Ignacio has extensive experience in crisis situations spanning different sectors, holding senior level positions on several projects.
Prior to joining Sandton, Ignacio was a Director at Noraction, where he was responsible for operational restructuring and “turnarounds,” as well as advising both investors and creditors in those situations. Before Noraction, he was a Senior Associate at Alvarez & Marsal, advising several operational and financial restructuring processes in different sectors and countries. Ignacio began his career in corporate finance as a Financial Analyst and Controller at EADS (Airbus), and subsequently as the CFO of Salvesen Logistics.
Emmanuel has 10 years of experience in restructuring advising investors on distressed lending and/or buy-outs as well as assisting management teams of businesses in difficulty.
He started his career with PwC's Business Recovery Services team in Paris. In 2014, he moved to London to work for THM Partners where he worked on international restructurings in Iceland, Germany, France, the UK and Italy. He joined Sandton Capital in February 2020.
Dr. Paolo Castagna has more than 20 years of experience in top managerial roles in the automotive, agricultural and machinery manufacturing companies in Germany, Austria, US and India.
In addition, Dr. Paolo Castagna was worldwide head of restructuring at Hypovereinsbank/Unicreditbank AG and member of its strategic credit committee from 2007 until 2016. Since then, he is the managing partner of Castagna Consulting Sarl in Lausanne, Switzerland, bringing his international experience to businesses in the restructuring and reorganization phase. He is a senior advisor of an EV startup in India. Dr. Castagna is a well-known speaker at global restructuring events organized by Handelsblatt, Debtwire, etc., and a member of INSOL academic forum and an author on the topics of business restructuring.
Before joining Sandton as a Senior Advisor, Andy ran Lloyds Banking Group's Mid Corporate Business Support operation across the North and Scotland.
Appointed at the height of the financial crisis in 2008, he and his teams assumed responsibility for some of the Bank's most challenging, complex, and sensitive positions. Previously, Andy led the Leveraged Finance team for Lloyds in the North, structuring debt in support of private equity backed management buy-outs, originating and transacting over £500m of deals personally. Before this, he spent the majority of his 34-year career in corporate relationship management, encompassing both SMEs in the Midlands and global corporates in the City. He pioneered a strategic advisory offering to a group of the Bank's mid corporate clients. He has extensive transactional, operational, and financial restructuring and performance improvement experience across a broad range of sectors and businesses. Based in York, Andy is well known to business communities across the North and is an active member of the Institute for Turnaround.
Catherine serves as Controller for Sandton Operations (Europe) in Luxembourg. Before joining the company, she worked as senior accountant at Fiduciaire Treuconsult SA. She has also been Head of Network Management Correspondent Banking with both Notenstein Privatbank in Switzerland and Banque du Luxembourg.
Colby's background includes investment banking, distressed debt, and commercial banking.
Colby most recently worked for Chiron Financial where he was responsible for leading the execution of financing, sale, and financial advisory assignments across a number of industries and situations. Prior to his experience at Chiron, Colby had credit underwriting roles at both Societe Generale and Macquarie Group where he worked with clients in the energy sector. Colby has a BBA in Finance with a minor in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dimitri serves as Chief Financial Officer for Sandton Capital. He was most recently the Senior Fund Controller at the Rohatyn Group. Prior to Rohatyn, Dimitri worked in corporate finance and tax consultancy for Ernst & Young. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Jay joined Sandton Capital from GulfStar Group, where he was an associate executing sell-side engagements for privately held middle market companies. His transaction experience spans manufacturing, distribution, and services sectors throughout the United States. Prior to joining GulfStar Group, Jay was with Frost Bank in both lender and credit analyst roles.
Jordan has held portfolio company management and turnaround advisory roles, in addition to his experience in private equity, distressed debt and investment banking.
Before joining Sandton, he was a founder and head of M&A for National Pecan Company, a private equity platform created to build one of the world’s largest pecan growers. Prior to National Pecan, Jordan worked for Mellon HBV Alternative Strategies, where he was responsible for the origination and management of debt and equity securities with a focus on distressed middle market investments across a variety of industries. Prior to that he was with Loughlin Meghji + Company, a turnaround/restructuring management consulting firm that provides debtor and creditor advisory services. Jordan began his career at CIBC Oppenheimer in their corporate finance group.
Tsvi’s experience includes advising investors and corporates in distressed situations.
Before joining Sandton, Tsvi was part of the Special Situations M&A team at Teneo. Prior to this, he worked within the restructuring team at Deloitte where he trained as a chartered accountant and advised creditors, corporates, and other stakeholders across a wide range of distressed situations and industries.
Javier joins Sandton Capital Partners with previous experience in different areas of investment banking, such as M&A, DCM and ECM, after having worked in the investment banking divisions of Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and ING. Additionally, he has previous experience from working in Spanish law firm Cuatrecasas and also in Deloitte. Javier holds a dual degree in business administration and law from Universidad Pontificia Comillas, and he has done international exchanges in Singapore Management University and SciencesPo Paris. He is fluent in Spanish, English and French.
