TMA Europe Annual Conference, Rome, Italy. 9-10 June 2016
The TMA Europe Annual Conference brings together some of the foremost experts in the fields of Turnaround and Restructuring. We are currently busy securing our stellar line-up of speakers. Please keep checking here for updates....
Thomas Welte, Certified Public Accountant and Tax Consultant, began his career with the Finance Ministry of Baden-Württemberg in Stuttgart upon completion of his business studies, earning the degree of Diplom-Finanzwirt. He then moved to KPMG Peat Marwick Treuhand GmbH/KPMG Deutsche Treuhand-Gesellschaft AG, where he rose to the level of partner. His areas of responsibility focused on corporate reorganizations (including M&A), development of innovative investment and financing models, and provision of tax and management consulting services for non-profit organizations.
After his time at KPMG, Thomas Welte established the corporate tax department of Taurus Holding GmbH & Co. KG, Munich as Senior Vice President Group Accounting & Taxes, and was responsible for the strategic planning, management, and organization of corporate and shareholding structures. He also assumed operational direction of individual companies of the corporate group, including the Formula 1 Group company in Jersey and London, UK.
He then founded Autaco GmbH in Munich and concentrated on providing consulting and advisory services to large and medium-sized enterprises, particularly with regard to corporate tax issues involved in corporate acquisitions, restructuring and insolvencies, as well as the development of innovative investment and financing models for private industry and public authorities. Thomas Welte is also author of numerous specialized publications in the professional literature.
I am director and partner of Capital Partners, a specialized and qualified team for crisis situations. I am an experienced Manager for Turnaround and distressed Companies, acting as CEO on hard declining or crisis situation with a direct involvement in leading the change, involving and coordinating multi-disciplinary and specialised teams (managers, legals, advisors). I have extensive experience in marketing and sales within fast moving goods multinational (Unilever, Reckitt Benkiser) that led to entrepreneurial activities in startups (Grocery on Line), spin-off activities (travel & leisure sector) and full remodelling projects (retail), also with Private Equity support. In the last few years I have put full dedication to crisis situations, completed also with M&A operations. The most relevant and successful turnaround projects have been recently completed in retail areas like Fnac Italy, Darty/Kesa Italy (Electrical Retailers) and Coimport (home accessories) I am currently CEO of a manufacturing company taken over in April 2014 and leader in several projects aiming to address and stabilise high crisis potential.
Franck Kelif is a Partner at Perceva, the leading French Private Equity Firm dedicated to turnaround.
Before founding Perceva alongside Jean-Louis Grevet in 2007, Franck started his career in corporate finance in the late nineties.
Since 2000, Franck has been an active private equity investor in turnarounds and has been involved in 12 turnarounds in France, being deeply involved in the operational improvement of those companies.
Franck has been exposed during this period to hundreds of opportunities in the French market, dealing with all key market constituencies..
Alessandro Decio was appointed to the role of CEO of ING Bank Italy on 1 March 2016.
Alessandro Decio joins ING after 15 years of experience with Unicredit Group where he held several responsibilities in different positions and geographies, finally leading to his role as Group Chief Risk Officer and Member of the CEO Office and of the Executive Management Committee.
After an initial career in consulting with McKinsey, Alessandro worked for over 5 years at the EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) and joined Unicredit in 2000. He was responsible for the International Development of Unicredit and had progressively responsibilities for Unicredit’s operations in Croatia, Bulgaria and Turkey, prior to taking overall responsibility for the global retail business in 2010 and as a Group CRO in 2012.
Domen Prašnikar is currently a managing director and founder of Valior, offering advisory services to SME clients in the SEE region. His focus is on operational and financial restructuring of primarily distressed companies, working on both sides for creditors and debtors. Typical services of Valior are: independent business reviews, operational turnaround, strategy development, debt renegotiation, and M&A support.
