Paul Aaron joined Evercore in November 2017 as a Senior Managing Director and a senior banker in our advisory business based in New York. Paul has been a trusted advisor to a broad range of companies for nearly three decades.
Prior to joining Evercore, Mr. Aaron was a Partner in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. Mr. Aaron has advised on many notable M&A and capital markets transactions for many large corporate clients across the industrial, automotive, aerospace & defense, media and retail sectors. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 2004, Mr. Aaron was a Managing Director and GM in Corporate Business Development at General Electric. Before joining GE, he was a Managing Director in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley.
Mr. Aaron graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985 with a BBA in Finance and International Business. He received his MBA in Finance with Honors from the University of Chicago in 1991.
George Ackert is an internationally recognized investment banker and advisor to companies in the transportation and infrastructure space, as well as leasing/rental and business services. Mr. Ackert is Global Head of Transportation and Infrastructure at Evercore, which he joined in 2009.
Mr. Ackert's advisory assignments at Evercore have included advising Burlington Northern Santa Fe on its $44 billion sale to Berkshire Hathaway; advising AMR on the strategic alternatives for American Eagle; the $500mm investment in PAL (Philippines Airlines), the $1.4bb sale of Coinmach/concurrent merger with Airserve; and other major investments. Previously, he was the Global Head of Transportation & Infrastructure at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
While at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Ackert also advised on a number of other significant transactions including: the merger of Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines, the sale of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corporation to Canadian Pacific Railway; the sale of Pegasus Aviation Finance Company by Oaktree Capital Management to Terra Firma; the SkyWest Airlines acquisition of ASA from Delta Air Lines; the sale of Spirit Airlines; and on private equity transactions for Hertz and PODs. George was also instrumental in the merger/IPO/Chapter 11 re-emergence of America West Airlines and US Airways, as well as the full recapitalization of AMERCO (U-Haul).
Mr. Ackert began his career as an associate attorney in Mergers & Acquisitions and Structured Finance at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He holds a J.D. with Honors from the University of Texas School of Law, an M.B.A. from Baylor University, and a B.B.A. with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin.
David Busker is an investment professional at Tilden Park Capital Management. Prior to his role at Tilden Park, he served as the senior vice president at SorinCapital Management, LLC, a Connecticut-based investment management firm focused on CMBS and REITs that manages hedge fund, liquid alternative, and value-add long-only strategies in these markets.
As a senior member of the investment team, he is responsible for the credit analysis of real estate structured products and for equity investments in REITs and real estate-related companies. Busker’s experience also includes investing in non-CUSIP real estate investments including mortgage loans, mezzanine loans, real property, distressed debt, syndicated loans, as well as other special-situation investments related to commercial real estate.
Prior to business school, Busker worked in the institutional investment sales group for Newmark Grubb Knight Frank. During this period, he advised on over $1B of opportunistic and value-add commercial real estate deals across Texas and the Southwest.
Busker is a member of the New York Private Equity Network Real Estate group and involved with a number of New York-based commercial real estate industry groups. He lives in New York City with his wife Laura, also a McCombs MBA graduate, and two children.
Jake Foley III is a former Managing Director in Houlihan Lokey's Financial Sponsors Coverage Group. He focuses on large-cap private equity, hedge fund, and multi-strategy funds. In addition, Mr. Foley focuses on transaction development and idea generation with an emphasis on key trends and transaction catalysts for the benefit of the firm’s clients. He is based in the firm's New York office.
Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Foley led the Deutsche Bank's transaction origination group for five years after doing the same for Bank of America Securities. In both cases, he was the corporate client-facing M&A partner for clients seeking to work with private equity investors and the deal origination officer. He began his career as an associate in the corporate finance training program of First Chicago, with a brief stint in PaineWebber's high yield group before joining Morgan Stanley for nearly 10 years, first in high yield, then in the business development group. He has worked on restructurings, complex capital structure based M&A, and as an advisor to various companies, funds, and sovereign entities.
