtsch, Chief Financial Officer, IFCO Systems
Dr. Michael W. Nimtsch became Chief Financial Officer of IFCO SYSTEMS N.V. in October 2000 and serves as Member of the Board of Managing Directors. Dr. Nimtsch also became a Managing Director of IFCO SYSTEMS GmbH and IFCO SYSTEMS Management GmbH in September 2000. He is also serving as Managing Director and Supervisory Board member in subsidiaries of the Company. Before joining the Company, Dr. Nimtsch served as Chief Financial Officer of Hagemeyer Deutschland GmbH, an electrical infrastructure materials supplier, and was responsible for finance, purchasing, foreign subsidiaries, retail and human resources. Prior to Hagemeyer Deutschland GmbH, Dr. Nimtsch served as a Tax Advisor and Public Chartered Accountant for Deloitte & Touche and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Stephen Phillips, Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Partner, White & Case LLP
Stephen Phillips advises banks, bondholders and corporate groups on restructuring, corporate and banking matters. In the years prior to the credit crunch Stephen advised on a number of the most significant restructurings in the European market including acting for the bondholders on the restructuring of British Energy plc (designated IFLR’s Restructuring Deal of 2005), the restructuring by a scheme of arrangement of Jazztel plc, a Spanish telecommunications firm, and advising the mezzanine lenders in the successful restructuring of Treofan GmbH and Co KG, a German plastic film manufacturer. Prior to returning to London, Stephen spent five years in Singapore advising on restructurings including advising the steering committee in the restructuring of the bank and bond debt of PT Siemen Cibinong Tbk (IFLR’s Asian Restructuring Deal of the Year 2001). Since the onset of the credit crisis Stephen has acted for Nordic Capital on the restructuring of Thule, the Swedish car rack business, Deutsche Bank in the restructuring of a Swiss fibres business, and a hedge fund, Basis Pac Rim. He advised Sanitec on the restructuring of its debt and he is currently advising steering committees in the restructuring of two banks in Eastern Europe.
Amit Raja, Managing Director. Head of High Yield, Loan and Distressed Trading, Citi
Amit Raja is Head of High Yield, Loan and Distressed trading. He was previously Head of Loan Trading, since 2002, and was responsible for developing the Loan Trading franchise in Europe. Amit has been at Citi for 12 years starting his career in Loan Syndications. Amit has a BSc in Industrial Economics from the University of Warwick.
John Redding, Portfolio Manager, Eaton Vance
John joined Eaton Vance's bank loan group in 1998. In September 2005, he moved to London from the U.S. to establish the firm's European bank loan office. Prior to this, John focused on credit analysis for the Gaming and Movie Theatre industries, asset backed transactions and stressed loan situations (having served on several steering committees for lender syndicates). Before joining Eaton Vance, John worked for Erste Bank and Creditanstalt-Bankverein. He earned his BS degree from the State University of New York at Albany, has been a member of the LMA Board of Directors since January 2007, and currently serves as the LMA’s representative on the LSTA Board.
David Ross, Senior Vice President, Sankaty Advisors
David Ross is Co-Head of the London Office at Sankaty Advisors. Prior to moving to London in August 2005, Mr. Ross had covered Utilities, Healthcare, Retail and Cable. Previously, Mr. Ross worked in Investment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston, focused on M&A and Corporate Finance projects in the Technology sector. Mr. Ross received a BA from Harvard. Mr. Ross covers European junior capital investments and mid-market transactions.
Peter Schwartz, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Peter Schwartz is a partner in Weil Gotshal’s London office. He advises issuers, underwriters and private equity sponsors on high-yield debt offerings and restructurings throughout Europe and the world. He also represents a number of the world’s leading hedge funds in making cross-border structured debt and equity investments and restructurings. Peter’s recent clients include IFCO Systems in its high-yield bond offer which the Wall Street Journal referred to as the first refinancing of a European private equity-backed company in two years; Lion Capital on the PIK loan financing of the first Russian LBO (Nidan Soki); EMI in its tender offer for high yield-bonds; and the underwriters of Akerys’ high-yield bond. Peter is qualified to practise in both New York and England and was a Fulbright Fellow in the Czech Republic prior to practising law.
Frank Sekula, Head of Recapitalisation and Restructuring, Jefferies
Frank Sekula leads Jefferies International Recapitalisation and Restructuring Group which is part of the firm’s global restructuring practice that has restructured over $150 billion of liabilities over the last 5 years. Frank spent nearly 10 years at Barclays Capital in London where he worked on numerous recapitalisation and restructuring transactions including ABB, Waterford Wedgewood, The Big Food Group, M-Real and Fiat. Frank spent one year restructuring Kaupthing’s portfolio of distressed debt and private equity positions as a principal. Successful transactions included Laurel Pub Company, Mosaic Fashions, Arovit Pet Food, Flexlink, Asquith Nurseries, Lornamead and ADP. Frank began his career in New York in restructuring and investment banking rolls with Bankers Trust, CS First Boston and PaineWebber.
Thomas Siebens, Partner, Securities & Corporate Finance, Milbank
Tom Siebens has been a securities and corporate finance partner at Milbank since 1989 and based in the Firm’s London office for over 16 years. Tom specializes in international transactions and advisory matters. Most recently, his focus has been restructurings, special situations and opportunity investing, financings in distressed M&A transactions and liability management initiatives. Historically, his practice has covered a broad range of financings, including IPOs, leveraged buyouts, off-balance sheet transactions, project bonds and offerings of investment grade, high yield and structured products. Tom has extensive experience in emerging markets equity and debt offerings; he was based in Singapore for three years in the mid-1990s.
