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Senior Leadership

Jay C. Jacquin

Managing Director

Jay brings twenty years of investment banking and advisory experience at market-leading firms. Prior to joining Configure Partners, he established the Middle Market Special Situations practice at Guggenheim Securities. Before joining Guggenheim, he was a senior member of the Recapitalization & Restructuring Group at Morgan Joseph TriArtisan for approximately five years.

Previously he was a Senior Director with Alvarez & Marsal Corporate Finance, prior to which he spent eight years in Houlihan Lokey’s Corporate Finance and Financial Restructuring practices.

Jay holds a bachelor's degree in Commerce, with concentrations in finance and marketing, from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. He is a FINRA General Securities Registered Representative (Series 24, 7, 63) and a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA). Jay resides in Buckhead with his wife and three children.

James S. Hadfield

Managing Director

Jamie has held a variety of senior positions across middle market credit and investing platforms. His experience includes roles within leading lending, private equity, banking and advisory institutions. Prior to joining Configure, he was a Managing Director at Guggenheim Securities, where he joined in 2013 to expand Guggenheim’s reach in the middle market. Before joining Guggenheim, Jamie occupied a similar position within Morgan Joseph TriArtisan LLC’s Recapitalization & Restructuring Group.

In 2005, Jamie established the Atlanta office for Cerberus Capital Management with a focus on direct lending and equity investment activities. While at Cerberus his responsibilities were extensive, including sourcing of new debt and equity investment opportunities, underwriting transactions and portfolio management. Prior to joining Cerberus, Jamie spent three years in Houlihan Lokey’s Corporate Finance and Restructuring practices after beginning his career at IBM and Standard & Poor’s.

Jamie holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance, from the Terry School of Business. He is a FINRA General Securities Registered Representative (Series 24, 7, 63). Jamie resides in the Virginia Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta with his wife and two children.

Joseph A. Weissglass

Managing Director

Joseph joined Configure Partners from the Middle Market Special Situations practice at Guggenheim Securities, where he was a Vice President. Prior to joining Guggenheim, he was part of the Global Finance and Restructuring Group at Barclays Capital in New York.

Joseph has focused his career on providing advisory services to middle market companies as it relates to financings, mergers and acquisitions, and restructurings. Joseph graduated with a B.S. in Construction Science and Management from Clemson University and with an MBA from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. He is a FINRA General Securities Representative (Series 24, 63, 79), and holds the Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA) and the Certification in Distressed Business Valuation (CDBV) designations.

Recently, Joseph was recognized by the M&A Advisor as a recipient of the 2017 Emerging Leaders Award. Joseph resides in the Morningside area of Atlanta with his wife and three children.

Doug Clarida

Managing Director

Doug brings over 25 years of direct lending and advisory experience at middle market credit platforms.

Prior to Configure, he was a Director with ING Capital where he was responsible for sourcing cash flow and asset-based debt investments, underwriting transactions, and portfolio management. Before joining ING Capital, he occupied similar positions at GE Capital, Heller Financial and Banque Paribas.

Doug holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was a letterman on the 1991-1992 Illinois men’s basketball team. He is a FINRA General Securities Registered Representative (Series 7, 63). Doug resides in Buckhead with his wife and two dogs.

Vin Batra

Managing Director

Vin has more than 25 years of investment banking and financial advisory experience across mergers and acquisitions, financings, and special situations.

Prior to joining Configure Partners, Vin was a Managing Director at various investment banks including Duff & Phelps, Alvarez & Marsal and Deloitte Corporate Finance. Vin spent the early part of his career at Lehman Brothers and Arthur Andersen.

Vin received his M.B.A. from New York’s University’s Stern School of Business. He is a Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder and a C.P.A. (Inactive; State of Colorado).

Vin is also a FINRA General Securities Registered Representative (Series 7, 63 and 24). Vin resides in New Jersey with his wife and two children.

Pia DeDeyn

Managing Director

Pia joins Configure Partners from the Mergers & Acquisitions practice of Citizens Bank, where she was Chief of Staff in Atlanta. In this role, Pia provided oversight of human resources, finance, technology, and compliance functions. Previously, Pia spent ten years with Bowstring Advisors (formerly CHILDS Advisory Partners) where she was a member of the firm’s executive leadership and played a key role in the sale and integration of Bowstring to Citizens in 2019. In combination with direct investment banking experience in her early career, Pia brings a unique perspective to the Configure team.

Prior to joining Bowstring, Pia was an Associate at Lehman Brothers in New York where she worked in the Business Planning & Technology group. While there, she focused on the design and implementation of division-wide strategic initiatives to support the investment banking division’s executive management team. Pia’s investment banking career began at Piper Jaffray in New York, where she concentrated on public offerings and M&A in the healthcare sector. Pia began her career in the assurance and advisory services practice of Deloitte.

Pia graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from American University. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children.

Andrew Moody

Associate

Andrew brings six years of combined investment banking and direct lending experience across a multitude of industries in the middle market.

Prior to Configure, Andrew was an Associate in the Asset Finance Group of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey where he assisted in originating and structuring debt financings for acquisitions, recapitalizations and turnarounds.

Andrew holds a bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Georgia, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He is also a FINRA General Securities Registered Representative (Series 79, 63). Andrew resides in Atlanta with his wife and son.

K.T. Taratus

Associate

K.T. has over eight years of combined middle-market transaction advisory and direct investing experience.

Prior to Configure, K.T. was an Associate with Virgo Investment Group, an opportunistic investment platform focused on the middle-market, where he assisted with sourcing, underwriting, and structuring transactions. Before joining Virgo, he served as an Analyst in the Transport & Infrastructure investment banking group at Raymond James & Associates.

K.T. holds a bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Georgia, and is a FINRA General Securities Registered Representative (Series 79, 63). K.T. resides in Atlanta with his wife, Bridget, and dog, Titus.

James Bardenwerper

Associate

James joined Configure Partners from Genuine Parts Company, where he supported merger and acquisition efforts as well as strategic planning. Prior to GPC, he was an Analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, where he spent three years advising clients on debt and equity capital raises across a variety of industries.

James received a bachelor's in Finance from the University of Kentucky. He is a FINRA General Securities Registered Representative (Series 7, 63). James resides in the Virginia Highlands area of Atlanta with his wife.

Uj Rai

Analyst

Uj joined Configure in 2019, bringing two years of credit structuring and advisory experience serving middle market companies.

Before joining Configure, Uj was an Associate with PNC Financial Services where he was responsible for underwriting cash flow credit transactions, portfolio management, and assisting the team in sourcing new debt investments.

Uj has received a BBA in Finance from the Goizueta Business School, Emory University, as well as a BA in Mathematics from Emory University. He will be eligible for the CFA Charter upon completion of the necessary work experience. Uj lives in Buckhead.

Allan Raykhelson​

Analyst

Allan joins Configure from HSBC, where he was an Associate and responsible for underwriting cash flow and asset-backed credit transactions, portfolio management, and assisting the team in sourcing new debt investments.

Allan holds a BBA in Finance from the Goizueta Business School, Emory University, as well as a BA in Russian and Eastern European Studies from Emory University. He is a FINRA General Securities Representative (Series 63, 79). Allan lives in Buckhead.

Complemented By Team of Additional Senior Partners, Associates, and Analysts

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