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Milestones

November/December 2016

Alpesh Amin, CTP, has joined Conway MacKenzie as a managing director in the firm’s Chicago office. He focuses his efforts in the restructuring practice, helping to foster client relationships and business development opportunities. With more than 16 years of experience in corporate finance, restructuring, and management consulting, Amin most recently served as a managing director with MorrisAnderson, where he was responsible for sourcing, selling, and providing restructuring and turnaround services, in addition to serving as an interim manager and advisor. 

John J. Bellardini has joined Schneider Downs Meridian, a Schneider Downs & Co. practice that specializes in management consulting, corporate restructuring, and debt financing. In his new position, Bellardini is a managing director with responsibility for the day-to-day management of the practice. Most recently he served as a vice president and treasurer for Chobani, a $1 billion yogurt brand located in Norwich, New York. Before that he was a partner at JC Jones & Associates, which provides services that include profit improvement and turnaround organization. Schneider Downs Meridian was formed in 2015 with the company’s acquisition of The Meridian Group.

David R. Campbell Jr. has joined Getzler Henrich & Associates as a managing director and leads the firm’s Midwest region from its office in Chicago. He has more than 20 years’ experience with in- and out-of-court restructurings and recapitalizations, M&A, and divestiture initiatives, and his expertise includes special-situation strategies, financial and due diligence, and capitalization initiatives. Campbell previously was a managing director in the private equity coverage group at Fifth Third Bank, where he focused on healthcare leverage finance. He holds an MBA and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and the university’s Harris School of Public Policy, respectively, and a bachelor’s degree from Boston University.

Jason Cole has joined Bridgeport Capital Services as chief lending officer and executive vice president, and Max Toledo has been promoted to chief marketing officer with the firm. Cole is responsible for managing and building the firm’s national portfolio of clients, with an emphasis on the staffing and oil and gas industries at the firm’s Dallas location. He is an 18-year veteran of the asset-based lending and financing industry, most recently as senior vice president and head of staffing services and receivables funding groups at Wells Fargo Capital Finance. Toledo has more than 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry and was previously executive vice president and national sales manager with Bridgeport Capital.

Dan Flaro has joined MB Financial Inc. as a senior vice president and country executive to lead the bank’s newly launched Canadian subsidiary, MB Business Capital Canada Inc., in Oakville, Ontario, near Toronto. Flaro brings extensive experience in business development, underwriting, and portfolio management to his new position. He most recently was vice president and group head of Scotiabank’s ABL platform and before that held positions at TD Asset Finance and LaSalle Business Credit/ABN AMRO.

M-III Advisory Partners has expanded its senior staff with the recent additions of six individuals. Charles Graner has joined the firm as managing director and general counsel. He previously was a partner with Simpson Thacher & Bartlet, executive managing director and COO of a real estate focused merchant bank, and a division CEO with a telecom company. Philip Kassin, a former senior managing director with Evercore; Sanjay Purohit, who has more than 25 years of turnaround and restructuring experience; and Jared D. Yerian, previously a partner and practice leader at McKinsey & Company, are managing directors in the firm’s advisory practice. In addition, Jesse Kimball, a geologist and petroleum engineer with more than 15 years of experience, joined M-III Advisory Partners as an energy industry advisor, and Daniel Allan, the former commercial director at Debtwire, is the firm’s director of business development.

David Hindman and Rick Peters have joined AlixPartners as managing directors in the Turnaround and Restructuring practice at the firm’s new Houston office. Hindman was most recently with Direct Energy, a subsidiary of Centrica plc, where he led successful turnarounds of two of the company’s largest divisions. Before that, he was a leader in the corporate finance and energy practices at McKinsey. Peters has more than 30 years’ senior consulting experience focused on the energy, power, and utilities sectors, specifically merchant power and pipelines. He most recently had his own firm, Peters Consulting Associates, and consulted with management teams of leading energy companies. Previously, he led the North American utilities management and consulting practice at Accenture and, before that, the global energy practice at The Boston Consulting Group.

Andy King has joined Loeb as an executive vice president, originations. Based out of the firm’s corporate headquarters in Chicago, he focuses on expanding the company’s equipment-based lending portfolio, as well as appraisal, auction, and off-lease remarketing services. He most recently was with First Midwest Bank and before that worked with the special assets group at PrivateBank. King holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Benedictine University. 

