Join Refinitiv LPC for the spring session of our 2022 Middle Market, Direct Lending & Large Corporate Loans Virtual Conference!

This unique virtual conference will feature industry experts discussing Large Corporate, ESG, Middle Market and Direct Lending. Bankers, investors and borrowers from around the world will tune in for discussions on the most important issues facing the syndicated loan market.

The conference can be viewed both live and on-demand.

Registration is free - Sign up here!

Sponsored by :

Golub Capital

Golub Capital is a market-leading, award-winning direct lender and credit asset manager, with over $45 billion of capital under management. We specialize in delivering reliable, creative and compelling financing solutions to companies backed by private equity sponsors. The firm's sponsor finance expertise also forms the foundation of our Late Stage Lending, Broadly Syndicated Loan and Credit Opportunities investment programs. Across our activities, Golub Capital nurtures long-term, win-win partnerships that inspire repeat business from private equity sponsors and investors.

Founded over 25 years ago, Golub Capital today has over 600 employees and lending offices in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and London.

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Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis's market-leading Debt Finance Practice Group is fully integrated with the Firm's global M&A/private equity, capital markets, restructuring and tax platforms. This multidisciplinary approach leverages the Firm's broad experience to provide borrower and lender clients with strategic and focused representation adapted to their needs. The Firm's debt finance group serves a wide and varied client base ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to leading global private equity firms and their numerous portfolio companies. It brings to bear the largest dedicated group of debt finance practitioners in the marketplace with an unparalleled commercial understanding of U.S. and international financing markets.

With more than 250 debt finance attorneys practicing out of the U.S., Asia and Europe, Kirkland handles more transactions for borrowers than any other law firm in the world and, for the last five years, has led the market in U.S. borrower transactions. This unmatched volume allows the team to provide creative and nimble counsel on today's largest, multifaceted financing transactions, debt restructurings and workouts.

Shearman & Sterling

Shearman & Sterling has a longstanding tradition of excellence and a proud history of providing quality legal services to clients. From our beginnings more than 145 years ago, we have built upon this strong foundation and developed into a global law firm that a diverse range of clients turn to for their most critical legal and business needs.

We provide our clients with insightful legal advice across a spectrum of practices and industries in all major regions of the world, resulting in groundbreaking transactions and landmark decisions. We will introduce lawyers experienced in capital markets, tax, corporate governance and executive compensation, as well as lawyers in other practice areas, when and as needed to advance the interests of our client.

TD Bank

TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank® is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., with over 25,000 employees and deep roots in the community dating back more than 150 years. The Bank offers a broad array of retail, small business, commercial banking products and services to more than 9.6 million customers through its extensive network of approximately 1,140 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. TD Bank also offers Specialty Lending nationwide.

In addition to banking products, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth® and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance.

TD Bank is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol "TD".

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Davis Polk

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (including its associated entities) is an elite global law firm with world-class practices across the board. Industry-leading companies and global financial institutions know they can rely on us for their most challenging legal and business matters.

The firm's top-flight capabilities are grounded in a distinguished history of 170 years, and our global, forward-looking focus is supported by 10 offices strategically located in the world's key financial centers and political capitals.

Approximately 1,000 lawyers collaborate seamlessly across practice groups and geographies to provide clients with exceptional service, sophisticated advice and creative, practical solutions.

Comvest Credit Partners

Comvest Credit Partners provides flexible financing solutions to middle-market companies. We provide senior secured, unitranche, second lien, and mezzanine capital. We lend to sponsored and non-sponsored companies, in support of refinancings, growth capital, acquisitions, buyouts, and recapitalizations.

Credit facilities typically range from $25 million to $200 million for companies with revenues greater than $20 million.


Katten is a full-service law firm with approximately 700 attorneys in locations across the United States and in London and Shanghai. Clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal services turn to Katten for counsel locally, nationally and internationally.

The firm's core areas of practice include private credit, corporate, financial markets and funds, insolvency and restructuring, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, structured finance and securitization, transactional tax planning and private wealth.

Katten represents public and private companies in numerous industries, as well as a number of government and nonprofit organizations and individuals.

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CIBC’s Loan Syndications Group leverages the Bank’s loan origination capabilities and has developed a network of lending institutions that help finance middle market businesses in the Commercial Real Estate and Commercial and Industrial segments.

CIBC specializes in multi-bank credit facilities that fund working capital needs, capital expenditures, acquisition finance and recapitalizations. Through its Loan Syndications group CIBC offers a full suite of products and services that includes:

  • Arranger of senior and junior debt
  • Full underwriting capabilities
  • Debt advisory

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Agenda details are subject to change.