Mr. Foley is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he received both his Bachelor of Business and Master of Professional Accounting in 1988.
He is a member of the University of Texas Chancellor's Council, the University Development Board, the Littlefield Society, President's Associates, and the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council, and he chaired the Commission of 125's Finance and Resources Committee.
Christopher (“Chris”) Manning is a Managing Partner of Trilantic North America and Chairman of TrilanticEnergy Partners North America. Chris is also a member of the Investment Committees of Fund III, Fund IV Global, Fund V North America and TEP North America. His primary focus is on investments in the energy sector. Chris joined Trilantic North America in 2009 at its inception, prior to which he was at Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking (LBMB). Chris joined LBMB in 2000 and was the Head of Lehman Brothers’ Investment Management Division, including both the Asset Management and Private Equity businesses, in Asia-Pacific from 2006 to 2008. He was also a member of the Global Investment Management Division Executive Committee and the Private Equity Division Operating Committee.
Prior to joining the Natural Resources investment banking practice at Lehman Brothers, Chris was the Chief Financial Officer of The Wing Group, a developer of international power projects. Prior to The Wing Group, he was in the investment banking department of Kidder, Peabody & Co., where he worked on M&A and corporate finance transactions in the energy industry.
Chris is currently Chairman of the Board of Fluid Delivery Solutions LLC and a director of Enduring Resources LLC, Indigo Minerals LLC, Solaris Midstream Holdings, Trail Ridge Energy Partners II LLC, TRP Energy LLC, Velvet Energy LTD and Ward Energy Partners. Chris was previously Chairman of the Board of LB Pacific and TLP Energy and a director of Antero Resources Corporation (NYSE: AR), Antero Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: AM), Mediterranean Resources, LLC, Templar Energy LLC and VantaCore Partners.
Chris holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Holly McMullan is head of business development –North America for Apollo Global Management where she is responsible for fundraising efforts for Apollo's private equity, natural resources, real estate, and credit businesses. Prior to joining Apollo in 2008, Ms. McMullan was a senior vice president at Pequot Capital Management where she was responsible for U.S. sales coverage of institutions and consultants. Prior to Pequot, Ms. McMullan worked for Guggenheim Partners, Bear Stearns, and Robertson Opportunity Capital.
Ms. McMullan holds a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. (honors) in International Business from Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK.
Ms. McMullan currently serves on the following Advisory Boards: McCombs Advisory Council, Wall Street for McCombs, and the Hicks Muse Private Equity Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin.
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Milton Millman is the chief operating officer of the Merchant Banking Division (MBD) at Goldman Sachs. He serves as secretary of the Firmwide Investment Policy Committee. Milton is also a member of the Firmwide Risk Committee, Physical Commodity Review Committee and Realty Management Executive Oversight Group. Milton joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 at Archon Group, LP, the firm’s real estate asset management subsidiary based in Dallas, Texas. He became vice president of international operations in 1998. During 1997 and 1998, Milton served as finance director and chief operating officer of Trillium Investment Group, an affiliate of Goldman Sachs in London. In 2000, he moved to Tokyo to serve as chief financial officer for the Asian Special Situations Group. Milton assumed additional oversight of the European and Americas Special Situations Groups in 2003. After living in Tokyo for five years, he relocated to New York to help manage the global business. Milton was named managing director in 2002 and partner in 2008.
Milton earned a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin in 1986.
Laura Rose joined DW Partners, a $2.5 billion multi-strategy credit hedge fund in October 2014. She is a Partner and oversees the marketing and investor relations efforts. Prior to joining DW, Ms. Rose spent nearly a decade Taconic Capital Partners spearheading their marketing efforts. During her tenure, Taconic’s assets under management (AUM) grew from $1 billion to $7 billion. Prior to Taconic, Ms. Rose was in Institutional Equity Sales at Merrill Lynch. Ms. Rose holds a BA and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Ms. Rose founded #MoreToGo, an organization with the mission of championing and progressing the careers of women at all levels in Alternative Investments. She also founded the Tri-State Women Leadership Forum, a group that supports a range of women’s causes. She is a board member on New York For McCombs Board and the MBA Investment.