In the past, Domen Prašnikar has worked successfully in the banking industry within SKB, as a part of Societe Generale Group for 5 years, and an additional 10 years in managerial functions or complex engagements with A.T. Kearney and PricewaterhouseCoopers consulting firms. He was primarily dealing with services, FMCG, insurance, trade and industry, which gave him a comprehensive insight into companies' operations in the time of change. He has also served an interim role as an Executive Director with medium sized FMCG producer in time of crisis and as a CEO of a private insurance company. He graduated in the field of economics in the USA, and upgraded his strategic insights with the MBA program at the IEDC-Bled School of Management.
Dr Ali Reza Arabnia
Ali Reza Arabnia was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1955, from a family with over 100 years of business tradition in the construction industry. He is President & CEO of Geico, company of the Gecofin Group, of which he is today the Chairman and owner together with his wife Laura Neri. In a few years, he managed to bring Geico to be one of the world leaders in plant engineering for the auto sector and assert its leadership all over the world signing an alliance with Taikisha in 2011. Strongly focused on innovation, in 2009 Geico opened the R&D Pardis Innovation Centre, today considered the most avant-garde technology pole of the car coating system sector.
A supporter of the value and welfare of workers, Dr. Arabnia has devoted to them an indoor space of over 2,000 sqm, Laura’s Garden of Thoughts, and created a company school, the Campus Pippo Neri.The concept of social responsibility is deeply rooted in Dr. Arabnia: hence his involvement in charitable activities and the establishment of Pardis Foundation.
He is a member of the board of directors of several manufacturing, academic, and non-profit organisations, and in 2014 was bestowed the title of Cavaliere del Lavoro.
Volker Beissenhirtz is a German attorney-at-law with twenty years of experience in corporate crises, turnaround and insolvency. In addition to his legal background he has an extensive economic experience including roles as a managing director and advisory board member.
In his daily work, he covers the whole spectrum of corporate turnaround: He has advised on Chapter 11 and scheme of arrangement-proceedings extending to German companies alike as well as acting as hands-on CRO in the turnaround of SME’s in Berlin. He is also quite frequently instructed in corporate crisis in the aftermath of criminal activities and has therefore a wealth of experience in asset tracing and recovery.
Volker is a lecturer in economics at the University of Landshut and a regular author and speaker on turnaround and crisis. He is a Fellow Certified Professional (EACTP) and holds a PhD in law as well as an LL.M. from the LSE.
Roger Olivieri is a partner of Studio Bignami Associati since 2012; he gives professional advice in corporate governance, extraordinary corporate transactions, distressed businesses and in particular, he takes care of company activities, relationships with the trade unions and industrial associations, relationships with attorneys, negotiations with acquirers and/or leaseholders of enterprises under restructuring or liquidation, and relationships with Judicial Commissioners.
Mr Olivieri holds several professional positions including chairman of the board of auditors of GEICO S.p.A. (Taikisha Group), statutory auditor of Anika Therapeutics S.r.L., Toyo Tires Italia S.p.A. and of PPD Italy S.r.L..
He is a member of NED Community- Italian association of the non-executive directors independent administrators editing Principles of Governance for the not listed company, a board member of Italian Chapter of TMA and is active in organization of TMA Europe and Italian annual conference.
Previously he has been founder and partner of BOCG Associati (2006 to 2011), temporary CFO at Gruppo Monzino S.p.A. (2006 to 2011) and working in Italy and abroad for Italian consulting companies in start-up area, financial budgeting, business and industrial planning (1992 to 2000).
Graduated from the American Academy in Larnaca Cyprus and studied Industrial Economics (B.Sc.) at the University of Nottingham UK. A Chartered Accountant – Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. George speaks Greek, English, Spanish and Russian.
Worked in the international Audit Firm / Financial Advisors Pricewaterhouse Coopers from 1995 to 2000 and has headed the Corporate Finance, International Lending, Syndicated Lending and Credit Administration Departments of various Banking Institutions in Cyprus, Greece, Estonia, Ukraine and Russia until 2009. Since 2010 he has supervised and led financial and operational restructuring of listed and private companies within the retail, industrial and banking sectors.
His experience includes business administration, business structuring, corporate finance, corporate turnaround and restructuring in financial distress and for business growth.
