Providing liquidity and superior execution services in distressed and special situation markets worldwide.

Fulcrum is a boutique investment firm specializing in the trading and analysis of distressed and special situation investment opportunities. Fulcrum combines proprietary capital with an established sales, trading and advisory business to provide robust market liquidity on a worldwide basis.

We are a top-tier institution in the secondary market for distressed claims and other illiquid debt, having closed nearly $30 billion in trades since inception. As specialists in illiquid and distressed instruments, we regularly provide creative and bespoke solutions to our counterparties.

Our distressed trading activities focus on the financial obligations of leveraged and financially troubled corporations and sovereigns, with an emphasis on entities that are involved in a workout, restructuring or liquidation.

Our special situation activities focus primarily on private market transactions involving illiquid investment opportunities available in event-driven and inefficient trading environments.

Due to the firm’s extensive network we have the ability to participate in most situations regardless of size, complexity or geographic scope.

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What We Do

Bank Debt

Fulcrum transacts in syndicated, bi-lateral and club deal senior secured bank loans with an emphasis on inefficient markets and misunderstood capital structures.


Fulcrum transacts in secured and unsecured debentures with an emphasis on private placements, physical settle and other illiquid bond related instruments.

Insolvency Claims

Fulcrum transacts in insolvency claims worldwide with an emphasis on trade, lien, secured, priority and rejected contract claims. Fulcrum is creative with its structuring and focuses on large and complex transactions.

Limited Partner Interest

Fulcrum transacts in limited partner and shareholder interests of various troubled investment funds.

Litigation Claims

Fulcrum transacts in litigation rights associated with liquidating trusts, opt-out claims, class and group actions.

Promissory Notes

Fulcrum transacts in private note instruments on a pre-restructuring or post-restructuring basis with a particular emphasis on mid-cap insolvent corporates.

Reorg Equities

Fulcrum transacts in special situation and post-reorganization equities with the ability to clear physical settle securities and exchange traded securities on most international and regional exchanges.

Structured Products

Fulcrum transacts in distressed and broken down structured products with an emphasis on inefficient markets and misunderstood structures.


We have the capacity to facilitate complex transactions end-to-end starting with counterparty identification/engagement and ending with trade closing and legal settlement.

  • Matthew Hamilton


    Matthew Hamilton


    Mr. Hamilton has over 16 years of experience in the global distressed market. Prior to founding Fulcrum, he was a Managing Director and Head of Private Debt Trading for APS Capital Corp., a distressed investment boutique focusing on trade claims and bank debt research, sales and trading. Mr. Hamilton started his career at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld, LLP working in the firm’s corporate and securities section. He attended San Jose State University on a Division I baseball scholarship and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Administration of Justice and a concentration in Finance. He is also a graduate of UC Hastings Law School where he earned his J.D. Mr. Hamilton serves on the Board of Directors of CASA of Travis County, a non-profit that serves and advocates for abused and neglected children.

  • Timothy Horrigan


    Timothy Horrigan


    Mr. Horrigan has over 22 years of experience in the global distressed market. Prior to founding Fulcrum, he was a Senior Vice President on the Credit Sales and Trading desk at APS Financial. Prior to joining APS, Mr. Horrigan worked in the Mortgage Strategies group at PaineWebber. He earned his MBA from the University of Texas and graduated with honors from the Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to beginning his career in finance, Mr. Horrigan worked as an Aerospace Structural Design Engineer for both General Dynamics and NASA.

  • Timothy Bennett

    General Counsel

    Timothy Bennett

    General Counsel

    Timothy C. Bennett joined Fulcrum in 2017 after nearly fourteen years of law firm experience. Most recently, he was senior counsel with Seyfarth Shaw and the leader of that firm’s Global Distressed, Illiquid and Special Situations Trading practice. Prior to that role, he was an associate in the New York office of the global law firm Clifford Chance. His representative transactions included the acquisition and sale (including by way of auction) of bankruptcy claims, distressed notes, terminated derivative contracts, loan portfolios, shares of restricted stock, interests in liquidating funds, settlements, litigation claims and trades for bank debt of domestic and foreign borrowers under both LSTA and LMA documentation. He regularly analyzed credit agreements, indentures and related documentation, bankruptcy case filings, ISDA agreements, and corporate filings - all in furtherance of advising clients in the development and implementation of their trading and investment strategies. Additionally, Mr. Bennett has broad experience in general corporate, finance and bankruptcy law matters. Mr. Bennett received his JD and MBA (Finance) from Seton Hall University and his BA (History) from The College of the Holy Cross, and is admitted in New York and Massachusetts.

