MatlinPatterson maintains a robust infrastructure to support its various investment strategies with over 20 professionals across the accounting, tax, operations, legal, compliance and information technology functions.
Partner, General Counsel
Robert Weiss is a Partner and General Counsel of MatlinPatterson and General Counsel of Matlin & Partners Acquisition Corporation. Prior to joining MatlinPatterson in October 2002, Mr. Weiss was Managing Director at Deutsche Asset Management responsible for hedge fund and fund-of-funds administration, accounting, and product-related legal and compliance functions (1996-2002). Prior to Deutsche Asset Management, Mr. Weiss was General Counsel to Moore Capital Management, Inc. (1991-1996) and Senior Vice President within the futures and managed futures business of Lehman Brothers (1989-1991) and Associate General Counsel (1986-1989). Mr. Weiss began his career in the legal department of futures commission merchant Johnson Matthey & Wallace, Inc. in 1983. Mr. Weiss holds a JD from Hofstra Law School (1983) and an AB cum laude from Vassar College (1980).
Chief Financial Officer
Sherry Gao is Chief Financial Officer of MatlinPatterson and Matlin & Partners Acquisition Corporation. Prior to joining MatlinPatterson in November 2003, Ms. Gao was a Senior Associate at Deloitte & Touche LLP in the assurance practice specializing in private equity and hedge funds (2001 – 2003). Ms. Gao is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York. Ms. Gao holds a MBA in finance from the New York University, Stern Graduate School of Business (2008) and a BA in accounting from Pace University (2001).
Senior professionals within the support team include:
Joyson Thomas is the Controller of MatlinPatterson. Prior to joining MatlinPatterson in January 2014, Joyson was the Global Controller at Clearwater Capital Partners, where he was responsible for the oversight of the accounting and financial reporting, audits and tax preparation for all Clearwater Funds and General Partner entities. Prior to Clearwater, he was a Manager in the Transaction Services practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (2007-2010), and previously was a Senior Associate in the Assurance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (2003-2007). Mr. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance, summa cum laude, from Canisius College – Richard J. Wehle School of Business. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of New York, a Chartered Global Management Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Director of Information Technology
Anthony Vestuto is the Director of Information Technology of MatlinPatterson. Prior to joining MatlinPatterson, Mr. Vestuto was the Communications Manager for the City of New York Office of the Mayor. Prior to his tenure at the City of New York, Mr. Vestuto was a Communications Manager at Lexent, Inc., a Network Administrator at Hugh O’Kane Electric, a Computer Technician at Elite Billing, and a Computer Technician at Talk of the Town Buick. He holds a Diploma in Computer Programming and Networking from The Chubb Institute and an Associate Degree in Computer Science from Kingsborough Community College. He is also a Cisco Certified Network Associate, Design Associate, and Network Professional.