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!

Emilio Amendola

Emilio has a stellar reputation in both the landlord and investor communities and is known for his ability to creatively solve highly complex problems. His expertise includes real estate sales, lease renegotiations and terminations, portfolio optimization, due diligence and valuation. As the leader of A&G’s real estate sales team, he shuns cookie-cutter approaches and instead tailors the sales process to the unique attributes of each asset. With decades of experience, Emilio has worked with more than 750 clients and has generated successful outcomes for individual asset and portfolio sales, as well as lease mitigation projects, valued at more than $10 billion.

Emilio Amendola and Andy Graiser co-founded A&G Real Estate Partners in 2012. Previously, in 1992, they founded and then later sold DJM Realty. In total, they’ve been business partners for 30 years.

Noam Ankri

Noam heads the distressed companies and special situations practice of the Paris office. He specializes in complex cross-border matters, with dual expertise in M&A (LBO, corporate M&A) and restructuring (distress M&A, debt restructurings, insolvency proceedings). Having worked in New York, London and Paris, his clients, which include large corporations, private equity funds and numerous hedge funds, appreciate his unique eye for the multi-cultural approach required in a cross-border deal.

Tomás M. Araya

Tomás specializes in financial restructuring operations, having represented debtors and creditors, including domestic and foreign banks, in various debt restructuring processes, including the restructuring of several local banks. He has also actively participated in complex litigation, some of them involving cross-border insolvency claims. In recent years, he has actively participated in local and international issues of debt securities and shares. He has extensive experience in financing and securitization of banks, as well as debt restructuring. In addition, he has led our teams in several cases of corporate purchases and mergers and acquisitions in industries such as renewable energy, oil and gas, food and retail, among others.

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.

Guilherme Fontes Bechara

Guilherme specialized in Civil Litigation, Arbitration and Restructuring, acting more specifically in judicial reorganization and bankruptcy proceedings. Among his main clients are investment funds, financial institutions companies from various sectors and national and international financial institutions, focusing on the recovery of credits, judicially or extrajudicially, investments in credits or investment in companies in crisis.

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.

Martin J. Bienenstock

Marty provides clients with multidisciplinary solutions that draw on his combined experience in restructuring, corporate governance, reorganization, litigation, Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley. Martin’s restructuring practice focuses on restructuring troubled situations including Puerto Rico to benefit all their stakeholders including their people, investors and creditors. His governance practice is targeted at keeping healthy companies healthy and growing, and saving distressed companies, while protecting directors and officers with cutting edge best practices.

Marty recently received the prestigious “Lifetime Restructuring Leadership” accolade at the 2022 Turnaround Atlas Awards.

Jeff Bjork

Jeff is Managing Partner of Latham’s Los Angeles offices and former Global Vice Chair of the firm’s Restructuring and Special Situations Practice. He represents public and private companies, creditors, and investors in all aspects of restructuring. With 25 years in practice, Jeff represents debtors, creditors, sponsors, boards of directors, and investors in all aspects of restructuring distressed companies. He regularly advises companies on successful strategies to address mass tort and legacy liabilities, including asbestos, environmental, and product related liabilities, and has represented clients in numerous mass tort bankruptcies.