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    Gordon Brothers President, Valuations Announced

    Gordon Brothers, the global advisory, restructuring and investment firm, announced that Chris Carmosino has joined the company as President, Valuations. Carmosino has over 30 years of commercial banking experience and joins the firm from Citizens Business Capital where he led the asset-based lending unit. Carmosino will replace retiring Valuations President, Rick Schmitt, who assumed leadership of the group in 2015 following Gordon Brothers' acquisition of AccuVal.

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    Richards Kibbe & Orbe Partner Added

    Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP (RK&O) announced that Christopher Andrew Jarvinen, an accomplished bankruptcy attorney possessing nearly two decades of experience handling complex business and litigation issues arising in the context of corporate restructurings, has joined the firm as a Partner in its New York office. Prior to joining RK&O, Jarvinen was a corporate restructuring Partner with, respectively, Berger Singerman LLP in Florida and Hahn & Hessen LLP in New York. His practice focuses on Chapter 11 cases, Chapter 15 cases and other cross-border insolvency matters, out-of-court restructurings and bankruptcy-related litigation. His practice also includes providing governance advice to companies and their boards regarding fiduciary duties. Jarvinen is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, a member of the International Insolvency Institute, and a member of the American Law Institute. He has served as Chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute's Caribbean Insolvency Symposium, was a co-founder of the TMA-Brasil (the Brazilian chapter of the Turnaround Management Association) and has been a member of the editorial board of International Corporate Rescue. Jarvinen is recognized as a leading corporate restructuring practitioner by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers. He has also taught graduate courses to senior executives attending the highest-ranked global, executive MBA degree in Latin America, focused on developing effective legal management tools to maximize leadership potential and organizational value while guiding international businesses through financial distress. Jarvinen holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School. He received an undergraduate degree in economics from Brown University and has also obtained graduate theological degrees from Harvard University and Yale University, and graduate business degrees from FGV-EAESP (São Paulo, Brazil) and the University of Oxford.

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    Lazard Senior Advisor Appointed

    Lazard Ltd announced that Peter Q. Thompson has been appointed a Senior Advisor and senior member of Lazard's Midwest Financial Advisory team, effective immediately. His focus will include marketing and network development in the Chicago and the U.S. Midwest region. Thompson is the former Chairman and C.E.O. of Perkins Investment Management, LLC. Thompson also serves as Senior Advisor to InnerWorkings and on a variety of non-profit boards, including the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Providence College, the WGA/Evans Scholars Foundation and the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation. He is a Life Trustee and past Chairman of the Board of St. Ignatius College Prep. He earned an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, and a BA from Providence College. Lazard's Midwest investment banking business, based in Chicago, delivers Lazard's global strategic and financial advisory services to companies across all sectors in the region.

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    Gordon Brothers Australia Office Opened

    Gordon Brothers announced that it has expanded its presence in Australia with the opening of a Melbourne office. The firm entered the Australian market in the spring of 2017 in Sydney. Gordon Brothers' Melbourne office will be led by Fenton Healy. Healy brings over 20 years of experience in asset valuation, advisory and asset sales programs. Prior to joining Gordon Brothers in the fall, Healy held numerous sales, senior management, directorial and leadership roles at GraysOnline, where he was one of the original major shareholders. He has worked on some of the region's largest disposition projects, including for Toyota, Procter & Gamble, Alcatel, Sunbeam Victa, Kirby Engineering, Huntsman Chemicals, Solectron, Email Metering, Colgate Palmolive and Mitsubishi.

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    Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Added

    Greenberg Traurig LLP added J. Gregory Milmoe to its Boston and New York offices as a Shareholder in the firm's Restructuring and Bankruptcy practice. Milmoe has long been recognized as a senior statesman within the restructuring community and has helped devise and refine many innovative restructuring techniques, which have become standard operating procedure. He brings to Greenberg Traurig wide-ranging corporate experience, including in-court and out-of-court restructurings, hostile and negotiated mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and corporate financings. Milmoe draws on this experience to help clients fashion pragmatic, sometimes novel, approaches to complex problems that frequently blend and adapt techniques from various legal disciplines. He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and has been named a "Dealmaker of the Year" by The American Lawyer, among other honors. Milmoe retired from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher& Flom, LLP on December 31, 2017 after a 47-year career during which he served, among other things, as Co-Chair of that firm's Corporate Restructuring Group.