Previous positions include Country Manager Marfin Bank (Ukraine), Country Manager Marfin Bank (Estonia), Member of the Management Board Rosprom Bank (Russia) and CEO Hellenic Bank (Russia) managing the operational restructuring due diligence and disposal of the bank during the Russian financial crisis in 2014. Since 2014 works at Hellenic Bank Public Co. Ltd as Head of Business Support at the Arrears Management Division.
Maria Elena Cappello
Maria Elena has over 20 years of international management and board level experience. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Saipem, Banca Monte dei Paschi, Prysmian, A2A, Seat Pagine Gialle and FEEM (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei). From 2013, she has also served as a Global Female Leadership Summit Advisory Board member and she is a former member of the Board of Directors of Sace.
Her professional career has included Italtel and AT&T Bell Laboratories in New Jersey and Milan, EMC Italy, various Executive responsibilities at Digital/Compaq/HP at EMEA level, and founder of software company MetiLinx. In 2004 she was appointed Senior VP of Pirelli Broadband Solutions and in 2007 Global Head of Strategic Marketing at Nokia and then CEO of Nokia Italia, as well as Head of European Strategy and Business Development.
She has also chaired the Research and Innovation Group of the Foreign Investors' Committee in Confindustria (Italian industrial federation) and served as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Global Mobile Supplier Association (GSA), and as a member of the Governing Council of Valore D.
Deborah Henderson is a systems thinker and a leadership, team and organisational culture coach and facilitator. She runs Centre for Inspired Leadership, a London based leadership consultancy, founded in 2001. Her client focus is predominantly financial services. She has a passion for supporting leaders in the money world to bring out the best in their people and teams via a healthy, high performing corporate culture. She is writing a book on how to measure and manage culture in the FS sector.
A Canadian and former Morgan Stanley investment banker, Deborah has worked with clients in North and South America, Europe, Africa and the UK. She is fluent in French and Spanish and speaks basic Portuguese. Her culture turnaround programmes have won awards and been used in private equity, venture capital, securities services, government finance, banks and insurance companies among others.
Deborah made the big change in her career, after 16 years in finance, when she realised that most of her investment recommendations were based largely on her assessment of an organisation’s leadership and culture. She felt certain the whole area would become an increasingly important part of performance in the future.
Deborah has an MBA from Ivey School in Canada.
Eli J. Appelbaum is Managing Director, Investment & Finance at Gordon Brothers Europe. Eli Appelbaum joined the European team in April 2011 and is responsible for identifying opportunities for Gordon Brothers Europe’s various practice groups outside of North America, as well as originating and executing investment opportunities in the UK and Europe.
Previously, Eli spent five years in Tokyo growing the Gordon Brothers Japan practice, which he still helps oversee. Most recently he was responsible for working with private equity and corporate clients to formulate asset restructuring and disposition strategies for their Japanese operations. Eli was instrumental in the formation and start-up of Gordon Brothers Japan, a joint venture between Gordon Brothers Group and the Development Bank of Japan. He also established the Asset Valuation and Asset Disposition practices, in addition to overseeing the analytics on all major transactions in the Japanese market.
Eli holds a BA in Economics from Brandeis University, and the Lemberg MA in International Economics and Finance from the Brandeis University International Business School, and has conducted research on the structure of national bankruptcy regimes at Keio University, Tokyo.
Eli is fluent in Russian and Japanese.
Andrea is currently special advisor in the restructuring of Banca delle Marche, Banca dell’Etruria e del Lazio, Cassa di Risparmio di Ferrara e Cassa di Risparmio di Chieti. In 2015 Andrea founded and became the CEO of a new start-up Pillarstone Italy, an innovative private equity initiative dedicated to corporate turnaround – providing full service from the conception, agreement with stakeholders, team building, institutional and media presentation to the market and budgeting. Previously over the last 18 years, Andrea’s career has included being Head of Large Corporate Restructuring (Italy) at Unicredit, Senior Loan Officer at European Investment Bank, Co-Head of Corporate Finance at Capitalia, and Director at HSBC Investment Bank.
