John McKenna Joins Miller Buckfire As Managing Director

NEW YORK, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Miller Buckfire & Co., LLC, a leading investment banking firm, today announced the appointment of John A. McKenna, Jr., as a Managing Director, effective immediately.  Mr. McKenna has over 20 years of experience advising on large scale, highly complex financial restructurings and capital raising and mergers and acquisitions assignments.

He most recently served as a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Eastern Region Financial Restructuring Group at Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin.  Prior to Houlihan Lokey, Mr. McKenna worked with Kenneth A. Buckfire and other Miller Buckfire executives in the restructuring group at Wasserstein Perella & Company.

"John is one of the best restructuring advisors in the business, with a diverse background and range of professional experiences that we think will be of great benefit to our firm and our clients," said Miller Buckfire Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Kenneth A. Buckfire.  "His appointment is a key part of our strategy to ensure that we have the expertise that will be critical during the next restructuring cycle, which we think will place a premium on efficient access to the capital markets.  We have known John for a long time and he is extremely well respected across the industry.  We're pleased that he is now part of the Miller Buckfire team."

While at Houlihan Lokey, Mr. McKenna was responsible for leading the firm's restructuring activities in the Eastern United States, Latin America, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe.  Over the course of his career, he has advised clients including: the Unsecured Creditors Committee of Delta Airlines in its restructuring of $15 billion of unsecured claims; Deutsche Bank as C$850 million standby underwriter of Air Canada's plan of reorganization; Retirement Systems of Alabama in its purchase of US Airways and restructuring of $10 billion of obligations; Nextel International (now NII Holdings) in its restructuring of $3 billion of obligations and exit financing; Impsat Fiber networks in its financial restructuring; and Paging Network in its combination with Arch Wireless and simultaneous financial restructuring.

In addition to his tenures at Houlihan Lokey and Wasserstein Perella, Mr. McKenna has served as a member of the boards of directors at Gate Gourmet Group Holdings LLC, Haights Cross Communications, Inc., SecondMarket, Inc., and US Airways Group, Inc.  

"I'm very excited to be reuniting with Ken and many of my former colleagues from Wasserstein Perella," said Mr. McKenna.  "They have built Miller Buckfire into a preeminent restructuring advisory firm - one that has been strengthened by its strategic alliance with Stifel Financial. This relationship and the firm's deep bench and strategic vision place Miller Buckfire in a very strong competitive position - a fact that makes my new role at the firm a very compelling and unique opportunity."

Mr. McKenna currently serves on the board of directors of the New York Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  He earned a B.A. in Government and Economics, with Honors, from Claremont McKenna College.

About Miller Buckfire

Miller Buckfire & Co., LLC, is a leading investment banking firm.  Miller Buckfire provides high-level strategic advice to many of the largest corporations and leading private equity firms in the United States and Europe.  Miller Buckfire provides a full range of investment banking advisory services, including financial restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, and debt and equity placements.  For more information, please see the firm's web site at www.millerbuckfire.com.

SOURCE Miller Buckfire & Co., LLC



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