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    Chris Carey Advisors Accolade Announced

    Chris Carey Advisors has been named "Turnaround Consultant of the Year" by M&A Advisor. The Brooklyn, NY-based financial and business advisory firm earned the "Turnaround Consultant of the Year" award specifically for its recent turnarounds of Benco, Inc. (Fairfield, NJ), EZ Mailing Services, Inc. (Elizabeth, NJ) and a major real estate developer in Brooklyn, NY. Chris Carey, founder and C.E.O. of the firm, also has been named "Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year" by M&A Advisor in 2017 and "Turnaround of the Year" by the Global M&A Network as the best value-creating restructuring transaction for 2016; "Entrepreneur of the Year" by New Jersey magazine and "Small Business Philanthropist of the Year" by the Community Foundation of New Jersey. He has been featured in numerous business periodicals, including Business Week, Forbes, Inc., The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and is a frequent speaker at high-profile industry and business conferences.

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    Foley Gardere Launched

    Foley & Lardner LLP and Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP announced the successful combination of the two firms, effective April 1, 2018. The combined firm will have approximately 1,100 lawyers in 24 offices in the United States, Mexico, Asia and Europe. More specifically, Foley will now have a presence in Texas (Austin, Dallas and Houston), Denver and Mexico City - a gateway into Latin America to the benefit of clients and attorneys in transactional and cross-border matters. Similarly, Gardere clients and attorneys will benefit from Foley's strong presence in the Midwest, the East and West Coasts and Florida, as well as Belgium and Tokyo. The combined firm will be known as Foley Gardere in Austin, Dallas, Denver and Houston and as Foley Gardere Arena in Mexico City. All other offices will operate as Foley & Lardner LLP. With joint revenues of $830 million, the combined firm will be among American Lawyer's Top 50 U.S. law firms.

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    Dunn Law Attorney Added

    Michael P. Dunn, Partner at Dunn Law, P.A. in Miami, FL, announced that Joshua Kligler has joined the firm as an attorney. Kligler focuses his practice on creditors' rights, commercial litigation and bankruptcy litigation. Kligler has experience in litigation related to contract disputes, fiduciary breaches, lender liability, computer fraud and abuse, landlord/tenant matters, residential and commercial foreclosures and representation of creditors in bankruptcy court. He is also experienced in representing homeowners' and condominium associations in their collections and general real estate litigation matters. Kligler practices extensively in state and federal courts throughout Florida. He was admitted to The Florida Bar in 2009, and is licensed to practice in the U.S. District Courts and U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida. In 2008, he was a judicial intern for the Honorable K. Rodney May in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Middle District of Florida. Kligler graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from University of Florida, where he was a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. He received his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law, where he was recognized with the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award. He is a committee member of The Florida Bar Business Law Section's Bankruptcy Judicial Liaison, and is active in The Florida Bar YLD Mentoring Program, and The Federal Bar Association's Mentorship Program. In addition, Kligler is active in the Greater Miami Jewish Federation as an Incubator Grants committee member and The Network board member.

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    Whiteford Taylor & Preston Partner Added

    Whiteford Taylor & Preston announced that Kenneth M. Lewis, an experienced New York-based bankruptcy and restructuring attorney, has joined the firm as a Partner and will reside in the firm's newly opened New York office. With more than 30 years of experience as a bankruptcy attorney, he has been involved in hundreds of bankruptcy cases, representing virtually all constituencies in bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court workouts. Lewis advises public corporations, as well as small businesses, lenders, asset purchasers, landlords, municipalities, officers and directors, trustees, and plan administrators. He also serves as a mediator for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Lewis currently serves as Treasurer and executive board member of the Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys.

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    Hahn & Hessen Partner Announced

    Hahn & Hessen LLP announced that Stephen J. Grable has become a Partner in the firm, effective January 1, 2018. In addition to continuing litigating commercial and bankruptcy matters, Grable is assuming the role of Vice-Chair of the firm's Fiduciary Litigation Practice Group. He will be responsible, along with the group's Chair, Zachary G. Newman, for representing fiduciaries in both affirmative and defensive litigation throughout the United States. Grable joined the firm as an Associate after graduating from Fordham University School of Law in 2007. During his time at the firm, he has litigated complex commercial, fiduciary, bankruptcy and business disputes in various Federal and State courts in New York and elsewhere. Grable also has served as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law and Seton Hall University School of Law, teaching both survey and advanced courses on fiduciary disputes and alternative dispute resolution.

