Abraxas Group, a boutique advisory firm focused on supporting middle market companies in transition, added Brett Ladendorf as managing director.

Ladendorf joined Abraxas Group with more than 15 years of experience in finance. Most recently, Ladendorf led a strategic growth initiative at a Chicago-based business services company. Previously, as a member of a hedge fund, Ladendorf developed expertise in investment strategies across the capital structure and worked with management teams to identify, refine and implement opportunities for unlocking value. In a role as a commodity trader, Ladendorf developed an understanding of market volatility and a skill set centered around risk management best practices.

Ladendorf began his career with roles in corporate finance in the telecommunications industry, and later in commercial banking as a credit analyst. Additionally, Ladendorf’s writings have appeared in Bloomberg Markets, Trader’s Magazine and The Financial Times.

“Middle market companies will have some challenging quarters ahead. Uncertainty will affect the way managers operate business lines, negotiate pricing, manage working capital and approach strategic opportunities,” Ladendorf said. “At Abraxas, our role will be to see beyond the interruption while working to mitigate any immediate adverse circumstances. The opportunity is not limited to helping companies recover, but rather it extends to helping companies execute business transformations that will result in considerable value creation.”

Founded in 2015 by David Johnson, Abraxas Group is a boutique advisory firm focused on supporting middle market companies in transition.