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Chairman, CEO and
Prior to founding Signal Hill, Mr. Wieler co-led one of the premier Media and Communication practices on Wall Street in the 90's - Alex.Brown, BT Alex.Brown and Deutsche Bank Alex.Brown. Prior to joining Alex.Brown and its predecessor companies, Mr. Wieler was Managing Director of BT Securities Corporation.
Mr. Wieler earned a B.A. degree from Boston College and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School.
He serves as a trustee on the Wharton School Graduate Board and the Gilman School.
Notable Clients & Transactions: 2U, Ambow Education Holding Ltd., American Public Education, American Publishing, Apollo Group, Arbitron, Inc., Bridgepoint Education, Inc., Brooks Fiber Properties, Certiport, Inc., DeVry, Dialpage, eBay, Educate, Inc., Education Management Corporation, Inc. Eller Media, Gartner Group, Global Insight, IDT Corporation, ITT Education, Lamar Advertising, Laureate Education, Inc., Mtel, National American University Inc., Net2Phone, Nextel, Nextel Partners, Outdoor Systems, Penn Foster, Inc., Price Communication, Primark, Primus Telecom, The Princeton Review, Prometric, RWD Technologies, Inc., Sylvan Learning, Wall Street Institute, Wharton Econometrics and Yankee Group
Managing Director, Head of NY Group
Ben is actively involved in originating new investments in the northeast region and responsible for due diligence, structuring and execution. He has over 25 years of leveraged finance and advisory experience and has completed over $7.0 billion in leveraged finance transactions. His debt capital experience includes senior and second lien debt, unitranche, mezzanine and high yield debt in addition to equity to non-investment grade companies across numerous industries.
Prior to Monroe, Ben was a Managing Director at Praesidian Capital, and prior to Praesidian, he was Co-Founder and Partner of Credit Market Advisors and one of the founding members of CIT Group, Equity Sponsor Group. Before joining CIT, Ben was the Deputy Group Head of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein’s Leverage Finance Group. Ben earned his BS in Economics and Political Science and his MBA in Finance from Emory University Goizueta School of Business. Mr. Marzouk is a member of ACG and Fundless Sponsors in Private Equity.
Aon Group, Inc.
Based in New York City, USA, Brian Cochrane leads Aon’s Strategic Advisors & Transaction Solutions (ASATS) group. As head of ASATS, his focus is on developing and maintaining relationships with Private Equity and larger corporate clients, providing M&A diligence services, portfolio solutions, and solutions to maximize exit value.
Prior Industry Experience:
Brian has been at Aon for over 9 years. Before joining Aon he led strategy and business development at Lehman Brothers Mortgage Capital Division where he led both organic and acquisition related growth strategies for two years. Prior to Lehman brothers, Brian spent 6 years at Mckinsey & Co., where he served a variety of financial service companies on operational and strategic issues.
Education / Professional Designations / Affiliations:
Wake Forest University, BS in Accountancy University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Certified Public Accountant
Managing Director, Head of Private Capital
Mr. Hastings brings more than 25 years of experience raising capital to Signal Hill and leads its Private Capital Group, focusing on growth-stage companies across the technology, healthcare, and business services sectors. He has closed over $5 billion in private capital raises over the course of his career.
The Private Capital Group recently announced third private growth capital raise in 2017, and its sixth since April 2016. Signal Hill has raised over $270 million in growth capital for its clients over that period of time.
Mr. Hastings worked for Bear Stearns for nine years and was the head of the private placement group through 2007 when he joined the private placement group at Credit Suisse. He subsequently joined Cantor Fitzgerald to start its private placement group. Mr. Hastings was most recently a Principal at BerchWood Partners, a boutique investment firm that raises capital for private equity firms and their portfolio companies. Mr. Hastings also worked in the private placement groups at Bank of America and Prudential Securities.
Mr. Hastings received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University.
Dan Black joined the Wicks Group in June 2003. As a Managing Partner at Wicks, he is involved in all of its investment and management activities and serves on the Board of Directors of all of its operating companies.
Prior to joining Wicks, Mr. Black was Managing Director & Co-head of Merchant Banking at BNY Capital Markets, Inc. (a subsidiary of The Bank of New York) responsible for investing the firm's capital in private equity partnerships, the overall management and strategy of the merchant bank, and relationship management with private equity firms. He was also responsible for originating mergers & acquisitions, mezzanine investments, and leveraged finance transactions.
Mr. Black was on the investment committee of BNY Partners Funds, a fund-of-funds partnership for high net worth individuals to invest in private equity.
Mr. Black was previously Senior Vice President and Co-head of U.S. Corporate Banking, Senior Vice President and Manager of the Los Angeles Corporate Banking Office, and a member of the corporate credit committee. Mr. Black is a director of the Advent Claymore Group of closed end mutual funds.
Dan Black received his A.B. from Dartmouth College in Government.
Dana Mattioli is a reporter covering M&A in New York. In this role, she and colleagues have broken some of the largest M&A deals including: Pfizer’s $150B deal to buy Allergan, General Electric’s deal to merge its oil-and-gas business with Baker Hughes and CenturyLink’s $25B deal to buy Level 3. In 2016, Ms. Mattioli was part of a team to win a Gerald Loeb Award in the breaking news category for coverage of the Dow-DuPont merger. She was a finalist for the 2015 Larry Birger Young Business Journalist Award.
Prior to covering M&A, she covered retail companies and produced a string of Page One leders and scoops on the troubles at Kodak and J.C. Penney as well as the M&A exploits of various retailers. She has also done a series of stories about online data collection practices by companies like Orbitz.
