Mr. Barse has led investment boutique Third Avenue Management LLC for two decades, overseeing a roster of alternative strategies, mutual funds, separate accounts and sub-advised portfolios. Each of Third Avenue's products adhere to the disciplined, deep value investing strategy developed by Martin J. Whitman and honed by the talented roster of investment professionals led by Mr. Barse. Third Avenue specializes in global and domestic equities, debt instruments, and special situations.
Mr. Barse has overseen Third Avenue's expansion into investments outside of the U.S. including developed markets in Europe and Asia as well as emerging and frontier markets worldwide. Drawing on his background as a bankruptcy attorney, he has worked on Third Avenue's most high profile distressed investments, including Kmart, USG, and Covanta Energy. In each case, Third Avenue either controlled or had elements of control in the reorganization of the company. Mr. Barse currently serves on the board of Covanta Holdings Corporation, a market leader in energy from waste technology.
Prior to joining Third Avenue in 1991, Mr. Barse had a distinguished career in bankruptcy and corporate law. At the creditors' rights firm of Zalkin, Rodin & Goodman LLP he primarily represented commercial banks in the workouts of non-performing loans and the financing of companies in Chapter 11 through debtor-in-possession loans. Later at Robinson, Silverman, Pearce, Aronsohn & Berman LLP, his work helped to develop the secondary market for distressed debt.
Mr. Barse is frequently sought after by the financial media, including CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Fox Business News, Forbes, Fortune, Business Week and Bloomberg. Mr. Barse has spoken about market conditions, corporate finance, corporate governance, business ethics and bankruptcy law.
Mr. Barse holds a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a B.A. from George Washington University. He is a member of the Brooklyn Law School Board of Trustees and sits on the Board of Directors of the City Parks Foundation.
Mr. Resnick joined Third Avenue in 2012 after serving as Chairman of Global Financing Advisory at Rothschild Inc., a leading international investment banking firm specializing in mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and privatizations. At Rothschild, Mr. Resnick headed the firm’s global restructuring practice and previously was Co-Head of Investment Banking for North America. He has represented a diverse group of companies, secured and unsecured creditors and official committees on both in-and-out-of-court restructurings. Mr. Resnick has extensive experience advising companies on complex financial advisory assignments such as recapitalizations, spinoffs as well as acquisitions of companies in bankruptcy.
Some of Mr. Resnick’s more notable restructuring transactions include advising American Airlines, the Board of AIG, Access Industries on the recapitalization of LyondellBasell, Delphi Corporation, Pacific Gas & Electric, The Walt Disney Company on the recapitalization of EuroDisney, JBS on its acquisition through bankruptcy of Pilgrim’s Pride, and the creditors of Eurotunnel.
From 1996-2000, Mr. Resnick worked for Peter J. Solomon Company (“PJSC”), where he founded and headed the restructuring group. Prior to working at PJSC, Mr. Resnick worked for Lazard Frčres & Co. At Lazard, Mr. Resnick worked on both restructuring and mergers and acquisitions assignments. Mr. Resnick began his career in 1985 at the investment banking division of Merrill Lynch & Co., where he worked in the merchant banking/restructuring and mergers and acquisitions groups.
Mr. Resnick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with High Honors, from Wesleyan University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a M.B.A. and J.D. from The University of Chicago. He speaks regularly at conferences on corporate restructurings. In 2011, Mr. Resnick received the Harvey R. Miller Award for service to the restructuring industry. Mr. Resnick is a member of the Board of Directors of Wesleyan University, The Jewish Museum and Rodeph Sholom Day School.
Mr. Dugan is a member of Third Avenue's Management Committee and a senior member of the firm's Risk Committee. He oversees all of Third Avenue's accounting and operations and is responsible for the integrity of the firm's financial reporting. He joined Third Avenue in 2004 from Ernst & Young's Financial Services Office where he was a partner auditing and advising clients in the financial services industry. He was also a partner with Arthur Andersen where he worked for 15 years.
Mr. Dugan has a B.S. in Accounting from Rider University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a member of the Finance Committee and the former Treasurer of the Staten Island Academy, an independent college preparatory school.
Mr. Hall is General Counsel and Secretary for both Third Avenue Management and M.J. Whitman where he oversees the legal and compliance departments. Mr. Hall joined Third Avenue in 2000 after time as an associate at the law firms of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
Mr. Hall received a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania School of Law. He received a B.S. in Biology and a B.S. in Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. Gandolfo is responsible for overseeing the firm's investment and enterprise risk management processes by identifying, analyzing and monitoring risk, and enforcing the policies and controls over portfolio management and other operational functions within the firm.
He joined the firm in 2008, after serving as Managing Director in the Capital Markets and Structured Credit Group at Ambac Financial Group. Prior to that, he was Ambac's Chief Financial Officer and led all aspects of the company's capital management and financial reporting. As CFO of a New York Stock Exchange listed public company, he worked closely with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Earlier in his career, Mr. Gandolfo was a senior audit manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he audited and consulted for some of the firm's largest multinational clients.
As the financial crisis peaked in 2008 and 2009, he helped the firm avoid investments in several high-profile financially troubled firms, serving as lead analyst on financial stocks before accepting the Chief Risk Officer appointment in 2011.Mr. Gandolfo holds a B.A. in Accounting with honors from Bentley College and is a Certified Public Accountant.
A seasoned builder of businesses and designer of products and systems, Mr. Levy joined Third Avenue in 2013 to guide the firm's fundraising, partnership selection and investment solutions development efforts. Mr. Levy previously worked for Morgan Stanley, where he spent over two decades in various management and sales roles in New York, London and Tokyo. Most recently, he was a Managing Director and Head of Pension, Endowment & Foundation Coverage, responsible for identifying the needs of the largest public and private pension plans and endowments, which included assessing, coordinating and delivering resources and products across equity, fixed income, and absolute return asset classes. Prior to that, Tom was U.S. head of sales and marketing for OTC Derivative Client Clearing. He had worked at Morgan Stanley since 1988.
In between his time at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Levy spent three years at D.E. Shaw & Co., as a Senior Vice President and Global Head of Counterparty Relationship Management responsible for modernizing and streamlining D.E. Shaw's systems and processes for managing sell side relationships. This included the identification and implementation of broker vote technology to objectively quantify the significance of Shaw's business to its sell side partners.
Mr. Levy holds a B.A. in Asian Studies from University of Colorado.