He graduated from the University of Turin in economics in 1993, going on to qualify as a chartered accountant in 1994 and taking a Masters at Ecole Superieure De Commerce De Lyon in 1996 (whilst lecturing at the University of Turin until 1998).
Kamen Zahariev is Director, Corporate Recovery at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development since 2008 overseeing the team responsible for EBRD’s portfolio of impaired assets: loans to problem banks and other financial institutions, impaired corporate loans and equity investments in Central and Eastern Europe and CIS.
In the last 20 years he has participated in over 120 significant transactions including project finance, M&A, private equity and workouts/restructurings. He is familiar with business and legal aspects of international finance, having worked for 15 years in the London Headquarters of EBRD and over five years in Kiev managing EBRD's operations in Ukraine.
Kamen Zahariev serves on the supervisory boards of several companies and investment funds in Central and Eastern Europe. He is member of the British Institute of Directors and has been member of several associations of foreign investors with interest in Eastern Europe.
Previous positions at EBRD include Country Director (Ukraine) managing EBRD’s operations and Head of the Corporate Recovery and Litigation Team within the Legal Department during the aftermath of the Russian debt crisis of 1998.
Kamen has a PhD in international law, Academy of Science, Berlin and a degree in international and comparative law, Moscow Institute of International Relations.
Ilias Plaskovitis’ professional and academic career spans over nearly 30 years. Since 2012 he has been a Member of the Monetary Policy Council, Member of the General Council at the Bank of Greece and since 2015 a Member of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank. In conjunction with his professional career he has been Associate Professor in the Department of Economic and Regional Development, Panteion University, Athens since 1998.
Previously Ilias has been Secretary General of the Ministry of Finance, Greece ( 2009-2012), Secretary General on European Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2000-2004), Secretary General On Investment in the Ministry of National Economy (1994-1998), and Advisor to the Vice Minister of National Economy (1987-1989).
Ilias’s academic career includes Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, University of Patras, research Fellow in the Hellenic Centre for European Studies, and visiting tutor to the National School of Public Administration, Greece.
Adrian Thery is a Madrid based partner at Garrigues Restructuring and Insolvency department, where he advises debtors, creditors or investors on out-of-court restructurings, as well as on in-court insolvency proceedings, both domestic and cross-border. Three of the measures Adrian devised in different restructurings have been recognized by the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards (2009, 2011 and 2013 editions). Some of the innovative solutions he has implemented have been subsequently incorporated in Spanish Insolvency Act. He is a member of the Group of Experts assisting the European Commission in the preparation of a potential legislative proposal containing minimum standards for a harmonized restructuring and insolvency law in the European Union. Adrian is singled out in the main international legal directories (Chambers, Who’s who, IFLR1000 amongst others) for his “creative vision”, “strategic abilities” and “technical skills”.
Alan Tilley has more than 20 years’ experience in international and cross border turnaround management and restructuring following a career with Arthur Andersen in UK and France and 18 years in Senior Executive and CEO roles in international manufacturing companies. He is a founding principal of leading London based turnaround management firm BM&T, which is partnered with Conway Mackenzie in the USA and LTM-Latam in Brazil, and is a founding member of European Restructuring Solutions, a network of leading turnaround and restructuring firms in the five major economies of Europe. He is a frequent speaker and writer on cross border European restructuring and is the co-author or the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) best practice guideline on turnaround. He was the recipient of the TMA International Chairman’s award for outstanding service to the international turnaround and restructuring profession in 2008 and 2014, the TMA International turnaround of the year award winner 2011, TMA Europe turnaround of the year award winner 2015 and Insolvency and Rescue UK’s turnaround manager of the year 2010. He was a founding director of TMA Europe and EACTP and is a qualified UK Chartered Accountant and a European Certified Turnaround Professional.
Sophie is a corporate and restructuring lawyer in the Paris office of DLA Piper and a researcher in law and economics of corporate insolvency at Paris II Panthéon Assas.