Jean-Bernard had a long career in banking, mostly at LCL / Crédit Lyonnais.
Prior to joining Sandton as a Senior Advisor, he was Head of Special Situations at LCL. Before that, he was Managing Director at Banque Themis (bank specialized in helping and financing companies involved in bankruptcy or receivership). He previously worked within the Internal Audit department of Credit Lyonnais.
David’s experience includes advising hedge funds and private equity firms on special situations across credit, equity, rates, and FX.
Prior to joining Sandton Capital, David worked on the cross-asset sales desk at Goldman Sachs. Before Goldman, he received his MBA from Wharton, and before that he played 10 years of professional hockey for the Los Angeles Kings Organization and the Red Bull Hockey Organization in Germany & Austria.
Matt's experience includes over 35 years of investing in Private Equity, Management Turnarounds, Distressed Debt, and Special Situations with a recognized expertise in Europe.
Prior to joining Sandton Capital, Matt worked as a PM for two firms, Eos and MeehanCombs with the majority of the portfolios invested in European distressed credits, restructurings and special situations in multiple jurisdictions. During that time, he invested over $3 billion in more than 200 companies across the credit spectrum. Prior to that, Matt was a partner at Stolberg, Meehan and Scano as well as Weiss, Peck and Greer investing in turnaround buyouts and restructurings. Earlier in his career, Matt worked as a crisis manager and invested in distressed credits at The First Boston Corporation.
John serves as a Head of Marketing and Investor Relations for Sandton Capital. Prior to joining Sandton, John spent two years at Aurelius Capital Management, a stressed/distressed credit and event-driven investment manager, where he led Investor Relations and Marketing. Before that, he spent two years with Graticule Asset Management Asia, a global macro hedge fund, and two years with Greenwich Associates, a consulting firm dedicated to the financial services industry.
MBA, University of Oregon
BA, University of Nyenrode
Ad has an international background of more than 30 years in advisory, restructuring management and finance.
He was Head of Restructuring for EMEA and APAC at the Royal Bank of Scotland from 2008 and, prior to that, for Europe and South America at ABN AMRO Bank, responsible for the distressed wholesale and mid-market as well as project finance and real estate lending portfolios. Ad was also with Alvarez & Marsal Restructuring, where he was involved in assignments in the Netherlands, France and South Africa. Based in Amsterdam and having worked on numerous international transactions across Europe, he is well known to the restructuring communities in the Netherlands and other European countries. Ad is a member of the Dutch Restructuring Association.
Rael's background includes investment banking, distressed debt and private & public equities.
Prior to co-founding Sandton Capital, Rael worked at Knighthead Capital Management where he invested in distressed bank loans, high yield bonds and other hybrid securities. Prior to Knighthead, Rael was on the principal investing team at GoldenTree Asset Management where he invested in debt and equity securities in a variety of industries. Rael also worked on the investment team, as a generalist, at private equity firm Vestar Capital Partners. Earlier in his career, Rael worked in the leveraged finance group in the investment banking division of Credit Suisse.
Rob's background includes distressed debt, commercial banking and management consulting for financial institutions.
Rob has covered a wide range of geographies and industries since joining Sandton in 2010. Prior to Sandton Capital, Rob was part of the 2005 founding team at Square 1 Bank, where he held a variety of general management and corporate development roles in growing that institution to over $1 billion in assets. Prior to that, he was a management consultant, most recently with The Monitor Group. At Monitor, he had extensive experience advising financial institutions and other large corporate clients on growth strategies.
Bobby's experience includes investment banking, distressed debt and private equity.
Prior to opening the Los Angeles office for Sandton Capital, he was Managing Partner of RCR Financial, an investment firm targeting distressed bank loans. Bobby was previously President of KWP Financial, the distressed debt investment division of Kennedy Wilson. Bobby was also a private equity investor with CKE Associates. Bobby began his career as an investment banker with Merrill Lynch and Chase Manhattan Bank.
Kate serves as Controller for Sandton Capital. Kate was most recently the Senior Analyst at Man Global Private Markets, an investment engine of Man Group. Prior to Man Group, Kate worked in banking and capital markets audit at Ernst & Young.
Tom's experience includes investment banking, distressed debt and public equities.
Prior to co-founding Sandton Capital, the majority of Tom’s investment experience was as a generalist with the middle market distressed debt fund of John Levin & Co.. Tom was also an investment analyst covering cyclical public equities for Viking Global and Calypso Capital. Prior to his capital investing experience, Tom was a vice president in the leverage finance group of Credit Suisse. At the start of his career, Tom was an investment banking analyst in the Global Energy Group of Merrill Lynch.
Senior Advisor: Generally, Sandton Senior Advisors are similar to "Operating Partners" who provide general or specific industry expertise on particular projects or transactions. All other persons listed as members of the Investment or Operation Team are designated “access persons” pursuant to Rule 204A-1 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended, and are subject to Sandton’s Code of Ethics and full compliance program. Senior Advisors are designated as “non-access persons” and therefore may either not be subject to Sandton’s compliance program or depending on involvement, may be subject to a limited compliance program, which results in more limited or specialized role.