Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Mr. Lasry co-founded Avenue Capital Group in 1995, and distressed investing has been the focus of his professional career for over 37 years. Prior to forming Amroc Investments, LLC (“Amroc”) as an independent entity, Mr. Lasry managed capital for Amroc Investments, L.P., an investment fund affiliated with the Robert M. Bass Group. Prior to that, Mr. Lasry was Co–Director of the Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Department at Cowen & Company. Prior to Cowen, he was the Director of the Private Debt Department at Smith Vasiliou Management Company, the firm where he first became involved in the distressed debt markets. He spent the prior year practicing law at Angel & Frankel where he focused on bankruptcies. Mr. Lasry also clerked for the Honorable Edward Ryan, former Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York.
Mr. Lasry is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and he has served and will continue to serve on various other boards of advisors/directors of both for-profit and not-for-profit private and public companies.
Mr. Lasry graduated with a B.A. in History from Clark University (1981) and a J.D. from New York Law School (1984).
President, Managing Partner and Co-Founder
Ms. Gardner co-founded Avenue Capital Group in 1995 and is the Partner in charge of managing the firm globally. Distressed investing has been the focus of her professional career over 35 years. She also co-founded Amroc Investments, LLC (“Amroc”) where she was Senior Portfolio Manager responsible for investing the partners’ capital, and was active in the review and trading of the debt of hundreds of bankruptcies. Prior to forming Amroc as an independent entity, Ms. Gardner was General Counsel and Senior Managing Director of Amroc Investments, L.P., an investment fund affiliated with the Robert M. Bass Group. She began her career in 1987 at Cowen & Company in the Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Department.
Ms. Gardner is the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Capital Development Fund for Gender Equality in Access to Finance. In her role, she advocates for ways to give women in the world’s poorest countries access to economic resources to lift their families out of poverty, and help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Ms. Gardner was the recipient of the 100 Women in Finance 2008 Industry Leadership Award, where she served as the Global Chair of the Board of Directors and presently serves as Chairman Emeritus. She previously served on the Board of Trustees of The Mount Sinai Medical Center and currently serves on the Client Advisory Board of Citi Private Bank. Ms. Gardner has served and will continue to serve on various other boards of advisors/directors of both for-profit and not-for-profit private companies.
Ms. Gardner received a B.A. with Honors in Philosophy from Clark University (1983) and a J.D. from the Cardozo School of Law (1986).