Lazard Ltd announced that Jerry Wiant has joined the firm as a Managing Director in Financial Advisory, enhancing coverage of depository institutions. Based in New York, he will work closely with Gary Howe, head of Lazard's Financial Institutions Group, North America. Wiant was previously Co-Head of the RBC Capital Markets U.S. Financial Institutions Group and was a Managing Director and Co-Head of the RBC Capital Markets U.S. Financial Institution Group since 2009. Previously, he served 12 years collectively in Financial Institutions Groups at Citigroup and Lehman Brothers. He began his professional career in 1989 as a CPA with Deloitte & Touche.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP announced the additions of Sunna Choi (Los Angeles, CA) and Kyle K. Fox (Austin, TX), both as Shareholders. Of most interest to restructuring professionals, Choi will concentrate her practice on corporate financing and related matters, including private equity-related corporate finance transactions, secured and unsecured syndicated financings, private placements of debt, distressed debt investments, restructuring transactions, venture capital financings, and cross-border financings. Choi represents borrowers, private equity sponsors, agents, and institutional lenders and holders of senior and subordinated debt. Choi received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. She has an Executive MBA from University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and earned her B.A. in Sociology from Yonsei University. Choi joins Greenberg Traurig from O'Melveny & Myers LLP, where she served as Counsel in the Corporate Finance Group.
The National Bar Association (NBA), the nation's oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges, inducted Juan R. Thomas, Esq. as the organization's 75th President. Thomas, Of Counsel to the Chicago law firm of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. and Founder and Principal of The Thomas Law Group was sworn in at the organization's 92nd Annual Convention in Toronto. Thomas, who has served the organization as national Vice-President and Secretary respectively, succeeds Kevin Judd as President. Thomas has also been instrumental in the re-launch of the National Bar Association Political Action Committee (NBAPAC). Prior to founding The Thomas Law Group in 2003, he served as the legislative liaison for Citizen Action Illinois, where he advocated on behalf of consumer rights before the Illinois General Assembly. Thomas also served as Labor Counsel to Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White, providing legal advice on labor and employment and collective bargaining issues for the Office's approximately 4,000 employees. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Morehouse in 1992, and after graduation served as President of Morehouse's Chicago Area Alumni Association. He received his Juris Doctor and Master in Educational Policy degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.
Ernst & Young LLP announced the promotion of Tracy Fisher to an Executive Director position in its Portland, OR office. She was promoted to Executive Director from Senior Manager. Fisher is part of the EY Tax practice and has more than 15 years of experience working with multinational corporations on a wide variety of international tax issues, including structuring foreign operations, earnings repatriation, cross-border financing, foreign tax credit planning and mergers and acquisitions. Fisher received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and her Master of Accountancy degree from the University of Oregon. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in Oregon and California and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Cristina M. Lipan joined Shipkevich PLLC's New York office as a Partner of the Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice group. Lipan is an experienced bankruptcy attorney in the State of New York, having represented a variety clients and advising in high profile cases. She is experienced in creditors' rights representing clients in commercial bankruptcy and reorganization litigation. For years, Lipan has represented both secured and unsecured creditors in various aspects of commercial bankruptcy and reorganization litigation cases, including preference and fraudulent transfer litigation, claims litigation matters and property of the estate matters. She has advised clients involved in a variety of sectors including hospitality, transportation, technology, consumer goods, media and financial services. Lipan is a New York native, earning her B.A. from CUNY Hunter College in economics and her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law.
Blank Rome LLP announced that Christopher A. Manion has rejoined the firm's Philadelphia, PA office as an Associate in the Finance, Restructuring and Bankruptcy group. Manion comes to Blank Rome from Flagship Credit Acceptance LLC, where he served as Senior Counsel. He concentrates his practice in the area of commercial finance, with an emphasis on secured lending transactions. Manion's experience stretches across a wide range of domestic and cross-border transactions, including acquisition and leveraged buyout financings, warehouse credit facilities, asset-based loans, cash flow loans, distressed loan workouts and Article 9 sales. He also counsels clients on asset securitizations. Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New York, Manion earned his J.D. from St. John's University School of Law, where he was a staff member of the St. John's Law Review. He received his B.A. in History with distinction from Penn State University.