After receiving a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990, Adam joined Kidder Peabody & Co. as a financial analyst in corporate finance. Adam was involved in several debt, equity and M&A transactions in the energy industry. From 1992 to 1994, he was a vice president with a regional securities firm, where he focused on institutional fixed income sales.
Adam joined Lehman Brothers Private Client Services in 1996 after completing his M.B.A. at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In 2000, Adam was asked to become a partner in The Witover Wealth Management Group. After the Lehman bankruptcy in 2008, The Witover Wealth Management Group joined the Private Wealth Management Group of UBS.
Adam is a board member of Hands on Tzedakah (HOT), a small public charity whose mission is to reach out to those in need by supporting programs that fall below the radar screen of traditional funding. He is a board member of The New York Renaissance, a non-profit basketball program that aims to equip inner city athletes with the tools necessary to maximize their life potential on and off the basketball court.
Adam is a Trustee of the Rodeph Sholom School in New York City, where he lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their children, Russell and Rebecca.
Michael Speller is a Managing Director and Head of Debt Advisory, North America for Rothschild & Co. Mr. Speller has over 25 years of investment banking and leveraged finance experience during which he has raised a total of over $140 billion in debt capital for a broad range of corporate and financial sponsor clients. His expertise in leveraged finance involves a wide range of debt capital markets products and situations including leveraged loans, high yield and investment grade bonds, acquisition financing commitments, liability management and restructuring.
Before joining Rothschild & Co in 2017, Mr. Speller was a Managing Director in the Leveraged Finance Origination and Restructuring Group at Credit Suisse where, from 2008, he led the firm's leveraged finance activities for the Global Industrials Group. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Speller was involved in a broader range of industry leveraged finance coverage at Credit Suisse, including the retail, real estate and media and telecom sectors. Prior to 2005, Mr. Speller was a member of the Media & Telecom investment banking groups at CSFB and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and previously worked at The Gulfstar Group and Nationsbank Corp.
Mr. Speller is also a member of the board of directors of Great Elm Capital Corp. an externally-managed, publicly-traded business development company that invests in the debt instruments of middle market companies with a focus on special situations and catalyst-driven opportunities.
Mr. Speller earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Gavin Wolfe is the Managing Partner of Wolfe Holdings, the family office affiliated with Evergreen Capital, L.P. Before establishing both Evergreen Capital, L.P. and Wolfe Holdings, LLC, Mr. Wolfe was Chairman of the Energy & Power Group and Vice Chairman of Investment Banking at Credit Suisse. Mr. Wolfe began his career in the investment banking group at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.
Mr. Wolfe earned a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from The Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Mr. Wolfe lives in Bedford, New York with his wife, Hope, and children Garrett and Devon.
Gregg Zeitlin co-founded Reservoir Capital Group in 1998 and serves as a Senior Managing Director and member of the firm’s Investment Committees. Mr. Zeitlin currently serves on the boards of many of Reservoir’s portfolio companies including ContourGlobal, Intrepid Aviation Group, Black Elk Refining, and Prosperity Life Insurance Group. In addition to his focus on Reservoir’s direct investments, Mr. Zeitlin has been instrumental in the formation and development of several investment firms co-founded by Reservoir.
Prior to founding Reservoir, Mr. Zeitlin was a partner at Ziff Brothers Investments. Before joining Ziff Brothers Investments, Mr. Zeitlin was Vice President, Financial Strategy for Ziff Communications Company, where he focused on strategic partnerships and acquisitions, and ultimately, the sale of the Ziff family’s operating businesses. Previously, Mr. Zeitlin worked at Sunrise Capital Partners and Wasserstein Perella & Co.
