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May 2016

Sean Dooley and Christian Klawunder have been promoted to vice president and associate, respectively, in Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc.’s Downstream Energy & Retail Group. In addition, Carlton Zesch, an analyst, and John Ellison, an associate, have joined the downstream Energy & Retail Group from other positions within the firm. Dooley joined Matrix in 2010 and has been involved in more than 20 successful transactions. A CFA, he holds a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in finance from East Carolina University. Klawunder, who was previously an analyst, holds a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in accounting and finance from Loyola University Maryland.

SierraConstellation Partners LLC (SCP), an interim management and advisory firm to middle market companies in transition, has opened two new offices in Texas. The Dallas office is headed by Partner and Managing Director Tim Hassenger, and the Houston office is headed by SCP Managing Director Drew McManigle. Hassenger has more than 25 years of management, financial, and operational experience in a wide range of industries. He experience includes resolving complex banking, regulatory, and legal issues that exist for many troubled companies. Hassenger holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Dakota and an MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziado School of Business. McManigle has more than 25 years of experience in operational leadership, business turnarounds, and financial restructurings, and he has conducted complex litigation worldwide. His deep experience in the energy industry includes C-level positions with oil and gas companies, fuel distributors, oil-well servicing companies, and energy production and investment companies. McManigle holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston.

Ankura Consulting Group, a business advisory and expert services firm, has acquired Marotta Gund Budd & Dzera, LLC (MGBD), a turnaround and restructuring firm led by its two principals and founders, Stephen Marotta and Philip Gund. The two have more than 50 years of combined experience advising investors, boards of directors, senior management, and creditor constituencies of underperforming companies. MGBD’s professionals have also served in crisis management roles domestically and abroad, including CEO, CFO, and chief restructuring officer (CRO). With the MGBD acquisition, Ankura now has more than 100 professionals with offices in Atlanta; Dallas; Parsipanny, New Jersey; New York; Los Angeles; and Washington, D.C.

Christopher M. Hemrick of Connell Foley’s Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights & Commercial Law Group has been elected as a new partner with the firm. He concentrates on all aspects of commercial and insolvency law and is experienced in handling both litigation and transactional matters in matters ranging from breach of contract, lender liability, and asset recovery, to UCC, bankruptcy avoidance,  and other contested matters. Hemrick received his JD, cum laude, from St. John's University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in philosophy, politics, and law from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Wayne A. Tanner has joined Aurora Management Partners Inc. as a managing director based in the firm’s Atlanta office. Tanner has more than 35 years of consulting experience covering a broad spectrum of executive management engagements. Before joining Aurora Management Partners, he served as a worldwide equity audit and business advisory partner with Arthur Andersen’s Atlanta office for 22 years. His global experience includes handling engagements in more than 34 countries and establishing practices in Southeast Asia and Western Europe. During his last five years with the firm, he managed the Southeastern Special Services practice, which included corporate turnaround, bankruptcy, and litigation support services.

Jeff Tischler has joined Conway MacKenzie’s Birmingham, Michigan, team as a managing director to work within the firm’s restructuring practice, fostering client relationships and business development. With nearly 15 years of experience in senior level positions within the banking industry, Tischler most recently served as a senior vice president of Fifth Third Bank, where he led the Eastern Michigan Wholesale Division, directly managing a team of 20, including team leaders and relationship managers. Before that, he held senior positions in the bank’s Credit Department and its Special Assets Group. Tischler holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in finance from Eastern Michigan University.  

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