Top 100 Restructuring Professionals

“Distinction in Dealmaking”

Exclusive published by Global M&A Network, the 9th annual list features highly respected, successful and innovative group of 25 consultants, 25 investment bankers and 50 lawyers from the restructuring and turnaround communities this year.

Highly competitive process begins with evaluating firms and best performing or “Turnaround Atlas Awards” winning transactions closed during the 2021. Selection is then narrowed to a single professional from the firm based on their experience, differentiated expertise, and transactions completed among additional attributes. Only one professional is selected from the practice group at the firm per year.

Join us in congratulating top performing professionals and the firm’s they represent!

J.T. Atkins

J.T. has been an investment banker for more than 35 years, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and bankruptcies and leveraged finance transactions. He has worked for companies in many industries including, among others, power and energy, business services, technology, telecommunications, media/entertainment, healthcare, manufacturing, automotive, consumer products, retailing and oil and gas. As part of activities on behalf of clients, Cypress provides advisory services to acquirors and sellers of assets, debtors, creditors and other parties-in-interest, as placement agent in arranging financing for clients seeking to obtain financing for growth or acquisitions. Prior to founding Cypress, Mr. Atkins was a managing Director at CIBC Oppenheimer, Houlihan Lokey and PaineWebber. He began his career as an attorney at Skadden Arps.

What J.T. enjoys about his career... The people: my colleagues, my clients, the attorneys and the many other constituencies with whom I’ve worked.

Neil A. Augustine

Neil’s transactions experience has ranged from out-of-court restructurings to in-court insolvencies in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Chile, and Mexico. He joined Greenhill in 2018 and, prior to joining Greenhill, Neil spent 17 years at Rothschild where he most recently served as Executive Vice Chairman and Co-Head of North American Debt Advisory and Restructuring. Neil was also one of the founding members of The Blackstone Group’s Restructuring and Reorganization Financial Advisory Department. His merger and acquisition experience includes troubled company buyside and sellside assignments, and special committee representations. On the financing front, his expertise includes debtor-in-possession financings, secured bank debt, exit financing, second lien loans, convertible notes, rights offerings, and preferred stock investments. Neil holds an MBA and a BA from the University of Rochester. Mr. Augustine was recipient of the “Global Restructuring Investment Banker” accolade at the Turnaround Atlas Awards Gala.

What Neil enjoys about his career... Over these last 33 years, I’ve most enjoyed the personal and professional relationships formed with clients, counter parties and co-advisors, creating solutions to the challenges my clients have faced, being pushed to bring our A game each and every day and training bankers and watching them succeed in various careers.

Ronen Bojmel

Ronen has advised a wide variety of domestic and international clients in out-of-court and Chapter 11 restructurings, recapitalizations, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and capital raising activities. Formerly, Ronen was a Partner and Managing Director at Miller Buckfire. Prior to joining Miller Buckfire, he was a Vice President in the financial restructuring group of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, and its predecessor, Wasserstein Perella & Co. Widely applauded for his creativity and strong leadership in major complex restructuring transactions, Mr. Bojmel has been recognized repeatedly by the industry’s leading organization, the Turnaround Management Association and the Turnaround Atlas Awards.

Jack Bradley

Jack is an accomplished, strategic business partner and pragmatic, energetic leader with over 30 years of transaction expertise in various industries. He has successfully initiated and negotiated complex transactions, including debt restructurings and acquisitions. In addition, Jack is proficient in analyzing complex transaction structures and identifying essential credit and risk issues, emphasizing distressed companies. He couples superior analytical abilities and a creative mind with diverse industry experience and intuition to provide valuable insights and actionable ideas.

What Jack enjoys about his career... A restructuring expert is dropped into the middle of a dynamic situation with an unclear set of facts. The parties need direction and leadership. The most rewarding aspects of my role are the ability to quickly ascertain the critical facts needed and to develop and implement the corrective actions.

