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    Anthony Facciano Joins Bankruptcy Management Solutions as Director

    Bankruptcy Management Solutions, Inc. (BMS), a case- administration software and depository-services provider serving the corporate restructuring and bankruptcy industries, has announced that Anthony Facciano is joining the company as a director and will be responsible for managing BMS relationships with bankruptcy trustees and other fiduciaries. Facciano joins BMS from Epiq Systems Inc where he served as director of trustee and fiduciary services and was charged with market share growth.

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    O’Melveny Hires Trio of Restructuring Lawyers

    O’Melveny has added three lawyers, Nancy A. Mitchell, Maria J. DiConza, and Matthew Hinker, to its Restructuring Practice Group, based in New York. The trio join from the New York office of Greenberg Traurig; Mitchell and DiConza will join as partners and Hinker will join as of counsel. Mitchell had served as co-chair of Greenberg Traurig's Global Restructuring & Bankruptcy practice and a co-managing shareholder for its New York office. Earlier, she served as Executive Director of CIBC World Markets Corp.'s restructuring/leveraged finance team. DiConza was a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig. All three lawyers advised on restructuring the debt of Puerto Rico's electricity and water utilities and will be very familiar to O'Melveny which continues to advise the Government of Puerto Rico in all aspects of the restructuring of its more than US$120 billion in debt obligations. Commenting on the hires, which follow the recent departure of then Global Restructuring Practice (GRP) co-Chair George Davis for Latham & Watkins, John Rapisardi, current Chair of the ten-partner GRP team noted, "We have known Nancy, Maria, and Matt for many years, and we have been deeply impressed by their exceptional work." Mitchell, DiConza and Hinker are scheduled to join O’Melveny in the first half of July.

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    Epiq Acquires Garden City Group

    Epiq, a leader in the legal services industry, has announced its acquisition of the Garden City Group (GCG) from Crawford & Company (NYSE: CRD-A and CRD-B). GCG provides legal administration services for class action, bankruptcy, mass tort, regulatory matters, and legal notice programs. According to an 8-K filed by Crawford with the SEC, Epiq and a subsidiary (Epiq Canada) collectively paid about $42 million for the GCG business. The transaction closed on June 15. Commenting on the transaction, Harsha Agadi, president and CEO of Crawford noted, “This is an important transaction for Crawford that allows us to further concentrate our attention and resources on high-growth business segments where we have established leadership. Just as importantly, we have found a great home for our legal administrative services business.” In a statement to clients, Epiq, which will continue to provide ancillary support services to Crawford in support of Crawford’s claims operations, noted, “The process for integrating our two operations will take time, and we are going about this process in a careful way to ensure that our high levels or service remain our top priority. Another area we will approach carefully and with intent is our brand strategy. We will unify the two brands under Epiq in the fourth quarter of 2018.” The combined group will offer its clients two state of the art full-service mail, print and contact centers in Beaverton, Oregon, and Dublin, Ohio, two additional print and mail centers in New York, New York and Seattle, Washington, and two additional call centers in Phoenix, Arizona, and Tampa, Florida, for a combined total of 1,600 call center seats.

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    Fitch Group Agrees to Acquire Fulcrum Financial Data

    On May 31, 2018, Fitch Group, a unit of Hearst, agreed to acquire Fulcrum Financial Data (“Fulcrum”), a provider of leveraged finance and distressed debt analysis, news and data, from Leeds Equity Partners. Upon completion of the acquisition, Fulcrum, whose financial news brands include Covenant Review, LevFin Insights, CapitalStructure and PacerMonitor, will become part of the group’s Fitch Solutions division and will be led by current Fulcrum CEO Steve Miller. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed and closing is subject to regulatory approval.

