Debtwire is the essential intelligence service for anyone involved in distressed debt and leveraged finance.
Launched in 2003 by The Mergermarket Group, Debtwire is the only intelligence service that researches and reports on corporate debt situations before credit ratings are downgraded.
The team at Debtwire comprises financial journalists and credit analysts with experience in trading, law, and investment banking. They are based around the globe, tracking and reporting on industry sectors in real-time.
Interested in a career with Debtwire?
We want to hire people who can come up with innovative ideas that will take Debtwire to even greater success. If you’re looking to grow your skills working for a niche company that serves the leveraged finance and distressed debt markets around the world, we’ll give you a great opportunity to make a real difference.
Jonathan brings focus and commercial awareness to his role as Global Managing Director. He is responsible for Debtwire’s commercial operations, product development and strategy in all the territories in which it operates.
Jonathan’s background includes rolling-out businesses into new markets. As Head of Sales for the Americas, he introduced Debtwire to North and Latin America and helped build the commercial side of Debtwire after its launch in Europe. Before he joined The Mergermarket Group in 2002, Jonathan worked at ING on its UK Institutional Equity Sales desk and at Goldman Sachs group.
- University West of England, BA (Hons) in Business Administration
Editor in Chief
Ken defines the focus and direction for Debtwire’s debt market coverage across the globe, while ensuring its editorial service is always in step with what clients need. He brings a critical eye to Debtwire’s ongoing reporting in order to maximize value for readers.
He has 12 years’ experience in the leveraged credit market, with ten of those dedicated to financial journalism. Prior to joining Debtwire in 2005, Ken worked for the Thomson Reuters publication, International Financing Review. Before that, he spent two years at Securities Data Corporation which provided him with a solid background of the syndicated loans market.
- Boston University, BA in Economics
- Graduate of New York University’s Formal Credit Training Program
- Trained in Fixed Income Portfolio Management
Deputy Editor in Chief
Aja helps manage Debtwire’s editorial operations around the world, relying on more than a decade of combined financial reporting and editing experience.
Aja has won two awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Mid-Florida Chapter in recognition of her achievements in general and business reporting. Before joining The Mergermarket Group in March 2005, she was a reporter with American City Business Journals, the largest publisher of metropolitan business newspapers in the USA.
- University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BA in Journalism
Director of Subscriber-Content Relations
Adelene is Director of Subscriber-Content Relations, and is one of the most recognized Debtwire faces globally, having spent time guiding editorial teams in our New York, London, Hong Kong and Singapore offices since joining in January 2005. She is one of the founding editorial members of Debtwire North America, where she helped launch the coverage of distressed airlines and retailers.
She was transferred to London in 2007 to lead and expand Debtwire Europe’s restructuring and distressed content and in late 2010 moved to Asia where she covered Japanese corporate debt restructurings and spearheaded Debtwire Asia’s loans coverage. Adelene is now back in London overseeing global strategic initiatives for the Fixed Income Group.
- Stanford University, MA
- School of Oriental and African Studies, BA
Managing Editor - Europe
Rob manages the editorial team in London, overseeing the leveraged loan, high yield, restructuring, sovereign, Spain, Nordics and mid-market desks. He joined Debtwire in 2007 as a high yield reporter covering primary markets, going on to head the desk and ramping up its secondary market coverage. He became deputy editor of Debtwire Europe at the start of 2011 and took over as managing editor mid 2012.
Prior to joining Debtwire, Rob reported for two years on the European securitization market at EuroWeek, where he covered new ABS asset classes such as catastrophe bonds, as well as the development and subsequent collapse of the European sub-prime RMBS market.
He began his career as a chemical engineer, initially working as a research technician for ICI Explosives in South Africa, before moving to Europe where he took up a technical sales role in the industrial wastewater treatment sector.
- Technikon Witwatersand, HND in Chemical Engineering
- City University, BA in Journalism and Economics
Managing Editor - CEEMEA
Chris Haffenden is Managing Editor of Debtwire CEEMEA , which prides itself on early stage origination financing opportunities in CEE/Russia/CIS, MENA and sub-Saharan Africa.
