Daily News: June 21, 2018

Donat to Head Strategy/BD for AlixPartners Turnaround Practice


Greg Donat, a 20-plus-year strategy and financial veteran, joined AlixPartners‘ Turnaround and Restructuring Practice as global head of Strategy and Business Development.

He will also be a managing director at AlixPartners and will work from the firm’s New York office.

In the late 1990s, Donat was an attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, working on securities, M&A and restructuring matters, including serving as counsel on debt and equity offerings and commercial-lending transactions. From there, he moved to Banc of America Securities in New York, where he was a principal and where he worked with the energy and power, software services, media, telecommunications and gaming industries.

Following that, he spent five years at the investment bank Lazard Freres in New York, where he was a director in the Power, Energy and Infrastructure group, working closely within the firm’s restructuring practice and forging significant relationships with pension funds and sovereign wealth funds.

Since December 2011, he served as a partner and co-led day-to-day operations at Casablanca Capital, a hedge fund based in New York which raised more than $500 million and participated in numerous industry verticals. He also served as president of Hawkview, a New York-based strategy and financial-advisory firm, which he also founded. That firm advised the governor of Maryland, among others, on high-level financial issues.

In his new role at AlixPartners, he will use his analytical and marketing skills, along with his deep industry relationships, to further enhance the Turnaround and Restructuring Practice’s strategies and business development, and to help the firm better serve its clients.

“AlixPartners’ Turnaround and Restructuring group has long been the gold standard in its industry, and we look for Greg’s progressive thinking and innovations to help our professionals in that practice take things to even greater heights for our clients,” said Simon Freakley, CEO of AlixPartners.