General Investing >> Money Manager Interviews >> January 23, 2012

Investing in Distressed Companies & Merger Arbitrage – Nancy Havens & Richard Goldstein – Havens Advisors

Richard Goldstein, Managing Director at Havens Advisors, joined the firm in March 2007 after nearly 25 years in the philanthropic world. Serving in several senior management positions since 1997, he has worked closely with high net worth individuals, in the U.S. and internationally, building and maintaining long-term relationships to enable them to realize their philanthropic goals. At Havens, Mr. Goldstein has been the first full-time marketing professional responsible for all aspects of the firm's marketing efforts and for building its investor relations program. Working with all members of the Havens team, he was able to get the firm's assets under management to an all-time high in 2011. Mr. Goldstein received a B.A. from The George Washington University and a M.Ed. from Temple University. He recently completed a three-year term as Co-Chairman of the George Washington University Real Estate and Financial Services Alumni Board.Nancy Havens has been involved in the investment industry since 1971. Before forming Havens Advisors in 1995, Ms. Havens was the Co-Head of the high-yield/bankruptcy department at Bear Stearns & Co., Inc. She was also a Member of Bear Stearns' board of directors, the only female employee to have achieved that status. Ms. Havens joined Bear Stearns in 1979 in the risk-arbitrage department as an Arbitrage Analyst, and ultimately shared responsibility for running the firm's domestic portfolio. She had sole responsibility for managing the Bear Stearns' non-U.S. risk-arbitrage portfolio until 1987, when she assumed direction of the bankruptcy department. There she started Bear Stearns' distressed and non-distressed loan trading operations in 1988. She then assumed additional responsibility for the high yield department in January 1991. Ms. Havens started her career on Wall Street in 1971 as an Associate in the corporate finance department at Kidder, Peabody & Co., Inc., and then became an Equity Analyst covering the technology industry in 1974. She started her career in merger arbitrage as an Arbitrage Analyst at Oppenheimer & Co., Inc., in 1978. Ms. Havens graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in physics and has an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. Profile
TWST: Please begin with a brief introduction to Havens Advisors including some highlights from its history and its total assets under management.

Mr. Goldstein: OK. Currently, we have $325 million of