Vikram is an electrical engineer by training and has held a variety of roles spanning multiple industries. He started his career in the semiconductor industry in the Silicon Valley, before moving to a proprietary trading desk at a bulge bracket investment bank in New York. Vikram has also developed software for health-care systems. He trades actively in the US financial markets relying primarily on quantitative techniques.
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Dave Burwell is a Senior Associate with The Howard Group, providing Corporate Communication and Capital Market services for micro & small-cap companies.
Established in 1988, The Howard Group is a Corporate Communication and Capital Markets firm. We look at a lot of micro and small-cap companies but choose to align ourselves with a select few. Our focus is on the long-term as building a business and building a public market following is not a quick process. Our services are tailored to each company we represent as we do not abide by the theory that one size fits all.
An award-winning member of the White House press corps, Paul Brandus founded West Wing Report in 2009 (Twitter: @WestWingReport) and provides reports for media outlets around the United States and overseas. His career spans network television, Wall Street and several years as a foreign correspondent based in Moscow, where he covered the collapse of the Soviet Union for NBC Radio and the award-winning business and economics program “Marketplace.” He has traveled to 53 countries on five continents and has reported from, among other places Iraq, Chechnya, China and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He began his career as a U.S. Senate staffer. Brandus serves on the Board of Directors of the Overseas Press Club of America and is its Washington, D.C. representative. He is also a private investor and as an entrepreneur once purchased the Russian rights to the Super Bowl from the National Football League – becoming the first person to show the championship game in Russia.
Lawrence G. McDonald has written a book on the fall of Lehman Brothers, with Patrick Robinson, the #1 New York Times best selling author of Lone Survivor.
“A Colossal Failure of Common Sense - the Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers,” is being published by Random House and will be on the shelves in stores 7/21/09. Currently, Lawrence is a Managing Director at Pangea Capital Management LP.
At Lehman Brothers
From July 2004 through September 2008, Lawrence G. McDonald was a Vice President of Distressed Debt and Convertible Securities Trading at Lehman Brothers. He ran an extremely successful joint venture between the firm’s fixed income and equity divisions. He was the most profitable trader on the convertible securities desk 2006 and 2007.
The Subprime Implosion
In early 2006, Lawrence was part of a faction that called the subprime crisis, then he made over $46 million for the firm during its implosion. Mr. McDonald was highly regarded as one of the most consistently profitable traders at Lehman with over $83 million in trading profits during his time with the firm.
More interestingly, Lawrence McDonald was an integral part of a faction within Lehman Brothers that passionately tried in vain to stop the firm from heading down the road to destruction. Likewise, he also worked closely with Lehman’s credit derivatives team and saw first-hand the design and construction of what Warren Buffett termed as “Wall Street’s financial weapons of mass destruction.”
M&A and Restructuring; Corporate Development & Venture Capital Professional. Have worked in Technology (Software, Enterprise Voice and Data, Wireless and Optical), Chemical and Aerospace industries for 25 years. CPA and MBA.