DUKE GLOBAL CAPITAL MARKETS CENTER
Advisory Board Members Biographies
Paul B. Bennett is senior vice president and chief economist of the NYSE.
As chief economist and head of the Research department at the New York Stock Exchange, Paul Bennett is responsible for analytic support for the Exchange's various business and public-policy activities, and for support of academic and other professional research into equities market issues.
Before joining the NYSE in 2001, Mr. Bennett was a senior officer and economist of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he had worked since 1978. At the Fed, Mr. Bennett headed the Capital Markets Research division, was editor of the Bank?s research journal and, prior to that, vice president for Fedwire Funds and Securities Transfers, among other responsibilities.
Mr. Bennett has published numerous papers on finance, economics, and securities markets in both academic and practitioner journals.
Mr. Bennett holds a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University and a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago.
Lee C. Buchheit is a partner based in New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
Mr.Buchheit's practice focuses on international and corporate transactions, including Eurocurrency financial transactions, sovereign debt management, privatization and project finance.
Mr. Buchheit is the author of two books in the field of international law and more than 40 articles on professional matters. He has served as an adjunct professor at the School for International and Public Affairs of Columbia University (1994-97), as a visiting professor at Chuo University in Japan (1997-98), as a Lecturer on Law at the Harvard Law School (2000), as a Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Yale Law School (2005), as an adjunct professor of law at Duke University Law School (2006-07), and as an adjunct professor of law at New York University Law School (2008). Mr. Buchheit has also for many years been a Visiting Professor in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at the University of London.
Mr.Buchheit joined the firm in 1976 and became partner in 1984. From 1987 to 1990, he was resident in the Hong Kong office; from 1979 to 1982, in the London office; and from 1976 to 1979, in the Washington, D.C. office. He received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1975 and a Diploma in International Law from Cambridge University in 1976. Mr.Buchheit received an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College
Mr.Buchheit is a member of the Bars in New York, the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania.
Peter C. Clapman retired as Senior Vice President & Chief Counsel for TIAA-CREF in 2005 after 32 years. He was its chief investment lawyer and headed its corporate governance program. Business Week cited TIAA-CREF at the time of his leadership as the most influential investor corporate governance program in the United States and globally.
He is active in many organizations specializing in corporate governance. He is a Board member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and on NACD Blue Ribbon Commissions which recommended best practices on significant corporate governance issues.
He is on the advisory boards of the Yale Millstein Center for Corporate Governance Policy, and similar programs at Duke and Delaware. He is a member of the Stanford Law School Institutional Investor Forum, and teaches at its Directors College. In 2007, the Stanford Forum issued the “Clapman Committee Report” which recommending best practices for institutional investors. He was appointed by the NY State Comptroller to the Pension Fund Task Force, which will advise on fund governance and best practices to enhance transparency and accountability.
He is the Independent Chairman of the AARP Mutual Funds Board of Trustees, and chairs its Corporate Governance Committee. He is the Vice Chairman of the Conference of Fund Leaders a joint initiative of the Yale Center and Mutual Funds Directors Forum. He is on the Board and the Governance Committee of iPass, a public company listed on NASDAQ.
He is on the NASDAQ Listing Council and former member of advisory committees of the London Stock Exchange and the NYSE. He is also Chairman of the IRRC Institute, a research organization focused on corporate governance and corporate responsibility. He is a member of the Risk Metrics Governance Leadership Council.
He is a partner of Governance for Owners LLP, the UK based investment organization, which offers global investment and governance products and services to institutional investors, and is President and CEO of its US corporate governance operations.
The International Corporate Governance (ICGN) gave him its 2005 award for his significant achievements in corporate governance and his contributions to improve global corporate governance standards. He was the Chairman of the ICGN from 1999-2002, and led the organization through its major expansion of activities and enhanced reputation. He was in the Smart Money magazine list of the 30 individuals having the most investment influence for his work in corporate governance and profiled by The Financial Times for his role in global corporate governance.
He is a keynoter, featured speaker and frequent panelist at numerous programs on global investment and corporate governance. He has written extensively on governance issues, most recently, “Shareholders: Be Careful What You Wish For” in the Directors & Boards Annual Report 2008 issue.