Sophie founded and manages “Droit & Croissance” “Rules for Growth”, an open independent non partisan think tank which takes part in public debates, assists policymakers and influences legislators, especially in the area of insolvency law.
Lecturer at the HEC business school (Hautes Etudes Commerciales), Sophie has published numerous articles on insolvency law. Most of her papers are available in English on www.ssrn.com.
Sophie Vermeille graduated from Paris University where she received her Magistère Juriste d’Affaires, DJCE, and from King’s College in London where she received her LLM.
Chris Haffenden is the Managing Editor, Debtwire CEEMEA. Prior to becoming a financial journalist, Chris Haffenden spent over 15 years in financial markets, primarily as a bond trader. From trading Australian Eurobonds at Barclays in 1989, he established a US dollar corporate bond desk before moving to trade Emerging Market debt in 1995. He was responsible for their EM proprietary trading book spanning the Mexican, Asian and Russian crises.
Chris moved to Jefferies International covering European High Yield, trading European and Asian Convertibles during the TMT bust. He also worked on a number of restructuring advisory pitches.
Chris joined Debtwire Europe in 2004. His primary focus was the coverage of stressed/distressed debt, and restructuring. His coverage included high profile situations such as British Energy, Monier, ATU, Almatis, and Kloeckner Pentaplast. He became Deputy Editor in 2010.
In early 2011, he launched Debtwire’s European structured finance coverage. He was editor of Debtwire ABS Europe focusing on distressed real estate and legacy CMBS restructuring.
In May 2015, he took charge of Debtwire’s CEEMEA product – covering CEE, CIS, Russia, Middle East and Africa. In addition to core coverage of distressed debt and restructuring, CEEMEA publishes early stage financing origination articles for syndicated loans, bonds, project finance and infrastructure. He is particularly interested in sovereign debt restructuring and local insolvency regimes, and recently produced an in-depth analysis of South African business rescue.
Dr. Maximilian Pluta
Dr. Maximilian Pluta is managing director and has been Head of Restructuring at PLUTA Rechtsanwalts GmbH since 2013. As an attorney, tax consultant and graduate in Business Administration, he has already supported numerous major companies during turnarounds and restructuring processes or during preparations for debtor-in-possession proceedings.
He specialises in drafting and implementing restructuring or liquidation plans, primarily from a commercial and a legal point of view. His expertise also includes performing distressed due diligence reviews or providing advice and support during M&A processes. In-depth preparations and successful implementation of debtor-in-possession proceedings (including “protective shield” proceedings) require not only extensive experience in restructuring and turning around companies, but also comprehensive knowledge of insolvency law. Maximilian can fall back on his project experience at one of the world’s largest auditing companies to the same extent as on his experience in insolvency proceedings gained at PLUTA.
Christopher J. Howard
Chris Howard is a leader in English law restructuring and finance who has extensive knowledge working across jurisdictions. He advises international corporations, investment and commercial banks and financial sponsors on corporate restructurings and financings throughout Europe, the Middle East and the United States.
Chris joined Sullivan & Cromwell in 2013 as partner and is qualified in England and New York where he is a member of the New York Bar. He is co-author of the leading international legal text “Restructuring Law & Practice”.
Recent transactions he has acted on include advising the Co-ordinating Committee of Lenders on the global restructuring of Abengoa, the Ad Hoc Committee of Towergate Insurance Group senior secured creditors in connection with Towergate’s restructuring, the senior high yield noteholders on the €1.2 billion restructuring of ATU GmbH, Kenmare Resources plc on the negotiation of restructuring and waiver arrangements in respect of its project and corporate financings, EurotaxGlass’s Group on its €300 million refinancing in connection with acquisition of the Group by Hayfin Capital Management, Eksportfinans ASA on its $23 billion contingency plan (and successfully resisting attempts by debt funds to trigger a global restructuring of the Group), and Goldman Sachs on its refinancing of Expro.
