[The Inside Track is a Debtwire podcast series featuring in depth and intimate conversations with today’s restructuring market leaders. It is a platform upon which guests will share the lessons they’ve learned throughout their careers guiding distressed companies and municipalities, as well as their constituencies, through the most challenging, complex, comprehensive and sometimes contentious reorganizations around the world. We will also address issues impacting the current distressed and restructuring landscapes.]
Joff Mitchell, the CRO for companies such as Toisa, Sabine Oil & Gas, Dewey & LeBoeuf, and LandAmerica, didn’t always want to be a restructuring advisor. In fact, for the first 20 years of the New Zealand native’s career -- during which he served in various corporate management and chief executive roles -- he had a “pretty healthy disdain” for the restructuring consultant industry.
But then in 1999, Joff met Steve Cooper -- an early US restructuring leader and founding member of Zolfo Cooper -- who offered him an interim six-week assignment that ultimately parlayed into an 18-year career at Zolfo. Last fall, Zolfo merged with AlixPartners, and Joff became the co-head of AlixPartners’ turnaround and restructuring practice.
To break down his amazing 30+ year career, Joff recently joined Debtwire’s Richard Goldman for the latest episode of The Inside Track podcast series. Among other topics of conversation, Joff shares the story behind his 60-year old nickname (his given name is Jonathan), offers the keys to becoming a successful restructuring advisory career, and explains the pride he takes in his role as CRO for Dewey & Leboeuf.
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by Richard M. Goldman
Richard M. Goldman is a former practicing restructuring and litigation attorney. Prior to joining Debtwire, Richard practiced in the New York offices of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Togut, Segal & Segal LLP. He has represented various constituencies, including debtors, official committees, lenders, purchasers and trustees in several high-profile restructurings.