Mr. Clapman is a graduate of Princeton University, and earned the J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. He was elected a member of the American Law Institute (ALI) in 1993.
Bob Cochran is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Financial Security Assurance Holdings Ltd. and its monoline financial guaranty insurance subsidiary, Financial Security Assurance Inc. (FSA).
A founding principal of FSA, Mr. Cochran became President and CEO of both companies in August 1990, Chairman of FSA in July 1994 and Chairman of FSA Holdings in November 1997.
He initially served FSA as Managing Director of the Financial Guaranty Department, which originates and underwrites all of FSA's asset-backed and municipal financial guaranty business. He is also President and Chief Executive Officer of Dexia Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Dexia Crédit Local, and a director of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. He was formerly Chairman of the Association of Financial Guaranty Insurors.
Prior to joining FSA, Mr. Cochran was the Managing Partner in the Washington D.C. office of Kutak Rock & Campbell, specializing in both corporate and municipal securities law. In the 1970s, he was part of the investment banking team that developed the first tax-exempt single family housing transactions and the first tax-exempt floating rate monthly demand bonds, both of which are standard market products today.
Before joining Kutak, Mr. Cochran served a clerkship with the Honorable Pierce Lively, US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He graduated from Centre College and the Duke University School
of Law. As an alumnus of Duke, he played an important role in the creation of its Global Capital Markets Center, and he currently serves as a member of the center's Advisory Board.
George S. Dallas is Managing Director and Global Practice Leader in Standard & Poor's Governance Services unit, based in London. This unit has been active since 2000 in providing individual company corporate governance evaluations in both emerging and developed markets. Mr. Dallas has been involved actively with the development of Standard & Poor's corporate governance analytical criteria and with the application of its governance evaluation and scoring service in markets around the world. He is also actively engaged with the management and governance assessment initiative that is part of Standard & Poor's wider enhanced analytics programme—linking corporate governance evaluations more formally to the credit rating process.
Prior to this assignment Mr. Dallas was head of Global Emerging Markets for Standard & Poor's. He also has served as regional head for Standard & Poor's Ratings Services in Europe and has been head of Standard & Poor's London office and practice leader of the company's international corporate ratings group. He joined Standard & Poor's as an analyst in 1983, prior to which he was a corporate lending officer at Wells Fargo Bank.
Mr. Dallas is editor of the book Governance and Risk (McGraw Hill, 2004), and has written numerous articles and several book chapters on themes relating to corporate governance and international finance. He has served on the boards of several Standard & Poor's affiliates in Europe. In 2003, Mr. Dallas won the McGraw-Hill award for Excellence in Leadership.
Mr. Dallas holds a B.A., With Distinction, from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.
Jennifer J. Fahey is a Managing Director for Aon Risk Services, part of Aon Corporation, and the Leader for their Financial Services Group's Greater New York Region and Bermuda. Aon's Financial Services Group (“FSG”) specializes in Directors' and Officers' Liability, Non-Indemnifiable Directors' and Officers' Liability, Professional Liability, Employment Practices Liability, Fiduciary Liability, Unauthorized Trading, Organizational Liability, Transaction Facilitation Insurances, and Blended Financial Products insurance programs. Jennifer has over 18 years financial products broking and underwriting experience, including positions as President, Minet Financial Services; Managing Director, Marsh Finpro; and as a team leader with Chubb's Executive Protection Department. In addition to a focus on client risk differentiation and manuscripting of client contracts, Jennifer leads team of 65 professionals that place greater than $800MM in financial products premium in the insurance marketplace. Jennifer earned her A.B. degree from Duke University as well as an MBA with a finance specialization from Columbia University.
Jeffrey Golden joined Allen & Overy as a partner in the international capital markets department in 1994 after 15 years with the leading Wall Street practice of Cravath, Swaine & Moore. He is co-head of Allen & Overy's US law and derivatives practices and has extensive experience of a wide range of capital markets matters including swaps and derivatives, international equity and debt offerings, US private placements and listings and mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. He acts for the International Swaps and Derivatives Association and a broad range of commercial and investment banks, borrowers, arrangers, underwriters and issuers.