Nick is head of restructuring at international law firm, Taylor Wessing LLP, based in their London office. He has 20 years' experience in restructurings and turnarounds, often international and sometimes contentious, representing institutional lenders, investors, distressed debt funds, management and other stakeholders (including pension schemes). Nick was awarded "Insolvency Lawyer of the Year" at the 2011 Insolvency & Rescue awards and was named as one of "The Lawyer" magazine's "Hot 100" lawyers in 2013. He is author of the leading book on pensions issues in restructuring ("Pensions & Corporate Insolvency"), published by Jordans in 2013.
Stephen D Lerner
Stephen D. Lerner is global chair of the Squire Patton Boggs Restructuring & Insolvency Practice Group. He has an extensive national and cross-border restructuring practice in which he represents debtors, committees of unsecured creditors, secured and unsecured creditors, directors and acquirers of troubled businesses in formal insolvency proceedings and out-of-court restructurings throughout the US. Stephen has led the representation of clients in many of the largest and most complex Chapter 11 and 15 cases including Enron, WorldCom, Lehman Brothers and Chrysler. Stephen also represented the Court Appointed Expert in the City of Detroit’s historic Chapter 9 case.
Stephen is a Fellow and Director of the American College of Bankruptcy and is chairman of ABI’s Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar. Perennially ranked by Chambers USA as a Tier 1 lawyer, since 2009 Chambers has named Stephen one of a handful of bankruptcy and restructuring lawyers in the US to receive its highest Star Individual ranking.
Stephen contributes to restructuring scholarship and has lectured throughout the US, as well as in Europe, including at the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, and serving as a guest lecturer at Harvard Business School, University of Michigan Law School and University of Cincinnati Law School.
Enrica Maria Ghia
Enrica graduated magna cum laude in Law at Rome University La Sapienza in 1993, discussing a thesis on Bankruptcy Law. She completed her education with a LLM in EU Law on June 1995 at the College of Europe.
Admitted to the Milan Bar since 1998 she is attorney and managing partner at Studio Legale Ghia.
Expert in bankruptcy law, business law and company law with a specific competence in turnaround and insolvency proceedings. Her activity in those fields is both judicial and out of court.
Since June 2015, Founding Member of the International Insolvency Institute.
Since July 2015, Fellow at European Association of Certified Turnaround Professionals (EACTP).
Maurizio is Managing Partner at Temporary Management & Capital Advisors and President and Founder Member of Senior Management Worldwide, one of the largest interim groups with 16 partners in 17 countries. He's Board Advisor with Special Situtations.
He has a leading role in the institutional promotion of interim management: he’s Chairman of Italian Chapter of IIM - Institute of Interim Management (UK) and Board member of AISL and Proxit. He’s also a listed journalist, member of the Foreign Press, with a significant publishing track record about flexible management and turnaround. He has created www.temporary-management.com, the top Italian institutional website.
He lectures on interim management and turnaround with many managerial and entrepreneurial associations and bodies.
He has published four books for Franco Angeli: the introduction of “Soluzione Temporary Management” is from Vincenzo Boccia, actual Chairman of Confindustria. He is also a co-author, with Roberto Chiodelli, Marco Fumagalli e Vittoria Perazzo, of the latest book on turnaround by AIFI, the Italian association of PE and VC firms.
After a master in economics at Bocconi University, where he’s been assistant professor in Operations Research, he covered senior managerial roles in multinational companies (Olivetti, Manuli, Kone) and in management consulting (McKinsey).
Marco Ghiringhelli is a Senior Director with Alvarez & Marsal Restructuring in Milan. He brings senior-level, hands-on turnaround experience as both general and financial manager and corporate finance advisor.
In the capacity of Chief Restructuring Officer and interim manager, he has led financial and operational restructuring of listed and private companies across a wide range of industries, including gaming, energy from renewable sources, construction and real estate, aviation, retail, telecommunications, food, pharmaceutical and chemical.
Mr. Ghiringhelli earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Università Luigi Bocconi. He is an Italian Chartered Accountant and Auditor (Dottore Commercialista and Revisore Contabile). He is also a member of the national register of Journalists and author of M&A publications.