Tuesday March 8, 2022

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Conference Kick-Off/Market Outlook

Ioana Barza - Head of Market Analysis, Refinitiv LPC

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM EST
Survival of the Fittest: The Evolution of Sponsor Finance
Sponsored by Golub Capital

  • What are some of the tools PE firms use to draw sellers in beyond price in an increasingly competitive landscape?
  • How have the M&A processes themselves evolved over the past few years and how have PE firms adapted? How do these trends tie into the way you run your financing processes?
  • What trends have you witnessed in the financing markets over the past 12 months and what do you expect in the long-run?
  • What are you looking for when choosing your lending partner and lending package?

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM EST
Macroeconomic Insights & Changing Structures, Challenges, and Opportunities
Sponsored by TD Bank

  • In focus: Macroeconomic outlook with a focus on geopolitical risk and inflation, and its implications for the economy and policy
  • Group discussion:
    • Does a rising tide lifts all boats? How do you navigate increasing leverage across the board?
    • What are emerging trends around enterprise value?
    • What should you consider around leveraged cash flows?
    • From the bank perspective, how do you navigate changing loan terms?

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM EST
Keeping afloat in a frothy direct lending market
Sponsored by Comvest Credit Partners

  • Deploying capital in a highly competitive environment
  • The role of niche strategies
  • How do you meet investors' needs in this market?
  • Why might the music stop and what could be the ramifications for the asset class?

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM EST
Distress and Success: The Road Ahead for Private Credit?
Sponsored by Katten

  • 2022: Assessing the Unknown. Whether it is inflation, rising interest rates, geopolitical moves or another global crisis, macroeconomic forces will be dynamic. What are the unique considerations and opportunities among different private credit business verticals?
  • COVID Hangover. As the global pandemic lingers, many borrowers and issuers have emerged unscathed, while others continue to work themselves out from under its long shadow. What do the success stories look like? Which companies are still on the path to recovery? How are relationships with credit providers evolving?
  • Maturity for the Next Downturn. Although it has been promised for years, the next material and lasting downturn has yet to materialize and the maturation of the asset class since the "credit crisis" of the mid-2000s" has been astounding. What is the relationship between those two developments and how will that maturation affect private credit performance and reaction during the next downturn?

Wednesday March 9, 2022

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM EST
Trends & Outlook in Investment Grade and ESG
Sponsored by Davis Polk

  • What is the outlook for investment grade M&A and M&A financings this year? How are lenders and borrowers viewing term loans and how are preferences shifting?
  • As sustainability linked loan conversations become more prevalent, what tools are emerging to reduce risk of green washing? Is the next step to frame taxonomy around industry norms and expectations?
  • What kind of norms around SOFR usage will emerge in 2022? Do CSAs matter in the long term? What are the concerns or expectations of SOFR behavior in a rising rate environment? Has BSBY been permanently displaced by SOFR or does it serve a purpose among select borrowers and lenders going forward?

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM EST
Private Equity Views
Sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis

  • With more than US $1.7trn of dry powder to be deployed by private equity, will it be another record year for LBO financings?
  • What is the outlook for M&A and the deal flow mix this year from broadly syndicated to the smaller middle market?
  • With several Fed rate hikes in store, will demand for leveraged loans fuel yet another robust year of activity? Are there new sources of demand?

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM EST
Current Trends in Direct Lending
Sponsored by Shearman & Sterling

  • State of the direct lending market – a look back at an unbelievable 2021, where the market is today and where will it be later in 2022.
  • What is the outlook for direct lending to middle market companies across various industry sectors? To what extent are geopolitical and macroeconomic issues, including inflation and supply chain issues impacting performance of borrowers so far?
  • Can direct lenders’ fundraising activity maintain the record pace in 2022? Will the increase in the frequency of $1 billion direct lending financing continue?


Marilyn S. Adler, Founder and Managing Partner - Mizzen Capital

Marilyn S. Adler is a Founder and Managing Partner at Mizzen Capital. Mizzen has $265 million of assets under management and invests as senior secured debt in lower middle market companies with $1 to $10 million of EBITDA. Our industry focus includes niche manufacturing, business services, healthcare services, alternative energy and software. Investment size ranges from $4 million to $15 million within the fund and partners with limited partners and other credit funds for larger deals up to $50 million.

Prior to founding Mizzen, Ms. Adler had senior management roles with SBIC investment funds including Medley SBIC LP, Sunrise Equity Partners LP and Hudson Venture Partners LP. Prior to that, she worked at Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association in the fixed income group and at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in the investment banking division.

Ms. has been named as one of the top women in middle market M&A every year between 2016 and 2021. Ms. Adler was the 2018 ACG Woman of Leadership awardee. She is a board member of UJA's Private Equity division, Banking & Finance division and Women of Wall Street division. Ms. Adler is a member of the SBIA ESG Working Group and was previously a board member of the SBIA board of governors and the chair of its BDC committee and prior finance chair of the board of Cornell University Hillel. She served as treasurer of her co-op board from 2011 to 2020.

