Top 100 Restructuring Professionals

“Distinction in Dealmaking”

Exclusive published by Global M&A Network, the 10th annual list features a respected, successful, and innovative group of 25 consultants, 25 investment bankers and 50 lawyers from the global restructuring and turnaround communities this year.

Highly competitive process begins with evaluating firms and any “Turnaround Atlas Awards” winning transactions closed during the 2022/23 year. Selection is then narrowed to a professional from the firm based on their experience, differentiated expertise, among additional attributes. Typically, only one professional is selected from the firm per year.

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

Brian Bacal

Brian has advised on over 80 private and public transactions representing over $165 billion dollars. He provides tailored advisory services including bespoke private capital raise solutions, liability management and debt reduction, covenant amendments, maturity extensions, and special situation mergers and acquisitions across numerous industries and geographies. He has led many in-court and out-of-court financial restructurings, consent solicitations and exchange offers. Brian has represented companies, creditor groups, government entities and other stakeholder groups. Prior to joining Canaccord Genuity, Brian worked at Moelis & Company.

David Baggett

David has over 40 years of professional experience, over 35 years of which have been spent in the energy industry in various capacities, including as an investor, executive officer, board member, and consultant. He began his career at Deloitte & Touche where he became a partner leading the firm’s energy practice. He left Deloitte to be the Senior Vice President & CFO of a publicly-traded exploration and production company where he sourced and closed acquisitions and accessed the public and private capital markets.

Dacre Barrett-Lennard

Dacre joined Greenhill in 2019. Prior to joining Greenhill, Dacre was a Managing Director at Rothschild in London, where he had worked for 12 years. Prior to that, he was a member of the PricewaterhouseCoopers restructuring team in London, Hong Kong and Melbourne.

Gregory Berube

Greg has worked on numerous restructuring assignments, advising companies, financial sponsors and other parties on refinancings, exchange offers, consent solicitations, amendments, out-of-court restructurings, Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations, and distressed mergers and acquisitions. He has completed advisory and financing engagements across industries for such clients as Altegrity, Avaya, Caesars Entertainment, Chesapeake Energy, Comverse Technologies, GenOn Energy, GNC, Gymboree, Peabody Energy, Toys R Us, Tronox, etc., among others. Prior to joining Evercore, Greg was most recently a managing director and head of Americas restructuring finance and advisory at Goldman Sachs & Co.

Mark E. Chesen

Mark is a prominent leader in the restructuring industry with over 35 years of experience advising businesses facing operational or financial challenges including bankruptcy proceedings. He has completed over 200 investment banking transactions involving the sale, private placement or financial restructuring of middle-market companies in North America and Europe. Prior to founding SSG, he held senior leadership positions including co-head of the investment banking group, head of the Special Situations Group and member of the management committee at Berwind Financial.

What factor has most led to your success in the restructuring industry... Our team approach has greatly contributed to my success. It is not one individual that is able to successfully close a transaction, it’s a team of three or four investment banking professionals on every transaction. We each bring different experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives, which enables us to develop creative solutions efficiently while facing time constraints and challenging issues. We trust each other and hold each other accountable. From retaining an assignment to closing the deal, we take our responsibilities very seriously – the status quo isn’t an option. We work 24/7, seven days a week, to get a deal done.

What do you most enjoy about your career... Playing a role in enabling a company to survive gives me great satisfaction. For SSG Capital Advisors, we close a deal and move on, but for the client, there are jobs and careers at stake, and we never forget that. We fight to the bitter end to get it done, whether raising capital or selling the company. While we know that not all jobs may be saved, we work hard to ensure that the entity will live on in some form to fight another day, livelihoods will be saved, and customers can continue to buy from the business or use their services. It is also very satisfying to be a part of developing creative solutions when everyone else says, “No, it can’t be done,” or when buyers or financial sources walk away initially. We keep pushing for a yes, realizing we must devise a solution. As entrepreneurs and business owners, we understand what is at stake, and the challenges our clients face.

Jacob Czarnick

Jacob has 20 years of experience advising companies and creditors. Representative engagements have included T.D. Williamson, Bonanza Creek Energy, Novelion Pharmaceuticals, Blackhawk Mining, Calfrac and James River Coal. He has represented creditors in large restructurings including PG&E, Global Eagle Entertainment, Vanguard Natural Resources, Admiral Permian Resources, American Tire Distributors, VER Technology, Eastman Kodak and Lehman Brothers. Jacob received his undergraduate education at Cornell University and received an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He most recently spent 11 years in the restructuring group of Perella Weinberg Partners before joining Raymond James in 2021.

What factor has most led to your success in the restructuring industry... Mentorship. The investment banking business is an apprenticeship business and I have had some outstanding mentors among my former colleagues, as well as among the senior lawyers and turnaround professionals with which I’ve been in the deal trenches.

What do you most enjoy about your career... I get a lot of satisfaction from the fact that my clients have most often never been through a restructuring before and really rely on my advice and guidance.

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. In June 2021 he was selected as the Global M&A Network’s “Restructuring Banker of the Year”. Jim 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.

Brandon Gale

Brandon splits time between the firm’s Singapore and Hong Kong offices. He has more than 15 years of experience advising clients on financial restructurings, M&A, capital raising, and fairness/solvency opinions. At Houlihan, he has participated in a broad range of financial restructuring and distressed engagements worldwide. Notable engagements include China Shanshui Cement, Hilong, Huachen Energy, Luckin Coffee, etc., in China; Noble Group, China Fishery Group, in Hong Kong; Jaiprakash Power, Reliance Communications; Suzlon Energy in India; Bumi Resources in Indonesia; Nghi Son Refinery in Vietnam; Bis Industries in Australia., etc., among others.

Mofdi Gassoumi

Mofdi has longstanding experience in advising companies in their capital structure, in their financing or restructuring. Notable transactions include – Yeled Invest / Orchestra Prémaman, CGG, Eolane, Vallourec, Ludendo, Biogroup LCD, Technicolor, etc. In 2019, Mofdi joined Sycomore from Degroof Petercam. He started his career in M&A at Marceau Investissements and Baird International. In 2007, he joined Houlihan Lokey in Paris and in London where he was involved in special situations, restructuring and distress valuation. Mofdi graduated from HEC Paris (finance).

Brendan Hayes

Brendan has worked with clients in a range of industries on distressed and non-distressed transactions. His experience includes in-court and out-of-court advisory assignments for companies and stakeholders, M&A engagements, leveraged loan and high yield transactions, as well as rescue, debtor-in-possession and exit financings. Notable recent transaction experience includes representing Mallinckrodt, Caesars, 21st Century Oncology, among others. Prior to joining Guggenheim, Brendan was with Millstein & Co, and before that, he was in the restructuring group at Lazard.