Stefania Bariatti is full professor of International Law at the University of Milan, where she also teaches Private International Law and International Insolvency Law, and is Of Counsel Former Partner at Chiomenti Studio Legale, an Italian top law firm with offices in the EU, the US and China.
She is the chairperson of the Board of Directors of SIAS S.p.A. and a member of the Board of Directors of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena S.p.A. and ASTM S.p.A., all listed on the Milan Stock Exchange.
She has represented Italy at the European Union and the Hague Conference on Private International Law, and is currently a member of the Governing Council of the International Organization for the Unification of Private Law. Stefania is a member of the group assisting the European Commission on harmonisation of insolvency law and has been a member of the group that has assisted the European Commission on the reform of the European Insolvency Regulation and for the adoption of the Recommendation on a new approach to business failure and insolvency.
She is a member of Insol International, III-International Insolvency Institute, INSOL Europe and INSOL Europe Academic Forum, that she has chaired for three years (2011-2014).
Alain Le Berre
Alain Le Berre has over 25 years of restructuring and turnaround experience including 6 years as a Managing Director in Investment Banking and as a European Managing Partner in several listed Banks and international Financial Advisory firms in London; 6 years as a Partner in Andersen and E&Y in Paris, France; 8 years as a Private Equity investor, a Strategy Consultant (BCG) and a hands-on Turnaround Manager in Germany; and as a Turnaround Director or CRO in several industrial and service businesses across Europe and in the Middle East.
In 2010 he founded Swiss-based AlpahaConsulting, a boutique active across Europe and the Middle East, specializing in; Transactional Advisory work of various natures; financial restructuring and debt advisory; accelerated M&A and complex M&A, all-encompassing flash due diligence; operational restructuring and turnaround, operational improvement; private equity and family offices advisory; litigation Advisory and Damage Valuations; and non-executive boards advisory;
Alain holds degrees from several prestigious universities, notably a M.Sc.Chem.Eng. from Ecole Centrale de Paris and an M.B.A. (cum lauda) from INSEAD.
A founding member of TMA (France, then UK) when it was launched in Europe, Alain is also a Practising Fellow and a Founding Fifty Member of EACTP (European Association of Certified Turnaround Professionals).
Dr. Christian Grininger
Christian Grininger is a Partner, RLB OÖ AG. He was born 1962 and grew up in Linz where he studied law at Johannes Kepler University, Linz. In 1986/87 he practiced law at the court in Linz. In 1988-1990 he was a purchasing manager in industry, and since 1990 has worked for RLB OÖ AG responsible for workout, restructuring and legal matters, becoming Head of Legal Department, Board and Founding Member of Return since 2006. Christian's practice and experience is in thousands of insolvency cases in Austria, Germany and CEE, also since 2006 lots of restructuring cases too, the biggest case being 1 bn Euro with 220 legal entities (still ongoing). Since 2008 Christian has been involved in teaching "Restructuring and Insolvency Proceeding" on FH Steyr (controlling course), CTE (Certified Turnaround Expert),
In his spare time, Christian's hobbies include travelling (especially Italy and the US), skiing, motorsport and reading.
Since 2012, Mr Milikic has been serving in the Serbian Government as the Assistant Minister of finance, responsible for the financial system of the Republic of Serbia, covering the legislative, analytical and supervisory activities and functions for banking, insurance, accounting, audit, payment system and capital markets and financial instruments. He is also the Chairman of the NPL Working Group established by the Serbian Government in 2015.
A law graduate from Belgrade University and obtaining an LL.M. in International Business and Finance Law (2005), Mr Milikic’s professional career spans nearly 20 years with extensive experience in banking and finance. His professional career started in 1997 at Beogradska bank, then the largest bank in Yugoslavia. He has since been Director of the Legal Department, HVB Bank Yugoslavia (2001-2003), Director of the Corporate Credit Risk Department of Hypo Alpe Adria Belgrade (2003-2004) as well at time at US based consulting firm and Eurobank Serbia during 2004 to 2006. In 2007 he joined MPC Properties, where he lead the financing of the construction of the largest shopping mall in Serbia (joint venture with Merrill Lynch). In 2008 he became the Executive Director of the Corporate Banking Division in Vojvodjanska Banka (NBG Group).