  • Oliver Castelino

    Dubai- Senior Executive Officer

    Oliver Castelino

    Dubai- Senior Executive Officer

    Mr. Castelino serves as Managing Director and Senior Executive Officer at Fulcrum Capital (Dubai) Ltd. Mr. Castelino has over 13 years of institutional investment experience. Prior to joining Fulcrum, Mr. Castelino allocated capital across public equity, fixed income and hedge fund asset classes for the duPont Trust, a private foundation. Prior to his service at the foundation, Mr. Castelino worked for Highland Capital Management, an alternative investment manager where he focused on investing capital in the real estate equity and debt markets. He began his career at Wachovia Securities (Wells Fargo Securities) as an investment banking analyst focused on the origination and securitization of structured products. Mr. Castelino received his M.B.A. with distinction from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame and B.S. from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.

  • John Liptak

    Managing Director

    John Liptak

    Managing Director

    Mr. Liptak has over 20 years’ experience in the global distressed and special situations market. Prior to joining Fulcrum, Mr. Liptak headed up the Asian distressed and special situations trading desks for Citigroup and Banc of America based in Hong Kong and was responsible for strategy and all capital commitments for the Asia market focusing on distressed / stressed credit products, private equity, NPL portfolios and rescue financings. Prior to coming to Asia in 1998, Mr. Liptak worked in New York for UBS (’97 to ’98) on the Global High Yield / Distress trading desk. Mr. Liptak began his career at CS First Boston (’93 to ’97) on the US High Yield desk conducting high yield research. Mr. Liptak holds a B.S. degree in Accounting and Finance from University of South Carolina and a M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

  • Stuart King

    Head of Research

    Stuart King

    Head of Research

    Mr. King serves as Director of Research at Fulcrum. Prior to joining Fulcrum, Mr. King was a senior analyst at Beach Point Capital Management LP, a credit hedge fund focused on stressed/distressed opportunities, where he invested across the capital structure and participated on creditor committees. Before Beach Point, Mr. King was an analyst at Monarch Alternative Capital LP, where he analyzed and invested in distressed/event-driven opportunities. Prior to Monarch, Mr. King worked in the Recapitalization and Restructuring group at Jefferies & Company, where he helped guide numerous debtors and creditor committees through restructurings as a financial advisor. Mr. King graduated with a degree in Economics from Harvard University.

  • Daniel Shepherd

    Head of Distribution

    Daniel Shepherd

    Head of Distribution

    Mr. Shepherd serves as the Head of Distribution. Mr. Shepherd has over 18 years of experience in EM Credit trading markets. Prior to joining Fulcrum, Mr. Shepherd headed up the Asian credit trading operations at BGC Partners (a division of Cantor Fitzgerald). There he was responsible for flow trading of both Asian and Australasian securities, focusing on High Yield and Distressed products, as well as credit default swaps and both onshore RMB and Dim Sum credit products. Prior to Asia, Mr. Shepherd worked in London for Cantor Fitzgerald on the Emerging Market and Brady Bonds desk, covering Eastern European and LATAM credit.


  • Austin

    111 Congress Avenue, 25th Floor, Austin, Texas 78701
    +1 (512) 473 2771

  • Beijing

    Clevver GmbH 1 Jiangoumen Outer St. 100004 Beijing, China
    +86 (10) 8524 1260

  • Boston

    28 State Street, Suite 3101 Boston, MA 02109
    +1 (857) 444 5579

  • Dallas

    2100 McKinney Avenue, 8th Floor Dallas, Texas 75201
    + 1 (214) 442 2991

  • Dubai

    Currency House, Tower 2 Office 201 DIFC, Dubai United Arab Emirates
    + 971 (4) 376 7000

  • Hong Kong

    Level 2 Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, KLN, Hong Kong
    + (852) 3678 9920

  • Kiev

    2, Maidan Nezaleznosti Sq., Kiev 01012, Ukraine
    +38 (044) 229 6435

  • London

    42 Brook Street London, W1K 5DB United Kingdom
    +44 (0)20 3807 8690

  • Singapore

    8 Marina Blvd, Level 11. Marina Bay Financial Center, Tower 1. Singapore 018981
    +65 3159 5864

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