Chief Executive Officer
David Matlin is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of MatlinPatterson, and has overall responsibility for MatlinPatterson’s distressed credit strategies. He is also Chief Executive Officer of MatlinPatterson Asset Management and Matlin & Partners Acquistion Corporation. Prior to forming MatlinPatterson in 2002, Mr. Matlin was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse, and head of the Credit Suisse Distressed Securities Group since its inception in 1994. Mr. Matlin was also a Managing Director and a founding partner of Merrion Group, L.P., a successor to Scully Brothers & Foss L.P. (1988-1994). He began his career as a securities analyst at Halcyon Investments (1986-1988). Mr. Matlin holds a JD from the Law School of the University of California at Los Angeles (1986) and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1983).
Mr. Matlin serves on the Boards of Directors of portfolio companies Flagstar Bank, CalAtlantic Group, Inc and Matlin &Partners Acquisition Corporation. Mr. Matlin serves on the Investment Committee of MatlinPatterson Global Advisers.
Peter Schoels is Managing Partner of MatlinPatterson and is the Portfolio Manager of MatlinPatterson’s control and illiquid investments. Prior to joining MatlinPatterson at inception in July 2002, Mr. Schoels was a Vice President of Credit Suisse’s Global Distressed Securities Group investing in North America, Latin America, Western and Eastern Europe (2001-2002). Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Schoels was a Director of Finance and Strategy of Itim Group Plc (2000-2001). Previously, Mr. Schoels was Manager of Mergers and Acquisitions for Ispat International NV, now ArcelorMittal, which specialized in buying distressed steel assets globally (1998-2000). Mr. Schoels holds an MBA from U.B.I. in Brussels, Belgium (1998), and a BA in International Business from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida (1996).
Mr. Schoels serves on the Boards of Directors of portfolio companies Flagstar Bank, CalAtlantic Group, Inc., Crescent Communities and Matlin & Partners Acquisition Corporation. Mr. Schoels serves on the Investment Committee of MatlinPatterson Global Advisers.
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).
Catherine Frey is a Partner of MatlinPatterson. Prior to joining Matlin Patterson in April 2013, Ms. Frey founded Frey Capital Advisors, LLC focused on raising institutional capital for alternative investment managers in the leveraged loan and distressed and high yield corporate debt markets (2005-2013). Prior to founding Frey Capital, Ms. Frey was an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley (2003-2005) and a Managing Director at Bear Stearns (1993-2001) specializing in the institutional distribution of high yield and distressed securities. Ms. Frey began her career in Investment Banking at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (1990-1993) and Drexel Burnham Lambert (1989-1990). Ms. Frey holds a BSE from the Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania (1989).
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).