Keshav Lall has actively participated in corporate debt restructurings for more than 15 years as an investment banker, principal investor and corporate executive.
Keshav previously served as the President of Global Special Opportunities and the CEO and Chairman of Essar Capital Americas, a member of a global industrial conglomerate with over $11 billion in revenue. At Essar, he oversaw a private portfolio of five infrastructure, energy and industrial companies with approximately 3,500 employees and capital structures in excess of $4 billion. He also led Essar’s global efforts in distressed situations from both an operational and principal perspective, including the bankruptcies of Essar Steel Algoma, Essar Steel Minnesota and the Port of Algoma. These activities included restructuring over $7 billion of debt, negotiating more than $500 million of settlements, successfully renegotiating collectively bargaining agreements with the United Steel Workers Union, and working in partnership with domestic and foreign governments.
Prior to Essar, Keshav spent 10 years as an investor in distressed companies at Balyasny Asset Management, Citadel Investment Group and Deutsche Bank. While at Balyasny, he led the ad hoc secured bond committee in the Essar Steel Algoma restructuring and was a key member of creditor groups in Essar Energy, Momentive and TXU. At Citadel, Keshav was a trader and the co-manager of a distressed credit portfolio concentrated in special situations including Lyondell, Visteon, Nortel and Skilled Health. He began his career in the M&A department at Deutsche Bank. Immediately prior to joining M-III, Keshav served as founder and Managing Member of KAL Advisory Partners, which provided merchant banking services for highly complex, distressed or special situations.
Keshav holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics and Business Management, cum laude, from Cornell University.
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