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    Fox Rothschild Grows in Chicago and Wilmington Through Merger with Shaw Fishman

    On May 30, 2018, Philadelphia-based Fox Rothschild announced a merger, effective June 11, with Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin a 23-attorney, Chicago-based firm with practices in bankruptcy, restructuring, commercial litigation and real estate. The merger will see Fox’s Chicago presence grow to over 40 attorneys and continues the firm’s efforts to grow its national footprint. Other recent steps include moves into the Minneapolis market via a 2016 merger with 80-attorney Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly and the Seattle market in 2017 via a merger with 39-attorney Riddell Williams. Commenting on the merger, Mark L. Silow, Chair of Fox Rothschild, commented, “this merger will boost our litigation and real estate capabilities and add a deep bench of bankruptcy lawyers to bolster our national practice in that arena. Shaw Fishman also has two attorneys in Wilmington who will add strength to our Delaware litigation and bankruptcy practices.”

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    Norton Named Wells Fargo Chief Risk Officer

    Wells Fargo has announced that Amanda "Mandy" Norton will join the company this summer as its new chief risk officer. Norton, a 29-year financial services veteran, has served in a number of senior risk executive roles, most recently as chief risk officer of consumer and community banking at JPMorgan Chase. She will be based in the Company's San Francisco offices. As Wells Fargo's chief risk officer, Norton will oversee all aspects of the company's independent corporate risk function and risk oversight activities, including credit risk, market risk, operational risk, compliance, information security risk and conduct risk. She will report directly to Timothy J. Sloan, Wells Fargo's president and chief executive officer and to the risk committee of the company's board of directors. She will also serve as a member of the company's operating committee and as an executive officer. Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Sloan added "[Ms. Norton] has significant credit and operational experience, has spent time overseeing both wholesale and institutional risk, and has extensive consumer experience. Her track record leading complex risk management environments at large financial institutions will serve all our stakeholders well."

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    Alvarez & Marsal GTA Established

    Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) announced the formal establishment of its A&M Global Transaction Analytics (GTA) service offering. Led globally by Steven Lee, an A&M Managing Director with the Global Transaction Advisory Group, GTA will focus on the development, application and implementation of data analytics to enhance clients' buy-side and sell-side transactions and capital markets activity. In response to growing market demand for more business insights embedded in the due diligence process, A&M's Global Transaction Advisory Group is investing heavily in advanced technology and resources world-wide. A&M's GTA investments will include bolstering the firm’s data analytics "Center of Excellence" team in Mumbai and adding resources throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, India and Asia. Lee has over 15 years of experience advising clients to uncover insights by analyzing and leveraging financial and operational business data. He counsels private equity firms and other strategic buyers and sellers on applying data analytics and metric transparency to inform investment decision making and performance improvements. Additionally, having lived and worked in London for six years, Lee has significant international experience working across a wide variety of industries throughout the world. Prior to his current role with A&M's Global Transaction Advisory Group, Lee worked in the firm’s Global Disputes and Investigations practice where he led the Applied Data Analytics service offering advising clients with investigative analytics, regulatory compliance and data risk management. Previously, he established capabilities at several mid to large size corporations and at a Big Four accounting firm where he performed investigative data analytics in the context of fraud, risk management and regulatory compliance.

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    Gordon Brothers Head of Operations Announced

    Gordon Brothers announced that Ken Bloore has joined the company as Managing Director and Head of Operations within the firm’s valuations practice. Bloore has over 20 years of operating experience in the appraisal industry with Great American Group and Expert Valuations. Bloore will join Practice Group Leaders, Cameron Cook, Managing Director, Business Valuations; Wendy Eng, Managing Director, Consumer Product Valuations; Becky Goldfarb, Managing Director, Retail Valuations; Alex Sutton, Managing Director, Industrial Valuations and Richard Wilichowski, Managing Director, Machinery & Equipment Valuations, alongside Frank Grimaldi, Senior Managing Director, North American Sales, to lead operations within the group.