Ms. Adler earned an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS with distinction from Cornell University. Ms. Adler resides in New York City with her husband and has three grown children.

Spyro Alexopoulos, Senior Managing Director, Head of Originations - Golub Capital

Mr. Alexopoulos joined Golub Capital in 2007 and is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Originations on the Direct Lending team. He is a member of the Firm's Investment Committee and is responsible for originating, underwriting, executing and monitoring investments for the Firm. Prior to joining Golub Capital, Mr. Alexopoulos worked at Silver Point Capital, where he was on the Commercial Finance team that provides senior and junior capital to middle market companies. Prior to that, he was a Vice President at GE Capital's Global Sponsor Finance group, where he originated, structured and executed middle market private equity and leveraged finance transactions. Prior to this position, Mr. Alexopoulos worked in GE Capital's Restructuring group, where he managed the workout of distressed portfolio investments.

Mr. Alexopoulos earned his BA degree in Economics from Cornell University. He received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Gus Atiyah, Partner - Shearman & Sterling LLP

Gus Atiyah is a Lead Industry Coordinator for Private Capital and a partner in the Finance practice.

He focuses his practice on all aspects of private finance transactions, including leveraged financing transactions ranging from syndicated senior facilities, second-lien facilities, leveraged buyouts and debt restructurings to recapitalizations and debt investments. He also assists equity and debt funds in raising fund-level financings.

Gus represents private equity sponsors, financial institutions, hedge funds, debt funds, sovereign wealth funds, and public and private companies, and his clients include Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division, Marcus by Goldman Sachs, New Mountain Capital, Symphony Technology Group, Vector Capital, Mubadala, Fidelity Investments, CVS Health, CSW Industrials, Quest Diagnostics, Valvoline, Blue Yonder, Tudor Investment Corporation, Maverick Capital, and certain Middle Eastern family offices.

Kate Balbirer , Director & Head of Capital Markets - GI Partners

Kate Balbirer is Director, Capital Markets at GI Partners. Kate focuses on capital markets activities for GI Partners and is responsible for new acquisition financings and portfolio company capital structure management. Prior to joining GI Partners, Kate was with TPG Capital where she focused on debt capital markets. Earlier in her career, she was a Vice President in the Leveraged Finance group of J.P. Morgan in New York.

Ioana Barza, Head of Analysis - Refinitiv LPC

As a Director of Analysis at Refinitiv LPC, Ioana Barza writes and presents frequently on corporate credit markets with a special focus on loan capital markets to the banking, regulatory, corporate borrower, institutional investor, and private equity communities. In addition, Ms.Barza conducts interviews with market leaders for Reuters Insider.

Ms.Barza has been with Refinitiv LPC since 1999. She provides insight and analysis related to the global credit markets and co-moderates roundtable discussions among leading buyside and sell side representatives focused in the U.S. on investment grade lending, leveraged finance, CLOs, middle market lending, and the broader European loan market. Prior to joining Refinitiv LPC, Ms.Barza focused on environmental finance initiatives with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of International Activities. She has also worked at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in Washington, DC, evaluating the economic and environmental impacts of proposed overseas investments. Ms.Barza has a BA in environmental sciences and international relations from Northwestern University and a graduate degree in economics from the George Washington University.

Derek Burleton, Vice President & Deputy Chief Economist - TD Bank

Derek is Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist for TD Bank Group. In his role, he leads a team of economists that provides leading analysis on the Canadian and U.S. economies. Each year, he speaks at more than 100 events on economic and financial developments across the U.S. and Canada.

As a respected commentator, Derek has been quoted by many media outlets - including the London Financial Times and the Economist. He also is frequently interviewed on the radio and television.

Derek maintains a strong interest in public policy issues, and has written substantive reports on health care sustainability, education and immigration reform.

He participates in a number of advisory and steering committees both internal and external to TD Bank Group.

Derek Burleton received his Bachelor of Commerce from Queen's University and an M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics. Derek has more than 20 years of experience as an economist in the financial industry.

David Check, Managing Director - Bank of Montreal

David has over 20 years of experience in the broadly syndicated and private, leveraged finance markets including roles in syndication, coverage and workout. In 2019, after 7 years in Bank of Montreal's leveraged and sponsor finance group, he joined BMO"s workout group, leading a team that is focused on leveraged and sponsor-owned troubled credits. Prior to joining the workout team, he covered financial sponsors and underwrote highly levered transactions.

Michael Chernick, Partner - Shearman & Sterling LLP

Michael is a partner in the Finance practice. Michael has over 25 years of experience in the U.S. leveraged finance market, representing leading investment and commercial banks, alternative capital providers and other financial institutions in bank financing and debt capital markets transactions.

He has extensive experience in public and private leveraged and investment grade acquisition finance (including bridge financings), refinancings and recapitalizations, second-lien and asset-based lending.