Ms. Mattioli started at The Journal in 2006. She graduated from American University in Washington, D.C., with degrees in journalism and literature.
Director of Business Strategy,
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Donnelley Financial Solutions
Mr. David Horowitz, CFA serves as Senior Vice President of Macquarie Group Limited. Mr. Horowitz is responsible for providing capital to mid-sized, private companies to help them meet their growth and liquidity needs. Mr. Horowitz was a Founding Member of Private Capital Investing for Goldman, Sachs & Co.’s Americas Special Situations Group. He spent several years in Goldman's Asset Investing business focusing on providing structured financing solutions for operators of aircraft, locomotives and other equipment. He served as a Director of Datapipe, Inc., ECi Software Solutions and Simmons Media Group.
Mr. Horowitz is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder and is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University's Schreyer Honors College and Smeal College of Business.
Co-Founder & Co-Chair
Goodwin’s Private Equity Group
John LeClaire is co-founder and co-chair of the firm’s nationally ranked Private Equity Group. Goodwin’s Private Equity Group serves leading private equity firms and growth companies operating in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Mr. LeClaire’s practice focuses on private equity transactions and relationships with growth companies. He joined Goodwin in 1982 and has been a partner since 1989.Experience
Mr. LeClaire’s private equity work includes leveraged recapitalizations, buyouts and minority investments in the U.S. and abroad, both in later stage situations and earlier stage ventures, for leading private equity firms. He also specializes in the representation of emerging growth companies in sectors such as technology and information services, health care, financial services and consumer products. Mr. LeClaire’s work with these companies focuses on strategic counsel, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and other financing transactions, equity and executive compensation programs for senior executives, and going-private transactions.Mr. LeClaire’s other private equity work has involved the creation of collective investment vehicles for institutional investors. Examples of this work include the establishment of investment initiatives in emerging markets such as Latin America, China and Russia. Recognition
Mr. LeClaire is listed in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, US News – Best Lawyers, The Legal 500 United States, Lawdragon 500, Leading Dealmakers in America and Best Lawyers in America. While attending law school, he was the Articles Editor for the Boston University Law Review.
Partner, Advisory Services - Transaction Services Diligence
Grant Thornton LLP
With over 20 years of business experience, Lance has developed extensive transaction experience serving as an adviser to companies in the U.S., South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. Lance has worked on over 250 transactions on both the buy and sell side, working with both private equity investors, lenders and strategic investors.
Lance’s specific advisory activities include: strategic advisory; investigating business models including cash flow and financial projections; quality of earnings analyses; identifying revenue sources and profitability drivers; examining operating cost structure and sustainability factors; reviewing quality and realization of assets and liabilities; identifying working capital requirements and negotiating positions; post-close working capital verification and adjustment mechanisms. Lance has advised on a number of different types of transactions, including buy side and sell side transaction, standalone platforms, carve-outs, distressed acquisitions, mergers and roll-ups.
Bankruptcy and Restructuring Attorney
Foley & Lardner
Leah Eisenberg is of counsel and a bankruptcy and restructuring attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. Ms. Eisenberg’s practice focuses on counseling clients in default, restructuring, bankruptcy, and corporate trust matters, with an emphasis on indenture trustee, creditors’ committee, and other creditor representations.
Prior to joining Foley, Ms. Eisenberg was a partner at a Washington, D.C.-based law firm in its New York office. Earlier in her career, she served as a first law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Gerber, the U.S. bankruptcy judge for the Southern District of New York.
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Rajiv Khanna focuses on domestic, cross-border, and multijurisdictional mergers and acquisitions transactions, securities offerings, corporate finance, project finance and real estate. Rajiv has also supervised numerous litigations and investigations.
Rajiv is the architect of many seminal path-breaking transactions, including the first proposed reverse merger of an Indian privately held corporation with a NASDAQ-listed publicly traded U.S. company, the first merger of a U.S. private company with a publicly traded Indian company, the first merger of a NYSE-listed Indian company with a NASDAQ-listed U.S. company and the first triple-dip aircraft financing, which allowed full depreciation to be claimed in the U.S., Japan and India for the same aircraft. With an education in business, Rajiv understands his clients' needs and business functions. He has a very practical and solution-oriented approach, and works through issues with the highest level of professional competence, while keeping his clients' ultimate business goals in mind. Rajiv is the president of the India-America Chamber of Commerce, a binational chamber of commerce that is the focal point of cross-border investments between the U.S. and India. Rajiv is listed in Jewel of India, a book honoring prominent Indian-Americans in the United States, has been named a New York "Super Lawyer" (2006 to 2008) and is a Recommended Attorney in M&A/Corporate and Commercial: M&A – middle market (sub-$500 million) in the Legal 500 United States (2016).
Chief Strategy Officer
Vinod joined Vonage in 2014 to lead corporate strategy and development, leveraging his cloud technology, corporate investment and strategic advisory experience.
Vinod came to us from Guggenheim Partners, where he was a Managing Director and led principal investments and mergers & acquisitions in cloud technology and communications. Prior to Guggenheim, he was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank, where he focused on communications services and technology, and counseled global businesses and their boards on corporate strategy and deal execution.
During his career, Vinod has advised on over $60 billion in publicly announced M&A across more than 40 transactions and special situations as well as a number of IPOs, leveraged financings and capital markets issuances. Vinod began his career as a corporate attorney at Weil Gotshal & Manges and thereafter as an investment banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions groups at Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley.
Vinod earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Economics from Yale University.