He has appeared as an expert witness in several high profile derivatives cases and has served on the Financial Markets Law Committee's working groups on Amicus Briefs, Emergency Powers Legislation and Enron v TXU (Chair), the Financial Law Panel's working groups on agency dealings by fund managers and other intermediaries and building societies legislation, on the Federal Trust's working group on European securities regulation and on the European Commission's study group, the City of London joint working group and ISDA task forces on the legal aspects of monetary union.
He is Finance Officer and a member of the Council of the American Bar Association's Section of International Law, chair of the Section's Finance Committee and co-chair of its International Securities and Capital Markets Committee and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
He studied at Duke University , the London School of Economics and Political Science and Columbia University School of Law, from which he received his J.D. degree with honors in 1978. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Derivatives Use, Trading & Regulation and Derivatives: Tax Regulation Finance and of the Advisory Boards of the Columbia London Law Institute and the Duke Global Capital Markets Center .
Jeffrey P. Hughes is Vice Chairman and a founding partner of The Cypress Group, a New York based private equity firm which manages two private equity funds with more than $3.5 billion in commitments. After three years with the law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Mr. Hughes worked for 26 years at Lehman Brothers as a senior investment banker and merchant banker. Mr. Hughes joined Lehman Brothers in 1968 and became a partner in 1976. He founded Lehman Brothers' private financing department and led early LBO financings; had senior investment banking coverage responsibilities for industrial, energy and consumer product companies; was head of the financial institutions group; and was a member of Lehman Brothers' investment committee. Mr. Hughes has been a director of many public and private companies during his 38-year business career including Financial Guaranty Insurance Company (Â“FGICÂ”), Communications & Power Industries, Inc., Catlin Group Limited, Lear Corporation, and Parisian, Inc. He graduated from Wesleyan University and Duke University Law School, where he is a member of the Board. He is Chairman of the Duke Global Capital Markets Center and a Trustee of the Park Avenue Methodist Church Trust and the Conservancy for Historic Battery Park.
Jason H.P. Kravitt is a partner based in New York at the international law firm of Mayer Brown, LLP, which is one of the 10 largest law firms in the world. He served as the Co-Chairman of the firm’s Management Committee from June 1998 through June 2001. Mr. Kravitt is also the founder of the firm’s securitization practice (one of the most highly rated law firm securitization practices in each of the U.S., Europe and Asia, by Chambers Partners Rating Service (“Chambers”) and all other law firm rating services) and senior partner in that practice, and participates in a variety of finance and regulatory related practices. Mr. Kravitt has participated in or chaired numerous professional and law school seminars and conferences on securitization and written numerous articles for legal journals and professional publications, is Editor of, and a contributing author to, the two-volume Treatise, Securitization of Financial Assets, Aspen Law & Business (2d ed. 1996), generally accepted as the seminal treatise in the industry, is on the Advisory Boards of The Financier, The Securitization Conduit and American Securitization publications, is an Adjunct Professor of Law at each of Northwestern University Law School and New York University Law School, an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University, is a Fellow in the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers and is a member of the Advisory Board to the Duke Global Capital Markets Center. Mr. Kravitt has been chosen by Chambers as one of the top 100 internationally prominent lawyers and one of the top securitization lawyers in New York City and by Euromoney Legal Media Group as one of the “Best of the Best” in Structured Finance for the U.S. He has also been listed in Euromoney’s Guides to the World’s Leading Capital Markets Lawyers. Mr. Kravitt has been described in Chambers as "His academic and practical contribution to the field is outstanding," say observers, adding that he "wrote the book on securitization, literally" and "has played a pivotal role in many regulatory initiatives." Jason is listed as a “pre-eminent securitization lawyer” (Chambers Global Guide), has been called a “landmark of the industry” (Chambers USA 2006), has been chosen as one of only 26 US lawyers in the top 100 internationally prominent lawyers (Chambers 2000).
Mr. Kravitt often represents industry groups such as large issuers of Asset-Backed Securities, sponsors of ABCP Conduits, SIFMA, the American Securitization Forum and the European Securitization Forum with regard to securitization regulatory initiatives, including, for example, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s Risk-Based Capital Consultative Papers, the F.F.I.E.C.’s Risk Based Capital projects, the F.A.S.B.’s Standards for Securitization, the F.A.S.B.’s Standard for Consolidation for SPEs, S.E.C., amendments to Rule 2a 7 and the S.E.C.’s Regulation AB, and often helps to lead initiatives in the securitization industry during times of market or other stress. Mr. Kravitt is also one of the three founders and the Deputy Chair of the U.S. Securitization Industry’s premier trade association, the American Securitization Forum, and is the sole original member still serving on the Board of Directors of the European Securitization Forum.
