Stephen J. Czech, Managing Member & Chief Investment Officer, SJC Capital Partners, Stamford, CT
Stephen Czech formed the SJC Capital Partners, L.L.C. (“SJC”) in 2008. Prior to forming SJC, Mr. Czech was the founder, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of Contrarian Capital Finance, L.P. (“Contrarian”). Prior to joining Contrarian in 2003, Mr. Czech was employed by Credit Suisse First Boston (“CSFB”), where he was the head of the Mezzanine Finance Group from 2001 to 2003. Prior to Credit Suisse First Boston, Mr. Czech was employed by Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (“DLJ”) from 1998 to 2001. At DLJ, Mr. Czech was a member of the Leveraged Finance Group. Mr. Czech was also a Senior Credit Officer of ABN AMRO's Leveraged Finance Group and a Vice President at Banc of America Securities. Mr. Czech is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York University Langone Medical Center Cancer Institute, a member of the Board of Advisors of The Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children's Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders at New York University Langone Medical Center, and founder and Co-Chairman of The Mikey Czech Foundation, Inc. Mr. Czech received a B.S. from Marquette University and an MBA from University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Steven M. Ellis, Partner, Partner, Proskauer Rose, Boston, MA
Steven Ellis is a partner in the Firm's Corporate Department, head of the Firm's Boston office, co-head of the Distressed Debt Group and Junior Capital Group, and co-chair of the Firm's Corporate Finance Group. Mr. Ellis concentrates in financing transactions and restructuring matters. He represents a large array of secured lenders, second lien lenders, mezzanine debt funds and private equity funds in all types of transactions from recapitalizations to acquisitions. He specializes in multi-tranche financing transactions. He has represented junior capital lenders investing in private companies throughout the country and Europe. Mr. Ellis spends a substantial amount of time negotiating financing and acquisition transactions and focusing on various debt facilities, including working capital loans, subordinated debt, second lien loans, intercreditor issues and distressed debt facilities. These financings are in connection with IPOs, recapitalizations, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and going-private transactions. Mr. Ellis actively represents over 50 private equity and debt providers, including a number of junior capital providers, SBIC funds, BDCs, hedge funds, one-stop shops, traditional mezzanine funds, specialty finance companies, insurance companies and bank subsidiaries in transactions that have ranged from $1 to $250 million. In addition, Mr. Ellis has represented creditors and companies in finance restructurings and out-of-court workouts and has substantial experience in representing creditors and investors in distressed sales of companies and assets. Mr. Ellis has broad experience in insolvency and bankruptcy matters. Mr. Ellis has represented several companies in large syndicated senior bank transactions. He has closed credit facilities, supervising and coordinating more than 40 attorneys and paralegals in one transaction. Mr. Ellis has been a director of the Boston Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Association of Corporate Growth. Mr. Ellis is a frequent panelist at mezzanine finance, second lien finance secured lending and restructuring seminars. He received his B.A. from Tufts University in 1984 and his J.D. from Boston University Law School in 1987.
Marvin Miller, Partner, Winston & Strawn, New York, NY
Marvin Miller is a corporate partner in the New York office of Winston & Strawn who concentrates his practice in bank financing. Mr. Miller has experience representing domestic and international corporate and financial institutions, hedge funds, and governmental entities in connection with a range of financing transactions, including second lien and mezzanine financings, private placements (unsecured and secured), asset-based financings, foreign and domestic tender offers (hostile and friendly), structured acquisition financings (including corporate strategic acquisitions and leveraged buyouts involving subordinate debt and financier equity positions), municipal bond financings, debtor-in-possession, sale-leasebacks, debt restructurings, synthetic leases, and commercial paper back-up facilities. In particular, Mr. Miller has handled financings involving aircraft, motion picture studios, media properties, insurance companies, manufacturers, hotels, medical service providers, food companies, hospitals, municipalities, gaming companies, ships, mineral properties, and racehorses. Mr. Miller is a member of the Corporate Opinion Committee. Mr. Miller is also a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Mr. Miller received a B.A. in Political Science from DePaul University in 1983 and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1990, where he was articles editor of the Fordham International Law Review.
J. Bradley Parish, Senior Vice President, D.E. Shaw & Co., New York, NY
Brad Parish is a senior vice president of D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P. Prior to joining the D. E. Shaw group in 2004, Mr. Parish worked at Advantage Capital Partners, a private equity firm in New York. From 2000 to 2002, he was a senior associate at Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc., where he provided investment banking services to businesses involved in corporate transactions. Before that, he was an attorney specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance at New York law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP. Mr. Parish currently serves on the boards of directors of Intrepid Pictures, LLC; Radar Pictures LLC; and TriplePoint Capital LLC. He received his B.B.A. in the Business Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin, his M.B.A. from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.
Constantine Karides, Partner, Reed Smith, New York, NY
Constantine Karides heads the firm's Distressed Investing practice, and co-chairs the firm's Alternative Investments team. Mr. Karides manages the firm's relationship with more than a dozen hedge funds with in excess of $50 billion in assets, as well as structuring and implementing distressed investment strategies. He has a long track record of successfully negotiating the resolution of complex alternative investment disputes, including in respect of structured finance assets, CDOs, CLOs, SIVs and other derivative products. Mr. Karides also has a significant commercial finance practice representing lenders, private equity funds, hedge funds, and other financial institutions in all aspects of workouts, restructurings, and reorganizations of financially distressed companies. Constantine honed his negotiating skills as an active commercial and bankruptcy practitioner, appearing in courts throughout the United States. Illustrative of Mr. Karides' current practice is his recent and ongoing representation of a group of hedge funds, funds of funds and financial institutions in a multi-billion dollar CDO related dispute; a $5 billion hedge fund's successful stalking horse bid to purchase a $1 billion commercial loan portfolio; and his negotiating the sale at par of a $125 million position in a multi-strategy investment vehicle that was publicly charged with fraud.