Bruce Buchanan

Bruce has over 25 years of restructuring and corporate finance advisory experience, assisting companies and private equity sponsors in evaluating strategic alternatives and advising on complex debt restructurings in both a public and private company context. Prior to joining Oppenheimer, he was Head of Debt Capital Advisory at PwC and Head of Restructuring and Strategic Finance at Morgan Stanley and GE Capital. Mr. Buchanan is a Certified Public Accountant, holds an MBA in Finance from New York University, and the FINRA Series 24 (Principal) securities license. He is a Certified Insolvency Restructuring Advisor, member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and a frequent speaker at various conferences, including Debtwire, iGlobal, PLI, TMA and VALCON. He was awarded the 2017 Gold Medal from the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors and was listed among “People to Watch” by Turnarounds and Workouts.

What Bruce values about his career... The opportunity to work with a world class team of professionals, engaging with great clients, across all industries, evaluating strategic alternatives, optimizing capital structures and implementing innovative and value enhancing solutions. It’s truly rewarding to solve challenging problems, navigate and balance competing stakeholders and drive successful turnarounds for our clients.

Karn S. Chopra

Karn has over 18 years of experience advising and executing restructuring, financing and M&A transactions across a wide range of industries. He was formerly a Vice President at Miller Buckfire & Co., and prior to joining Miller Buckfire was a Vice President in the turnaround restructuring services group at AlixPartners. Mr. Chopra has an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management and a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

William Q. Derrough

Bill has over 30 years of advising all types of parties in major restructurings including companies, boards of directors, creditor groups, shareholders, unions and governmental entities and has been instrumental in building out the Firm’s restructuring franchise. Under his leadership, Moelis & Company has established one of the world’s leading restructuring teams, which has advised on more than 400 assignments globally representing over $1 trillion in value. Bill holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

James Doak

Jim’s experience includes M&A, financing and restructuring transactions on behalf of Gymboree, Aéropostale, the City of Detroit, Foxwoods Casinos, Standard Pacific Corp., Level 3 Communications, Burlington Industries, and CenterPoint Energy. He has also represented creditor constituents in transactions including The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., COFINA/Puerto Rico and The Lenox Group and advised several sovereigns and municipalities. He is frequent panelist at industry conferences. He has authored articles on corporate distress and leadership and served on the Federal Judiciary’s Chapter 9 Roundtable. In June 2021 he was selected as the Global M&A Network’s “Restructuring Banker of the Year”, and in June 2011 was selected for The M&A Advisor’s 40 Under 40 leading M&A, financing and turnaround professionals. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Heat and Warmth Fund, a leading non-profit in Michigan. Mr. Doak has degrees from Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School and Harvard University.

What Jim values about his career... Assisting business leaders, whether helming borrowers or their stakeholders, navigate stressful and uncertain circumstances.

John-Paul Hanson

J.P Hanson has worked on numerous financing, M&A, A&D, valuation, and financial recapitalization, restructuring engagements. In addition to domestic U.S. transactions, he has advised corporations, boards of directors, management teams, and stakeholders in multiple global and cross-border transactions regarding the structuring, negotiation, and implementation of a wide variety of corporate finance transactions in the upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry. Mr. Hanson earned a dual B.A. degree, cum laude, in Italian and International Finance from Brigham Young University and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Jonathan Killion

Jonathan has 15+ years of experience advising company management, owners, boards of directors, senior secured lenders, bondholders, and private equity firms through challenging situations. He represents large and medium-size businesses in strategic planning, identifying and implementing performance improvement initiatives and financial and operational restructurings. He also represents lenders helping assess the performance of a borrower, negotiate forbearance agreements and other settlements. In addition to being one of the firm’s leading healthcare experts, Mr. Kilion has extensive experience across consumer products, manufacturing, media, heavy manufacturing, and shipping and logistics sectors. Before joining Carl Marks Advisors, he worked in the audit services group at Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. Killion earned a BS in Business Administration from Georgetown University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a FINRA Registered Representative, holding Series 79 and 63.

What Jonathan enjoys about his career... I most enjoy the opportunity to lead clients through challenging, uncertain and fragile situations. Helping companies prepare for brighter futures while building meaningful relationships with clients, co-workers, and peers is invaluable.