ADMINISTRATION & COMPLIANCE
Robert Handler – Chief Compliance Officer
Bob is the Chief Compliance Officer. In addition, Bob engages in transaction diligence and execution as well as portfolio management.
Bob has over 30 years of professional experience in commercial financial transactions, with most of his involvement in managing turnaround situations and other financially and operationally distressed businesses. He has handled business reorganizations, acquisitions, mergers, and acted in several fiduciary capacities such as independent director, court-appointed receiver, Trustee/Assignee for the Benefit of Creditors and Chief Restructuring Officer across the country, in various parts of the world, and in a wide variety of industries. As a founding member and general counsel to commercial lending divisions of each of Bank of America and The CIT Group, Bob was responsible for the growth and success of each company’s commercial loan portfolio. In this role, he was charged with his company’s initiation, structuring, documentation and administration of all loans to financially distressed companies.
Bob practiced law in a commercial litigation firm where he was engaged in all aspects of bankruptcy litigation on behalf of secured creditors, creditors’ committees and debtor clients. He obtained his JD from the University of Iowa College of Law and his BA from Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa. He is also a Certified Turnaround Professional as designated by the Turnaround Management Association. He is also a full member of the National Association of Federal Equity Receivers. He is a member of the Turnaround Management Association and the Chicago Bar Association. He actively participates in and/or chairs various panel discussions nationwide concerning current issues in receiverships, turnarounds, bankruptcy, and commercial financial transactions. He is also the Contributor of Chapter 24 in the 2019 edition of Strategic Alternatives For and Against Distressed Businesses, published by Thomson Reuters, which discusses Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors in Illinois.
Edward Pooley – Chief Administrative Officer
Ed is the Chief Administrative Officer. In addition, Ed engages in transaction diligence and execution as well as portfolio management.
Ed has gained over 30 years of experience in developing and implementing financial and operational infrastructures for financial services companies. His entrepreneurial spirit was tapped in 1996 when Ed, as CFO, was part of a group that formed a publicly held commercial bank. Starting as a concept, Ed designed, developed, and put in place a platform allowing the organization to reach $500M in assets, before being sold. That spirit continued when he joined a $45B International Bank Holding company headquartered in Taiwan. There he was hired to increase the holding company’s investment in the US operations.
Ed was the CFO of a family office focused on making control investments in middle-market businesses. He was the fund accountant, a board member, and operational leader within various portfolio companies. In his most recent role, Ed was the President and CEO of a building products portfolio company. Ed holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.