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    Alvarez & Marsal Taxand Appointments Announced

    Alvarez & Marsal Taxand, LLC (A&M Taxand) announced three senior appointments. Marvin Rust has joined the firm as Managing Director and Head of Taxand Europe and Louise Jenkins and Andrew Ponting as Senior Directors. The appointments demonstrate A&M Taxand's commitment to growing its UK presence and expanding its range of services to clients amidst an industry landscape that is shifting in response to regulatory changes. Rust will be based in the UK and will work alongside A&M's senior leaders in tax advisory. He brings more than 20 years' experience in the hospitality transaction sector and is recognized for his work with owners, operators and lenders. Rust has in-depth expertise advising clients on tax authority audits, comprehensive transfer pricing studies supporting complex transactions and Advance Pricing Agreements. Jenkins will lead A&M's compensation and benefits offer, including advising clients on the design and implementation of equity and cash-based incentive plans for senior employees. She has extensive experience in the UK and internationally. Ponting specializes in global mergers and acquisitions, as well as private equity tax matters. Prior to joining A&M, Rust was Head of European Tax Services group at FTI Consulting and a Partner at Deloitte. For over ten years he has been named as one of the world's leading transfer pricing advisers in a survey conducted by the Legal Media Group. Jenkins has nearly 20 years' experience advising clients on compensation matters at firms including FTI Consulting, KPMG and EY. Ponting has 20 years' experience in corporate tax advisory spanning over 90 separate transactions at FTI Consulting, Deloitte and PwC.

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    Sidley Austin Partners Added

    Sidley Austin LLP announced that Michael Schiavone, Daniel O'Shea and David Ni have joined the firm's New York office as Partners in the Capital Markets practice. The group joins from O'Melveny & Myers LLP where Schiavone chaired the Capital Markets practice. Schiavone and Ni's appointments are of most interest to restructuring professionals. Schiavone is a notable practitioner with extensive experience on Wall Street and a deep understanding of convertible securities. He focuses on bank-side capital markets representations, primarily representing underwriters in top-tier transactions. He represents underwriters and issuers in a wide variety of equity, debt and convertible securities offerings and has advised clients in acquisition finance, debt restructuring and liability management transactions. Ni represents clients in a variety of offerings, including primary and secondary equity, convertible notes, investment-grade and high-yield debt, and hybrid securities. He has a thorough understanding in acquisition and leveraged finance, debt restructuring, liability management transactions and remarketings.

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    HYPERAMS C.F.O., Other Additions Announced

    HYPERAMS, LLC announced that Robert Pabst has joined the firm as C.F.O.; and HYPERAMS also welcomes financial analyst, Dustin Miller, and equipment appraiser, Cherie Henry. Pabst joins the team with many years of finance and accounting experience, including as Assistant Controller for TPG portfolio company Enlivant Senior Living and as a Manager at KPMG. In his new role at HYPERAMS, Pabst will focus on supporting each of the business lines as the company continues to build a respected brand, as well as ensuring that HYPERAMS has the resources to capitalize on strategic growth opportunities. Pabst is the ideal addition to the company for the newly-formed C.F.O. position. In his role as Assistant Controller at Enlivant, he played an integral role in the reorganization of the accounting department, design and implementation of internal controls and eventually increased the department headcount by more than two-fold as the company grew via acquisition. In addition, Pabst gained extensive experience managing the financial statement audits of large private equity real estate investment funds and real estate investment trusts at KPMG, where he worked with many of KPMG's largest real estate clients. In addition, HYPERAMS recently hired Miller and Henry to support the company's appraisal division. Both bring years of analytical experience as well as strong teamwork and communication skills to the division.

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    BakerHostetler Partner Added

    BakerHostetler announced the addition of Christopher Carolan as a Partner to the firm's debt finance, private equity and venture capital practices. Carolan, based in New York, comes to the firm from Seyfarth Shaw LLP. An experienced practitioner who was previously an Assistant General Counsel at BNP Paribas in New York, Carolan regularly works with clients on a wide variety of financing transactions. On the lending side, he represents financial institutions, funds and alternative lenders as arrangers, agents and lenders. He also represents borrowers, including publicly traded companies, REITs, private companies and portfolio companies of sponsors. Carolan has handled asset-based loans; leveraged buy-outs, dividend re-caps, real estate loans, convertible note offerings and bridge loans; and counsels clients on intercreditor relationships. Carolan also has significant experience with the resolution of troubled loans, through in-court and out-of-court restructurings of distressed borrowers, including the provision of debtor-in-possession financing, cash collateral arrangements and liquidations of collateral. Carolan's practice also extends to private equity and venture capital. Carolan earned a B.A. and M.A. from Fordham University, and his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was the Notes Development Editor for NYU Law Review. He serves as a member of the national Board of the Human Rights Campaign and has occasionally acted as HRC's pro bono counsel.

