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Distressed Debt Conference

October 25, 2019 | 1:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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Overview

The United States is in the longest economic recovery in its history. However, persistent and significant macro risks, including a trade war with China and structural and fundamental issues within credit markets are setting up a cycle that will inevitably present a large and attractive distressed credit opportunity. This half-day conference is geared towards industry professionals who want to learn about one of the last true value investing asset classes – distressed debt.

Agenda

1:30 PM | REGISTRATION 


2:00 PM | INTRODUCTION TO THE CONFERENCE

  • Review of today’s credit markets, why the next cycle is around the corner, and why it will create great opportunities for those who are disciplined and have access to capital
  • Overview of distressed credit investing
  • Case study

Michael Gatto, partner, Silver Point Capital and adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and the Fordham University Gabelli School of Business


3:30 PM | WOMEN OF CREDIT

Our panelists will discuss their views of the market and the challenges of rising to the top of a traditionally male-dominated industry.

Ellen Carr, adjunct professor at Columbia Business School; co-author, Women in Money Management; principal, portfolio manager at Weaver C. Barksdale and Associates, a majority-woman-owned investment manager

Carla Casella, managing director at JPM High Yield Research. Ranked in top three analysts by Institutional Investor in three separate sectors: retail, consumer products, and food.

Natasha Labovitz, partner and chair of the Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Department at Debevoise & Plimpton; named “Best in Insolvency & Restructuring” by Euromoney Legal Media Group at the Americas Women in Business Law Awards in 2018 and selected as “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer in 2015

Christina Minnis, managing director and global head of acquisition finance at Goldman Sachs

Ivona Smith, managing director at Drivetrain, LLC, Board Representation & Litigation, liquidation, and general unsecured creditors trust. Currently independent board member of The Weinstein Company.  Formerly a co-founder and manager of a hedge fund with an 11-year track record specializing in investing in distressed debt and equities.


4:30 PM | RUNNING A HEDGE FUND OR A RESTRUCTURING BUSINESS

Our panelists will discuss the markets, the challenges of running a distressed fund or restructuring business today, and the opportunities in the current environment and for the next several years.

Adam Cohen, managing partner at Caspian Capital

Mark DeNatale, partner and head of special situations at CVC Capital

Vivian Lau, founder and managing partner at One Tusk Investment Partners

Bruce Mendelsohn, partner and head of Perella Weinberg’s Restructuring Advisory Business

Parag Vora, founder and portfolio manager at HG Vora Capital Management


5:30 PM | BREAKING INTO THE DISTRESSED DEBT BUSINESS AND ACCELERATING YOUR CAREER

Are you are trying to get a junior analyst position, transform from junior analyst to senior analyst, or a seasoned investment professional thinking about your next move? This panel is designed to give you great insights from many perspectives, including a top headhunting firm that places candidates at hedge funds, head of recruiting of a major firm, and three investment professionals at various stages of their careers (junior analyst/senior analyst/hedge fund founder and portfolio manager).

Robert Franz, GABELLI ’95, founder and chief investment officer at Arbour Lane Capital

Taylor Montague, senior analyst at Silver Point Capital

Conor O’Shea, GABELLI ’17, fixed income sales at BTIG

Leah Trabich, partner at Henkel Search Partners

Amra Garcia-Tunon, head of human resources and senior recruiter at various hedge funds


6:30 PM | DRINKS & NETWORKING