Michael also advises on securities, capital markets, bank finance, and corporate transactions representing corporations and financial institutions in bank financings, public and private offerings and high-yield debt offerings.

Mike Comstock, Counsel, Environmental, ESG expert - Davis Polk

Michael is counsel in Davis Polk's Environmental Group. He advises clients on a range of environmental matters in connection with corporate transactions, with a focus on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, securities offerings and bank financings. He also provides advice with respect to environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters, in particular ESG-linked financings and ESG policies and procedures. He has worked with clients in a range of industries, including oil and gas exploration and production companies, chemicals manufacturers, utilities and global industrial companies.

Michael has been counsel at Davis Polk since 2021, prior to which he was an associate from 2012 to 2021. He received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2012 and a BA in American Studies from Wesleyan University in 2005. He also holds an MFA in Poetry Writing from the University of Iowa, which he received in 2007.

Diana Diquez, Director of Market Analysis - Refinitiv LPC

As Director of Market Analysis at Refinitiv LPC, Diana Diquez produces analysis, speaks, and writes on the state of the middle market. She produces quarterly features for the GoldSheets Middle Market Review on the syndicated and direct lending spaces. She also co-produces the Middle Market Connect and the Quarterly Middle Market Review reports. Diana pulls together our leveraged loan yield analysis and leads our industry and LatAm coverage.

Diana has been a part of the company since 1997. Prior to joining Refinitiv LPC, Diana worked in private banking in Venezuela, providing analyses and recommendations on investment opportunities for private banking customers. Diana has a BSBA from Boston University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She also studied four years of economics in the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela, where she developed her thesis research titled: Proposal for the Development of the Small & Medium Industry in Venezuela and Analysis of its Financial Problems.

Mark du Four, Head of Private Capital Markets - Crescent Capital Group LP

Mr. du Four is Head of Private Capital Markets at Crescent Capital Group LP. He is responsible for sourcing middle market lending opportunities and providing capital markets and syndication capabilities across the Crescent platform. Prior to joining the team, Mr. du Four was Head of Capital Markets and a member of the Operating Committee at NewStar Financial. Mr. du Four has over 30 years of below investment grade experience and has held senior level roles in capital markets and originations at FleetBoston, BMO and Chase. Mr. du Four began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Coopers and Lybrand. Mr. du Four received his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and his BS from Virginia Tech.

Jane Duggan, Commercial Regional Group Manager, Metro New York - TD Bank

Jane Duggan is Senior Vice President, Commercial Regional Group Manager of the Suburban NY Middle Market for TD Bank N.A., a wholly owned US subsidiary of Toronto Dominion. In this role, she advances best practices in developing and managing client relationships, promoting the TD Brand in the community, managing the risk profile of the portfolio and coaching and promoting a team of commercial lenders. Under her leadership, the division has grown substantially. The portfolio consists of commercial and industrial segments and larger institutional corporations; positioning TD Bank as a key provider of financial services .

Following a 20-year career in Commercial Lending and Credit Administration at EAB, Riggs Bank and Citibank, Jane joined TD Bank’s legacy Commerce Bank in November 2002, where she established, built and managed the Middle Market Lending Division during the bank’s entry into New York. TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank is a growth organization and will soon rank as the 6th largest US Bank once the acquisition of First Horizon Corporation is approved.

Jane serves on the Board of Directors for the Long Island Association and Chairs the Economic Development sub committees. Her current and past professional and community affiliations are numerous and include many Women- orientated organizations focused on advancing professional women in the Corporate World and forging strong network alliances. She is the former Co-Lead and current Senior Advisor to TD's Women In Leadership Committee, is a Long Island Trustee of the Energeia Partnership Leadership Academy, whose purpose is to identify and address the multi-dimensional issues concerning the LI Region and was the recipient of the 2019 Athena Leadership Award sponsored by KPMG.

John W. Felix, Head of Originations - White Oak Global Advisors

Mr. Felix has served as Managing Director and Partner of White Oak since 2017. Mr. Felix has been actively investing in middle market companies for over 25 years. Most recently, he founded Consortium Finance in 2013 where he invested across the capital structure of middle market businesses. Prior to his role at Consortium Finance, Mr. Felix worked at D. E. Shaw Group where he opened the San Francisco office in 2005. At D. E. Shaw, Mr. Felix was responsible for originating and managing a portfolio of direct senior debt, junior debt and equity investments across a variety of industries. He was previously a managing principal of Banc of America Mezzanine Capital LLC, where he was responsible for underwriting structured senior debt, mezzanine debt, and bridge financing across a variety of industry sectors. Additionally, Mr. Felix was a former leader of Banc of America Securities, Inc.’s debt origination efforts in Australasia. Mr. Felix holds a B.A. degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Bill Fink, Executive Vice President, Head of US Middle Market Banking - TD Bank

Bill serves as Executive Vice President and Head of US Middle Market Banking. In this role, Bill directs Asset Based Lending, Supply Chain Finance and Middle Market lending for private equity sponsors, publicly held corporations and family-owned businesses with revenues from $75 million to $1 billion. His responsibilities include strategy formulation, product development and implementation, client fulfillment, revenue growth and portfolio quality.

