TORONTO – October 5, 2020 – FrontWell Capital Partners (“FrontWell”), a private credit fund that provides transitionary senior debt financing to middle-market companies in the United States and Canada, today announced its newly formed Advisory Board, comprising Senior Advisors Matthew Lyness, Uwe Manski and Eric Klein. Mr. Lyness, Mr. Manski and Mr. Klein each brings to FrontWell deep experience across capital markets, restructuring and insolvency and will work closely with FrontWell’s senior leadership and deal origination and underwriting teams.
“We are pleased to welcome Matthew, Uwe and Eric to FrontWell as trusted advisors,” said CEO Patrick Dalton. “We thoughtfully curated our Advisory Board to include proven professionals whose collective experience will ensure FrontWell is poised to succeed as a premier private debt lender. These professionals bring strong relationships with banks, restructuring firms, advisory firms and law firms across the U.S. and Canada that will serve as important sources for deal flow. We look forward to working with our Senior Advisors and benefiting from their insights and support as we continue to build our pipeline of lending opportunities.”
- Matthew Lyness – Mr. Lyness has 32 years of banking and capital markets experience. He is currently a Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey, which he joined in 2017 to establish a Leveraged Buyout financing capability. Previously, he served as a Senior Managing Director at Antares Capital and GE Capital Markets, where he led the teams that cover financial sponsors and TMT. From 1997 to 2007, Mr. Lyness was a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan, where he worked in Leveraged Finance, structuring loans and high-yield bond solutions for financial sponsors and various corporate clients. Mr. Lyness serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Westchester and Putnam County. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Hebron Academy in Maine. Mr. Lyness graduated from Boston College with a BA in Economics and English.
- Uwe Manski – Mr. Manski has over 40 years of experience working with financially troubled businesses covering almost every industry and type of enterprise, both in Canada and internationally. As a partner at one of Canada’s largest accounting firms, BDO Canada LLP, and President of its incorporated insolvency division, Mr. Manski frequently acted as a consultant on behalf of lenders with a mandate to examine the finances of underperforming customers and identify and implement remedial measures to rehabilitate the businesses and restore them to profitability. He has been a founding member, Director and President of the Ontario Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (OAIRP) and the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP), as well as a founding member and Director of the Insolvency Institute of Canada (IIC) and the Canadian Insolvency Foundation (CIF).
- Eric Klein – Mr. Klein has over 35 years of professional and corporate management experience in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, financings and strategic advisory as well as joint ventures for primarily mid-sized Canadian corporations. Currently, Mr. Klein is the President of Klein Advisory Services Inc. He previously held the position of Executive Vice President, Corporate Development of Dundee Corporation from 2016 to 2018. From 1992 to 2016, Mr. Klein served as the lead partner of Klein Farber Corporate Finance Inc., a financial services advisory firm that is a member of the Farber Financial Group. As a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, he serves on both public and private company boards. Mr. Klein is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator. He holds a graduate diploma in Public Accounting and a B.Comm. degree from McGill University in Montreal.
Full biographies for FrontWell’s Senior Advisors can be found at frontwellcapital.com.
About FrontWell Capital Partners
Headquartered in Toronto, FrontWell Capital Partners (“FrontWell”) provides transitionary senior debt financing to middle-market companies in the United States and Canada. With committed seed capital of more than USD $350 million, FrontWell offers financing solutions, including asset-based (ABL) and cash flow loans, to maximize liquidity support for borrowers that are looking beyond traditional sources of capital. FrontWell’s rigorous approach to origination, underwriting and risk management generates current income while prioritizing the preservation of principal over the chase for yield. FrontWell partners with private companies across several industries that display balance sheet capacity and that require liquidity to support a transition in their business, including turnarounds, restructurings, acquisitions and changes in ownership or control. For more information, please visit frontwellcapital.com.
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