Operations / Legal
Lewis B. Schwartz
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Schwartz joined Contrarian in January 2015 as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Contrarian, Mr. Schwartz served as Chief Financial Officer for Strategic Value Partners, LLC, a distressed and deep-value investment firm with approximately $5 billion in assets under management across hedge fund and private equity vehicles. Mr. Schwartz joined SVP in 2005 and became CFO in 2006. From 2001 to 2005, he was Controller for Resurgence Asset Management, LLC, a firm specializing in distressed investing. From 1998 to 2001, he was a Senior Auditor at American Express Tax and Business Services, where he performed audits and tax compliance for hedge fund and private equity vehicles. Mr. Schwartz received a BBA with a focus in Accounting from Pace University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Kravetz joined Contrarian in March 2015 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Contrarian, Mr. Kravetz served as a Director and Fund Controller for MSDC Management, L.P., an SEC-registered investment adviser formed in 2009 by the principals of MSD Capital, L.P., a family office established in 1998 to exclusively manage the capital of Michael Dell and his family. Mr. Kravetz joined MSD Capital, L.P.’s accounting team in 2003 and serviced various investment groups in MSD Capital, L.P. and MSDC Management, L.P., including the special opportunities and credit team, where he served as the lead accountant and Fund Controller from 2008 through February 2015. From 2002 to 2003, he was a Senior Auditor at Deloitte & Touche, LLP where he performed audits on various private equity funds and fund-of-funds. From 2000 to 2002, he was an auditor for Arthur Andersen, LLP where he audited various financial services clients. Mr. Kravetz received a BS in Accounting from Binghamton University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.
Gina Scianni, Esq.
General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer
Ms. Scianni joined Contrarian in 2010. Prior to joining Contrarian, Ms. Scianni was Compliance Counsel in the Global Corporate Solutions Group of the international law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, based in New York City. Prior to that she was an Associate in the Structured Finance Group where her practice focused on RMBS, collateralized debt obligations and derivatives. In this role, she advised originators, issuers, underwriters, collateral managers, and investors in connection with a variety of securitization transactions and programs. Prior to Orrick, Ms. Scianni was an Associate in the Corporate Group at Pryor Cashman LLP in New York City. Ms. Scianni earned her J.D., from Fordham University School of Law and a BFA Magna Cum Laude from New York University. She is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.