Previously, Bill served as Head of Credit Management for TD Bank's Commercial Bank where he supervised the structuring and underwriting, ongoing monitoring and control of the Bank's Commercial, Real Estate, Wealth Management, Specialty and Small Business loan portfolios. Bill has 30 years of financial services experience, beginning his career at Continental Bank in Philadelphia, and has held senior lending, credit risk and senior management positions in Business Banking, Middle Market and Corporate lending.

Bill is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Global Management Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Turnaround Management Association. He serves as a guest lecturer on Private Equity at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and teaches four continuing professional education programs at Penn State University - Abington Campus. Bill provides community leadership and serves as a board member of the Advancement Committee for Mercy Vocational High School and previously served as a consultant to the Wharton Small Business Development Center.

Bill earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration, with concentrations in finance and management, and a Bachelor's of Science degree in marketing from St. Joseph's University. He completed the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School's Advanced Finance Program, continuing education in the Master of Taxation Program at Villanova University School of Law, and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business' Executive Leadership Certificate Program and the Enterprise Risk Management Program at Stanford University.

Brian Ford, Partner - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Brian Ford is a corporate partner in Kirkland & Ellis' Los Angeles and Bay Area offices, whose practice focuses on complex financing transactions for private equity firms, commercial lending institutions, portfolio companies, hedge funds, asset managers, alternative capital sources and other private and public companies. Such transactions have included the negotiation, structuring and documentation of secured and unsecured financings, including senior, mezzanine and subordinated debt transactions, acquisition financings, dividend recapitalizations, debtor-in-possession, exit financings and restructurings. Brian has advised on some of the most cutting-edge and high profile out-of-court liability management transactions and leveraged buyouts. Most recently, the Los Angeles Times named Brian to its 2021 list of “Banking and Finance Visionaries” for the inaugural issue of their Banking & Finance Magazine.

Matt Gilbert, Principal, Capital Markets - Thoma Bravo

Matt Gilbert is a Principal, Capital Markets at Thoma Bravo. Based in Miami, he joined the firm in 2016. Previously, Matt was an investor focused on software and technology companies with the private equity firm Summit Partners. To start his career, he worked as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Leveraged Finance Group at UBS in New York. Matt graduated cum laude with a BS degree in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Southern California.

Alexander Gorokhovskiy, Managing Director, Direct Lending - Deutsche Bank AG

David Graham, Managing Director, Debt Capital Markets - Genstar Capital

David Graham is the Managing Director of Debt Capital Markets at Genstar Capital. He focuses on Genstar Capital's debt financing activities for both new and existing investments and manages the firm's financing relationships. Prior to joining Genstar Capital in 2017, Dave was Vice President, Capital Markets at Sterling Partners, a middle market growth equity firm based in Chicago. Previously, he worked in the Debt Advisory Group at Lincoln International. Before that, Dave worked in the Corporate Banking Group at The Northern Trust Company. Dave began his career as a derivatives trader at DRW Trading Group.

Matt Janchar Managing Director, Capital Markets - Berkshire Partners

Matt Janchar is a Managing Director at Berkshire Partners where he leads the Capital Markets team. Prior to joining Berkshire in 2007, Matt held roles in leveraged finance at Oak Hill Advisors and Goldman Sachs. Matt received a B.B.A. from University of Notre Dame.

Megan Karlen, Partner- Francisco Partners

Megan Austin Karlen is a Partner at Francisco Partners, a private equity firm focused on investments in technology. Megan sits in the San Francisco office where she leads the Capital Markets function and is a member of the firm's investment committee.

Prior to joining Francisco Partners, Megan held business development roles at several early-stage technology companies. Previously, she was a private equity investor at Castle Harlan. Megan began her career at Morgan Stanley.

Megan holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Phoebe Jin, Associate, Finance - Davis Polk

Phoebe is an associate in Davis Polk's Finance Group. She advises financial institutions and corporate clients in a variety of finance transactions, including leveraged and investment-grade acquisition financings.

Phoebe has been an associate at Davis Polk since 2015. She received her JD and MBA from Columbia University in 2015 and her AB in Economics from Princeton University in 2010.

Peter Knight, Partner, Insolvency and Restructuring, Katten

With decades of experience, Peter Knight represents individual creditors and lender groups at all levels of the capital structure - in out-of-court restructurings, bankruptcy proceedings and various special situations transactions. Peter has built a strong market reputation for representing senior secured agents and lenders in middle market workouts and restructurings.

