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Rothschild Global Advisory expands debt advisory business into North America

Rothschild Global Advisory, part of the Rothschild & Co Group, is expanding its debt advisory business by appointing Michael Speller as head of debt advisory, North America.

Speller will join Rothschild Global Advisory as a managing director and head of debt advisory for North America, commencing 13 February 2017. Speller will lead the debt advisory team in North America, advising clients on the strategy and execution of debt market transactions for both publicly listed and privately owned companies, including companies owned by financial sponsors.
Jimmy Neissa, head of Rothschild & Co North America, says: “The addition of a North American debt advisory business, building on the great success of our global franchise, will help fulfil our continued ambition to expand our differentiated services in this important market.
“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Michael Speller to Rothschild Global Advisory. Michael’s deep knowledge and broad experience in debt capital markets is an exceptional enhancement of our worldwide financing advisory and M&A expertise.”
Paul Duffy, global head of debt advisory, says: “Michael Speller is a seasoned debt market professional, bringing with him extensive market knowledge and transaction experience. He will allow us to expand our debt advisory business significantly in North America, which is an important geography in our overall market-leading global debt advisory activity.”
Speller joins Rothschild Global Advisory after more than 16 years at Credit Suisse Group where, most recently, he spent nine years as a managing director and head of leveraged finance origination, global industrials group.
Prior to Credit Suisse Group he spent time at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities (DLJ) and Bear Stearns.
Speller says: “I am very enthusiastic about working with such a reputable organisation and to be part of the exciting journey to build the debt advisory business in North America.”
Rothschild & Co’s financing advisory business, which encompasses debt advisory, equity advisory and restructuring, accounts for approximately 30 per cent of total Rothschild Global Advisory revenues. Since 2010 it has advised on 900 debt advisory assignments totalling USD940 billion.

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