Mr. Zeitlin graduated with Highest Honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. in Finance and serves on the UT Computer Science Advisory Council.
Alexandra Burban is a Managing Director in the firm's corporate advisory business and leads our team which focuses on cross-border advisory activity in Asia. Ms. Burban was previously in the firm’s Strategy &Corporate Development group, leading initiatives with respect to acquisitions, joint ventures and alliances, organic growth strategy and other corporate development opportunities.
Since joining Evercore, Ms. Burban has advised Anbang Insurance on its acquisition of Fidelity & Guaranty Life, Mizuho on its acquisition of a minority stake in Matthews International Capital, the Special Committee of the board of Alibaba on the restructuring of its interests in the SME Loan Business and Alipay, the management of the Customized Fund Investment Group of Credit Suisse on its sale to Grosvenor Capital Management, and Evercore on its acquisitions of interests in ISI, Lexicon Partners, ABS Investment Management, Atalanta Sosnoff and Mt. Eden Investment Management.
Prior to joining Evercore, Ms. Burban was a Vice President in the Strategic Partners Group at Lehman Brothers (now known as Dyal Capital), focused on strategic investments in alternative investment managers and was previously Head of the Strategy & Product Development group of Lehman Brothers’ Investment Management Division in London. Ms. Burban began her career in Lehman Brothers’ Investment Banking Division (Financial Institutions Group).
Ms. Burban graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with Highest Honors from the University of Texas at Austin where she received a B.B.A. in International Business and a B.A. in Italian.
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Mike Ginnings joined Contrarian in 2018 as a Senior Vice President. He is responsible for sourcing, analyzing and monitoring distressed and special situation investment opportunities for Contrarian Emerging Markets, L.P. Over the course of his career, Mr. Ginnings has participated in a variety of complex in- and out-of-court restructurings, including serving on a number of ad hoc creditors’ committees. Prior to joining Contrarian, Mr. Ginnings was a Senior Analyst at Panning Capital Management, L.P., where he focused on distressed and special situations investments in a range of industries including metals and mining, chemicals, and transportation. From 2011-2016, Mr. Ginnings was at Golub Capital, most recently as a Director, where he was responsible for analyzing investments in the financial, industrial, material and energy sectors.
Mr. Ginnings began his career as an Analyst at Evercore Partners, where he was a member of their Restructuring and Debt Advisory Group. During his time at Evercore, Mr. Ginnings worked on a number of notable in and out-of-court debt restructurings, including the $60 billion pre-packaged Chapter 11 of CIT Group, one of the largest US bankruptcies to date.
Mr. Ginnings earned a BBA from the University of Texas in 2009. He lives in New York City with his wife, Ashley.
Sean Juan is a portfolio manager at Citadel Global Equities managing a team that trades energy, utilities and industrials. Before that, he was a portfolio manager at Point72 Asset Management from 2014 to 2018 and an analyst at Point72’s predecessor, SAC Capital, from 2011 to 2014. He was active in Point72 recruiting efforts at UT, and worked closely with the Academy program bringing in undergraduate talent to the firm. Sean began his career at Goldman Sachs in 2005 as an Investment Banking Analyst before moving over to an investment role at Carlson Capital in 2007.
Sean graduated with the highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin from the Business Honors Program. Sean is a board member of The Equity Project (TEP), a NYC based charter school system whose mission is to serve the Washington Heights neighborhood with high quality education and to put the power of education back into the hands of teachers.
Fauzul Lakhani is a Vice President of Riverstone. He is based in New York.
Prior to joining Riverstone in 2012, Mr. Lakhani was an Analyst in the Global Energy Investment Banking Group at Credit Suisse. While at Credit Suisse, Mr. Lakhani worked on M&A transactions and capital markets financings, with a focus on the oil and gas sector.
Mr. Lakhani graduated with honors from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas with a B.B.A. in Finance.
