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The members of the firm have well-established reputations in the market for delivering superior results across a broad range of industries, with particular depth in the energy and industrial business sectors.

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Jim Latimer

Managing Director

Jim Latimer, a Managing Director at Blackhill Partners, is an accomplished leader, investment manager, management consultant, lender, and energy executive with extensive experience in complex and difficult situations. Jim has been the CRO and/or interim CEO of RAAM Global Energy, ATP Oil & Gas (formerly NYSE: ATPG), Cano Petroleum (formerly AMEX: CFW), Crusader Energy, Rand Energy, Lothian Oil, and was Crisis Manager in the TIC United Corporation bankruptcy. [More]

Jeffrey A. Jones

Jeff Jones

Managing Director

Jeff Jones, a Managing Director at Blackhill Partners, has more than 25 years of experience as a restructuring advisor, investment banker, and international banker. Prior to joining Blackhill, Mr. Jones headed the Special Situations Investment Banking business of Barrier Advisors, an affiliate of Highland Capital Management. Previously, he managed the Special Situations Investment Banking business of the New York restructuring firm Loughlin Meghji + Company nka: Loughlin Management. Prior to this, he spent 14 years with KeyBank and its predecessor institutions. [More]

Joe C. Stone

Joe Stone

Managing Director

As a Managing Director at Blackhill Partners, Joe C. Stone is focused on the energy and high-tech manufacturing sectors. His investment banking career includes experience executing a variety of M&A transactions including mergers, acquisitions, corporate carve-outs, leveraged buy-outs, minority squeeze-outs, hostile and cross-border transactions. Currently, Mr. Stone is a Director of Visionbank Texas, a Director of MagneGas Corporation (Nasdaq: MNGA), and a Director of Composite Piping Technology, LLC. [More]

Ken Hirsch

Ken Hirsch

Managing Director

Ken Hirsch is a Managing Director at Blackhill Partners, and brings more than 30 years of investment and corporate banking experience with particular expertise in originating and executing capital raising, mergers & acquisitions, and general advisory transactions. Prior to joining Blackhill, Mr. Hirsch co-founded and served as a Managing Director at Western Reserve Partners where he managed the firm’s capital raising practice and opened the firm’s Dallas regional office. [More]

Lance Gurley

Lance Gurley

Director

Lance Gurley is a Director at Blackhill Partners, where he advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, complex restructurings and private placements of debt and equity securities. While at Blackhill he has advised private equity funds, distressed investors, commercial banks and both public and private companies on a range of M&A and restructuring initiatives. Prior to joining Blackhill, Mr. Gurley was a Senior Vice President with Butler Snow Advisors, the corporate finance and strategy consulting subsidiary of Butler Snow LLP. [More]

Joel A. Brown

Joel Brown

Vice President

Joel Brown is an investment banker providing M&A, financing and restructuring services to Blackhill clients.
Prior to joining Blackhill, Mr. Brown was Vice President of Research and Data Strategies for the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in London, UK. During six years at Goldman, he worked extensively on research, valuation and data modeling assignments for European clients across a broad range of industries including Aerospace, Building Materials, Capital Goods, Energy, Infrastructure and Transportation. [More]

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Justin O’Malley

Vice President

Justin O’Malley is a Vice President at Blackhill Partners, where he provides restructuring, investment banking and financial advisory services to clients across a broad spectrum of industries including energy (exploration and production, oilfield services, and midstream), manufacturing, building products, transportation and distribution, retail and specialty consumer finance.  His experience includes debtor and creditor advisory, out-of-court restructurings, mergers and acquisitions advisory, working capital / liquidity management, investor due diligence, and business plan evaluation. [More]

Todd Heinz

Todd Heinz

Associate

Todd Heinz, an Associate at Blackhill Partners, is an investment banker with experience in mergers and acquisitions in the energy, consumer and financial services markets. He currently provides M&A, financing, corporate development and restructuring services to Blackhill’s clients.  [More]

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Matt Denny

Associate

Matt Denny is an Associate at Blackhill Partners. Prior to joining Blackhill, Mr. Denny was an analyst for the J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Dallas, TX. During his three years at JPM, he provided investment advisory services for high net worth families, wealth managers, endowments, and foundations. Services included structuring customized solutions in portfolio allocation and implementation, estate planning and credit opportunities. [More]

Tripp Ballard

Tripp Ballard

Analyst

Tripp Ballard is an investment banking analyst at Blackhill Partners. Prior to joining Blackhill, Mr. Ballard was an Associate for KPMG in Dallas, TX. During his tenure at KPMG, he provided financial management advisory services for corporate clients in the energy, financial services, media, and consumer goods industries. Services included financial transformation through financial integration, process improvement, and financial management strategy. [More]

Blake Woodall, Analyst

Blake Woodall

Analyst

Blake Woodall is an investment banking analyst at Blackhill Partners. Prior to joining Blackhill, Mr. Woodall was an Associate for Lumos Partners in Dallas, TX. During his tenure at Lumos, he provided M&A, financing, and corporate development services for clients in the healthcare, technology, and financial services industries. [More]

Hardin Bethea, Principal

Hardin Bethea

Principal

Hardin Bethea, a Principal at Blackhill Partners, has more than 18 years of experience in investment banking, investment management and corporate finance. In 2008, Mr. Bethea founded HSB Capital Corp, a strategic and financial advisory firm serving primarily maritime companies and their stakeholders. Mr. Bethea has extensive experience in the maritime and seaborne trade industry, having invested in and advised shipping companies for more than fourteen years, across sectors and cycles both domestically and internationally. [More]

Daniel A. Gillett

Dan Gillett

Senior Advisor

Dan Gillett is an experienced investment banker and manager. His background includes executive management in restructuring situations in addition to a career in investment banking, including raising capital to fund reorganization plans. Over a 13-year career in investment banking he advised companies in such diverse industries as energy, paper, telecommunications services and equipment, electronics distribution, defense, media, information technology, software, retail and consumer products, travel and restaurants. [More]

Chelsea Mocio, Office Manager

Chelsea Mocio

Office Manager

Chelsea Mocio is the office manager for Blackhill Partners, responsible for managing day-to-day operations at the corporate headquarters in Dallas. She supports the Blackhill team members with administrative functions including executive travel coordination, hospitality functions, meeting coordinating and other administrative support. [More]