TMA Europe Annual Conference, Amsterdam 7-8 June
The TMA Europe Annual Conference brings together some of the foremost experts in the fields of Turnaround and Restructuring. Our confirmed speakers include:
Partner – Head of London Office, Cuatrecasas
Ignacio Buil is a partner at Cuatrecasas, Managing Partner of the London office and a member of the Finance Practice. He has been based at the London office since September 2013. He is qualified to practice in Madrid and New York.
He has extensive experience in financing and debt-restructuring transactions (in and out of court) and in negotiating financing and refinancing agreements involving a wide range of capital structures, including refinancing LBOs, as well as in project, real estate and corporate finance.
Mr. Buil represents borrowers and lenders and advises financial institutions, hedge funds and private equity funds on financing and refinancing transactions and distressed investment strategies (including loan-to-own and direct lending). He has also participated in several national and multijurisdictional financing transactions and acquisition of NPL portfolios.
He has also worked as an associate in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he represented several debtors and creditors in chapter 11 reorganizations, including advising on 363 sales and debtor-in-possession financings.
Edwin den Boer
Partner, BDO Advisory
Edwin has worked at BDO since September 1992. From 2002 as a partner at BDO Advisory and is involved in restructuring and return improvement processes. Together with entrepreneurs and management, he works on improving the results and restoring the company or organization.
His background lies in the field of business economics with specializations in marketing and market research. He is also a registered accountant. With his creative and pragmatic adaptation he knows how to solve the most complex yield issues. He keeps an overview and works closely with experts in various fields.
Chairperson, TMA Global
Partner, Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP
Milly has extensive expertise in complex and multi-jurisdictional financial restructurings, distressed mergers and acquisitions and debtor-in-possession (DIP) financings involving restructuring matters across Canada and abroad.
For more than 20 years, Milly has been providing advice to debtors, purchasers, lender syndicates, secured creditors, monitors, receivers, trustees and other stakeholders in a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, mining, retail, manufacturing, forestry, airline, automotive, environmental, telecommunications, media, marketing, financial services, information technology and biomedical.
Innovation Coach, Innovative Partners
Innovative Partners (IP) generates with and for their client New Insights, Inspiration and Ideas which is needed if in house knowledge falls short to solve to their complex challenges. With them we search for the unusual relevant connection; a person, institution or company operating in another industry who does, owns or knows something what is of any value in relation to the challenge. These unusual connections form the basis for an Open Innovation.
For a fast and cost effective search we use the powerful and intuitive software tool Patent Inspiration which is based on TRIZ methodology. As experienced users ourselves we train people in TRIZ and Patent Inspiration. Furthermore we coach clients on the job to get their innovative ideas embraced by stakeholders and markets. This is basically needed because only desired ideas lead the value creation!
Dr Lukas Fecker
Founder & CEO, Innovation Brain
VP International, TMA Global
Dr. Lukas Fecker specialises in Turnaround Management for global Financial Services and commodities clients with an emphasis on Restructuring and M&A. He has held several CRO, CEO and board positions in restructuring situations; responsible for strategy, delivery and investor reporting. His advisory career has spanned Accenture, Alvarez & Marsal and KPMG as a Partner in their UK Transactions and Restructuring practice, before leaving to start his own firm.
Among his achievements is the appointment by the European Commission to monitor the restructuring of the largest bank in a member country.
Lukas is a published author with a strong standing in the Restructuring and Recovery industry and is currently the Vice President International Relations, TMA Global.
Chair, German Restructuring, Insolvency & Workouts Practice and the German Finance Department
Frank Grell chairs the German Restructuring, Insolvency & Workouts Practice and the German Finance Department. His practice focuses on insolvency and restructuring, including corporate reorganizations, debt restructuring, and out-of-court and in-court representation of creditors of distressed companies and investors in such companies, including, in particular, protective shield/insolvency plan proceedings and loan-to-own strategies.
Mr. Grell advises:
- Companies, management, and shareholders in a financial or operational crisis
- Creditors in all phases of financial restructurings, including debt-equity swaps, share pledge enforcements, and insolvency plan proceedings
- Investors on the acquisition of distressed companies and on restructuring, rescue financing, or refinancing transactions
- Insolvency administrators on M&A, restructurings, or disputes
JUVE 2016/2017 names him as a “leading name” and “recommended” lawyer for Restructuring and Insolvency as well as “recommended” lawyer for Corporate Law.
