Rothschild grows debt advisory with Credit Suisse hire

 Michael Speller has joined the global advisory to lead its North America debt team. 

The global advisory arm of Rothschild & Co. has hired Michael Speller, formerly of Credit Suisse, to lead the debt advisory group’s expansion into North America.

Rothschild made the announcement Wednesday and said Speller will begin his role as managing director and head of debt advisory for North America on 13 February 2017. He will be advising public and private clients on debt transactions in the region.

He joins Rothschild global advisory after more than 16 years at Credit Suisse, where he spent the last nine years as a managing director and head of leveraged finance origination, global industrials group. Prior to Credit Suisse he was at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities and Bear Stearns. Michael is a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin and Columbia Business School.

The firm was not available for further comment.

Rothschild has advised on 900 debt advisory assignments totalling $940 billion since 2010, according to the statement. Rothschild has advisory teams around the world, working on debt, loan restructuring and equity advisory, while also providing advice on financing strategy.

On top of advisory activities, Rothschild & Co (formerly Paris-Orléans) does its own bank financing and investment in debt and private equity with €51.1 billion in assets under management as of 30 September, according to its latest earnings release. The company is based in Paris and was founded in 1938.