Kolja von Bismarck
Kolja von Bismarck is a senior partner at Linklaters and heads the firm’s combined Banking and Financial Restructuring Group in Germany. He and his teams have been advising clients in major financial and operative restructurings, usually with cross-border implications for many years. Kolja is constantly rated as one of the leading German restructuring advisors by national and international directories. “Interviewees highlight Kolja von Bismarck as a ‘pre-eminent restructuring lawyer.’ Clients compliment his ‘hands-on’ approach and note that his ‘personality helps companies to steer clear of insolvency,‘ adding: ‘He is very commercial and transaction-oriented’.” (Chambers Europe 2015, Restructuring and Insolvency: Germany), “‘Excellent negotiator and team player’ Kolja von Bismarck is a key figure in Europe’s restructuring scene.” (Legal 500 2015/16, Restructuring and insolvency: Restructuring: Germany)
Partner of the Garrigues Restructuring and Insolvency practice. Madrid based, Juan has amassed a wealth of experience in refinancing distressed businesses, the purchase and valuation of NPLs portfolios well above €1 billion and Spanish scheme of arrangements, a field where Juan successfully closed a number of ‘big name’ deals during 2015 and 2016 making use of pioneer and innovative approaches.
Regularly featured since 2008 in the main international legal directories, those described Juan as ‘a talented young lawyer who already displays exceptional judgment’ (Chambers Europe 2011). Clients have also lauded his ‘strong leadership skills and ability to handle complex deals’, focusing on his ability to ‘fight for the client and (…) making a name for himself’ (Chambers Global Guide 2013). Juan impresses with his work defending private equity funds and industry clients as ‘he is capable of having a fantastic interaction with the court and anticipating how the parties will behave’ (Chambers Europe 2014)
Founding member of the TMA Spanish Chapter, he also sits on the World Bank Panel of Experts for ‘Closing a Business’ annual report. Juan is the author of the Garrigues Insolvency Extranet, a P2P platform classified as “Commended” by Financial Times Innovative Lawyers 2009.
Partner and Member of the Board of Directors of Vitale & Co. (leading independent financial advisor in Italy involved in complex corporate finance transactions: mergers & acquisitions, debt restructuring and debt advisory, IPOs and fund raising). Previously Member of the Board of Directors of Lazard Italy.
More than 20 years’ experience in corporate finance and turnaround. Managed many corporate finance and debt restructuring transactions in the various sectors such as construction, real estate, building materials, automotive, chemical, transportation, energy.
Paola has a Law Degree University of Bologna (ITA), an MBA from SDA Bocconi Milano(ITA) and an MA in Global Affairs from Rutegers University (NJ, USA).
She is a Fellow member of EACTP (European Association of Certified Turnaround Professionals)
Joanne Holland is a transformational leader, who, over the past 25 years, has rebuilt underperforming businesses, driving them to profitability and growth. She is an experienced CEO and Non-Executive Director and has advised 25 companies in 20 different market sectors. Jo has a demonstrated ability to lead teams and create an organisational culture that engenders commitment, loyalty and a bias for results
An Australian, Jo spent her early career in the financial services industry in both Melbourne and Adelaide. She then spent 3 years with Arthur Andersen in London and Birmingham leading their Turnaround practice before setting up her own business specialising in transforming businesses through profit improvement, organisational change and the implementation of key organisational projects. Jo has worked in 12 countries. Roles have included CEO of Bowater Building Products in the UK and CEO of Irvin Aerospace in Canada. .
Sectors Jo has worked in include financial services, manufacturing, IT, education and military. She has extensive experience in due diligence assignments for Private Equity firms, debt restructuring and refinancing, post acquisition integration achieving synergy objectives and negotiations leading to the successful sale of a number of businesses.
Jo holds an MBA from IMD business school in Lausanne.