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Ryan Nelson is a Managing Principal for Turnbridge Equities, a privately-held, vertically-integrated real estate investment and development firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and Austin. Ryan oversees the Company’s acquisitions, operations, and asset management activities, focused on value-add and opportunistic real estate investments throughout the US.
Prior to joining Turnbridge, Ryan was a Managing Director for MRP Realty, where he was responsible for opening their New York City office and successfully building a multi-strategy portfolio, with multiple, institutional partners. Previously, he was a senior vice president of acquisitions and development, with Sherwood Equities where he spent eight years and was responsible for sourcing, underwriting, and managing Sherwood’s acquisitions and development projects in New York City, totaling over $1 billion in transaction volume. Prior to joining Sherwood, Ryan was a partner with Champion Partners in Dallas, Texas, and prior to joining Champion, he was a project manager with Turner Construction.
Ryan received his M.B.A. from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin and his B.S. in Construction Engineering from Iowa State University. Ryan is a Council Member on the Urban Development Mixed Use Council (Red Flight) for ULI as well an Advisory Council Member for the Texas McCombs Real Estate Finance Center.
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Carlos Whitaker is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Global Markets division, based in New York City. As a senior advisory salesperson, he is responsible for developing relationships with large institutional clients, profitably growing revenues, selling initial public offerings and secondary offerings, as well as cross-selling the bank's other products. His clients are predominately large alternative investment management firms that employ a myriad of investment strategies including long/short equity, event driven, risk arbitrage, and global macro.
Carlos began his career at Credit Suisse in 2001 as an Analyst. He is active in the bank's recruiting efforts for the Analyst programs, and has served on the promotion committees for Vice President and Director level candidates. He has also served as an evaluator for the Managing Director Promotion Process.
Carlos graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the Plan II Honors Program, as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Professional Accounting.
Rachel Clyde is an analyst at Rothschild & Co Global Advisory, where she focuses on M&A transactions within the industrials sector. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2016 and Master in Professional Accounting in 2017 from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining Rothschild, she was a tax consultant at Deloitte Tax LLP with a focus in real estate.
She is currently awaiting her CPA licensure after passing all portions of the CPA exam and completing the experience requirement during her tenure at Deloitte.
Brandon Doerr is a Director at Raven with 13 years of investment experience and is engaged in the origination, underwriting, execution and management of principal finance investments. Mr. Doerr’s focus is primarily aviation, shipping, receivables and infrastructure assets. Prior to joining Raven in 2008, Mr. Doerr was an investment banking Associate with Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Industries Group, where he specialized in the advisory,valuation analysis, and execution of debt and equity products for industrial-based companies, with a focus on transportation firms. Mr. Doerr started his career at Accenture.
Mr. Doerr received a BA in Economics from The Johns Hopkins University, Phi BetaKappa, and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.
Judy Foldes is on the Corporate Energy Sales team in the Securities Division at Goldman Sachs. As a salesperson, Judy is responsible for developing and growing relationships with clients that have exposure to fluctuations in energy prices. She primarily focuses on natural gas, but in prior roles has worked with clients exposed to other commodities including electricity, oil and metals.
Judy Foldes graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the McCombs School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Spanish Language from the College of Liberal Arts.
Jake Greenstein is an Associate with BBH Capital Partners, the private equity arm of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., where he focuses on middle-market private equity investing and portfolio management activities. Before joining BBH Capital Partners as an Analyst in 2016, Jake held internships at UTIMCO, Greenridge Investment Partners, and Duncan-Williams, Inc.
He earned a BBA in Finance with High Honors from The University of Texas at Austin in 2016.
Sam Gripman is an Associate at Apollo Global Management on the Real Estate Controllers team, supporting the firm’s real estate equity investments. Prior to joining Apollo in 2017, Sam was a Senior Associate at KPMG LLP where he supervised financial statement audits of clients in the real estate investment industry.
Sam graduated in 2014 from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin with a Master in Professional Accounting and Bachelor of Business Administration. Sam is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in New York.
