Manchester Companies Names New Partners / Shareholders

Jan 12, 2010, 10:30 ET from Manchester Companies, Inc.

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Manchester Companies, Inc., one of the nation's leading financial advisory and restructuring firms, announced today that it has named Jeffrey P. Baker as Managing Partner and Chris Sheffert as Partner, with both also becoming shareholders in the firm. "I am enthusiastic to have Jeff and Chris join me as partners and shareholders as we execute our shared vision of building on our brand as a leading financial advisory and restructuring firm serving small and middle-market companies, institutional lenders, and private equity investors across the nation," said Manchester's Founder Mark W. Sheffert, who remains the firm's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

As Managing Partner, Jeffrey Baker, CPA (license inactive), is responsible for overseeing and managing the firm's client engagements and its overall operations. Baker joined Manchester in 2007 as a general partner of Manchester Capital Fund, LLC, a private equity fund formed to make equity investments in stressed and distressed small and middle-market companies. Since joining Manchester he has led major client engagements including restructurings, refinancings, and bankruptcies.  Prior to joining Manchester, Baker was a partner in MHW Capital, a New York-based hedge fund focused on investments in distressed public companies. He is also formerly a senior partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he led some of the most complex mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, and bankruptcy cases in the world.

He also served as a member of the Executive Leadership Team of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting where he was responsible for Strategy and Corporate Development on behalf of the firm.

As Partner, Chris Sheffert is responsible for managing the firm's client financial services, including engagement leadership, financing and re-financing structuring and sourcing, and marketing to financial institutions, private equity and mezzanine funds. Most recently, Chris Sheffert was a private equity investor with Svoboda Capital Partners, a $250 million Chicago-based middle-market private equity fund.  He joined Svoboda after receiving his MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.  Prior to Stanford, he was a Vice President with Manchester responsible for business development.

Manchester Companies, Inc. provides award-winning financial advisory and restructuring services for its clients from its headquarters in Minneapolis and offices in Chicago and Dallas. For more information, go to

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