Winter Harbor LLC announced that John Llewellyn joined the firm as a Managing Director. Llewellyn brings more than 20 years of transaction advisory experience across a broad range of industries including automotive, manufacturing, healthcare, nonprofit, government, education, telecommunications and energy. Prior to joining Winter Harbor, Llewellyn worked as an independent consultant and served as C.F.O. for Superior Digital Displays in New York City. His experience also includes over a dozen years with Ernst & Young (E&Y) including a year with their London Restructuring practice, providing strategic business planning for a variety of companies. In addition to his time with E&Y, John worked for Deloitte's Advisory Services in New York. Llewellyn started his career with First National Bank of Boston after graduating from the Economics Honors program at Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He later attended the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and received his MBA with a concentration in Finance and Marketing.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP announced that the firm has elected 11 attorneys as members of the Firm effective January 1, 2018. The Partner of most interest to restructuring professionals is Yang Wang (Beijing) - Yang represents private equity funds and corporate clients on various mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, corporate finance transactions and other general corporate matters. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 2008, where he was a Clarence Darrow Scholar and served as an Article Editor of the Michigan Law Review. He received his M.A. in Applied Mathematics in 2005 from the University of Maryland, as well as his B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, in 2000, and his B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science, magna cum laude, in 2001. Yang was a Counsel at the firm prior to his election as a Partner.
Duff & Phelps announced that John Bass, a former operational executive for the Central Intelligence Agency's National Clandestine Service, has joined the firm's Legal Management Consulting Practice as a Director. Bass brings over 27 years of experience in international affairs, including specific expertise in risk management, cybersecurity and insider threats. He will be based in the firm's Washington D.C. office.
Otterbourg P.C. announced that Nneoma A. Maduike has been promoted to of counsel, effective November 1, 2017. Maduike is in the firm's Banking and Specialty Finance Group and focuses on a wide range of lending and corporate transactions. She represents banks, hedge funds, private equity funds, commercial finance companies and other institutional lenders in connection with the structuring and documentation of lease and loan transactions, including asset based, cash flow and structured finance transactions, as well as loan workouts and restructurings, and corporate and real estate transactions. In the course of her career, she has worked on numerous financing and corporate transactions confronting a wide range of legal issues raised by Federal, State and international law. Maduike has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America as one of the top fifteen Women of Influence in America and is a winner of the 2017 Commercial Finance Association 40 Under 40 Awards. She is an active participant in various legal organizations in New York City, including the City Bar Association as well as the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law - New York, where she is the incoming president and a member of the Board of Directors. She received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and her B.A. from Rutgers University.
JND Legal Administration (JND) announced it has been recognized as the best claims administrator in the 2017 Best of Legal Times Reader Survey. JND was ranked #1 among nine other service provider nominees in its category. The Best of Legal Times is an annual survey of more than 1,500 readers in the Washington D.C. area who vote on range of companies nominated as the best providers of legal products and services. Full results of the ranking will be published in a special print supplement to The National Law Journal and The Legal Times.
Thomas A. Greco, C.E.O. of Hilco Valuation Services, announced that Adam Evans has been appointed S.V.P. - Business Development Manager for the Eastern region of the United States supporting the Valuation, Monetization and Advisory platforms. Evans has been with Hilco since 2001, having most recently served as the Business Development Manager for the Midwest and Central Canadian region. In this new role, Evans will focus on financial institutions as well as investment banks and other professional services advisory companies in the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. He will also call on private equity, hedge funds and family offices. Evans joined Hilco in 2001 as an Industrial Appraiser with the machinery and equipment valuation team. Since 2006, Evans has managed multiple territories for Hilco Valuation Services, including the Western and Southwestern United States before moving to the Midwest in 2011. Evans is highly regarded within the industry having built lasting relationships with banks, private equity firms, investment banks, turnaround restructuring groups and other members of the financial services community.
Alvarez & Marsal Taxand, LLC (A&M Taxand), an affiliate of Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), announced the addition of Denver-based Compensation & Benefit Solutions, a leading provider of compensation and benefit services to clients across the United States, effective immediately. Compensation & Benefit Solutions founders, John Schultz and Kimberly Schultz, and senior leaders Patrick Blanchard and Brennan Rittenhouse, join A&M Taxand as Managing Directors. Collectively, 27 Compensation & Benefit Solutions professionals are now part of the A&M Taxand team. Founded in 2007 as a privately held company, Compensation & Benefit Solutions has been recognized as a strategic consulting partner with a strong national advisory practice dedicated to compensation and benefit consulting.
Thomas M. Jones, a seasoned financial restructuring professional with over 15 years of experience at several global financial advisory and consulting firms, has been appointed Senior Director of Client Relations & Development at GCG. Jones will leverage his experience managing numerous corporate recovery and advisory engagements, including multiple Section 363 sales, liquidations, and other out-of-court restructurings, to advise GCG's clients at each phase of their proceedings. Further, his vast knowledge, experience and analysis of financial data, creditor claims and contracts with global companies of all sizes amplifies GCG's administrative services and expertise in reorganizations, insolvency proceedings and other types of bankruptcy matters within the United States and internationally. Jones earned his B.S. in Accounting in 1991 from Binghamton University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Dilworth Paxson LLP announced that Yonit A. Caplow has joined the firm as an Associate in its Bankruptcy and Insolvency department. Caplow is an experienced attorney who focuses her practice on all aspects of Chapter 11 reorganization. She has represented various Chapter 11 stakeholders, including debtors, secured creditors, and equity holders, in bankruptcy court proceedings and in out-of-court restructurings. Prior to joining Dilworth, Caplow worked in the bankruptcy group of a Vault top 10 international law firm and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Laurie Selber Silverstein, Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Delaware. Caplow received her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cornell University.