Doug Leney has been promoted to partner with Archer & Greiner P.C. He is a member in the firm’s litigation department in Philadelphia, concentrating his practice on bankruptcy and corporate restructuring, and debtor/creditor rights. He was previously an associate with the firm and has advised debtors, creditors, trustees, creditors’ committees, and foreign representatives in Chapter 11 reorganization and liquidation cases, Chapter 7 cases, Chapter 15 cross-border cases, and related adversary proceedings, including avoidance actions involving claims of preferences and fraudulent transfers. Leney also represents parties in non-bankruptcy matters in state and federal courts.

Gaurav Malhotra, formerly the central region restructuring leader for Ernst & Young LLP, has been named to lead the firm’s restructuring practice. Gaurav, who is based in Chicago, has more than 16 years of experience assisting distressed companies, debtors, creditors, boards of directors, and other stakeholders with restructuring and strategy issues. He has experience in industries that include industrial products, healthcare, public sector, transportation, automotive, consumer products, and energy, and is a licensed Series 7, 63 professional, in addition to being a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Richard E. Mikels, founder and chair of Mintz Levin’s Bankruptcy & Restructuring Practice, has joined Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP in New York. Mikels is chair of the board of regents of the American College of Bankruptcy and previously served as its national vice president, a member of its board of directors, and chair of its education programs committee. In addition, Mikels was co-chair of the plan advisory committee for the ABI’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Boston University Law School for the past nine years. 

Scott Pinsonnault, Louis E. Robichaux IV, and Russell A. Perry have joined Ankura Consulting Group’s Turnaround & Restructuring group. Pinsonnault and Robichaux are senior managing directors, and Perry is a managing director. All three are based in the firm’s Dallas office. Pinsonnault has 21 years of operating and financial experience, including hands-on operational and engineering experience. He also has advised and financed energy exploration and production companies and oilfield service providers throughout their capital structure timeline, and has also managed a diverse array of investments in those same industries. Robichaux has more than 20 years of experience in restructuring, crisis management, financial advisory, and expert witness services, with an emphasis on the healthcare industry. He has been involved in a number of prominent restructurings, assuming various interim executive and advisory roles in Chapter 11 restructurings of large health systems and out-of-court workouts. Perry has more than 10 years of experience in financial advisory and corporate turnaround, with extensive experience working with stressed and distressed health care providers. Robichaux and Perry were most recently with Deloitte’s Corporate Restructuring Group. Pinsonnault has served as CRO for three oil and gas exploration and production companies and most recently was CFO and CRO with Venoco Inc.

Robbie L. Radant has joined Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. as a director in the firm’s Downstream Energy & Retail Group and head of the firm’s new Dallas office. He originates new client assignments and executes transactions, including M&A, capital raises, and corporate valuations. Radant joins Matrix after 28 years with 7-Eleven Inc., where he served in multiple operational, finance, and accounting roles. His most recent position was vice president of M&A. Matrix is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, and has offices in Baltimore and Chicago, in addition to the new Dallas location.

Jayson Ruff has been promoted to member at McDonald Hopkins LLC. Ruff, who works in the firm’s Detroit office, is a business restructuring attorney with extensive experience in a variety of industries, from automotive to healthcare. His practice is focused on restructuring privately held businesses, in and out of bankruptcy; assisting secured and unsecured creditors with creditors’ rights issues; and selling assets in distressed M&A deals. He also works with clients on general business matters. Before he became an attorney, Ruff spent seven years in the information technology industry, supporting the automotive and finance industries in Detroit.

Dennis Schalliol has joined Chicago Capital Holdings LLC following more than 10 years of executive-level experience in the metal recycling industry during both the commodities’ peak and subsequent downturns. He has lead several turnaround plans to improve customer profitability, as well as to measure the corresponding impacts on operational and support functions. Schalliol holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Indiana University. Chicago Capital Holdings is a family office formed in 1990 and headquartered in Hinsdale, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. Chicago Capital specializes in the metals and commercial real estate sectors, providing financing, management, and advisory services for distressed assets throughout the United States

Todd A. Zoha has joined MorrisAnderson as a managing director based in the firm’s Chicago office. He has 15 years’ experience, specializing in crisis and interim management, corporate restructurings and transformations, financial and operational turnarounds, cash enhancement, and performance improvement initiatives. Most recently, Zoha served as CFO and an operating executive with Stage Capital, a Columbus, Ohio-based private equity firm. He also has held senior-level positions with AlixPartners’ Turnaround & Restructuring Services Group and Mesirow Financial Consulting. Zoha is a CIRA and has an MBA in banking and finance from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and a bachelor’s degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.

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