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A World of Deal-Making and Restructuring Opportunities: You Are Part of Something Bigger

Leader Board: Jeffrey C. Hampton

I am extremely honored, excited, and humbled to serve as TMA Global President for 2023. Like many of you, TMA has always been tremendously rewarding and beneficial to my professional business development and in building so many close personal friendships. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve in various TMA Global and chapter volunteer leadership positions for over 20 years, and it has been an extraordinary privilege to be involved with and contribute to such a fantastic organization.

Many thanks to my immediate predecessor Janey Mitnick, who now transitions to the role of TMA Global Chair. I cannot describe how grateful and appreciative we all are for Janey’s leadership any better than a TMA Global leader colleague who recently described how Janey’s signature warmth and grace make the hard stuff look effortless while always ensuring everyone feels welcome, and how Janey exemplifies what it means to lift as she climbs.

We are all similarly grateful to Matthew English, CTP, who now transitions to the role of TMA Global Immediate Past Chair, for his leadership and many contributions, as well as to our outstanding TMA Global CEO Scott Stuart and his exceptional team at TMA Global headquarters. I also wish to express a special thanks to my firm, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, and to my colleagues for supporting my participation in TMA.

As TMA Global President, I look forward to working closely with all of our 55 chapters and all of you, the nearly 10,000 members around the world, to enhance vibrant programming, expand membership growth, and support our highly successful Network of Women (TMA NOW), DE&I, and TMA NextGen initiatives. One of my top priorities will be to focus on creating more value for our members by leveraging the influence of TMA to drive referrals and restructuring and distressed transaction business to our members. Another leading priority this year is to begin implementing the 2022 Strategic Plan, in addition to sustaining the many other initiatives we have underway to continually enhance networking opportunities, educational resources, and certification for members.

I am excited by the prospect of seeing so many of you soon at the Distressed Investing Conference, “One Connection, One Deal, a World of Opportunity: You Are Part of Something Bigger,” in Las Vegas at the Encore at the Wynn January 31 – February 3. DIC is the leading deal-making event of the year, as attendees meet with capital providers, connect with deal partners, and network with our industry’s leading professionals. DIC truly showcases the absolute best of TMA and is one of the best examples of why TMA is the premier and most professionally diverse organization in the corporate restructuring, renewal, and corporate health space.

Many economic signs continue to point to 2023 being a particularly busy year for turnaround and restructuring professionals, and TMA will absolutely continue to lead the way in assisting distressed companies and stakeholders to work through insolvency, manage disruption, and drive improved results.

I look forward to working with each of you for a very exciting and productive year! I welcome you to connect with me on LinkedIn, and please contact me anytime at jvanhorn@btlaw.com.

We are #bettertogether and always #TMAProud.

James E. Van Horn

James E. Van Horn

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

James “Jim” E. Van Horn is a partner with Barnes & Thornburg LLP in Washington, D.C. He focuses his practice on restructuring and insolvency law and compliance and monitorships. He works with senior management, investors, creditors, and other stakeholders in matters ranging from out-of-court workouts and prepackaged and prearranged Chapter 11 reorganizations to cram down plans of reorganization and sales of substantially all assets. Van Horn holds an MBA in finance and is a CPA, a CIRA, and a Certified Valuation Analyst. 

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