After serving the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for 14 years, The Honorable Kevin Gross is retiring. In a Q&A with ABF Journal, he looks back on the events that led him to bankruptcy and the most important cases that came before him.
As a new decade dawns, a changing of the guard brings new leadership to the American Bankruptcy Institute. Longtime deputy director Amy Quackenboss has taken the reins upon the retirement of Sam Gerdano.
Starting a new nonbank ABL is not for the faint of heart, says Encina Business Credit CEO Marty Battaglia. The 30-year ABL veteran spoke with ABF Journal editor Nadine Bonner about the challenges of starting a new business and the slow, sure future he envisions.
As part of an ongoing expansion in services and marketing territory, Sterling Bank purchased Dallas-based NewStar Business Credit in March, acquiring its president, Michael Haddad and the other team members along with NSBC’s financial assets and clients. ABF Journal spoke with Haddad and Sterling Specialty Lending Division President Ted Geisel about the impact the merger will have on the unit and their outlook on ABL lending in 2016.
ABL veteran Barry Kastner talks about his plans to expand Bibby Financial Services’ ABL offerings. After spending several years working with big banks and entrepreneurial companies, Kastner says Bibby’s family-owned, people-focused culture makes him feel like he’s flown back to the future and found his perfect new home.
When Rob Miller took over as the head of the asset based lending group at Rosenthal & Rosenthal at the end of March, it marked a homecoming for the 30-year veteran of the financial services industry. In the months that followed, Miller has assessed the portfolio of the privately-owned company and positioned it for a “limitless future.”
With the founding of four successful finance companies under their belts, James Irwin, CEO, and Dan O’Rourke, EVP/CCO, talk about the genesis of Metis Commercial Finance and why they believe smaller middle market borrowers can benefit from a lender with a “big-ticket” product suite.
UPS Capital President Ronald Chang lays out his vision for expanding its financial services offerings and international presence, never missing an opportunity to cultivate the symbiotic relationship with parent company and shipping giant UPS.
In this Q&A with Michael Sharkey, the president of MB Business Capital discusses plans for the newly rebranded commercial bank, formerly Cole Taylor Business Capital, following MB Financial’s acquisition of Taylor Capital Group in August 2014. Sharkey aims to steer MB Business Capital toward becoming one of the country’s top ABLs.
Walter Owens, CEO of Varagon Capital Partners, talks about co-founding the one-stop asset manager, providing transparency to build confidence in sponsors and investors, and solidifying the reputation of his new team by financing solutions up and down the capital structure.