Tim DeSienoNew York
Global Director of Distressed Debt and Senior Investment Manager
Tim DeSieno is responsible for the formation and implementation of Omni Bridgeway’s global distressed debt business. He will also pursue distress-related litigation funding opportunities in emerging markets, with a special focus on Latin America.
Tim has over 30 years of leading law firm experience advising institutional investors in managing their distressed debt investments around the globe. Prior to joining Omni Bridgeway, he was a senior partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, and he previously was a partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP and Hebb & Gitlin.
Tim’s work spans junk bond workouts in the 1980s/1990s, the Asian currency crisis in 1998, the global financial crisis in 2008, and the financial fallout of Covid-19. He has advised on restructuring obligations of corporations, projects and financial institutions, and the direct and contingent obligations of sovereign nations throughout the world.
He is a widely recognized leader in emerging markets debt restructuring and a regular contributor to official sector policy advancements related to sovereign debt restructuring. Tim has worked in and for national governments in trade and investment law reform and insolvency law development, including at the US Department of Commerce, and as advisor to several countries’ finance and justice ministries.
Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts in German from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina (he also studied at Philipps Universität in Marburg, Germany) and a Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Author: Creditor Committees in Sovereign Debt Restructurings: Understanding the Benefits and Addressing Concerns, chapter 9 of Guzman, Ocampo, and Stiglitz, Too Little, Too Late: The Quest To Resolve Sovereign Debt Crises. Columbia 2016.
- Co-author: ICMA Publishes Updated Model Sovereign Bond Clauses. Morgan Lewis LawFlash. 2015.
- Co-author: Second Circuit Rules against Argentina, Grants Stay for Certiorari Petition. Morgan Lewis LawFlash. 2013.
- Co-author: Argentina Stands Pat, Repeats Exchange Offer. Morgan Lewis LawFlash. 2013.
- Co-author: Necessity Trumps Law: Lessons from Emerging Markets for Stressed Developed Markets. INSOL International. 2013.
- Our changing World – ESG Considerations. INSOL Financiers’ Colloquium. June 2022. London, U.K.
- Panel Chair: International Dispute Funding in Latin America. INSOL Latin America Virtual Seminar. March 2022. Webinar.
- Argentina sovereign bond restructuring. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, client sessions during IMF meetings. October 2019. Washington, DC.
- Panel Discussion: Latin America Turmoil (Speaker on Venezuela). INSOL International, Annual Regional Conference. April 2018. New York, NY.
- Panel Discussion: Chapter 15, Pursuing US-Based Assets in Cross Border Insolvency. American Bar Association, Section of International Law. April 2018. New York, NY.
- Panel Discussion: Venezuela: The Path Forward. Emerging Markets Trading Association. January 2018. New York, NY.
- Brazilian Corporate Debt Restructuring. Financial Markets Law Committee. December 2017. London, England.
- Improvements to Sovereign Debt Restructuring. United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Seminar. July 2017. London, England.
- Panel Chair: Hedge Fund Impact on Brazilian Restructurings. INSOL International, One Day Seminar. May 2017. São Paulo, Brazil.
- Panel Discussion: Workout/Restructuring in Frontier Markets. American College of Investment Counsel. April 2017. Chicago, IL.
- Panel Chair: Sovereign Debt Restructuring. INSOL International, Annual Regional Conference. January 2016. Dubai, UAE.