Caissa Capital, LLC announced that it has hired Jerry F. Coffey as Managing Director and Executive Vice President. Coffey, formerly General Counsel at Entegra Power Group, has over 30 years as a lawyer in the energy business, much of it working in the merchant energy environment. While at Entegra, Coffey helped lead the company in its initial formation, taking its project companies through a pre-arranged Chapter 11 reorganization. Entegra also successfully negotiated through a subsequent reorganization in 2014. His experience includes negotiating refinancing arrangements amid complex debt and ownership structures. He has also held senior legal positions at NRG Energy, FPL Energy and Aquila Energy. Coffey will lead the firm's energy engagements as well as provide additional expertise in other industry sectors.
Jeremy R. Halford, a veteran of the international banking and insolvency industries, has joined Tiger Group as Managing Director of the asset valuation, advisory and disposition services firm's Commercial & Industrial Division. Halford comes to Tiger with over 20 years of experience in restructuring, distressed debt investment and executive leadership within the banking industry, working on creative solutions for large liquid and illiquid companies in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Over the course of his career, Halford was intimately involved in several major restructurings, including Kaiser Aluminum, GST Telecommunications, Japan Airlines and Gate Gourmet. From his base in Tiger Group's Los Angeles, CA offices, Halford will be responsible for the execution of Tiger Group's commercial and industrial dispositions, including orderly sales, public auctions and sealed bid offerings of machinery, equipment, inventory and real property. Halford will also oversee the group's day-to-day operations and work hand-in-hand with Executive Managing Director Jeff Tanenbaum in charting the Commercial & Industrial Division's strategic direction and growth. Halford comes to Tiger Group from Union Bank Corporation, where he served as V.P., Strategy and Capital Management. Earlier, he was a London- based special situations and distressed debt investor. During his years there, Halford managed investments as a Principal and Officer of the Investment Committee at European hedge fund Agilo Ltd. and previously served as a Co-Founding Member of the Special Situations Team at Arrowgrass/Deutsche Bank AG., a European multi-strategy hedge fund. He began his career at Houlihan Lokey's Financial Restructuring Group, providing complex investment banking advisory services to both debtors and creditors. A resident of Los Angeles, Halford earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) announced that Chuck Lowrey will re-join the firm as a Managing Director in the Private Equity Performance Improvement practice in Houston, TX. Lowrey, a noted energy industry expert, was a founding member of A&M's Private Equity Performance Improvement practice in 2009. Lowrey brings 30 years of experience providing leadership to companies seeking a range of transformation services, from merger integration to liquidity and cash management. He serves private equity clients globally across a spectrum of industries including the upstream, midstream and energy services as well as the manufacturing and environmental sectors. Previously, Lowrey was a Managing Director at BearingPoint, and prior to that, a Partner with the Business Consulting practice of Arthur Anderson in Houston. Lowrey earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Houston Baptist University and an M.B.A. from the University of Houston.
Bryan Cave announced its deep sadness over the sudden passing of Partner Mark Stingley. Stingley joined Bryan Cave in 1995 as a Partner in the Kansas City office and has been the global head of Bryan Cave's Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors' Rights Client Service Group for several years. Deeply involved with advancing bankruptcy law at the local and national level, Stingley had a distinguished career as a bankruptcy attorney and was a proud Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He was Co-Chairman of the American College of Bankruptcy's Eighth Circuit Fellows Education Committee and a member of the Eighth Circuit Admission Council. Mark served as the Education Director for the Secured Creditors Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and was a member of the organization's National Board of Directors. He served on ABI's Executive Committee and was elected National Vice President of membership for ABI during the group's 35th Annual Spring Meeting in April. Stingley was an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law from 2007 to 2016, where he taught a course titled Debtor-Creditor Relations. He contributed to chapters in two Thomson West books, Strategic Alternatives for Distressed Businesses and Commercial Bankruptcy Litigation, and was Co-Editor of an ABI book on secured credit. Stingley was on the Board of the Turnaround Management Association, Missouri affiliate, from 2005-2015. He was one of 130 professionals, academics and judges appointed nationally to one of the ten advisory committees reporting to the ABI's Chapter 11 Reform Commission. Stingley also served annually as Co-Moderator of the ABI Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute from 1992 to 2014 and as an emeritus member of its planning committee. He also served on the drafting committee that wrote the newly implemented Missouri Commercial Receivership statute. Shortly after his passing, it was announced by Best Lawyers that Stingley had been named the 2018 Litigation-Bankruptcy "Lawyer of the Year" in Kansas City, MO. More importantly, Stingley was a kind and thoughtful leader, both inside and outside the firm. His warm, upbeat personality and willingness to help others left a lasting impression on all those he touched in his accomplished career. Stingley is survived by his wife, Cyndi, and children Jeffrey, Erin and Kyle.
