Thomas L. Minick
Having over thirty years of experience in merchant, corporate, commercial and investment banking, and restructuring/related consulting practices, Mr. Minick has been involved in over twenty billion dollars ($20 BN) of structured finance transactions (nationally and internationally). He is a Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Commenda, Inc. (“Commenda”), an integrated merchant banking firm, which provides direct investments (debt and equity capital), investment banking advisory services (through its wholly-owned, fully-licensed subsidiary, Commenda Securities, LLC), as well as a wide variety consulting and fiduciary services to middle market companies, financial institutions, and other capital providers, with the stated goal of provided transformational value to shareholders/owners and other constituencies. In addition to corporate management duties, Mr. Minick oversees Commenda’s Restructuring Division, which provides turnaround consulting services (in- and out-of-court; financial and operating), bankruptcy advisory services (including committee, debtor, trustee, and related advisory services), fiduciary services [assignment for the benefit of creditors (“ABCs”)], state receiverships, Article 9 sales, Special Master, debt and claims purchases, and related services and capital.
Prior to forming Commenda in 2011, Mr. Minick was the Managing Member of the Batten Group of Companies, which (through committed and syndicated capital pools) provided interim debt and equity capital (and selected ancillary services) to middle market companies in transition. From 1997 to 2003, Mr. Minick was Managing Partner of Geneva Merchant Banking Partners and related entities (collectively, “Geneva”), which made senior secured debt, junior secured debt, mezzanine debt, subordinated debt, and preferred stock investments through captive funding conduits (including Small Business Investment Companies [“SBICs”]). Previously, Mr. Minick was Vice President of GE Capital Corporation (“GECC”), working in both the Corporate Finance and Commercial Finance groups from 1990 to 1997, focusing on originating, structuring, and managing various types of leveraged financings across industry sectors nationally. He was involved with healthcare, restructuring (out-of-court credit facilities, DIP financings, plan of reorganization financings and claims purchases), and specialty finance opportunities therein. From 1984 until 1990, Mr. Minick was employed by Continental Bank, N.A., where he sourced, underwrote and managed corporate and investment banking opportunities/relationships, leveraged financings, mergers and acquisitions, risk management advisory services and related transactions.
Mr. Minick is a cum laude graduate of Knox College and received his MBA from Indiana University, with a concentration in finance and investments. He maintains Series 79 and Series 63 designations (through FINRA) and has provided expert witness and other testimony in various federal and state court venues. He is the current, appointed Liquidating Trustee of Nighthawk Energy plc. Also, he has served as a member of numerous boards of directors (for-profit and not-for-profit) and is an advisory member of various private investment funds. Mr. Minick is a member of the Turnaround Management Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, and Association For Corporate Growth.