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March 2018
TMA Newcomers

Shara C. Cornell has joined McDonald Hopkins LLC as an associate in the firm’s Chicago office. She has six years of experience representing secured and unsecured creditors in restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings, including large Chapter 11 bankruptcies. Cornell holds an LLM in bankruptcy and a law degree from St. John’s University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University.
Robert J. Frezza has joined Ankura as senior managing director based in New York. Frezza has more than 33 years of experience and for the past 19 years has specialized in leading creditors through complex restructuring engagements in both out-of-court and in-court Chapter 11 proceedings. Before joining Ankura, Frezza was a managing director in Deloitte’s Corporate Restructuring Group and before that, spent 14 years at Capstone Advisory Group advising creditors through high-profile bankruptcy cases, including W.R. Grace, Polaroid, and Sun Beam.

Randy Lederman has been named business development director of AloStar Capital Finance with responsibility for the New York City region. He focuses on building relationships with intermediary partners, private equity sponsors, fellow lenders, and specialty finance companies. Previously, Lederman served as director in Cowen Inc.’s Special Situations Group in New York City, where he was responsible for sourcing and executing distressed investment banking transactions for both debtors and creditors. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.

Victoria Levine has joined FGI as director of business development. She is responsible for business activity throughout the Northeast, with a focus on maintaining and strengthening relationships with fellow lenders, finance companies, equity sponsors, and other intermediaries. Before joining FGI, Levine was a director at Siena Lending Group. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and international economics from the University of Southern California.

Alexandra (Alex) Lewis has joined Accord Financial Inc. in Greenville, South Carolina, as director of finance. In that position, she supervises and manages the firm’s overall financial and back office operations and all accounting and production of reporting. Previously, Lewis was the accounting manager for a global manufacturing company in Charlotte. She is a CPA and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration cum laude from Roanoke College.

Jan Naifeh has joined FTI Consulting Inc. as a senior managing director in the Corporate Finance & Restructuring segment. She advises both healthcare companies and lenders nationally on debt restructuring, refinancing, the implementation of credit solutions, and financial and compliance risk analysis. Naifeh is based in Brentwood, Tennessee, and brings more than 25 years of experience in risk management and restructuring to her new position. Most recently, she was senior vice president of the Corporate and Investment Banking Special Assets Division at SunTrust Bank.
David L. Tepper has joined Tiger Group as business development officer for the Western U.S. A 25-year veteran of the valuation, banking, and financial management industries, Tepper will initially work with Rick Briggs, the firm’s longtime director of business development who is retiring this year. Most recently, Tepper served as business development director for CBIZ Valuation Group in Los Angeles, where he was responsible for working with corporations, private equity, hedge funds, attorneys, corporate finance, and turnaround professionals on complex valuation and asset management issues. He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and undergraduate degrees in finance and accounting from Pace University.

Mark Tyson and Jacob Reynolds have joined LBC Small Cap SBIC LP, an affiliate of LBC Credit Partners, as a managing director and associate, respectively. Tyson is responsible for sourcing, structuring, and negotiating new investments, as well as portfolio management activities. Reynolds is responsible for research, underwriting, and portfolio management of new and existing investments. Tyson has more than 10 years of experience in financial services and lower middle market transaction, including senior and junior debt, structured equity, and minority and control equity investments in a variety of situations. Previously, he was with Miller Investment Management and Larsen MacColl Partners. Reynolds joins LBC Small Cap from Hamilton Lane, where he was an analyst on the secondaries investment team.

Rafael X. Zahralddin-Aravena of Elliott Greenleaf P.C. has been selected among 46 Top Latino Lawyers for 2017 by Latino Leaders magazine. Zahralddin-Aravena founded Elliott Greenleaf’s Delaware office in 2007 and is its first managing shareholder.  

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