2020 Events

Upcoming Webinars

All webinars hosted by Professor Donna M. Hitscherich [Read full bio]

June 17,  2020 at 8:00 pm EDT

Restructuring  101 with Michael Livanos `08, Principal at Stellex Capital [Read full bio]; Oscar N. Pinkas, Partner and Global Leader, Dentons' Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy practice [Read full bio]; Spencer Ware, Director, Alix Partners [Read full bio]

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EFHD093tQAyycMPmU83agg


June 24, 2020 at 8:00 pm EDT

Beyond Private Equity: Opportunities in Private Credit  with Tod Trabocco `02, Director of Strategy and Research, ITE Management [Read Full Bio]

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6HB3FVLmROS-2fVyS8RhjQ


View Videos of Past Webinars

Finance Recruiting & Networking during COVID19: An all-weather discussion and practical lessons to landing a job in Finance (even during a storm)
with Juan Gómez Vega `09 [Read Full Bio]

Discussion on Tech Trends and The Remote Workplace
with Tim Campos `11, CEO of Woven [Read Full Bio]


Speaker Bios


Tim Campos `11
CEO, Woven

Tim Campos is the CEO of Woven—where he is applying his two decades of experience in enterprise software, big data, and machine learning to workforce productivity. Mr. Campos was one of the early executives at Facebook and served as CIO until the end of 2016. During his tenure at Facebook, he was responsible for helping to double employee productivity while also supporting over 20-times growth in Facebook’s business. Today, Facebook’s staff of more than 25,000 serves over two billion monthly users—about a quarter of the world's population. Mr. Campos sits on the board of directors for both Viavi (NASDAQ:VIAV) and Rackspace, as well as at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. One of Mr. Campos’s personal passions is closing the opportunity divide. He has also been a long advocate and board member for YearUp, a Bay Area nonprofit that serves urban youth.


Moderator, Donna M. Hitscherich
Senior Lecturer, Finance at Columbia Business School
Director of the Private Equity Program)

Professor Donna M. Hitscherich currently serves as a senior lecturer of Finance, director of the Private Equity Program, and a Bernstein Faculty Leader at the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School. Professor Hitscherich’s courses include Corporate Finance as well as the elective courses Business Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Advanced Corporate Finance. In 2002, she was nominated for the Dean’s Award for Innovation in the MBA Curriculum for her presentation of the Advanced Corporate Finance course. She also received the Executive MBA Commitment to Excellence Award from the Berkeley-Columbia EMBA program graduating classes in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 and the Commitment to Excellence Award for EMBA-Americas graduating classes in 2014 and 2017.

Professor Hitscherich has also served as a lecturer in law and accounting at Columbia Law School. From 1988–1990, she was an assistant professor of law at St. John’s University School of Law, where she taught Federal Securities Regulation and Legal Ethics.

Prior to her present position as a senior lecturer at Columbia, Professor Hitscherich had a career in investment banking, holding positions at CS First Boston, J.P. Morgan & Co. Inc., and Banc of America Securities. At J.P. Morgan, she helped found the takeover defense team and served as a senior member of the advisory review committee, which was responsible for all of the M&A fairness opinions issued by the company. As a managing director in the mergers and acquisitions group of Banc of America Securities, she was secretary of the firm’s fairness-opinion review committee and a major contributor to the firm’s training programs for managing directors and associates. Prior to her investment banking career, Professor Hitscherich was a corporate lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

In addition to an MBA from Columbia Business School, Professor Hitscherich received a BS and JD from St. John’s University and is a NYS certified paramedic.


Michael Livanos `08
Principal, Stellex Capital

Mr. Livanos is a member of Stellex’s investment team. Prior to joining Stellex in 2014, Mr. Livanos was a Vice President at Barclays in the Restructuring and Finance Group. Prior to Barclays, Mr. Livanos was an Associate at Houlihan Lokey in the Financial Restructuring Group. Before that, Mr. Livanos worked at Citigroup’s Corporate Headquarters and at Citigroup International within the finance and corporate development functions.

