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!

Michael C. Eisenband

Michael leads the Restructuring Services and is also a member of the firm's Executive Committee. With over 30 years of experience, he is renowned nationally as an industry leader in providing restructuring advice to creditors and companies in complex Chapter 11 and out-of-court workout situations. He specializes in advising diverse constituencies to maximize recoveries and outcomes and brokering agreements among parties with often disparate interests. He has brought his extensive leadership experience to bear across various industries, including retail and consumer products, automotive, airlines, financial services and real estate.

What factor has most led to your success in the restructuring industry... Having wonderful mentors and teachers to learn from throughout my career, as well as an unbelievably supportive team and a loving and supporting family are all key factors to my success thus far.

What do you most enjoy about your career... One of the aspects I enjoy most about my career is the people I work with, both internally and externally. As I mentioned, one of the factors in my success is having a supporting staff. I'm also fortunate to have a wonderful client base as friends.

Randall Eisenberg

Randall has successfully guided large global companies through complex transformations for more than 25 years. He advises in the transformation of stagnant or underperforming companies by way of effective leadership that rebuilds shareholder and stakeholder value. His diverse background extends into numerous industries including but not limited to airlines, automotive, chemicals, construction, gaming, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, printing, retail, restaurants and service sectors. He has been inducted as an honorary member into the Turnaround, Restructuring and Distressed Investing Industry Hall of Fame, and is a past recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to the Turnaround Profession Award by the TMA. Randall was recipient of the “Global Restructuring Consultant” award at the prestigious Turnaround Atlas Awards.

Robert J. Feinstein

Robert is widely considered to be one of the world's preeminent cross-border bankruptcy practitioners in the world for his work with extremely high-profile restructurings and related litigation. He has consistently been at the forefront of the decade's most complex cross-border restructuring cases, including those of Cineworld and Highland Capital Management. Mr. Feinstein -- an ACB Fellow, member of III, and Co-Chair of the IBA Insolvency Section Reorganization & Workouts Subcommittee -- is perennially ranked by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers and was listed by Lawdragon as one of its "500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers" and "500 Leading Global Restructuring & Insolvency Lawyers."

What factor has most led to your success in the restructuring industry... Undoubtedly, the factor that most led to my success was my decision a little over 20 years ago to leave the comfort of a full-service law firm and open the New York office of Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP, the only national firm specializing in bankruptcy and restructuring.

What do you most enjoy about your career... I take great satisfaction in contributing to saving troubled companies, getting creditors repaid, saving the jobs of employees impacted by chapter 11, and helping to advance bankruptcy law; particularly serving as committee counsel in the Jevic Transportation case which culminated in an important U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Denis Ferland

Denis specializes in bankruptcy, insolvency, financial restructuring and related litigation, as well as general commercial litigation. An experienced and dynamic lawyer, Denis offers practical, proactive advice based on his extensive legal knowledge and business sense. His clients include large multinationals, banks and financial services institutions, creditors, debtors and court officers (including trustees, monitors and receivers). Over his 30-year career, he has developed creative solutions in many of Québec’s most significant restructuring and insolvency matters – his knowledge, creativity and innovation paving the way for countless reorganizations and transactions.

Richard Fleming

Richard brings 35 years of restructuring experience across a wide range of industries. He has played an integral role in high-profile stressed, distressed and insolvency cases in the public and private arenas. He has extensive experience in industries including mining, across coal, tungsten, gold, nickel and copper, as well as retail and leisure, financial services, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, energy, manufacturing, property, construction and oil and gas. Currently, he is the Administrator of NMC Health PLC in the U.K., an operator of circa 200 private hospitals in the UAE and a global IVF business, and of 36 subsidiaries in the UAE pursuant to the Abu Dhabi Global Market. Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Fleming led KPMG’s U.K. restructuring practice and the U.K. firm’s entire advisory offering, serving on its U.K. and global advisory boards.

Seth R. Freeman

Seth is an international Restructuring and Turnaround Manager with 40 years of diverse experience inside and outside chapter 11 bankruptcy. His work has included several of the largest Ponzi and fraud cases in U.S. history and complex cross-border, emerging markets matters, including in India, China and Mexico. Industry experience includes real estate, healthcare, financial services, media, technology and cannabis. Seth serves as Chief Restructuring Officer (CRO), financial advisor and fiduciary. He is a director of the Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum. He earned an MBA from Thunderbird. Seth has appeared on business news channels over 300 times.

What factor has most led to your success in the restructuring industry... A combination of paranoia, persistence, creative problem-solving and an unusually broad business background. This allows me to quickly identify and more importantly, effectively communicate, the key issues, the mechanics to get to the endgame and then get to work. Having previously led my own shop for many years forced me to become a successful rainmaker. At a certain point, technical skills are a commodity and what matters the most is being a mensch.

What do you most enjoy about your career... First, every troubled situation is different, and restructuring is never boring. At the end of the day, this is a people business. People made the decisions that we find ourselves fixing and many people are affected by the outcomes. I fundamentally enjoy helping people solve, negotiate and resolve complex business and financial problems. After so many years, I have many friends in this business and it’s fun to work with so many characters.

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.

Aurelio Garcia-Miro

Aurelio brings a vast international experience with more than 20 years advising debtors, senior management, and creditors in operational and financial restructuring in the U.S., Latin America, UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Prior to joining Riveron, Aurelio was Senior Managing Director and led the Corporate Finance Practice in Spain for FTI Consulting. Previously, he was head of Alvarez & Marsal’s restructuring practice in Spain. Most recently, Aurelio co-lead the Riveron team advising the official Unsecured Creditors Committee in the Chapter 11 proceedings of LATAM Airlines, Latin America's largest airline with operations in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, U.S. and Europe; as well as advising the Government of Puerto Rico.

What factor has most led to your success in the restructuring industry... Leading restructuring engagements across a vast number of geographies with very diverse regulatory and idiosyncratic approaches to corporate failure and restructuring. The opportunity to serve clients in stress and distress situations in US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, and South and Central America has provided me with a unique, rich understanding of the different strategies and the limitations and opportunities that emerge from restructuring and turnaround situations. In addition, focusing in situations with increased complexity associated to cross-border / cross jurisdictional cases adds a distinctive skillset when advising either creditors or debtors.

What do you most enjoy about your career... Being an enabler of consensus for change by (1) swiftly understanding the critical drivers a troubled business and (2) envisioning the opportunity an optionality to enhance value for stakeholders.

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).

Edward T. Gavin

Ted has over 20 years of experience working with distressed companies and their stakeholders in diverse industries, including retail, transportation, regulated and non-regulated manufacturing, pharmaceutical and healthcare, professional services, construction, and metal-forming. He has extensive experience in strategic planning and process re-engineering, with hands-on management experience in nonprofit, for-profit, and public sector operations. Ted frequently testifies as an expert witness on matters such as ordinary course of business issues in preference litigation, as well as on fiduciary duties of management in distressed companies.