Peter has substantial experience developing and implementing non-bankruptcy restructuring strategies that help clients achieve their business objectives while minimizing cost, delay and risk. Such strategies include Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) foreclosure transactions, receivership proceedings, assignments for the benefit of creditors, exchange offers, rights offerings and various rescue financing transactions.

Peter also has a strong commitment to pro bono service and has worked with organizations such as the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, Ascend Justice (formerly the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic), the Texas DNA Mixture Review Project and the National Veterans Legal Services Program.

Jason Kyrwood, Partner, Finance - Davis Polk

Jason is a partner in, and co-head of, Davis Polk's Finance Group. Jason has advised on many of the largest and most complex leveraged, investment-grade, bridge, LBO, cross-border, private debt, restructuring and recapitalization transactions in the market. He represents major financial institutions and alternative credit providers alike on a full range of financial products, from large-cap syndicated loans to smaller direct lending transactions.

Chambers USA ranks Jason in Band 1 for Banking & Finance, with clients saying he is "incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of the market" and "practical and easy to deal with." He has thrice been named an American Lawyer "Dealmaker of the Year," most recently in 2020, and is a member of the Practical Law Company's Finance Advisory Board. IFLR 1000 recognizes Jason as a "Market Leader."

Jason has been a partner at Davis Polk since 2009, and was an associate from 2000 to 2009, prior to which he was an associate with Allen & Hemsley (Sydney) from 1998 to 2000. He received his LLB from Murdoch University School of Law in 1998 and his Bachelor of Commerce from Murdoch University in 1997.

Derek Ladgenski, Partner, Private Credit, Katten

For more than two decades, private debt providers and banks have turned to Derek Ladgenski to advise on their most complicated and challenging debt financing deals. Derek helps his clients close complex financings quickly and efficiently, without surprises or delays, and builds their relationships and market presence along the way.

Derek counsels lead arrangers, administrative agents and lenders on cash-flow acquisition and recapitalization financings, "take private" transactions and debt financings. Thanks to his vast experience and deep roots in the financing community, Derek helps his clients understand current market conditions, avoid getting bogged down in legal minutiae and get their deals done. His high volume of transactional work - from multibillion-dollar syndicated loans to smaller bilateral deals - allows him to advise clients on current market conditions, the effects of decisions through different credit cycles and positioning for future success.

In all of his engagements, Derek strives to exceed expectations and ensure that all parties walk away from the negotiating table as happy with the process as possible, helping his clients to build relationships and grow their own standing with their customers. He has particularly extensive experience in retail, restaurant and franchise financings, where he facilitates the expansion of national and international franchisors, franchisees and restaurant operators through a variety of deal sizes and types, from financings of smaller franchisees and young restaurant concepts to credit facilities of more than $1 billion.

Joe Lazewski, Senior Credit Officer, - NXT Capital

Joe is responsible for supervising and managing all risk-related activities in the Direct Lending Group. His responsibilities include overseeing evaluation; structuring, diligence and closing new transactions; portfolio management, account monitoring and reporting; maintenance and compliance with NXT Capital’s Policies and Procedures; and restructuring activity. Joe is a member of NXT’s Credit and Investment Committees.

Joe has over 20 years of middle-market leveraged lending experience, having held positions that include client relationship development and new business origination, transaction structuring and underwriting, negotiating and closing transactions, ongoing portfolio management and distressed debt evaluation and acquisition. Joe’s middle-market lending experience also includes working at Merrill Lynch Capital and Heller Financial, as well as Golub Capital and LaSalle Bank.

Joe earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Valparaiso University and an M.B.A in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He also holds a CFA® charter.

Daniel Lee, Partner - Comvest Credit Partners

Dan is a Partner and serves as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and the Investment Committee for Comvest’s direct lending strategy. He is responsible for originating, structuring, and managing investments.

Prior to joining Comvest, Dan was a Senior Director with Dymas Capital Management, where he served on the Investment Committee and was instrumental in the formation and growth of the firm from its start-up phase to an established middle-market finance company. Prior to getting his MBA, Dan began his career with Arthur Andersen and Heller Financial’s Corporate Finance Group.

Dan received an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Mrinalini MacDonough - Morgan Stanley

Mrinalini MacDonough is an Executive Director in Morgan Stanley’s Global Capital Markets group. She joined Morgan Stanley in 2010. At Morgan Stanley, Mrinalini has worked across the Investment Banking and Fixed Income Capital Markets divisions. Her current responsibilities include the origination, structuring and syndication of investment grade syndicated loans in North America.

Mrinalini holds an AB in Mathematics and BS in Economics from Duke University.

