Lisa Byrns, J.D.
Alexander Diaz-Matos, J.D.
Head of Investment Grade Research
Matt Donaher, J.D.
Ian Feng, J.D.
Lisa Byrns graduated from Wellesley College in 1982 with Wellesley Scholar Honors and
Cornell Law School cum laude in 1987. Lisa practiced as Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
for seven years where she represented primarily agents, arrangers and lenders in a wide
variety of syndicated and structured financings. Prior to joining Covenant Review, she was
a senior attorney at Berger Legal LLC, a Connecticut-based boutique law firm and a pioneer in
the alternative-delivery model of sophisticated legal services. She joined Covenant Review in 2018.
Alexander graduated from Oberlin College in 1999, obtained a law degree from the
University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2002, and received an L.L.M.
(master of laws) from the University of Amsterdam in 2003. Alexander
has analyzed a wide array of corporate bonds since beginning working with
Covenant Review in 2006. He is principally focused on investment grade issuers
with perceived event risk and analyzing the critical variances that may result
in covenant arbitrage opportunities among their bonds.
Matthew Donaher graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1986 and the Case Western
Reserve University School of Law cum laude in 1992. Matthew practiced law at Cadwalader,
Wickersham and Taft LLP, Shearman & Sterling LLP and Paul Hastings LLP, in which he
represented lenders, agents and borrowers on a wide range of financing transactions,
including, cash-flow and asset-based senior secured credit facilities, cross-border,
broadly syndicated, and multi-currency transactions, in connection with acquisition
financings, refinancings, exit financings and debtor-in-possession financings.
Matthew joined Covenant Review in 2018.
Ian Feng graduated from University of Texas in Austin in 2006 and
the New York University School of Law cum laude in 2009. Prior
to joining Covenant Review, Ian practiced law at Latham & Watkins
LLP and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, focusing primarily on corporate
and sponsor-backed finance transactions representing both arrangers and
financial institutions and sponsors and corporate borrowers. Ian has
extensive experience representing agent banks, arrangers, and other
financial institutions, as well as sponsor and corporate borrowers in a
variety of acquisition / LBO financings and project finance transactions.
Ian joined Covenant Review in 2015.
Co-Head of European Research
Co-Head of European Research
Ross Hallock, J.D.
Sabrina graduated from University of California, Los Angeles summa cum laude and
studied law at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley. She
served as a clerk in the chambers of Judge John T. Noonan, Jr., in the United
States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit before beginning her legal career
with Skadden, Arps. Sabrina joined Covenant Review in 2015 from DLA Piper,
where she practiced securities law and finance, particularly equity and debt
capital markets with a focus on high yield debt. Prior to joining DLA Piper,
Sabrina was the lead high yield bond analyst for DebtXplained from 2011 through 2013.
Manisha is a dual qualified solicitor in English and South African law.
Manisha graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa
in 2003 with her Bachelor of Laws degree and from Rhodes University,
South Africa in 2001 with an honours degree in Political Studies
focusing on democratic theory. Prior to joining Covenant Review,
Manisha practiced law at Baker McKenzie LLP in London and Clifford
Chance LLP in London, where she specialised in banking and finance representing
agents, lenders, sponsors and borrowers with a focus on leverage and corporate acquisition
finance, private placements and restructuring. Manisha joined Covenant Review in 2016.
Jane is dual qualified solicitor in English and French law and studied
at the University of Kent, England, the University of Bordeaux,
France, and the University of Aix-Marseille,
France where she specialized in European Law. She completed her training contract
at Denton Wilde Sapte, London and Paris in 2002 before specializing in banking and
capital markets at both Denton Wilde Sapte and Lovells with a focus on leveraged loans
and high yield debt. Jane joined Covenant Review in 2015 from DebtXplained, a European based
research company, where she was Head of Loans from 2011 to 2013 and Head of Legal from 2013.
Ross Hallock graduated from Dartmouth College summa cum
laude in 1997 and Harvard Law School cum laude in 2000. He has practiced
law at Gibson Dunn and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. He has represented
both borrowers and providers of capital in a wide range of financing transactions,
including bank loans, high yield offerings, investment grade offerings, and mezzanine
financings. He has considerable experience in financings involving private equity sponsors.
Ross began working with Covenant Review in 2012.
Shoshanna Harrow, J.D.
Scott Josefsberg, J.D.
Avon Khowong, J.D.
Shweta Rao, LL.M.
Shoshanna was a Global Law Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center, where
she graduated magna cum laude in 2006. She began her legal career at Skadden, Arps,
Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, practicing in London and Sydney, before joining the
London office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP in 2012. As a securities law and corporate
finance specialist, Shoshanna has advised issuers, underwriters, and investment
funds on a variety of financing transactions, including 144A/Reg S debt and equity offerings,
private placements, and liability management transactions. Shoshanna joined Covenant Review in 2017.