Chris joined Debtwire Europe in 2004 as a reporter covering stressed/distressed debt, and restructuring. He became deputy editor of Debtwire Europe in 2010, and in early 2011, he launched Debtwire ABS Europe as Editor, focusing on distressed real estate and CMBS restructuring.
Prior to becoming a financial journalist, Chris spent over 15 years in financial markets, primarily as a bond trader. Starting with Australian Eurobonds for Barclays in 1990, then US dollar corporates before moving to the Emerging Market debt arena.
Chris then spent two years at Jefferies International covering European High Yield. He traded European and Asian Convertibles during the TMT bust in 2001, and spent some time in the US with their restructuring advisory practice.
Managing Editor - Asia-Pacific
Luc joined Debtwire in 2006 as Managing Editor for the Asia Pacific region and now is responsible for a team of 14 journalists and five analysts that cover primarily the stressed/distressed debt, high yield and primary debt markets.
Luc has over 20 years as a financial journalist in Asia covering fixed income, credit derivatives and distressed debt markets. He first started covering distressed debt markets in 1989 as a reporter for IFR in Japan; in 1998 he initiated and developed coverage of the Asian distressed debt markets for IFR Asia.
- Sophia University, Tokyo
Managing Editor – North America
The team of journalists Andrew manages in New York routinely breaks news in restructuring, distressed and primary market situations. Editorial content also delves into detailed analysis of recovery scenarios, relative value and buyside strategy.
Andrew joined Debtwire in 2007 as a reporter covering industrial sectors. He became deputy editor of Debtwire North America in 2011, and took over as managing editor in 2012.
Andrew started his journalism career in 2002 at weekly newspaper The Bronx Times where he won the 2003 New York Press Association first place award for coverage of religion and an honorable mention for coverage of the arts. He went on to cover police and courthouse beats for daily newspapers in New England, and also covered civil litigation for American Lawyer Media.
- University of Pittsburgh, BA in journalism
Managing Editor - Municipal Debt
Paul joined Debtwire in February 2011 as Managing Editor for the Municipals product. Paul heads a team of five talented journalists that provide credit-specific coverage of the municipal bond market.
Paul brings a diverse range of public finance experience including stints at a rating agency (Moody’s Investors Service), letter of credit banks (Dexia Credit Local and BNP Paribas), and municipal bond insurers (FGIC and National Public Finance Guarantee). Paul has done analysis in a variety of sectors including tax-backed, transportation, not-for-profits and healthcare. Paul has worked on underwriting, credit remediation, municipal swaps, portfolio surveillance and waiver/consent issues.
- Cornell University, BS in Industrial and Labor Relations
- Cornell University, Master’s of Public Administration
Managing Editor - Debtwire Latin America
Ben is Managing Editor for Latin America, supervising a team of nine journalists in New York, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia and Chile.
Ben has eight years experience as a financial journalist. He joined Debtwire in January after six years at LatinFinance, where he specialized in the Latin American debt and equity capital markets and directed its daily news coverage. He has worked as a journalist in Mexico, and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
- Skidmore College, BA
- University of Missouri, MA
Head of Sales - EMEA
Angus drives the sales efforts of all Debtwire’s services within the EMEA region, to buy-side and advisory clients.
Angus began his career with TFPL Intelligent Resources, initially as a recruitment professional, before moving into management consultancy around Information/Research and Knowledge Management skills. He has 16 years’ experience in the information and finance industries, joining The Mergermarket Group in 2003, selling the mergermarket service to the UK and German advisory markets. In 2006 he moved to drive Debtwire’s advisory sales in Europe before transitioning to a wider buy-side client base.
- University of Reading, BSc (Hons) in Zoology
Head of Sales - Americas
As Debtwire’s Head of Sales for the Americas, Brian is commercially responsible for all of Debtwire’s service offerings in the region as well as for overseeing the day-to-day operations of its sales efforts.
Brian has worked in the Business Information and Financial Services field for over 15 years. Prior to joining Debtwire in 2010, Brian was the Head of Sales, Americas for mergermarket, another company in The Mergermarket Group. Before joining the Group in 2004 he was with Thomson NewsEdge, Natsource Energy Brokers and prior to that Garban LLC.
- Iona College, New York, BS in International Business