In Chambers Europe Germany he is regularly listed as a “key individual” for Restructuring/Insolvency. Clients note that “he prepares his work excellently, elaborates very well on his answers and doesn’t leave any open questions,” (2016). He is recognized as “a very experienced restructuring lawyer with great contacts [and] taken very seriously by the other parties” (2015). Furthermore, the publication describes him as “highly experienced in cross-border restructuring cases, notably those with UK law aspects” (2014). “Interviewees value Frank Grell’s calm approach to negotiations, saying: ‘He is really great at handling clients in tense situations.’ Another source added: ‘He’s both technical and commercial; a terrific guy to have at your side.’” In addition, he has been recognized as “prominent in the debt restructuring market” (2013).
Mr. Grell is also listed as leading lawyer for Restructuring in Germany by IFLR1000 2017 and The Legal 500 EMEA 2016. The latter also comments: “‘Top lawyer’ Frank Grell is ‘confident’ and ‘a calm negotiator.’” Handelsblatt Best Lawyers 2016 considers him among the “best lawyers” for Restructuring/Insolvency in Germany.
Mr. Grell is a member of the Board of TMA Germany e.V. and of the Advisory Board of Norddeutsches Insolvenzforum e.V. (Insolvency Forum of Northern Germany). He is also a member of INSOL, the International Bar Association, and the Insolvency and Restructuring Working Group of the German Lawyers’ Association.
He lectures on current insolvency and restructuring issues for a variety of organizations. Mr. Grell has held lectures at Hamburg University and Bucerius Law School as well as at the university in Sofia, Bulgaria. Moreover, he is a regular author of articles on insolvency and restructuring matters published in national and international legal magazines, and business newspapers (including The Economist, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Financier Worldwide, and Markt & Mittelstand).
Innovation Manager, ABN AMRO Group Innovation
Laurens has a background in change management (Tilburg University) and works as an innovation expert for ABN AMRO.
Laurens’ focus is creating options for future growth, exploring game changers and paradigm shifts within the financial industry and beyond. He is seeking to create genuinely new business by working together with forward looking partners, entrepreneurial colleagues, and applying exponential technologies. Furthermore Laurens facilitates future casting- and business model workshops to drive innovation beyond the hype and support senior management with strategic decision making.
Partner, Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh
Ruben Leeuwenburgh is a founding partner of Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh and specialises in (international) insolvency law and restructurings with a particular focus on distressed debt and commercial real estate portfolios. In this respect, Ruben advises board members, lenders, shareholders, as well as foreign counsels. He regularly lectures on topics relating to insolvency and restructuring. Ruben and the firm received a favourable recognition in the last Legal 500 edition (2017).
"Solution-oriented, pragmatic’ insolvency and corporate boutique Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh was established in April 2016 by Marcel Windt, Richard le Grand and Ruben Leeuwenburgh; Windt and Leeuwenburgh were previously at Houthoff Buruma."
Mark L. Offerhaus
Founder & CEO, Micreos
After obtaining a law degree from Leiden University, Mr. Offerhaus joined ING in 1987 as a management trainee. In 1990, he received a sponsorship from the EU to participate on behalf of ING in the Executive Training Program in Tokyo, an 18-months, full-time post-doctoral program, including 12 months of almost full-time Japanese language training. In 1991, Mr. Offerhaus joined the Board of Directors of ING Life Japan and from 1992 to mid 1995 served as its President. During these years, Mr. Offerhaus was also a Director of the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Japan. From 1995 to 2000, Mark held several executive positions at ING in the Netherlands.
Per 1-1-'1 Mark decided to pursue his passion and made a career switch to the field of biotechnology. In 2005 he established the company Micreos. Micreos develops and commercializes targeted antibacterial technology set to replace antibiotics. The company's endolysin technology is viewed as one of the most significant developments in the field of infectious disease, for the first time enabling targeted killing of only unwanted bacteria, while preserving the microbiome. Staphefekt™, against S. aureus, including the resistant MRSA, is the active ingredient in the range of products for people with inflammatory skin conditions, marketed under the Gladskin brand. On the market in Europe it has already had a life-changing impact for thousands of people suffering from inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, inflammatory acne and rosacea, and wound infections. The company also has FDA-approved products on the market under the Phageguard brand, against Salmonella and Listeria.
Mark served as Micreos' CEO since its inception. As of 2017 Micreos employs around people, mostly in its offices in Wageningen, Bilthoven, The Hague and Zurich. The company has a long-term collaboration with ETH Zurich, Prof Loessner, and is viewed as the leading player in this exciting new field.