Opportunity Abounds: Staying Busy in a Bankruptcy-Lite Economy

Opportunity abounds for TMA practitioners despite a bankruptcy-lite economy. Industries challenged by disruption or new competition are creating turnaround opportunity. After companies’ balance sheets are financially restructured, operations still need fixing. Experienced turnaround, business performance improvement, corporate strategy, and human capital management experts will examine challenges affecting business performance for healthy and underperforming organizations and discuss best practice for managing human resources, accentuating competitive advantages, enhancing financial performance,  and enacting processes to grow stakeholder value.

Session Directors: William Henrich, Duncan Bourne, Peter Pfeiffer, Anne O'Donnell

Eliza Ronalds-Hannon, Bloomberg (moderator)

Alex Jakobson, Korn Ferry

Markus Lahrkamp, Alvarez & Marsal

Alex JakobsonAlex Jakobson leads Korn Ferry’s Corporate Transactions & Transformation Global Solution across 116 offices worldwide.

He has assisted both private equity clients and corporate buyers with strategic acquisitions, alliances, restructurings, leveraged buyouts, capital market transactions, dispositions and recapitalizations spanning a broad range of transaction structures and industries. He has extensive experience in domestic, international and cross-border transactions. Alex has held board and executive positions. He has founded and sold global consulting firms, which operate today as part of a publicly quoted company. He has made over a thousand keynote presentations for organizations all over the world on topics ranging from purpose driven leadership to customer centricity transformation. He is unique in that he can engage, host, and motivate audiences of thousands of people.

His clients are in the Fortune 500 and in industries such as financial service, professional services, life sciences and retail.

Eliza Ronalds-HannonEliza Ronalds-Hannon covers distressed debt and credit markets at Bloomberg News for print, web, TV, and radio. She previously covered government debt and currencies for Bloomberg, but began her financial journalism career at Debtwire reporting on Latin America during the sovereign debt crises in Argentina and Venezuela. She holds an MA in Journalism from CUNY’s Newmark School and a BA in English from Wesleyan University.



Markus LarhkampMarkus Lahrkamp is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal Private Equity Performance Improvement in New York. He also leads engagements as part of the A&M Rapid Results Program™.

With more than 15 years of consulting experience, he brings a wealth of expertise in top-line growth and performance improvement for manufacturing, distribution and services companies in a variety of industries, including construction and construction materials, furniture, consumer products, high-tech and automotive.

Before joining A&M, Mr. Lahrkamp was the President and CEO of Arthur D. Little, Inc. and Droege & Comp. He built and led both of the companies’ private equity practices in New York, and focused on due diligence and value enhancements for a significant number of private equity-sponsored portfolio companies. He has executed on numerous notable projects with PE-sponsored portfolio companies. For a plastics extrusion machinery company in Massachusetts, he conducted comprehensive performance improvement, and completed a structural, process and management overhaul resulting in EBITDA improvements of more than $15 million.


Wednesday, September 25  
8:30am-12:30pm  Golf
1:00-7:30pm  Attendee Lounge Open
3:00- 4:00pm Opening Program 
4:30- 5:30pm Making Connections: First-Time Attendee Reception
5:30-7:30pm Opening Reception 
Thursday, September 26  
8:00am-6:00pm  Attendee Lounge 
8:00-9:00am Networking Breakfast 
9:15-9:45am Soundbites
10:00-11:00am Education Session Plenary 
11:15am-12:15pm  Education Session Breakout
12:15-1:45pm Networking Lunch 
2:00- 3:00pm  Education Session Breakout
5:00-6:00pm  *Chair's Reception 
7:00-9:00pm  Closing Reception at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
9:00-10:30pm TMA After Dark
Friday, September 27  
8:00-10:30am Grab n' Go Breakfast and 1:1 Meetings

*Invite only | Agenda subject to change. View the full agenda



The Hilton Cleveland Downtown
100 Lakeside Ave. East
Cleveland, OH 44114

Reservation Deadline: September 3, 2019
After the cut-off date, room reservations will be accepted based on hotel availability at the best available rate. 

Room Rate: $209/night plus taxes
Reservation Phone: (216) 413-5000 ext. 1
Group Booking Code: TMA
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