Kevin Marchetti, Partner - Varagon Capital Partners

Kevin Marchetti is a Partner of Varagon Capital Partners and serves as the firm's Chief Risk Officer. Kevin has been with the firm since its inception and has driven the successful construction of the portfolio. Kevin is responsible for all underwriting and portfolio management functions at the firm. Kevin has extensive experience in risk management and middle market leveraged finance across a range of industries and strategies. Prior to joining Varagon, he was a Senior Vice President at Antares Capital. Kevin has also held senior risk positions at TD Bank and CIT Group. He earned a B.A. degree from Springfield College and M.B.A. from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Tony Marsh, Managing Director and Chief Capital Markets Officer - TA Associates

Tony leads TA's capital markets activities. He oversees all financings and capital markets activities for new investments, add-on acquisitions, recapitalizations, refinancings and amendments for TA portfolio companies globally. Tony also manages the firm’s relationships with investment banks, advisors and direct lenders. Prior to joining TA in 2013, he was a Director at Credit Suisse in the Financial Sponsors Group, focusing on leveraged finance transactions. Previously, Tony was a Controller at Mack Trucks, Inc. He received a BS degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University and an MBA degree, with Distinction, from the University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Joseph F. Nemia, Head of Asset Based Lending - TD Bank

Joseph Nemia is Head of Asset Based Lending (ABL) at TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank. As Head of ABL, Joe is a key member of the Commercial Banking leadership team. He oversees a team of ABL lenders with experience in developing strong customer relationships by delivering solutions to meet our customers' financial needs. ABL offers clients a flexible cost-effective financing solution by leveraging assets and maximizing liquidity.

Joe has more than 40 years of experience in Corporate Finance. He joined the bank in 2011 from RBS Citizens Financial Group where he served as President of RBS Commercial Finance. Prior to RBS, Joe was at CIT where he served as President, Commercial and Industrial. He was also a Senior Managing Director at GE Commercial Finance where he held a number of leadership positions during his 14 years with the company. He was a founding member of GE Commercial Finance and was instrumental in the middle market build out of the ABL business. He completed GE Company’s Global Business Management training in Tokyo and received Black Belt certification in Six Sigma.

Joe is on the Board of Trustees of Loyola School in New York City and a member of Loyola School’s Finance and Audit Committees. He is a Trustee of National Jewish Medical and Research Center and has served on the Board of Director’s for Junior Achievement in Stamford/Greenwich CT. He is a former Commercial Finance Association Chairman and President and currently serves as a Director for the Secured Finance Network. Joe serves as the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Audax Credit BDC Inc.

He is a graduate from Pace University – Lubin School of Business, BBA, MBA.

Michael Nichols Partner, Capital Markets - Kelso & Company

Mike joined Kelso in 2016 and leads the firm’s capital markets activities, including acquisition financing for new investments and capital structure optimization for existing portfolio companies. He is also responsible for the execution of all debt and equity co-investments, working in close coordination with the Investor Relations team.

Prior to joining Kelso, Mike was a Vice President in the Leveraged Finance group at Goldman Sachs where he was responsible for originating, structuring and executing leveraged loan and high yield bond financings. Previously, he held capital markets roles at RoundPoint Capital Group and Banc of America Securities.

Mike received an MBA from Yale University in 2012 and a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2004.

Brian Polomsky, Managing Director, Originations - Principal Financial Group

Brian is an Originator on Principal's Direct Lending Team and has more than 20 years of experience in private equity sponsor coverage and deal execution. Brian was previously with Antares Capital covering sponsors in the Midwest and East. Transactions included deals across varying industries including manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, business services, consumer, software and aerospace with debt facility sizes of $50-$500 million. He began his career with GE Capital, with roles in audit, underwriting and account management for private equity backed businesses. Brian holds a Bachelor's Degree from John Carroll University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

David Puchowski, Director of Market Analysis - Refinitiv LPC

As Director of Market Analysis, David speaks, researches, and produces analysis across various segments of the loan market. David tracks the middle market, including the direct lending space, and co-produces the Middle Market Connect report. David also researches the high-grade loan market and produces the Investment Grade Monthly stats pack. In addition to longer length feature stories, David also puts together leverage levels for LBO deals. He created Refinitiv LPC's Flex Factor tracking flex data in the leveraged market while managing the analytical content provided via Refinitiv LPC's platform,

David has been a part of Refinitiv LPC since 2005. Prior to joining the Market Analysis team, he worked for the data production team, helping to manage the accuracy of incoming loans data. He was instrumental in building LPC's current loans database.

Prior to Refinitiv LPC, David worked for M&A advisor Acquest International. David earned a BA in economics from Rowan University.

