TMA Announces 2021 TMA Turnaround/Transaction of the Year Award Recipients

CHICAGO, IL / ACCESSWIRE / September 14, 2021 / The Turnaround Management Association (TMA), the premier nonprofit serving corporate renewal and restructuring professionals worldwide, is proud to announce the winners of the 2021 Turnaround/Transaction of the Year Awards. This year TMA received over 90 awards submissions, a record-breaking 78 percent increase over the previous record-breaking year, 2019. TMA will honor this year’s 10 award recipients at the TMA Annual Conference October 26-29 in Nashville and online.

“This year’s award winners have made a significant impact on the global economy during one of the most challenging times for business in generations,” says TMA Global Chief Executive Officer Scott Y. Stuart, Esq.

“While 2020 was a tremendously difficult year for everyone, the excellent work done by turnaround and restructuring industry professionals during this period is certainly a bright spot and something we can all be proud to celebrate,” adds Stuart.

The Turnaround/Transaction of the Year Awards are chosen based on a rigorous peer-review process by the volunteer TMA Awards Committee. This process includes extensive diligence of each nominated case. As the judges review all components of each entry, they look for well-defined, measurable outcomes.

This year’s TMA Awards Committee was co-chaired by, Richard Infantino, Deloitte (TMA Philadelphia/Wilmington), and Sharon F. Manewitz, Manewitz Weiker Associates LLC (TMA New York City). Awards submissions were reviewed and judged by the TMA awards committee members listed below.

Since 1993, TMA has honored excellence through its annual awards program, which recognizes the most successful turnarounds and impactful transactions industry wide.

The 2021 TMA Turnaround/Transaction of the Year Award Winners are:

Small Company Turnaround/Transaction – Valeritas, Inc. 
Cullen Speckhart, Cooley LLP 
Rachel Ehrlich Albanese, DLA Piper LLP (US) 
John P. Madden, Emerald Capital Advisors 
Brendan J. Murphy, Lincoln International 
Eric Monzo, Morris James LLP 
Kelly D. Curtin, Porzio Bromberg & Newman, P.C. 
Steven Fleming, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP 
Jeffrey S. Sabin, Venable, LLP

Small Company Turnaround/Transaction – VivoPower International PLC 
Kevin Chin, VivoPower International PLC 
Matt Davis, VivoPower International PLC

Mid-Size Company Turnaround/Transaction – AAC Holdings, Inc. 
Andrew McWilliams, American Addiction Centers 
J. Jette Campbell, Carl Marks Advisors 
Justin R. Alberto, Cole Schotz 
Jan Naifeh, FTI Consulting 
David B. Kurzweil, Greenberg Traurig, LLP 
Edward Kim, Province, LLC 
Sayan Bhattacharyya, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Large Company Turnaround/Transaction – Stuart Olson Inc. 
Kelly J. Bourassa, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP 
Deryck Helkaa, FTI Consulting 
Tom Powell, FTI Consulting 
Marcus Archer, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP 
Jonathan Reimche, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP 
Clinton Roberts, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP 
David LeMay, Stuart Olson Inc. 
Richard Stone, formerly Stuart Olson Inc. 
Sundeep Bhakoo, TD Securities 
Dean Beacon

Large Company Turnaround/Transaction – Tuesday Morning Corporation 
Andy Graiser, A&G Real Estate Partners 
Barry Folse, formerly AlixPartners 
Clint Neider, AlixPartners 
Michele Michaelis, BDO Consulting Group 
Rudy Morando, BRG 
Ian T. Peck, Haynes and Boone, LLP 
Edward L. Schnitzer, Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP 
Bradford J. Sandler, Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones 
Tero Janne, PJ Solomon 
Stacie Shirley, formerly Tuesday Morning Corporation 
William L. Wallander, Vinson & Elkins LLP