David Staples, Managing Director, EMEA Corporates, Moody's Investors Service Limited
David Staples is a Managing Director at Moody’s in the EMEA Corporate Finance Group based in London. His specific responsibilities include managing the analytical teams overseeing the ratings of companies in the Telecommunications and Media, Chemicals, Metals and Mining and Oil and Gas sectors. Other responsibilities include managing the corporate analysts based in the Middle East and South Africa, managing Moody’s London based Credit Estimates Team which provides confidential private assessments of unrated leveraged finance and debt issuers incorporated within Structured Finance transactions and coordinating broader leveraged finance and high yield initiatives across the region.David has a Masters degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. (1984) and a Bachelors degree from the University of Cincinnati (1982).
Karim Tabet, Managing Director, Providence Equity Partners
Karim Tabet is a Managing Director of Providence Equity based in the London office. Mr. Tabet is currently a director of Nordic Cable Acquisition Company (Com Hem) and Digital Platform Iletisim Hizmetleri (Digiturk). Prior to joining Providence in 2002, Mr. Tabet was an Associate in the Principal Investment Area at Goldman Sachs. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Mr. Tabet worked in mergers and acquisitions at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Tabet received a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of École Polytechnique.
Brett Tejpaul, Managing Director, Head of European Credit Sales, Barclays Capital
Mr Tejpaul is responsible for the sales teams supporting the Investment Grade Credit, High Yield (bonds, loans, distressed), Securitized Products, Convertible Bond and Financing businesses. Mr. Tejpaul joined Barclays Capital in 2003 after 10 years with JPMorgan. While at JPMorgan, Mr. Tejpaul’s roles included managing the European CDO business, managing the US insurance and pensions derivatives business and other related credit and interest rate derivative activities. Mr. Tejpaul graduated from Boston College's Carroll School of Management with Majors in Finance and Philosophy.
Matthew Tooth, Managing Director, The Blackstone Group
Matthew Tooth is a Managing Director in the Corporate Private Equity group and is based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2003, Mr. Tooth has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Spirit Amber, Southern Cross, Ashbourne, CineUK, UGC, Merlin Entertainments, the LEGOLAND theme parks, Gardaland, The Tussauds Group and Orangina-Schweppes. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Tooth was a Vice President in the European Financial Sponsors Group at CSFB. Mr. Tooth also spent several years in the M&A Group at CSFB. Mr. Tooth received a First Class Honors Degree in Economics from the University of Exeter.
Gleeson Van Riet, Managing Director - Financial Sponsor Group, Credit Suisse
Gleeson Van Riet is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking division, based in London. He is responsible for covering Financial Sponsors and delivering them a broad spectrum of banking products and services including LBO financing, M&A, IPO's, and restructuring. He joined Credit Suisse in November 2000 when the Bank merged with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ). He began his career with DLJ in their Los Angeles office and moved to London in 1999 to help build their European leveraged finance team. Mr. Van Riet holds a B.A. and B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School magna cum laude and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.
Marc Vassanelli, Interim CFO, Equiniti Ltd.
Marc Vassanelli is the Interim CFO for Equiniti Ltd. Prior to joining Equiniti, he was the CFO of the EMEA region for Marsh Inc., part of Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC). Prior to that, Marc was a Director at Kroll Zolfo Cooper focused on restructuring advisory engagements in the financial services industry. Before this he was a Managing Director at Balfour Investors, a buy-side distressed and special situations private equity firm, where he had moved from being President of his own firm providing capital markets and strategic consulting to Fortune 500 companies. He previously was at the Management Consulting practice of Deloitte & Touche. Marc focuses on profitability growth by leading companies through the performance improvement and/or turnaround process as a member of the management team. He also leads them through the analysis, valuation, and purchase / sale of special situations companies. He has worked on both debtor and creditor sides of distressed and special situations companies as an investor and as an advisor. Restructurings that he has worked on have involved between $70 million to more than $5 billion in debt.
Francois Vidal, Executive Director, Moelis
Francois Vidal has 9 years of restructuring experience. Most recently he was Associate Director in Close Brothers’ European Restructuring Group, based in Paris and London. While at Close Brothers Mr. Vidal has advised on both company and creditor side debt restructuring across Europe as well as on complex debt raising processes , including; Monier, Deceuninck, Schefenacker, Nylstar, Acces Industrie, and Nexis Fibers. Prior to being at Close Brothers, Mr. Vidal was a Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Business Recovery Services in Paris, Birmingham and London. Most relevant restructuring transactions included MG Rover, Alstom, Faurecia, and Moulinex.
Taron Wade, Senior Research Analyst, Standard & Poor's
Taron Wade has been with Standard & Poor’s since May 2007 in London as a senior researcher and writer in the Leveraged Finance and Recovery Ratings Group. Previously, she was a financial journalist, writing commentary on the credit markets for breakingviews.com, based in London. Prior to that, she was Loans and Leveraged Finance Editor for EuroWeek. Taron graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Applied Economics and Business Management. For the first five years of her career, she wrote for and edited various capital market newsletters published by Institutional Investor, both in New York and London.
Robert Willoughby, Managing Director, Chairman, Debt Advisory and Restructuring, Credit Suisse
Robert Willoughby is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking Division, based in London. Mr Willoughby is the Chairman of the Debt Advisory and Restructuring Group. Mr Willoughby assumed this position after having been Head of Credit Underwriting and Capital Commitments for EMEA in the Credit Risk Management Division for the nine years from 1999 through 2008. Prior to joining Credit Suisse in 1999, Mr Willoughby held several positions as Managing Director in the High Yield and Credit Risk areas of Bankers Trust Company in London and Chicago. In his 30 years in banking, Mr Willoughby has had extensive experience through several cycles in debt renegotiation and risk decision making for major investment banks both in Europe and the United States. Mr Willoughby received his MBA in Finance from the Kellogg School of Management and his BSJ degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.