Mr. Kravitt has helped the firm’s clients to create some of the most significant securitization products used in the capital markets today, including the first partially enhanced multi-seller asset-backed commercial paper vehicle, in 1989, the first CLO, FRENDS, in 1988, and the Mortgage Partnership Finance Program for the Federal Home Loan Banks. Mr. Kravitt has worked for clients such as ABN, AIG, Bank of America, Barclay’s Capital, Calyon, Citigroup, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, EMI, GECC, GMAC, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Societe Generale, UBS, Wachovia, Westpac, and similar banks and issuers throughout his career. Most recently, Mr. Kravitt was hired by the Sponsoring Banks (Bank of America, Citigroup and JP Morgan) of the Master Liquidity Enhancement Conduit to help lead the structuring of that vehicle, designed to be a $100 billion rescue of the SIV industry. He is also often hired to help financial institutions deal with serious regulatory issues or government investigations.
Mr. Kravitt has also served as Chairman of The Cameron Kravitt Foundation, a member of the Board of Managers of the Metropolitan Chicago YMCA, and a principal of Chicago United.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The Johns Hopkins University (where he has been Chairman of the Advisory Board to the Dean of the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences), Mr. Kravitt obtained his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1972 and received a diploma in comparative law from Cambridge University in 1973.
Mr. Lybecker is a partner of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. Mr. Lybecker received his B.B.A. (in Accounting) and J.D. degrees from the University of Washington in 1967 and 1970, respectively; Mr. Lybecker also received an LL.M. (in Taxation) degree from New York University in 1971, and an LL.M. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973 where he was a Graduate Fellow of the Center for the Study of Financial Institutions and the Securities Markets. Mr. Lybecker served as Associate Director of the SEC's Division of Investment Management from 1978 to 1981; previously, he had been an Attorney, Office of Chief Counsel, in that Division (1972-1975). Mr. Lybecker has also been a law teacher at Georgetown University, State University of New York at Buffalo, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina, and has since 2000 served as a Senior Lecturing Fellow in Law at Duke University. Mr. Lybecker is currently Chairman of the Committee on Banking Law, has been the Chair of the Committee on Developments in Investment Services, and is a member of the Subcommittee on Investment Companies and Investment Advisers of the Committee on the Federal Regulation of Securities of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. Mr. Lybecker is a member of the American Law Institute, a member of the Editorial Board of The Investment Lawyer , and a member of the Advisory Board of the Duke University Global Capital Markets Center.
Gary G. Lynch is the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Morgan Stanley. He is also a member of the Firm’s Operating and Management Committees. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2005, Mr. Lynch was Executive Vice Chairman of Credit Suisse First Boston and a member of Credit Suisse Group’s Executive Board. Mr. Lynch joined Credit Suisse First Boston as Global General Counsel in October 2001.
From 1985 to 1989, Mr. Lynch served as director of the Enforcement Division of the SEC. In that capacity, he directed the activities of a nationwide staff of 700 employees responsible for enforcing federal securities laws. In 1989, following his service at the SEC, Mr. Lynch joined the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell as a partner. He advised and represented a wide cross-section of that firm's clients, including major public companies and investment and accounting firms. He also conducted internal investigations on behalf of senior management or the boards of directors of corporations and provided counsel on corporate governance matters.
Mr. Lynch graduated from Syracuse University in 1972, Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1975.
Michael W. Meyer is Managing Director and head of Global Credit Products (GCP) for Banc of America Securities (BAS), a position he has held since October 2007.
As head of GCP, Meyer has accountability for the entire credit platform that includes the sales and trading businesses which consists of high yield and investment grade corporate bonds, distressed debt, par loans as well as collateralized loan obligations, middle market finance and total rate of return swaps.