Mega Company Turnaround/Transaction – Murray Energy Holdings Co. 
Kevin Nystrom, AlixPartners 
Robert A. Campagna, Alvarez & Marsal 
Amy Lee, Alvarez & Marsal 
Damian Schaible, Davis Polk & Wardell LLP 
Adam L. Shpeen, Davis Polk & Wardell LLP 
Gregory Berube, Evercore 
John Startin, Evercore 
Fred Vescio, Houlihan Lokey 
Joe Graham, formerly Kirkland & Ellis LLP 
Nicole Greenblatt, Kirkland & Ellis LLP 
Ashley Gregory, Kirkland & Ellis LLP 
Mark McKane, Kirkland & Ellis LLP 
Lorenzo Marinuzzi, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Mega Company Turnaround/Transaction – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) 
John Boken, AlixPartners 
James A. Mesterharm, AlixPartners 
Paul H. Zumbro, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP 
Bruce Bennett, Jones Day 
Eli Silverman, Lazard 
Ken Ziman, Lazard 
Brent C. Williams, Lincoln International 
Henry Weissmann, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP 
Adam Schlesinger, PJT Partners LP 
Matthew Goren, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP 
Stephen Karotkin, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP 
Jessica Liou, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

International Company Turnaround/Transaction – Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd 
Joshua Hartz, Bain Capital 
Barnaby Lyons, Bain Capital 
Timothy Sackar, Clayton Utz 
Sal Algeri, Deloitte 
John Greig, Deloitte 
Richard Hughes, Deloitte 
Nikki Smythe, Herbert Smith Freehills 
Jim McKnight, Houlihan Lokey 
Scott Langdon, KordaMentha 
Paul Scurrah, formerly Virgin Australia

International Company Turnaround/Transaction – Swissport International 
Alastair Beveridge, AlixPartners 
Joff Mitchell, AlixPartners 
David Hilty, Houlihan Lokey 
Peter Marshall, Houlihan Lokey 
Jennifer Brennan, Latham & Watkins 
Yen Sum, Latham & Watkins 
David Riddell, formerly PJT Partners* 
Ben Davies, White & Case LLP 
William A. Guerrieri, White & Case LLP 
Thomas Lauria, White & Case LLP 
Christian Pilkington, White & Case LLP

Pro Bono Turnaround/Transaction – 2178 Atlantic Avenue HDFC 
Kianah Adams, 2178 Atlantic Avenue HDFC 
Earline King, 2178 Atlantic Avenue HDFC 
Debra Bechtel, Brooklyn Law School 
Mallika Bolla, formerly Brooklyn Law School 
Celeste Russell, Brooklyn Law School 
Charlotte Bell, Habitat for Humanity NYC Community Fund 
Rose Hill Bagley, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP 
Hunter Blain, formerly Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP 
Doug Mannal, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP 
Joseph A. Shifer, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

*We are saddened by the passing of David last year. We know David’s wife Nicole is proud to receive this award for David. Our thoughts are with David’s family and friends.

TMA 2021 Awards Committee

Richard Infantino, Deloitte (TMA Philadelphia/Wilmington) Co-Chair 
Sharon F. Manewitz, Manewitz Weiker Associates LLC (TMA New York City) Co-Chair 
John Baumgartner, Grant Thornton LLP (TMA Houston) 
Sara Chenetz, Perkins Coie LLP (TMA Southern California) 
Pat Diercks, Clear Thinking Group (TMA Florida) 
Mary Ann Domuracki, MMG Advisors (TMA New York City) 
Joseph Esmont, BakerHostetler (TMA Northern Ohio) 
Scott F. Gautier, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (TMA Southern California) 
Randi M. Hershgordon, CPA, Gibraltar Business Capital (TMA Philadelphia/Wilmington) 
Allen G. Kadish, Archer & Greiner PC (TMA New York City) 
Matt Lupton (TMA Dallas/Ft. Worth) 
Kathryn McGlynn, AlixPartners (TMA New York City) 
Michael Neumeister, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP (TMA Southern California) 
Cathy L. Reece, Fennemore Craig PC (TMA Arizona) 
John J. Salmas, Dentons Canada LLP (TMA Toronto) 
Jim Trankina, AlixPartners (TMA Chicago/Midwest) 
Reed Upson, Business Capital (TMA Northern California)

About TMA 
TMA is the most diverse group of professionals in the turnaround, restructuring, and corporate health space. It is the only non-profit global organization that allows members of the industry to build their personal brand and develop their professional network. Members include turnaround specialists, attorneys, accountants, advisors, liquidators, consultants, as well as academics, government employees, and members of the judiciary. Visit https://turnaround.org/ for more information.

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