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    Robins Kaplan Associate Added

    Robins Kaplan LLP's Restructuring and Business Bankruptcy Group announced that Michael Delaney, an accomplished corporate bankruptcy lawyer who brings extensive experience with disputes involving intellectual property rights, has joined the firm in its Los Angeles, CA office. From 2016 to 2018, Delaney was named a Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Star for his leading bankruptcy work. He has been named to the Insolvency Law Committee of the State Bar of California, the editorial board of the California Bankruptcy Journal, and one of 40 attorneys from across the country to participate in the Next Generation Program during the annual meeting of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. Prior to entering private practice, Delaney served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ernest Robles of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

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    Arnold & Porter Partner Added

    Arnold & Porter announced that Brian J. Lohan has joined the firm as a Partner in the Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice. He will practice out of the firm's Chicago and New York offices. Lohan focuses his nationally-based practice on corporate reorganizations, bankruptcy and insolvency. He has significant experience handling a wide range of bankruptcy cases including representation of Chapter 11 debtors, noteholders, bondholders, senior lenders and other creditor constituencies. His work has included a number of high-profile restructurings across a variety of industries including telecommunications, technology and transportation. In 2017, Lohan was selected to the American Bankruptcy Institute's inaugural "40 under 40" list. Most recently he was awarded with the International Law Office 2018 Client Choice Award for "excellent client care." Lohan earned his JD from Northwestern School of Law and BS from DePaul University.

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    Greenhill & Co. Vice Chairman Announced

    Greenhill & Co., Inc. announced today that Neil A. Augustine will join the firm in New York as Vice Chairman and Co-Head of North American Financing Advisory & Restructuring. Augustine has more than 28 years of experience advising companies and creditors in restructuring and M&A transactions. He was most recently Executive Vice Chairman and Co-Head of North American Debt Advisory and Restructuring at Rothschild Inc., where he spent the last 17 years. His restructuring experience ranges from out-of-court restructurings to in-court insolvencies in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Brazil and Mexico. His M&A experience includes a wide variety of transaction types, as well as buy and sell-side roles for financially distressed companies. His financing advisory experience runs the gamut from traditional refinancings to rescue financings alongside Chapter 11 debtor-in-possession and exit financings. Mr. Augustine has testified in U.S. Bankruptcy Court as an expert witness on numerous occasions on a variety of subjects. He was previously one of the founding members of The Blackstone Group's Restructuring and Reorganization Group. He began his career at Chemical Bank, where he was actively involved in advising both debtors and creditors as well as providing debtor-in-possession financing.

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    Alvarez & Marsal Managing Directors Added

    Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) announced the addition of Clayton Gammill and the appointment of Byron Smyl, as Atlanta, GA-based Managing Directors with its Corporate Transformation Services practice. The combined experience of Gammill and Smyl, previously a Managing Director with A&M's North American Commercial Restructuring practice, demonstrates the firm's commitment to address complex transformation challenges facing clients. Gammill brings over 20 years of change management, business strategy, systems implementation, project execution and organizational transformation experience. He is recognized for delivering large scale transformation, enterprise technology implementations and change management consulting services to clients in numerous industries including: chemicals, telecommunications, consumer products, manufacturing and financial services. Prior to joining A&M, Gammil was a principal in the People and Advisory Services practice at EY for seven years. Gammill earned a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University and a master's in business administration from Texas State University. Smyl, a 12-year leader at A&M, specializes in advising management teams, lenders and other stakeholders at healthy and underperforming companies. He brings more than 25 years of experience in telecommunications and consulting as well as in-depth technology, media and telecom expertise. Smyl, has served in numerous interim management and financial advisory roles across a wide range of industries including telecommunications, media, technology, oil and gas, thermodynamics, retail flooring chain and logistics. Before joining A&M, Mr. Smyl was a Managing Director at XRoads Solutions Group, LLC. Smyl earned a bachelor's degree in finance and marketing from the University of Alberta and an MBA from Arizona State University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder and has passed all parts of the Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor exam. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, Chartered Financial Analyst Institute, American Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors and Turnaround Management Association.

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    KPMG National Leader Named

    Tax Partner Michael Bussa, CPA, has been named the national leader for the Global Reward Services (GRS) practice of KPMG LLP. Bussa brings to his new position more than 30 years' experience advising organizations on the structuring, implementation, and tax and regulatory compliance of their global reward programs. The GRS practice is a part of the Global Mobility Services service line in KPMG's Tax practice.

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