Previously, Meyer headed up Credit Products for our European and Asia regions and before that he was head of Leveraged Finance, which included High Yield Capital Markets, Leveraged Syndicated Capital Markets, Leveraged Acquisition Finance, High Yield Syndicate & Restructuring Advisory.
Mr. Meyer joined BAS in April 1999 as Managing Director, Head of High Yield Sales and Trading. Prior to joining BAS, Meyer worked at Morgan Stanley, on the High Yield Sales and Trading Desk, and before that he worked at Citicorp in Leveraged Finance and High Yield Capital Markets.
Mr. Meyer earned a BA from Duke University in 1984 and an MBA from the University of Texas in 1986.
Steven Schoenfeld is Managing Partner of Global Index Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in financial product development and benchmark selection with clients in North America and Asia. He is the Editor of the forthcoming book, Active Index Investing, to be published by Wiley Finance in May 2004, and is the Founder of IndexUniverse.com , the premier independent online resource on indexing for the investing community. Steven is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Duke University Global Capital Markets Center.
Previously, Steven was Chief Investment Officer of Active Index Advisors, a manager of customized, tax-optimized enhanced index portfolios for the separate account market. Through January 2003, Steven was a Managing Director of Barclays Global Investors (BGI), where he served in a variety of portfolio management and investment strategy roles focusing on global equities. At BGI, he was responsible for the management of over $60 billion in international equities, including the iShares global ETF series. Prior to joining BGI in 1996, Steven worked at the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) where he structured the first emerging market index funds and derivatives based on the IFC Indexes. In 1985-86 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Economics at the National University of Singapore, and subsequently spent three years as a ‘local’ at SIMEX (now the Singapore Exchange), trading Japanese stock index futures.
Steven holds a B.A. in from Clark University, studied at the London School of Economics, and in 1992 received his M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is a member of the American Stock Exchange’s New Product Development Committee, the FTSE Global Index Committee and Americas Regional Committee. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Indexes and the Advisory Board of the Duke Global Capital Markets Center.
David A. Schwarz is a member of the litigation practice group. Although he has represented clients in a broad range of complex commercial disputes, the primary focus of Mr. Schwarz's practice has been the defense of class actions, with emphasis on securities and shareholder claims against public corporations, and consumer class actions. Mr. Schwarz's securities litigation practice has focused on parallel proceedings involving SEC enforcement actions and shareholder class actions and derivative claims. With regard to his white-collar defense practice, Mr. Schwarz has represented clients in connection with state and federal criminal actions involving health care, defense contracting, and environmental regulation. Mr. Schwarz has defended a wide range of consumer class actions involving alleged overcharge practices, anti-discrimination claims, unfair labor practices, and anti-trust claims. In the intellectual property arena, Mr. Schwarz has litigated numerous cases involving trade secret misappropriation claims, ranging from avionics and rocket propulsion systems to consumer goods and food processing techniques.
Mr. Schwarz has written on a variety of topics relating to securities litigation, securities reform legislation, white-collar criminal defense, and the defense of attorneys, accountants, and other professionals in securities class actions. Past speaking engagements include the Practicing Law Institute, the California Society of CPAs, and the Class and Derivative Litigation Institute. A member of the Advisory Board of the Duke University Global Capital Markets Center, Mr. Schwarz is a featured panelist at the 2006 Directors' Education Institute at Duke University.
Mr. Schwarz has also served as the Special Assistant to the Staff Director of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. After graduation from Duke University School of Law, Mr. Schwarz clerked for the Honorable Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, after which he served as Special Assistant to the Honorable Morris B. Abram, United States Permanent Representative to the European Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations. In that capacity, Mr. Schwarz advised the United States Permanent Representative and U.S. delegations on a wide range of public international law and humanitarian and refugee relief issues. Mr. Schwarz also served as United States delegate to a number of International and United Nations conferences, including the United Nations Human Rights Commission, the World Intellectual Property Conference, and the International Labor Conference.
A frequent author on international human rights issues, Mr. Schwarz was appointed in 2001 by President Bush to serve as a U.S. Delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission.
Neil Williams, a corporate and foundation director, is the retired General Counsel of AMVESCAP PLC. AMVESCAP (London Stock Exchange AVZ) is one of the world’s largest investment management complexes, with activities in over 25 countries. The principal brand names of AMVESCAP are Invesco, AIM, and Atlantic Trust.