Grant Lyon, Craig Hansen and Peter Kaufman announced that they have partnered to form Caissa Capital, LLC (Caissa), a venture aimed at providing, in one entity, senior-level workout, financial restructuring and legal services. Caissa will target large, complex capital stack situations in international markets in both sovereign and corporate debt matters. While prepared to represent all levels of the capital structure in any given situation, Caissa will aim primarily to serve clients with junior debt and/or equity investments in international markets. Caissa is currently in discussions to take over management of foreign private equity and hedge fund distressed portfolios, with a goal of maximizing value. Lyon, formerly a Managing Director at Ernst & Young Corporate Finance and Krys Global USA, was most recently the primary financial advisor to the Bahamian government in the successful restructuring of the Baha Mar resort, which involved more than US$4 billion of debt. Hansen, formerly a Senior Partner in the restructuring group of the international law firm of Squire Patton Boggs, has over the last 35 years played an active role in restructuring more than US$50 billion in debt. Hansen is also an internationally known restructuring attorney and a long-time Fellow in the prestigious American College of Bankruptcy. Kaufman remains President and Head of Restructuring and Distressed M&A, at Gordian Group, LLC.
Imperial Capital Group, LLC (Imperial Capital) announced the expansion of its Institutional Research and Investment Banking presence across the energy sector with the addition of seven seasoned professionals, formerly of Wunderlich Securities, Inc. Joining the Investment Banking Energy Team based in Houston, TX are Kevin Andrews (Managing Director, Head of Energy Investment Banking), Daniel DeSnyder (Managing Director), Lenny Bianco (Senior Vice President) and Chris Lang (Vice President). Also based in Houston, the research team will include senior energy analysts, Jason Wangler and Irene Haas, as well as Jiuying "Claire" Ye as an Associate. Kevin Andrews joins Imperial Capital as a Managing Director and Head of Energy in the Investment Banking Group. With more than 20 years of energy sector experience through investment banking, industry and public accounting, Andrews served as a Managing Director and Head of Energy with Wunderlich for the previous five years. Prior to Wunderlich, Andrews was a Managing Director for Pritchard Capital Partners, LLC and Morgan Keegan & Co., Inc. Preceding Morgan Keegan, Andrews served as C.F.O. of Denali Inc., a provider of fluid handling products and as a Corporate Development and Financial Manager for Moorco International, Inc. and EnviroTech, a subsidiary of Baker Hughes. Andrews earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and a MBA from The University of Tulsa. Daniel DeSnyder joins Imperial Capital as a Managing Director with 20 years of experience in investment banking, the oil and gas industry and policymaking. Prior to joining Imperial, DeSnyder served as a Director for Wunderlich. He started his career as an advisor to the Clinton and W. Bush administrations, where he received awards for his work related to Persian Gulf and Central Asian energy policy. Later, he held a variety of increasingly senior positions at Shell Oil Company, including roles managing teams both onshore and offshore. His banking experience includes capital markets and advisory work at Harrision Lovegrove, Standard Chartered Bank and GMP Securities, where he led the A&D team. He holds Petroleum Engineering and Economics degrees from the Colorado School of Mines and an undergraduate degree from Williams College. Lenny Bianco joins Imperial Capital as a S.V.P. with more than 10 years of engineering and finance experience, primarily focused on the energy sector. Most recently, Bianco served as a V.P. in the energy investment banking department for Wunderlich. In addition, Bianco was a senior equity research associate at Raymond James & Associates and an equity research associate at Pritchard Capital Partners. Prior to embarking on his career in finance, he was a civil/structural engineer focused on the downstream sector of the energy industry and industrial/commercial building design. Bianco holds a bachelor's of science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a MBA from the University of Houston. During his time at the University of Houston, he was an Analyst and Senior Portfolio Manager at the Cougar Investment Fund. Chris Lang joins Imperial Capital's Investment Banking Group as a V.P. Before Imperial, Lang was an Associate at Wunderlich, where he advised on a wide range of transactions including debt financings, M&A and equity capital raises while also serving as an engineer in the A&D group. Prior to Wunderlich, Lang was a Senior Associate at Grant Thornton in both the Transaction Services and Corporate Advisory and Restructuring groups, where he focused on the energy and manufacturing industries. Lang has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and holds a master of business administration from Baylor University. Jason Wangler joins Imperial Capital's Institutional Research Group as a Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst with over ten years of research experience in the Exploration and Production (E&P) and Oilfield Services (OFS) sectors. Most recently, Wangler served as a Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst with Wunderlich, covering the E&P and OFS sectors of the energy space. Prior to this, Wangler worked on the research teams of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey and Dahlman Rose & Company, as well as Netherland, Sewell, & Associates, Inc. as a Petroleum Analyst. Wangler was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as a "Best on the Street" Analyst in 2010 and has been a guest commentator on CNBC. Wangler has a BS degree in Finance from the University of Nevada and a MS in Finance from the Bauer School of Business at the University of Houston. Irene Haas joins Imperial Capital as a Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst. With over 19 years of experience as a Senior Research Analyst in the Oil and Gas Exploration & Production sector, Haas most recently served as a Managing Director for Wunderlich. Haas also served as a Managing Director with Canaccord Genuity and founded the company's Energy Team in Houston in 2006. Additionally, Haas spent eight years covering E&P names at Sanders Morris Harris after a stint at Morgan Stanley. Prior to her career on the sell side, she worked as an Exploration Geophysicist at ExxonMobil for 13 years, prospecting for oil and gas in Offshore Alaska, Offshore Gulf of Mexico, Central and North Africa and Central America. Haas has a BA in Geology from Rice University, a MS in Marine Geophysics from the University of Delaware and a MBA from Rice University. Claire Ye will join Imperial Capital as an Associate in the research team supporting the Senior Research Analysts and covering the energy sector. Prior to Imperial, Ye was an Equity Research Associate with Wunderlich Securities with a focus on the E&P sectors of the energy space. Preceding Wunderlich, she served as an Analyst covering the oil & gas markets for Greenwing Petroleum LLC. Ye completed internships as an Equity Analyst with Tightline Capital LLC and Hancock Horizon Fund, as well an investment banking internship with Global Hunter Securities LLC. After earning her BA in Economics from Central University of Finance and Economics in Bejing, Ye relocated to New Orleans where she received a Master of Management in Energy from Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business.
The M&A Advisor recognized Mike Hill of JND Corporate Restructuring, a division of JND Legal Administration, among the recently-announced winners of its 8th annual Emerging Leaders Awards. As Vice President at JND Corporate Restructuring, Hill oversees the company's corporate restructuring consulting services and supports the company's strategic growth initiatives. Prior to his career in corporate restructuring administration, Hill was Operations Manager for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Central District of California. He earned the United States Bankruptcy Court Distinguished Service Award for his work in 2011 and 2012.
Stradley Ronon announced that it has continued the growth of its New York office with the hiring of respected bankruptcy and commercial litigation attorney Deborah A. Reperowitz. Reperowitz joins Stradley Ronon as Co-Chair of the firm's Bankruptcy, Workouts & Creditors' Rights Group. Reperowitz, who previously was a Partner at Reed Smith and Troutman Sanders, has robust experience as in-house and outside counsel. She represents clients in all aspects of restructuring and bankruptcy matters and in commercial litigation. She has represented companies in a wide range of industries, including financial services, insurance, real estate, telecommunications, airline and manufacturing. Reperowitz also is listed on the register of mediators maintained by the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York and was selected to serve as a mediator in the Dewey & LeBoeuf bankruptcy as well as the Madoff liquidations. Reperowitz served as S.V.P. and Chief Litigation Counsel at CIT Group Inc. While at CIT Group, she established and chaired the company's litigation and government investigations legal team and managed nearly all of CIT Group's litigation and pre-litigation matters. Following her tenure at CIT Group, Reperowitz served as General Counsel of Fairholme Capital Management, an investment adviser that had approximately $20 billion under management.
FTI Consulting, Inc. announced that it has acquired CDG Group, a restructuring advisory, turnaround management, value enhancement and transaction advisory firm in New York. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. As part of the transaction, 19 professionals, including five Senior Managing Directors, will join the Turnaround & Restructuring practice within the Company's Corporate Finance & Restructuring segment in the New York Metro region. The group, led by Robert Del Genio, brings expertise that covers the entire corporate lifecycle, allowing them to provide practical solutions to businesses and their stakeholders across a wide range of industries and situations. Del Genio joins FTI Consulting as a Senior Managing Director and will be the Co-Leader of the New York Metro region of the Corporate Finance & Restructuring segment alongside Senior Managing Director Steven Simms. With more than 30 years of experience, Del Genio is a recognized leader in the field of restructuring and mergers and acquisitions. He has advised companies, lenders, creditors, corporate boards and private equity sponsors across a diverse range of industries both domestically and internationally. Del Genio has assisted clients on corporate restructurings and recapitalizations, designed and evaluated financing packages and presentations for various types of lenders and equity investors, and acted as a financial advisor to boards of directors and principal shareholders in the purchase or sale of numerous businesses.