Peter Guffey is Vice President at Siguler Guff. He is actively involved in sourcing, investment analysis, due diligence, execution and monitoring for the Firm’s energy investments. Prior to joining Siguler Guff in 2018, Mr. Guffey spent four years at Garrison Investment Group focusing on investments in the energy and industrial sectors. He has invested across the capital structure, including experience in private equity as well as direct lending. Prior to joining Garrison, Mr. Guffey was an Analyst at Citigroup in the Energy Investment Banking Group.
Mr. Guffey holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.
Sweena Kahn is a Mergers and Acquisitions Investment Banking Associate at Greenhill & Co. In this role, she works on advising clients across business sectors on key strategic transformations.
Sweena holds a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Science in Biophysics from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Michigan.
During her MBA, Sweena was selected for the first Titans of Investing group from The University of Texas and was a Trader on the MBA Investment Fund.
Zach Levenson is an Associate of Trilantic North America. Prior to joining Trilantic North America, Zach worked as an Analyst and Associate in the Global Natural Resources Group at Goldman Sachs in New York. He holds a B.B.A., with high honors, in Finance from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas.
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Blair has experience across both private and public market investing, previously working at both Citadel Global Equities and Silver Lake Partners. At Citadel, Blair invested in public equities across multiple industries and geographies. While at Silver Lake, Blair focused on large-scale private investments in the Technology, Media and Telecom sectors. Blair began his career as an investment banking analyst at Greenhill & Co. in the Mergers & Acquisitions group in New York City.
Blair graduated with honors from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Honors and Finance. While on campus, he served as the President of the University Investors Association and Co-Chair of the Investment Banking Association.
Rohan Reddy is an Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Evercore in New York. Prior to this, he held internships at Vista Equity Partners and J.P. Morgan.
He graduated from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Finance.
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Ted Rykowski is a Vice President at Neuberger Berman and focuses on real estate private equity secondary investment activities. Mr. Rykowski joined Neuberger Berman from Deutsche Bank, where he worked on real estate secondary investing for DB’s private equity business. Prior to this, Mr. Rykowski worked in investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in its Real Estate, Gaming and Lodging group. He was also an analyst in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Jones Lang LaSalle and an acquisitions analyst at National Real Estate Advisors, a real estate investment manager based in Washington DC.
Mr. Rykowski received an M.B.A. from the McCombs School of Business at University of Texas at Austin in 2014 and an A.B. from Harvard College.
Michael Sponseller is an Associate at Lazard in the Power, Energy and Infrastructure group where he advises regulated utilities, independent power producers, project developers and investors. Prior to joining Lazard, Michael worked in various structured and project finance roles with alternative energy companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Sungevity, Green Lake Capital, LLC, Borrego Solar Systems and Suntech Power.
Michael earned a B.S. in Economics and International Development from Vanderbilt University and a M.B.A. from the McCombs School of Business.
Alana Williams is an associate in the Generalist Group at Evercore Partners, where she focuses on M&A transactions. Prior to her role at Evercore, she worked in the public sector as an attorney at the Social Security Administration, analyzing legal decisions to ensure the policies and regulations of the Administration were followed. Alana began her career in federal contracting for military research and development projects and then moved into healthcare contracting prior to her role at the Social Security Administration.
Alana earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from The University of Maryland at College Park, a J.D. from The University of Baltimore Law School (cum laude) and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.
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Liam is an Investment Banking Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Evercore in New York, NY. Prior to his role at Evercore, he held internships at Barclays, Brevet Capital Management, and DRAFT Technologies.
Liam graduated from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin in 2018 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.
Daniel Chen is a first year analyst at Moelis & Company, where he focuses on M&A and restructuring transactions across a variety of industries. Prior to joining Moelis, Daniel held internships at Peak Rock Capital and Octavia Investments.
Daniel earned his BBA in Finance with Highest Honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018.