Major, Lindsey & Africa announced that Keith C. Wetmore, former Chair and Chief Executive Partner of Morrison & Foerster, LLP, will join Major, Lindsey & Africa's San Francisco, CA office as a Managing Director. With more than 30 years of experience in law firm management and transactional legal practice, Wetmore brings deep industry knowledge to the legal recruiting firm. As Chair (2000-2012) and Chair Emeritus (2012-2017) of Morrison & Foerster, Wetmore was responsible for setting the policy and direction for the Am Law 100 firm. Wetmore received his B.A. from Northwestern University (1977) and J.D. from University of Michigan Law School (1980). While at the University of Michigan Law School, Wetmore served as Articles Editor for the Michigan Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
Grant Thornton announced that the firm will celebrate the grand opening of its new Albany, NY office on October 24, 2017. Grant Thornton's Albany office has more than 9,000 square feet and can accommodate up to 160 personnel. The state-of-the-art work arrangements feature a variety of workspaces ranging from multi-purpose boardrooms to quiet rooms to private offices and workstations with both seated and standing desks. All workspaces have access to natural light as well as modern conference and team rooms, which include the most current AV and video conferencing capabilities.
Lazard announced that Cédric Leoty will join the firm as a Managing Director in Financial Advisory, effective February 2018. Based in Paris, Leoty most recently served as Co-Head of Investment Banking at Citigroup France, where he covered the automotive, industrials and energy sectors. Leoty has more than 15 years of experience in investment banking. He started his career in 1996 at the French Treasury before he joined Credit Suisse in 2000 - then Citi in 2004, where he was promoted to Managing Director in 2009. Leoty is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées (X-Ponts). He also holds a degree from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS).
Rothschild Global Advisory announced that it is has promoted Homer Parkhill and Stephen Antinelli to Co-Heads of Restructuring in North America, effective immediately. Parkhill and Antinelli have been part of the senior leadership of the firm's Restructuring practice for many years and will continue to be based in New York. Parkhill has over 19 years of restructuring, reorganization and strategic advisory expertise and has been central to Rothschild's Restructuring group's success during his 16-year tenure with the firm. Parkhill has restructured more than $85 billion of debt, advising U.S. and international debtors and creditors in recent high-profile restructurings, including the following: Sun Edison, Westinghouse, US Steel Canada, Alpha Natural Resources, Nextel International, American Airlines, OGX and Corporación Geo, to name a few. Parkhill's experience also includes a wealth of distressed merger and acquisition transaction experience and a track record of successful expert witness testimony on financing and valuation matters. Antinelli joined Rothschild in 2009 and has over 20 years of experience providing restructuring and debt and equity capital advice to his clients. His experience spans a broad range of industries both domestically and abroad and he has been an integral part of Rothschild's senior restructuring team since his arrival. He has restructured over $100 billion of debt while advising both debtors and creditors in some of the most significant and complex restructurings, including the following: Caesars Entertainment, Cengage Learning, CEVA Group, American International Group, Momentive Performance Materials, YRC Worldwide, Algoma Steel, Centerline, Adelphia Communication, and Loral Space and Communications. Antinelli also has extensive experience buying and selling distressed businesses, providing expert testimony and advising boards on a variety of strategic matters.
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP announced that Paul M. Basta joined the firm as Co-Chairman of the Bankruptcy & Corporate Reorganization Department, resident in the New York office. Basta advises debtors, creditors and investors in complex restructurings in and out of court. He has represented debtors and creditors in some of the highest-profile Chapter 11 cases of the past two decades. He has also represented private equity clients in connection with their distressed portfolio companies. His company-side representations have included A&P Supermarkets, Barneys New York, Caesars Entertainment Operating Co., Charter Communications, Global Crossing, Hawker Beechcraft, Linn Energy, Longview Power, MoneyGram, Reader's Digest, Sabine Oil & Gas and Samson Resources, among many others. Major creditor representations have included creditors of Nextel International, Roust Inc. and Six Flags, among many others. Consistently recognized as a leading bankruptcy lawyer by numerous industry publications over the past 15 years, Basta is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from George Washington University's National Law Center, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. He is admitted to practice in New York.
Grant Thornton LLP named Rimma Tabakh as the firm's Greater Bay Area Local Audit practice leader. In this role, she will be responsible for driving audit services to clients in the firm's San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices. Having recently returned from China where she was the U.S. resident partner based in Shanghai, Tabakh supported Grant Thornton China in the execution of audits of U.S.-listed companies located in China, as well as American companies with significant operations in China and Asia Pacific. She also supervised cross-border transactions including initial public offerings of foreign filers. Tabakh has more than 18 years of experience providing audit and advisory services to multi-national corporations and private clients. She has led initial and secondary public offerings, performed due diligence in acquisitions, supervised intricate international audits (including Sarbanes-Oxley compliance), overseen various SEC filings, and advised European, American and Asian companies on cross-border and capital raising transactions. Tabakh is a certified public accountant in California and an Audit Committee chair for two non-for-profit entities. While in China, she was the Vice-Chair of the Women Executive Network committee of the American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai and a board member of the Association for Corporate Growth China.