Mr. Livanos currently serves as a director on the board of Custom Glass Parent, LLC, Dominion Hospitality Topco Limited and Fenix Parent, LLC.

Mr. Livanos received his B.S. in Computer Science and Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. He is a member of the alumni advisory board of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science and remains active with Columbia Business School’s Private Equity Program.


Oscar N. Pinkas
Partner and Global Leader, Dentons

Oscar is a Global Leader in Dentons’ Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy practice. He represents clients in and out of court in situations involving strategic, operational, or financial issues, with an emphasis on M&A, equity or debt financing transactions.

Oscar has received several accolades, including being named a 40 Under 40 Leader in Insolvency by the American Bankruptcy Institute, an Emerging Leader in M&A, Financing and Turnaround by The M&A Advisor, a Top 50 Rising Star Dealmaker in the Americas by Global M&A Network, and a Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney by Super Lawyers.


Tod Trabocco `02
Director of Strategy and Research, ITE Management

Mr. Trabocco is currently Director of Strategy and Research at ITE Management. Previously specialized in credit manager research and selection at Cambridge Associates. He covers senior credit, mezzanine, CLO  liabilities, second lien, unitranche, structured equity, distressed and specialty finance funds. Tod’s experience also runs to debt and equity origination and execution in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe and Russia. Prior to Cambridge Associates, Mr. Trabocco worked as the Managing Director at Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, the Managing Director at LBC Credit Partners, and a Vice President at Moody’s Investor Services. Mr. Trabocco holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MA from Tufts University, and a BA from Pomona College.


Juan Gómez Vega `09,
Head of Capital Markets and Investor Relations, Neinor Homes

Juan Gómez Vega graduated from Columbia Business School during the previous financial crisis in 2009, is currently the head of Capi tal Markets and Investor Relations at Neinor Homes, a l isted Spanish homebuilder. Prior to that he was the CEO of Vi lamoura World, undertaking a turnaround for that Lone Star-owned asset in Portugal. He joined Vilamoura from Lone Star Funds in Madrid, where he was an Investment Director. Juan participated in the acquisition of Neinor Homes, in more than €350m of land acquisitions and in kick-starting the commercial activity of the Company. Before Lone Star, he had been an investment professional with Grove Investors in Madrid, Deutsche Bank- RREEF in London, Morgan Stanley in New York and Pegasus Capital in Buenos Aires. Juan holds a Bachelor in Economics from Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina), an MSc. in Finance from UCEMA (Argentina) and an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School. He is also a CFA Charterholder. Juan has interviewed and recruited finance professionals over the past decade at Deutsche Bank-RREEF (today DWS), Lone Star and Hudson Advisors. He is also a member of the “Ambassador Program” of the Office of Admissions at Columbia Business School. Juan has advised and helped dozens of professionals in advancing their finance career and to get into the top business schools for the past 15 years.


Spencer Ware
Director, AlixPartners

Spencer is a business leader with over 18 years of experience in developing comprehensive business solutions in restructurings and reorganizations. As a leader of domestic and international teams at AlixPartners, he has represented, & negotiated with, diverse key stakeholder groups, including corporations, JV’s, boards, senior executives, and creditors ranging from lenders to suppliers. He is currently serving as the Treasure of JC Penney’ and was recently CRO of Eastern Outfitters, Bob Stores, which received awards from three organizations including the Turnaround Management Association’s Mid-Sized Transaction of the Year Award.

He holds a BA in economics from Haverford College and attended the London School of Economics. Spencer has served in a number of industry and non-profit leadership positions ranging from Haverford's Alumni President to Global Trustee for the TMA. He is Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board to the Journal of Corporate Renewal, publishing two issues of the magazine focused on restructurings during COVID-19. He is also a frequent speaker and author on the topic of corporate restructuring. 

Spencer has received a number of restructuring industry awards including the American Bankruptcy Institutes’ 40 Under 40 list of outstanding young professionals and the New York Institute of Credit’s Future Leader of the Year Award.