M&A in an Uncertain Market

Presented by ACG Chicago | Association for Corporate Growth
April 26, 2023
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Metropolitan Club – Willis Tower
233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606

ACG Chicago presents a panel of leading middle market deal professionals to discuss what they are seeing from an investment perspective in an increasingly distressed economic environment and what potential opportunities and pitfalls are out there.

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Sandeep Gupta
Managing Partner
Novo Advisors

Sandeep Gupta has spent more than two decades guiding clients from high pressure, high stakes financial challenges to best-case outcomes. His areas of expertise include performance improvement, turnarounds, interim management, bankruptcy and restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, and asset divestitures. Before founding Novo Advisors, Sandeep spent five years as Managing Director in FTI Consulting’s Corporate Finance group. He was also a lead restructuring consultant for Silverman Consulting for eight years, and an operational and strategy consultant at Arthur D. Little for two years. Additionally, Sandeep has six years of experience working in the energy industry as an engineer.

Penny Fine
Managing Director
CIT Northbridge

Penny Fine is a Managing Director at CIT Asset Management where she is responsible for driving the CIT Northbridge Credit LLC origination efforts for a broad range of flexible asset-based debt solutions tailored to middle-market companies. CIT is a division of First Citizens Bank. Prior to joining the CIT Northbridge team, Penny was a business development officer at Huntington Business Credit and previously, Penny was Midwest region head for Chase Business Credit, a division of JPMorgan Chase. Before JPMorgan Chase, she was an executive director of Restructuring Services at Capstone Advisor Group consulting on solutions for lenders and investors in distressed situations. From 2005 to 2008, Penny served as executive vice president and head of the National Restructuring Group at CIT. Prior to joining CIT in 2005, Penny held various positions in lending at GE Capital and Heller Financial and started her career at Arthur Andersen in public accounting. Penny earned her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago and her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois where she passed her Certified Public Accountant Examination. Penny is a member of the Turnaround Management Association and Secured Finance Network.

Michael Fixler
Senior Managing Director
Riley Securities

Michael Fixler has more than 25 years of experience in advising companies and their stakeholders in a variety of transactions related to mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and special situations, including bankruptcy cases. Advising clients from both public and private companies, institutional investors, statutory committees, and special situation buyers/investors, Mr. Fixler’s deep experience includes crafting and executing a variety of strategic transactions to maximize value for his clients. Mr. Fixler has been named one of the “People to Watch – Business Professionals Making Their Mark” by Turnaround & Workouts Magazine and selected by The M&A Advisor among its “40 under 40” professionals. Prior to legacy FocalPoint, now B. Riley Securities, he was a Managing Director at Variant Capital Advisors (affiliate of Conway MacKenzie) and a partner at Candlewood Partners. Prior to corporate finance, he practiced corporate and securities law in private practice and then joined one of his clients where he served as general counsel and also led the company’s corporate development efforts, ultimately resulting in the sale of the company to a strategic buyer. Mr. Fixler is a member of the Turnaround Management Association, American Bankruptcy Institute and Association of Corporate Growth. He also serves on the Chicago/Upper Midwest Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League. Michael received his Juris Doctorate degree from Case Western Reserve University and his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Miami.

Brent Willson
Center Rock Capital Partners

Mr. Willson is a Principal at Center Rock Capital Partners with 15 years of private equity, investment banking and operations experience. Mr. Willson has a B.S. in Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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