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.
Evercore announced that Paul Stefanick will join the firm's Investment Banking business as a Senior Managing Director and a senior leader of the company. He will focus his efforts on advising large, multinational companies across a variety of industries and will join a small group of our most senior advisory bankers to team with other Senior Managing Directors to develop new business and to execute client advisory engagements. Stefanick will join Evercore's Management Committee, Senior Advisory Partner Group and Advisory Partner Promotions Committee. Stefanick has been a trusted advisor to a broad range of clients for nearly three decades. He will join from Deutsche Bank, where he was most recently a Managing Director and Chairman of Global Corporate and Investment Banking. Stefanick has advised on many notable M&A and capital markets transactions for clients such as Danaher, United Technologies, Honeywell, John Deere, IBM, GE, Martin Marietta Materials, Stanley Black & Decker, Raytheon, Colfax, Tyco, Eaton, Ingersoll-Rand, Merck, General Motors, Ford, Ixia, Schneider SA, Atlas Copco, Carlyle and Clayton Dubilier & Rice. His previous roles at Deutsche Bank include Head of Americas Corporate and Investment Banking, Head of Global Investment Banking Coverage and Advisory, and Head of Global Industrials. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank in 2009, Stefanick was Chairman of Global Mergers & Acquisitions at Merrill Lynch & Co., where he spent the first 20 years of his investment banking career. Stefanick holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He sits on Notre Dame's Undergraduate Experience Advisory Council and its Wall Street Leadership Committee. Stefanick is also a member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Business Committee.
ROTH Capital Partners (ROTH) announced that James Antonopoulos has joined the firm as Managing Director, Co-Head of Healthcare Investment Banking. Antonopoulos joins ROTH from Canaccord Genuity where he was a Senior Investment Banker. Antonopoulos has approximately ten years of investment banking experience and has completed over 250 equity, debt and M&A transactions, representing over $10.0 billion in aggregate value. He has advised and raised capital for a wide range of healthcare companies and has served on multiple boards, including MabVax Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. and Bella Financial Investments LLC. Antonopoulos earned his undergraduate degree from Babson College and his Juris Doctorate from Villanova School of Law, where he was on the Villanova Law Review. He will be working at the firm's New York office.
Longford Capital announced that Marc J. Carmel has joined the firm as a Director. He will lead Longford Capital's involvement in the bankruptcy and restructuring sector. Carmel, who previously worked at Kirkland & Ellis and Paul Hastings, will assist with investment sourcing, due diligence and monitoring of portfolio investments. Before joining Longford Capital, Carmel practiced law for 17 years. He led representations in restructurings and bankruptcies involving companies throughout the country in varied industries (including energy, entertainment, health care, manufacturing, mining, real estate, retail, technology and transportation). Carmel has a broad range of experience, including representing his corporate clients in numerous litigation matters in bankruptcy and state and federal courts throughout the country and counseling clients with respect to fiduciary duties of directors and officers, contingency planning, distressed asset acquisitions and all aspects of financial and operational restructurings. Carmel received his law degree from Harvard Law School after receiving Bachelor of Business Administration and Masters of Accounting degrees from the University of Michigan. Carmel is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP announced that Ben Adler has joined the Tel Aviv office as Of Counsel in the firm's Corporate Practice. Adler spent nearly 18 years at Goldman Sachs, most recently serving as Managing Director and General Counsel of the firm's Merchant Banking Division, where he helped manage the provision of legal services to the group's multi-billion private equity business across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Prior to Goldman Sachs, he was a Partner in the Corporate Department at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. The primary focus of Adler's client work is on corporate investments, M&A, and private equity transactions. While based in Tel Aviv, Adler travels extensively to financial centers where Greenberg Traurig maintains offices, and provides guidance and advice to clients on a worldwide basis. He serves business and portfolio companies on these transactional matters and also on corporate governance, financing, and regulatory issues. He also counsels investment committees, and has extensive experience in fund formation and related matters. Adler received his J.D. from Columbia University Law School in 1989 and B.A. from Yeshiva University in 1986.
Houlihan Lokey, Inc. announced that Brad Hafer joined its Strategic Consulting Group as a Director. He is based in New York and focused on the technology, media and telecommunications sector within Strategic Consulting. Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Hafer managed Minuteman Advisory Partners. His previous experience also includes serving as a Principal with A.T. Kearney, working with multi-national companies across multiple industries and holding management positions at several software firms including SupplierMarket.com, Ariba, Synchronicity and MatrixOne. Hafer holds an A.B. in Engineering from Lafayette College and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Greenhill & Co., Inc. announced that George Mack will join the firm as a Managing Director and Co-Head of Financing Advisory & Restructuring for North America, based in New York. Mack was most recently Head of the Global Restructuring and Finance Group at Barclays Capital. He has 18 years of experience advising on the restructuring, purchase, sale and financing of companies in a wide range of industries in all stages of financial distress. He began his career at Lehman Brothers, where he worked until its acquisition by Barclays.
