Johannesburg, South Africa
Eric Levenstein has been a director of Werksmans Attorneys since 1993 and is the head of the firm’s Insolvency, Business Rescue & Restructuring practice.
He specialises in litigation and dispute resolution with a particular focus on business rescue, insolvency and restructuring, banking and finance and corporate recovery of debt. His expertise extends to director liability issues. He regularly delivers seminars and writes for various publications on these topics among others.
He is the Chairperson of the South African Restructuring & Insolvency Practitioners Association (SARIPA) and sits on the board of INSOL International, a worldwide group of insolvency practitioners. Eric has BCom and LLB degrees, Higher Diplomas in Company Law and Tax, a Diploma in Insolvency Law and a Doctorate of Laws in Business Rescue.
David has extensive experience in non-contentious restructuring, insolvency and special situations assignments acting for corporates, clearing banks, international and investment banks, debt and hedge funds.
He has advised in relation to a number of domestic and cross-border assignments taking in transactions in established and emerging markets. He specialises in situations with complex financing or intercreditor arrangements, including securitisations, first lien/second lien, unitranche and bond, loan structures.
David's practice and expertise extends to advising on NPLs (single name and portfolios), secondary and distressed trading in loans, claims (on LSTA and LMA platforms) and other financial instruments. He is rated as "excellent" in the funds restructuring space in the Legal 500, 2016 and "excellent at navigating the issues of debt sales" in the Legal 500, 2017 and "recommended" in the Legal 500, 2018.
Alvarez & Marsal
Harish is a Managing Director with A&M's Financial Industry Advisory Services Practice. He brings more than 17 years of experience in financial advisory, corporate planning, operations management and turnarounds. Mr. Kumar has played a key role in a range of restructuring and performance improvement projects in Asia, Africa and Europe.
In addition, Mr. Kumar has led several DD engagements with a number of PE clients in Europe and Middle East. Recent assignments included credit DD and estimation of expected losses for a portfolio in Poland, NPL portfolio review in Italy consisting of consumer as well as corporate/SME loans with a variety of collaterals, interim management for an investee company in the Middle East and valuation of a target bank in Eastern Europe.
International Finance Corporation (IFC) Word Bank Group
Washington D.C, USA
Zuberoa Mainz is an Investment Officer at IFC’s Distressed Asset Recovery Program, based in Washington DC. She works on structuring and monitoring IFC’s NPL investment and servicing platforms, consisting of unsecured/secured retail and small business loans, across emerging markets in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia, as well as IFC’s investments in single-name corporate distressed debt and special situations in Asia.
In addition, she leads the recently established IFC regional NPL platform in Sub-Saharan Africa. Zuberoa has more than 15 years of experience working in emerging markets and deep expertise in a variety of financial products with a record of success managing complex business transactions.
Zuberoa holds a BA in Economics and an MBA from The University of Navarra in Spain.
Private Equity & Real Estate Specialist
Alagie has over 15 years financial services experience across Group Treasury, Accounting and Private Equity/Real Estate (PE/RE) roles with well regarded organisations including Bank of New York Mellon, Hudson Advisors/Lone Star Funds, Accenture, and Dublin Airport Authority (DAA).
Most recently, Alagie was Vice President PE/RE at BNY Mellon Alternative Investment Service. He was responsible for the administrative, operational and financial affairs for a variety of Private Equity Asset Classes including Commercial Real Estate Funds, Infrastructure Debt Funds, Private Debt, Non Performing Loan Funds and open ended Lone Funds.
Prior to BNY Mellon, he was an Investment Analyst with Hudson Advisors Europe/Lone Star Funds where he managed European portfolios with AUM in excess of $16 billion, comprising of performing and non-performing loans backed by residential and commercial real estate investments.
Brown Rudnick LLP
Henry Kikoyo is a Partner in the Restructuring & Finance Department of Brown Rudnick LLP and spearheads its Africa restructuring practice. He practices in the areas of debt and corporate restructuring/turnaround, corporate refinancing and debt trading acting for bank and non-bank lenders, Development Finance Institutions, bondholders, distressed investors, Governments, State Owned Entities and private/public companies.
Henry has a particular focus on restructuring/turnaround in emerging markets, in particular Africa and Eastern Europe. He is a leading advisor in relation to the restructuring of airlines. He also advises in relation to distressed businesses or investments in financial services (banks), manufacturing, Agriculture, power projects, infrastructure, oil & gas and also in respect of sovereign debt resolution. As part of his restructuring practice, Henry also advises in relation to alternative financing solutions including secondary capital raising and non-bank lending, and aircraft operating leases in the case of airline clients.
Henry has significant experience in complex cross-border restructuring transactions and has been involved in major transactions in Europe, North & South America, Australia and Africa.
He maintains a debt trading practice representing investors in the secondary debt market in relation to the acquisition and disposition of debt including bank loans, trade claims and financial claims.
