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Jay Goffman

Jay Goffman

Client Chairman, Financial Advisory

Jay Goffman is Client Chairman of Teneo’s Financial Advisory Business. In this role, he leads client development and execution for Teneo’s North American Financial Advisory business, while also working across the broader business globally.

Prior to joining Teneo, he was Vice-Chairman, Global Advisory at Rothschild & Co, a large international investment bank, where he advised clients across Rothschild’s Restructuring, Debt Advisory and M&A practices.

Before Rothschild, Jay spent 36 year as a lawyer focused on restructuring, debt advisory and distressed M&A. For the last 24 years of his legal career, he practiced at Skadden Arps, where he was the Global Head of the Corporate Restructuring Department.

Over the course of his career, Jay has consistently been recognized as one of the leading and most innovative restructuring advisors in the world. He has received dozens of professional awards, accolades and honors, including being named a Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer and one of the Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade by The National Law Journal. He has also received several Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame honors, in addition to numerous philanthropic awards.

Jay is best known for having devised and pioneered the “Prepackaged” Restructuring which revolutionized the field of restructuring and has been successfully used over the past 35 years to reorganize hundreds of companies in a quick, efficient and cost-effective manner. As a result of his efforts, prepacks are now the predominant method used in major restructurings.

Jay has successfully reorganized businesses out of court and in court across multiple industries and geographies, including some of the largest, most high-profile and most complex cases in history. Many of his deals and accomplishments have been profiled in various publications including The Wall Street Journal.

Jay has chaired restructuring panels and legislative review committees, in addition to chairing and speaking at numerous restructuring and distressed M&A conferences. He has also published extensively on restructuring, fiduciary duties and distressed M&A.

Jay received a JD with Honors from the University of North Carolina in 1983, where he was on the Law Review, and a BS from SUNY Binghamton in 1980, where he majored in Chemical Psychobiology with an emphasis in Neurochemistry.

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