Operations / Legal

Lewis B. Schwartz

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Schwartz joined Contrarian in 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.

Jeffrey Kravetz

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Kravetz joined Contrarian in 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.

Jennifer Diagonale

General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Ms. Diagonale joined Contrarian in 2015 as Deputy Compliance Officer and became General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer in 2020. Prior to joining to Contrarian, Ms. Diagonale served as Executive Director (Compliance) at Arden Asset Management, L.L.C., an asset management firm.  Prior to that role, she was a Compliance and Operational Due Diligence Senior Associate at Forester Capital, L.L.C., a fund of hedge funds. Prior to Forester, Ms. Diagonale worked in legal, compliance and investor relations at Strategic Value Partners, L.L.C., a distressed debt hedge fund, and as a corporate mergers and acquisitions associate at Carter Ledyard & Milburn L.L.P. Ms. Diagonale earned her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and her B.A in Government from Smith College. She is admitted to practice in New York.