Before joining AMVESCAP, Neil Williams was a partner in the law firm Alston & Bird, which he led as Managing Partner from 1984 through 1996. His practice emphasis was business law, particularly corporate finance and merger/acquisition activity. Alston & Bird is now a firm of over 700 lawyers with offices in Atlanta, New York, Washington, DC and North Carolina.
He has long been active at Duke University, where he finished his undergraduate work in 1958 and received his JD degree in 1961. During the 1970s he was chair of the alumni associations of Duke Law School and, later, of Duke University. For 13 years, through 1993, he was a member of Duke’s Board of Trustees and chaired that Board from 1983 – 1988. He was instrumental in the formation of Duke Management Company, the University’s investment management arm, and served as a director from its inception through 1997. Duke University awarded him its Distinguished Alumni Award in 1990.
A resident of Atlanta since 1961, he has participated fully in the Atlanta community .He has been a long-time director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and a Life Trustee of the Woodruff Arts Center. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Woodruff Arts Center.
He also serves as a Trustee and on the Investment Committee of The Duke Endowment (Charlotte), as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Vasser Woolley Foundation (Atlanta), and as a Trustee of The Halle Foundation (Atlanta). He has also served as a trustee and a member of the investment committee of The Presbyterian Church Foundation. During the 1990s he was active as a member of the Board of Directors of The American Symphony Orchestra League (Washington, DC and New York) and served as chairman of that board for five years.
As a corporate director, Neil Williams currently serves three Atlanta-based companies: Printpack, Inc.; NDCHealth (NYSE NDC); and Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE ACY). He is Lead Director of NDC Health and chairs the Governance Committee of Acuity Brands. He is a retired director of Attorneys Liability Assurance Society, a Bermuda-based insurer of a substantial number of large U.S. law firms. Both as a practicing lawyer and as a director and trustee, he has had a continuing interest in corporate governance issues and has made presentations on the subject at a number of continuing legal education and director seminars.
Neil Williams and his wife Sue have two children, two grandchildren, and a number of outside interests, including a home in the Georgia mountains where they have hopes of spending more time.
Tom Wilson is a First Vice President of Merrill Lynch and Head of Talent Sourcing and Recruiting for the firm, a position he took on in June of 2005. Since 2003, he has been Head of Global Campus Recruiting for Merrill Lynch and will continue to manage that group.
Tom brings to his current position a broad array of business experience, both as a producer and a manager. From 2000 to 2003, he was Head of Global Resource Management for Global Debt Markets in which he is responsible for integrating all efforts - including Recruitment, Development and Placement – for employees in the first 5 years of their professional careers globally. Previously, Tom held business management positions in the Americas Debt business and the U.S. institutional sales organization. As a producer, Tom spent nine years in Debt Sales in the Merrill Lynch Boston Institutional Sales office.
A graduate of the University of Virginia, he joined Merrill Lynch in 1981.
Ken Yun is the founder, senior managing director and representative director of Samjong KPMG. Prior to this, Mr. Yun was the CEO of Samjong Houlihan Lokey, a joint venture between Samjong and Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin, U.S.A. Mr. Yun has established Samjong KPMG as one of the fastest growing professional services groups in Korea. Ken Yun’s areas of expertise include corporate M&A, restructuring, and commercial transactions. Recently, Mr. Yun has led several high profile M&A transactions, including the sale of Hanbo Iron and Steel Corp. to Yamato of Japan, the sale of Daewoo Commercial Vehicle to the Tata Group of India, and the sale of Korea Thrunet Co. Mr. Yun has also guided several restructuring engagements for SK Global, LG Card, Daewoo International, Daewoo Engineering and Construction and Hyundai Corp.
Ken Yun has a great deal of experience in international business trade disputes resolution. Mr. Yun is an international legal advisor to the Korean government and has been a Korean representative to WTO anti-dumping negotiations. Prior to establishing Samjong KPMG, Mr. Yun was employed at Hewlett-Packard, Arthur Young and the Law Offices of Sidley & Austin in the U.S. Mr. Yun earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Management, and a J.D. and LL.M. from Duke University School of Law. Mr. Yun is also Korea’s Honorary Consul of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
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