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    AlixPartners Managing Director Added

    AlixPartners announced that retail pricing and promotions expert Matthew Hamory has joined the firm's growing retail practice as a Managing Director. He will work from AlixPartners' Boston, MA office. Hamory joins AlixPartners from professional-services firm KPMG US LLP, where he was a Principal and Co-Leader of that organization's consumer and retail strategy practice. In all, he has more than 19 years of experience in retail and consumer consulting, specializing in crafting transformational pricing, promotions and other value-strategy programs for his clients, including unlocking the power of customer analytics and market data. At AlixPartners, his focus will include further expanding the firm's expertise in retail pricing and promotions, as well its expertise across the grocery, club-store and pharmacy sectors. Prior to KPMG, Matthew a Partner at consultancy Oliver Wyman and Co-Leader of the North American retail practice of that firm. Hamory holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and is the author of several perspectives and white papers.

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    Hogan Lovells Partners, Co-Head Added

    Hogan Lovells announced that bankruptcy lawyers Richard Wynne, Bennett Spiegel, and Erin Brady have joined the firm's Business Restructuring and Insolvency (BRI) practice as Partners in Los Angeles, CA. Additionally, Wynne will serve as Co-Head of the U.S. BRI practice. All three are recognized leaders in their practice, with significant experience advising debtors, creditors, creditors' committees, bondholders, trustees and buyers across a wide range of industries. They frequently handle complex restructuring matters, Chapter 11 cases, and out-of-court workouts in jurisdictions across the nation. Practicing together for over 15 years, the three have had leading roles in many of the largest and most complex Chapter 11 restructuring cases. Nationally recognized for successful results in many complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and out-of-court workouts, Wynne focuses on solving clients' most challenging problems by designing and implementing negotiations, litigation strategy and as lead trial counsel in a wide range of industries. Wynne has been recognized for his strength in consensus-building skills, valuation litigation and trials, winning praise in Chambers as a "fantastic" lawyer who is a "tenacious and savvy negotiator" and "does exceptionally well in court." Wynne, who is an amateur car racer, earned his J.D. from Columbia University and his B.A. from Indiana University. Spiegel has represented debtors, creditors, creditors' committees, trustees and buyers in corporate restructurings and bankruptcies for more than three decades. Spiegel earned a J.D. and M.B.A. from Yale University and his B.A. from Rutgers College. Brady focuses her practice on the representation of debtors, creditors' committees, trustees, individual creditors and others in high-stakes bankruptcy litigation and corporate restructurings. Throughout her career, Brady has successfully helped clients resolve the legal turmoil surrounding corporate restructurings and liquidations and been recognized as one of Law 360's Rising Stars and Global Restructuring Review's "Top 40 Under 40" for her work. Brady earned her J.D. from Pepperdine University and her B.A. from Cardinal Stritch University.

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    Omni Management Purchase Announced

    Omni Management announced that existing management, Marc Beilinson and affiliates of the Beilinson Advisory Group have purchased Omni Management Group from Rust Consulting. The new company, to be known as Omni Management Group, will provide enhanced services to restructuring professionals with personal and professional consulting services, new information management tools to ease case administration and refined networking and research resources to help uncover new business opportunities. Beilinson Advisory Group will provide strategic support and resources to Omni's existing management. Beilinson will remain as Chairman of the parent company. He is known for serving in high-profile bankruptcy cases as a C.R.O., independent director and former Partner at Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl & Jones LLP. New directors of Omni will be fellow Beilinson Advisory Group colleagues Mark Murphy, an attorney with restructuring and public equity experience, and turnaround professional Rick Kapko, CPA, CFE, CIRA, who brings more than 30 years of financial, operational and restructuring expertise. Brian Osborne, a 30-year corporate restructuring veteran who has worked with the company for nearly 15 years, will serve as C.E.O. Joining Osborne as S.V.P. will be Paul H. Deutch, a former bankruptcy attorney who opened Omni's New York office in 2009.

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