JOSEP M. JULIA
Global Head and Chief Investment Officer, Distressed Asset Recovery Program (DARP)
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Washington D.C, USA
Josep M. Julia is the Global Head and Chief Investment Officer of the Distressed Asset Recovery Program (DARP) at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) based in Washington DC.
Mr. Julia oversees IFC's global business of acquisition and resolution of distressed assets and special situations, with deals in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and Middle East, for a total amount in excess of US$7.5 billion. Mr. Julia is active in the board of directors of several of the Group's servicers globally.
Prior to joining the IFC, Mr. Julia worked at Lehman Brothers Private Equity where he was involved in restructuring deals, monitoring some of the Private Equity Fund's portfolio companies as part of their Board of Directors, and identifying and analyzing new investment opportunities. Mr. Julia was also the Chief Operating Officer at iSOCO where he led the first financing round of the company, raising €20 million, the largest first financing round in Spain for a software company.
Mr. Julia holds an M.B.A. with emphasis in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business and a B.A. in Finance from ESADE Escuela Superior de Administracion y Direccion de Empresas.
Simiso Velempini is a managing director in the Africa practice of K2 Intelligence. She has extensive consulting and advisory experience in sub-Saharan Africa and has lived and worked in the region.
Simiso’s work includes advising clients on market entry and providing ongoing political analysis and business intelligence across Africa. She is adept at supporting clients in understanding the political and reputational risks they face when conducting business on the continent; she is frequently used as a sounding board for clients when considering strategic decisions.
Prior to joining K2 Intelligence, Simiso was based in Johannesburg where, as vice president of reputation management at Barclays Africa, she advised the business on reputation management for specific issues related to transactions and relationships across 12 African markets. Before joining Barclays, Simiso worked as the Southern Africa analyst at Control Risks, where she provided bespoke analysis and risk consultancy for governmental, commercial, and NGO clients across a range of sectors in Southern and East Africa.
Simiso received a B.A. in languages and a B.A. in international relations from the University of Pretoria, a B.A. (Hons.) in international relations from the University of Pretoria, an M.A. in international security from Sciences Po, Paris, and an M.S. in international relations from the London School of Economics.
Frontier Capital Alternative Assets Ltd
Olutayo obtained Honours in Economics in 1988 from Obafemi Awolowo University. He also has an MBA from the prestigious University of Navarra (IESE) Barcelona through the IESE/LBS Executive MBA programme.
He started his career in 1989 with C S & Ola and Co, a firm of chartered Accountants where he did his National Youth Service Corp (NYSC). After completion of the NYSC, Tayo worked for SaskEnergy Limited in Canada for one year as an Accounts Officer under an exchange programme of AIESEC. Upon completion of the exchange programme, he came back to Nigeria and spent two years in mortgage banking and lease finance institutions before joining Agusto & Co. Limited in January 1994. Agusto and Co is the premier and leading local rating agency in Nigeria. In Agusto and Co, he worked as a Financial Services Sector Industry Analyst before joining the Consulting Group where he worked on many consulting assignments for banks and non-bank clients. In Agusto and Co, he was also a faculty member of the company’s Training Group providing economic, financial and banking training.
In 2002, he became a Partner in Alliance Consulting, which was set-up to acquire and continue the consulting and financial advisory businesses carried on severally since 1992 by Agusto & Co. Limited and IBFC Limited. In Alliance Consulting he was responsible for the firm’s financial advisory business covering Mergers and Acquisition support, Project Finance, Project Appraisal and Evaluation and SME Advisory (feasibility study, business planning, fund raising and implementation assistance/hand holding).
He is also a faculty member of the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan-African University teaching business planning, entrepreneurial finance and assistance with mentoring of SMEs. In addition, he is an advisory board member of the EDC.
He is a Director in Frontier Capital Limited (FCL), which continues to provide the financial advisory services that were associated with: Alliance Consulting, Agusto & Co. Limited and IBFC Limited. Frontier Capital Limited is also involved in venture development and proprietary investment.
He is currently the Managing Director of Frontier Capital Alternative Assets limited; an asset management company set up by FCL to acquire and manage deposit banks’ Non-Performing Loans (NPLs)
Tayo has over 20 years of experience covering business and financial advisory.
He is married with two children.
HOST & MODERATOR.
Chris Kanwei is a Managing Director at RealCorp Capital based in London. He has managed and advised on real estate investments in excess of £10 billion across EMEA.
Chris has held senior roles in commercial real estate finance across major financial institutions including Aviva, Morgan Stanley, AIB and NAMA (Ireland’s Bad Bank). He has extensive experience in corporate and commercial banking, investment and development property finance, commercial property valuations, loan portfolio sales, non-performing loan (NPL) advisory and underwriting, portfolio management and loan workout, and loan serving platforms.
Chris is a graduate of mechanical engineering, a qualified accountant, corporate finance specialist, and chartered banker. He is a member of several professional bodies including CIMA UK, CPA (Australia), RICS UK, Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments, UK, and Chartered Banker Institute. He is also a regular speaker at major European investment forums.