Richard Rivera, Managing Director, Global Loans Capital Markets - Citi

Richard Rivera is a Managing Director in Global Loans Capital Markets within Citi’sBanking, Capital Markets, & Advisory business. He has loan syndication responsibilities across a diverse portfolio of North American clients, primarily in the Healthcare and Power industries. He is also active in the firm’s diversity efforts as a member of the Diversity Committee and LGBT and Heritage (African-American and Hispanic) sub-committees.

Richard has been with Citi for 16 years. He started his career at Citi in the Global Corporate Finance program following his undergraduate studies, and focused on coverage of the Diversified Industrials portfolio. Richard later joined the Financial Institutions Group before leaving the bank to obtain his MBA. Following his graduate studies, Richard returned to Citi as a Vice President in the Financial Institutions Group and transitioned to his current capital markets role in 2015.

Richard received his MBA specializing in Finance and Marketing from the Stern School of Business at New York University in 2011, and his BA in Public Policy Studies from Duke University in 2003.

Anne Russ, Managing Director, Head of TMT Leveraged Finance - Goldman Sachs

Anne is head of TMT Leveraged Finance at Goldman Sachs. She is responsible for originating, structuring and executing debt financings across leveraged loans and high yield bonds for both corporate and financial sponsor clients. Anne joined Goldman Sachs in 2006. Prior to joining the firm, Anne started her career in Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch. She earned a BA in Economics from Amherst College.

Christopher M. Sheehan - BofA Securities

Chris is a Director on the Investment Grade Loan Syndications team, and has been working at Bank of America for 11 years. Currently, Chris primarily engages with investment-grade clients in the Healthcare and Industrial sectors and is responsible for the origination, structuring and execution of syndicated bank facilities, including revolvers, term loans and bridge loans. In addition to these responsibilities, Chris plays an active role in BofA's transition from LIBOR to new replacement rates.

Prior to joining Bank of America, Chris attended the University of South Carolina and has degrees in both International Business and Finance. He resides in Charlotte, NC.

Michael Schein, Managing Partner - Chartwell Investments

Mike has over 30 years of experience in all facets of private equity investing and has participated in the purchase or sale of businesses with transaction values exceeding $4 billion.

In the last 24+ months, Mike has closed 2 new platform investments, successfully exited two portfolio company, closed 9 portfolio company add-on acquisitions, while also entering into a Joint Venture with a publicly-traded company, representing approximately $600+ million in total aggregate transaction value.

Mike focuses on deal sourcing, relationship building, strategic planning, recruiting management teams and operating executives, capital raising, and post-closing portfolio company development. As an independent sponsor, Mike supports the management owners he partners with to accelerate growth and realize their visions for their companies.

Prior to co-founding the predecessor to CHIEF Capital in 1992, Mike worked for Goldman Sachs (mergers & acquisitions department) and was a SVP of a private NYC-based investment firm.

Mike currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors across multiple organizations: Contract Datascan Holdings, Inc., PPC Holdings, Inc., Effox-Flextor-Mader, Inc. and serves as a Director of: Richard Childress Racing.

Mike has previously served as a Director of multiple private companies including RQM+, TTG Imaging Solutions, LLC, Carey International, Bell Sports, Petro Stopping Centers, and SunPark. Mike graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S.E., summa cum laude.

Neha Shah, Director - Houlihan Lokey

Ms. Shah is a Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Capital Markets Group. Her primary responsibilities include working with the firm’s clients to raise debt and equity capital to support refinancings, recapitalizations, restructurings, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and growth capital initiatives, as well as advising companies on a wide range of capital structure matters. Ms. Shah is based in the firm’s New York office.

Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Ms. Shah was at BMO Capital Markets, where she was a senior member of the Debt Capital Markets Group, focused on sourcing, structuring, and executing both public and private leverage loan and high-yield transactions in a variety of industries, including but not limited to healthcare and energy. Prior to joining BMO Capital Markets, Ms. Shah was a Vice President at CIBC World Markets/Oppenheimer, where she focused on structuring and executing leverage finance transactions for leading financial sponsors.

Earlier, Ms. Shah was at Wells Fargo, where she focused on providing asset-based loans for middle-market companies. She began her career at Deutsche Bank in the Financial Sponsors Group.

Ms. Shah holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and minors in Economics and Art History from the University of Southern California.

Heather Waters Borthwick, Partner - Shearman & Sterling LLP

Heather Waters Borthwick is a partner in the firm’s Bank Finance group in New York. Heather’s experience includes advising leading financial institutions, commercial and investment banks, direct lenders, private equity firms and corporate borrowers on a broad range of financing matters. These include syndicated and direct lending leveraged acquisition financings (both domestic and cross-border), asset-based financings and investment grade lending transactions, debtor in possession financings and exit financings.

Before joining Shearman & Sterling, Heather was a partner at White & Case LLP and she also previously served as assistant general counsel for an international media corporation.

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Refinitiv LPC Middle Market, Direct Lending & Large Corporate Loans Virtual Conference Spring 2022