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July/August 2017

Marc J. Carmel has joined Longford Capital, a litigation finance firm, as a director in Chicago. Carmel practiced law for 17 years, most recently with Paul Hastings LLC, representing clients in restructurings and bankruptcies involving companies throughout the U.S. Now, Carmel focuses on deploying capital from Longford’s recently closed fund for commercial litigation claims, including those controlled by distressed companies, creditors’ committees, trustees, assignees, and receivers. He holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Michigan. Carmel is also a CPA.

Conway MacKenzie has launched a Real Estate Advisory Services practice. Led by Managing Director Matthew Mason, the group provides clients counsel and support to maximize real estate value through the repositioning of assets for both short- and long-term growth. Also playing a key role in new practice is Director Lauren Leach. With more than 10 years of experience in commercial real estate, Leach has expertise in managing overall workout strategies and client relationships of third-party managed portfolios. She specializes in large commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS). Mason has 17 years’ experience in the real estate industry and has assisted institutional clients, lenders, and private investors with distressed real estate transactions and landlord/tenant advisory services. He has also served as a court-appointed receiver for more than 200 retail, office, multifamily, and mixed-use projects.

James P. Davis has joined Chiron Financial LLC as director of the Houston firm’s healthcare investment banking practice. He leads the firm’s healthcare transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private debt and equity placements, and financial restructurings. Davis held senior positions at healthcare organizations including The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System, Tenet Healthcare, and Forest Park Medical Center. Davis holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Alabama.

ENGS Commercial Finance Co. has announced the expansion of two office locations as well as additional team members to the company’s factoring subsidiary, ENGS Commercial Capital (ECC). Joining the company are Bronwyn Hobson, vice president, risk management; Patrick Eakins, vice president, business development manager; Mike Costello, transportation sales manager; and William Rodriguez, inside sales business development officer. In addition to its Birmingham, Alabama, headquarters, ECC has added offices in Chicago and Nashville. Hobson has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently with Porter Capital; Eakins brings more than 17 years’ commercial finance experience, most recently from TAB Bank; and Costello has 40 years of experience, most recently with JD Factors.

Christopher Koenig has joined Gordon Brothers as a director in the Commercial and Industrial division. Koenig is responsible for business development, deal analysis and structuring, financial management, and ongoing commercial and industrial deal operations. He brings more than 17 years of experience in the capital markets providing operational and financial restructuring and advisory services to clients across a number of industries. Koenig was formerly a vice president with G2 Capital Advisors, where he specialized in providing operational and financial restructuring and capital raising advisory services. Koenig holds a bachelor’s degree from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.

Mark Naughton has joined Tiger Capital Group as senior general counsel. He has more than 14 years’ experience in asset disposition projects and 30 years of experience in bankruptcy-related services. He has represented debtors, trustees, secured creditors, creditors’ committees, and unsecured creditors in all aspects of bankruptcies, workouts, and related litigation. He most recently served as executive vice president/general counsel at Yellen Partners. Based in Chicago, Naughton is responsible for structuring, negotiating, and documenting transactions for each of Tiger’s divisions, counseling the team on strategic and legal questions related to various business units and transactions, and supervising outside counsel. He holds a law degree from Northwestern University, School of Law and a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Marquette University

Former Ontario Superior Court of Justice Frank J.C. Newbould has joined Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP (TGF) as counsel to the firm and the roster of Arbitration Place as a member arbitrator. As a judge, Newbould presided over a variety of complex and high-profile cases, including Canadian and cross-border insolvency proceedings, corporate reorganizations, and other commercial disputes. He recently retired from the bench after serving more than 10 years.

Brian Roman has joined the middle market asset based lending team at MB Business Capital as senior underwriter and vice president in the lender’s Rosemont, Illinois, office. In his new position, he underwrites and manages new lending relationships. Roman brings more than 20 years of banking experience. Previously he served as a vice president of Gibraltar Business Capital. He has experience in field exams, credit analysis, portfolio management, underwriting, and workouts. Roman holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from DePaul University.

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