Scott Josefsberg graduated from St. John’s University School of Law
summa cum laude in 2005, where he was on the St. John’s Law Review.
Prior to joining Covenant Review, Scott was a corporate finance attorney
at Latham & Watkins LLP. At Latham, Scott primarily represented underwriters
and issuers in Rule 144A high yield offerings, registered offerings of equity
and investment grade debt, and debt exchange offers. He has considerable experience
in financings for leveraged buyouts. Scott began working with Covenant Review in 2013.
Avon Khowong graduated from Williams College cum laude in 2006 and New York University School of
Law in 2009. Prior to joining Covenant Review, Avon practiced law at Weil, Gotshal &
Manges LLP and Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, specializing in banking and finance.
Avon has extensive experience representing borrowers,
sponsors, agents, arrangers, and lenders in acquisition financings / leveraged buyouts,
first and second lien financings, multi- lender and syndicated financings, and project financings.
Avon joined Covenant Review in 2017.
Shweta is a dual-qualified finance lawyer with over 15 years of experience.
She graduated with an honours law degree from National Law School of
India University and then was awarded an LL.M. from Kings College,
University of London. Shweta began practising law in London at Clifford
Chance LLP advising on multi-jurisdictional acquisition and leveraged
finance transactions. Over the last five years, she has written extensively
on legal complexities in facilities agreements, intercreditors and high yield
bonds. Shweta joined Covenant Review in 2017.
Jessica Reiss, J.D.
Head of Leveraged Loan Research
John Sirico, J.D.
Jason Suh, J.D.
Ian K. Walker, J.D.
Jessica Reiss graduated from Brandeis University magna cum laude in 1999 and
from University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2002. Jessica practiced law at
Shearman & Sterling LLP, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, and Goodwin
Procter LLP. She has extensive experience representing borrowers, lenders,
arrangers, agent banks, and sponsors on complex commercial syndicated
revolving and term loans; senior, junior and mezzanine financings;
leveraged buyouts; and offerings of debt securities. Prior to joining Covenant Review,
Jessica was the head of loan covenant research for Moody’s. Jessica joined Covenant Review in 2015.
John A. Sirico graduated from Boston College School of Management summa cum
laude as an accounting major in 1977 and Boston College Law School cum laude
in 1980 where he was also Managing Editor of the Boston College Law Review.
He practiced as a finance and M&A attorney for over 30 years at RBS, UBS, Paul
Hastings, GE Capital, and Wiggin & Dana. He has represented agents, arrangers,
and lenders in a broad range of domestic and cross-border syndicated bank credit
facilities (with both public and private debtors in virtually all sectors and industries)
for leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, refinancings, DIPs, PORs, and other financings.
His experience further includes par and distressed trading, as well as work-outs, out-of-court
restructurings and bankruptcies, in addition to reviewing and analyzing covenants and terms for
bonds and other competing debt throughout the entire capital structure. John joined Covenant Review in 2014.
Jason Suh graduated from Stanford University in 1998 and the University of
Pennsylvania Law School cum laude in 2006. Prior to joining Covenant Review,
he practiced law at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP, focusing
primarily on corporate finance transactions representing investment banks,
issuers, and investors. His corporate finance experience ranges from investment
grade and high yield debt offerings to public and private equity transactions, and
includes advising on capital restructuring considerations and implementing related
exchange or tender offers and consent solicitations. Jason began working with Covenant Review in 2014.
Ian K. Walker graduated from The University of the West Indies with first class
honors in 1984 and Howard University School of Law magna cum laude in 1994.
He has practiced law at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and as a solo practitioner.
He has represented both borrowers and lenders in leveraged finance transactions
as well as a variety of financing transactions, such as structured finance and
aircraft financings. He has extensive experience in the area of knowledge management
and training, including consultancy with leading legal content providers.
Ian began working with Covenant Review in 2015.
Scott M. Webster, LL.B.
Mark Xiong, J.D.
Scott Webster graduated from Curtin University of Technology in
1999 and The University of Western Australia Law School in 2004.
Most recently he was an associate in the Global Leveraged Finance
team at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP in New York, but he has
also practiced law in a number of other jurisdictions, including London,
Paris, and Sydney. Scott is currently licensed to practice law in New York,
England and Wales, and Australia. He was also previously an Avocat with the
Paris Bar and is fluent in French. Scott began working with Covenant Review in New York in 2017.
Mark Xiong graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick,
NY in 2006 and the University of Texas School of Law in 2009.
Prior to joining Covenant Review, Mark worked as a corporate
finance associate at Ropes & Gray LLP from 2009 to 2017. During that time,
Mark represented borrowers, direct lending providers and corporations on a
broad spectrum of financing transactions, including syndicated term loans,
asset-based loans, high yield debt offerings, strategic refinancings, exit
facilities, direct lending deals and corporate restructurings. Mark joined
Covenant Review in 2017.