Mackinac Partners announced the promotion of business intelligence and security expert Kevin M. Cronin to Senior Managing Director and the addition of highly accomplished corporate growth, restructuring and legal executive Howard S. Lanznar as Senior Advisor. Cronin, a highly credentialed investigative and intelligence professional has over 24 years of experience across public and private sectors, including serving with distinction as a Special Agent with the US Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General. Cronin held a U.S. Top Secret Clearance while serving as a Special Agent. Cronin also spent time in law enforcement as a Police Sergeant with a local law enforcement agency and was President of a Michigan based security consulting firm. Howard S. Lanznar, who has served as a C-level corporate executive and senior legal counselor across firms that include Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Diamond Resorts International and Fruit of the Loom Inc., brings 40 years of growth, strategy, M&A, restructuring and legal advisory experience to the firm. He has led transactional growth, legal, compliance, risk management and security related functions for companies and clients on a global level and he was a key member of the Diamond Resorts International senior team that generated dramatic growth of revenues and EBITDA leading to the sale of that company in 2016. Lanznar also has significant experience working with distressed businesses, their owners, directors, creditors and advisors in turnarounds, restructurings/re-capitalizations, and asset sale scenarios. Lanznar, who has received strong industry recognition including Chambers USA's America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2009-2016) and The Best Lawyers in America (2010-2017), has served as an attorney for constituencies in transactions local and global, facilitating deals in both strategic M&A and turnaround scenarios that have driven increased stakeholder value.
Ankura Consulting (Ankura) announced the appointment of Ryan M. Roy as a Managing Director. Based in the New York office, Roy will practice with the firm's Turnaround & Restructuring group. Ryan Roy joins Ankura with more than 15 years' experience in the global financial industry, where he focused on restructuring, turnaround and special situations, as well as structured products. He has held active roles across multiple creditor classes as a principal, leading and participating in bankruptcies and out-of-court restructurings related to a broad range of industries, including energy, industrials, retail, telecom and financial services. Additionally, his professional experience in turnaround includes board-level participation at reorganized companies across several industries where, active as a Principal, he developed and implemented strategies that maximized value for stakeholders. Before joining Ankura, Roy spent over nine years with Barclays Bank PLC, where he held leadership roles in both the Credit Restructuring and Advisory/Special Situations and the Global Financial Risk Management - Structured/Complex Products groups. As a Director in the Credit Restructuring and Advisory/Special Situations group, he managed over $1 billion of distressed and special situation principal positions, including several US-based oil and gas exploration and production companies, a multibillion-dollar international bankruptcy where Barclays was the chair of the official committee of unsecured creditors, and a £400 mm portfolio of loans to middle market European corporates. Roy was also involved in the development and execution of strategies for the purpose of optimizing and protecting Barclays balance sheet while managing related sales processes.
Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) has announced that business development leader Candus Hinderer has joined the firm's Disputes and Investigations practice. Based in Houston, she will serve as Senior Director and head the practice's global relationship development program, leading strategic initiatives around business development, account management and go-to-market programs. Hinderer is a C.P.A. who brings more than 20 years of experience in professional services and corporate environments. Her background includes serving in corporate finance leadership roles as well as leading sales teams and driving executive-level relationship development. Prior to joining A&M, Hinderer was a Partner with a boutique accounting and compliance consulting firm, where she was responsible for leading and managing business development, operations and consulting functions. Hinderer earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, summa cum laude, from Texas State University. She is a member of the Texas Society of CPAs as well as the Women's Energy Network. Separately, A&M also announced the addition of seasoned retail transformation leader, Kristin Kohler Burrows, who joins as a Senior Director in its Private Equity Performance Improvement practice in New York. Burrows brings more than 20 years of experience leading athletic and fashion brands across wholesale, eCommerce and retail, including GH Bass, Keds, Converse, Fila and the Camuto Group. With a proven track record as a change agent, she has spent her career transforming and turning around businesses to deliver growth and earnings improvement in difficult environments. Prior to A&M, Burrows was the C.E.O. of the largest brick and mortar women's consignment retailer. Burrows earned an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, a Master's Degree in Marketing Communications from Boston University and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Vermont in Political Science.