Macy Huang is an investment banking analyst in the Leveraged Finance group at Goldman Sachs in New York.
She earned BBA degrees in Business Honors and Finance as well as a BA in Plan II Honors from The University of Texas at Austin in 2018.
Sylvia is an Associate at The Blackstone Group based in New York where she is focused on private equity investments in the energy sector. Since joining Blackstone in 2018, Ms. Liaw has been involved with Blackstone’s investments in Primexx Energy Partners, Rock Ridge Royalty, and Waterfield Midstream, among others. Prior to joining Blackstone, Sylvia was an analyst with Evercore in the firm’s corporate advisory business in Houston, where she focused on mergers, acquisitions and financing advisory to energy companies.
Sylvia holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the Business Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin.
Phoebe is a first-year Private Equity Analyst at the Blackstone New York office. Prior to joining Blackstone, Phoebe interned in investment banking at Evercore and Wells Fargo. She also spent two semesters at UTIMCO, the endowment for The University of Texas System. Phoebe graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2019 with degrees in Business Honors, Finance, and Mathematics.
During her four years on the Forty Acres, Phoebe was very involved in the McCombs community, serving as president of the University Securities Investment Team, the largest finance organization on campus, and director of Texas Undergraduate Computational Finance. She also served as an Honors Business Association committee member for three years, hosting events for hundreds of Business Honors students, faculty, and staff. In her free time, Phoebe enjoys attending Texas football games, exploring New York’s restaurant scene, and watching Marvel movies.
Gary Levine is a first year analyst at Rothschild & Co in New York, where he specializes in M&A transactions across all verticals of the Industrials group. He graduated from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin in 2019 with a Master in Professional Accounting and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.
Danny is a Graduate Analyst at DWS, where he will be rotating through several groups until the end of the year. He is currently a member of the portfolio management team within the structured finance group. Prior to joining DWS, Danny held internships at Fiera Capital and Ehrenberg Chesler Investment Bankers.
Danny graduated in 2019 with High Honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Finance from the McCombs School of Business and a BA in Plan II Honors from the College of Liberal Arts.
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Eila is a Private Banking analyst in the Investment Management Division at Goldman Sachs. Her team specializes in collateralized debt and manages the deposit platform for all GS ultra high-net-worth clients. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Eila worked in business development at Paul, Weiss.
Eila graduated from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin in 2018 with a dual Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Business Honors.
Jennifer Pollinger is a first year analyst in the Healthcare Group at J.P. Morgan in New York. She graduated from the Business Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin in 2018 and earned a Bachelor in Business Administration in Finance.
Adam Steinbrecher is an Analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York, focusing on M&A and Capital Markets transactions for the Oil & Gas, Power & Utilities, Metals & Mining and Chemicals Sectors. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Steinbrecher held positions at Marbella Interests (Sheffield Family Office) in Principal Investing and Hilcorp Energy Company in Reservoir & Operations engineering offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and onshore in Central Texas.
Mr. Steinbrecher graduated with Honors from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance with a focus on Corporate Finance, Investment Banking and the Financial Analyst Program. He currently sits on the Board of New York for McCombs and Executive Board of The Chabad House of Austin, 501(c)3.
Jake Taub is a first year analyst in the Corporate Finance group at Duff & Phelps, where he focuses on M&A transactions, fairness opinions and capital raises across all industry sectors.
He graduated from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas in 2018 with a Bachelor in Business Administration degree in Finance.
Hans Uy is a first year analyst at the Evercore New York office, where he specializes in M&A advisory across a wide range of industries. His previous investment banking internships include both Evercore New York and the Cappello Group in Austin. Hans majored in Finance as part of the Business Honors Program, with an additional minor in Mathematics, from the University of Texas at Austin.
Sanchana Vasikaran is an investment banking analyst at J.P. Morgan’s Technology group in New York. She earned a BBA in Business Honors and Finance from The University of Texas in Austin in 2018.