Team Biographies

  • John Sicilian | Chairman & Chief Investment Officer | Email John

    Mr. Sicilian has over 30 years of legal and investment experience in complex transactions. He joined Juridica in 2014. Throughout his career, Mr. Sicilian has served on the board of directors of numerous travel and transportation-related companies, both public and private (including Pan American World Airways, ARINC, AgentWare, OneTravel, Eastern Airlines, Jetstream Aviation Management).

    Prior to joining Juridica, Mr. Sicilian co-founded 1848 Capital Partners, a private equity firm. He has managed investments that include the creation of Heartland Food Corp. with its 248 Burger King franchised restaurants, the second-largest Burger King franchise in the world (including its ultimate sale to a Blackstone-affiliate in 2006). Among other transactions, Mr. Sicilian also has co-led control investments in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museums in New York City and London (the largest Ripley museums in the world), as well as Sunbelt Diversified Enterprises, Brazil Tower Company (Brazilian-based provider of telecommunications towers), and Chicago-based Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) (the largest independent provider of warranty coverage to the corporate aircraft industry).
     
    Previously, Mr. Sicilian was the Chairman and President of the reorganized Eastern Airlines from 1995- 2002, and its Executive Vice President and General Counsel from 1990-1994. During his tenure, Mr. Sicilian consummated over 150 transactions involving over $2.2 billion in assets, including regulated international route authorities, complex airport leasehold interests, over 130 aircraft, over 300 engines and numerous intellectual property assets. His responsibilities also included the disposition of eight operating entities employing over 1,500 employees as well as resolution of pension claims involving approximately 25,000 ex-employees and retiree health benefit claims relating to approximately 10,000 retirees. Mr. Sicilian also negotiated the resolution of general labor, secured financing, environmental, frequent flyer plan-related and airport/landlord claims in excess of $15 billion.
     
    Formerly, Mr. Sicilian was an attorney with Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand (now merged with DLA Piper Rudnick) in Washington, D.C. and Ford & Harrison in Atlanta. Mr. Sicilian holds a J.D. from Washington & Lee Law School (cum laude) and a B.A. from Holy Cross College (magna cum laude).  

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  • Bill Yuen | Chief Executive & Risk Officer | Email Bill

    Mr. Yuen has over 30 years of investment and risk management experience and has held numerous senior and strategic positions at several multi-national institutions. He joined Juridica in 2012. Mr. Yuen co-founded and was Chief Operating Officer of Alpha Financial Technologies, a financial engineering and product development company, currently with over $2BN in assets which are linked to its strategies.

    Mr. Yuen spent seven years in different strategic capacities at GE. He served on the investment, operating and risk management committees of GE Equity, GE’s Insurance and Capital Markets Divisions. As Managing Director of GE Capital Markets Services, he led a team of 27 professionals managing the risks of a $10BN private and public equities, $5BN mortgages, $20BN off-balance sheet assets, and $1BN High Yield Bond portfolios, as well as overseeing new product development. Prior to Capital Markets Services, Mr. Yuen was Director of Funding in Corporate Treasury for four years. He was responsible for funding GE Capital’s international operations and risk management.  He managed, structured and executed over $100BN of financing and derivative transactions for GE businesses. Mr. Yuen also served as financial advisor to GE businesses such as private equity, insurance, project finance, commercial real estate, aircraft engine & leasing, commercial & consumer finance, as well as its pension group. Mr. Yuen spearheaded many acquisition due diligences as well as post acquisition integrations. Mr. Yuen received a process improvement Black Belt certification at GE.

    Additionally, Mr. Yuen was the Head of Financial Engineering and Sales & Trading for Royal Bank of Canada in New York. Mr. Yuen was Head of Research & Trading for several start-up hedge funds, headed strategic risk management at Eastman Kodak’s Treasury Group; and was a derivatives trader for HSBC and RBC.

    Mr. Yuen received an M.B.A. from the Simon School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester, where he also earned his undergraduate degree.

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  • Tom Moore | Underwriting | Email Tom

    For over 33 years, Mr. Moore has been litigating a wide variety of cases in almost every conceivable forum, including federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts, state trial and appellate courts across the nation, and international and domestic arbitral tribunals. Prior to joining Juridica in November, 2014, at various times, Mr. Moore has been a state prosecutor, partner in a major law firm, in solo practice and a litigation support and jury consultant.

    Mr. Moore joined the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office after a federal clerkship in the District of Connecticut.  After three years as an Assistant D.A., Mr. Moore was elevated to Senior Investigative Counsel.  Mr. Moore then joined the Proskauer law firm as an associate, making partner there after six years.  Mr. Moore spent 14 more years at Proskauer, litigating nearly every kind of commercial matter, from antitrust and securities cases, to contractual disputes and bankruptcy matters, as well as international and commercial arbitrations, patent infringement and other intellectual property enforcement actions, civil RICO and major construction suits.  Mr. Moore, seeking new challenges, then opened his own litigation practice, focusing on representing businesses in New York City, including as plaintiff’s counsel in contingent fee matters.

    Mr. Moore received his J.D. and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall).  He obtained his B.A. with Highest Honors from the University of California, Davis.  Mr. Moore sits by appointment of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court (First Department) on its Character and Fitness Committee, and as a Referee on Departmental Disciplinary Committee matters.  Mr. Moore has lectured nationally on such subjects as conducting electronic trials, jury persuasion and electronic discovery.

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  • Lea Souza-Rasile | Underwriting | Email Lea

    Ms. Souza-Rasile has over 29 years of experience in both state and federal court litigation as well as in compliance, bankruptcy and restructuring matters.

    Prior to joining Juridica in 2016, Ms. Souza-Rasile was a partner in a national law firm.  Her practice has focused on all aspects of high-stakes complex commercial litigation, contractual disputes, fraud, business torts, intellectual property cases, securities claims, banking, and breach of fiduciary duties claims.  She has represented individual and multi-national corporations from the time of engagement all the way through trial and appeal in a broad range of industries.  Ms. Souza-Rasile received her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and her B.A. from Grinnell College.

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  • Mark Broadwater | Chief Compliance Officer | Email Mark

    Mr. Broadwater has been with Juridica since its inception and works with the Management Team on all compliance matters and operations.

    As Operations Manager and Chief Compliance Officer, Mr. Broadwater contributes to the development and implementation of the strategies, compliance policies and practices of the business and is tasked with the primary responsibility of ensuring organizational effectiveness of the business’ various financial functions arising in connection with the operations of fourteen (14) related entities. Prior to Juridica, he was the General Manager for nine years at Ten State Street, LLP, an International Business Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina. He worked directly with the firm’s partners to develop and implement successful business strategies while managing staff of associate lawyers, paralegals, bookkeepers and secretaries employed in the firm’s Charleston and London offices.  He also administered firm clients’ corporate and trust formations and worked closely with multiple fiduciaries worldwide to maintain more than 90 client companies and trusts in 17 global jurisdictions. Mr. Broadwater graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1995.

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  • Elizabeth Shealy | Underwriting | Email Elizabeth

    Ms. Shealy joined Juridica in 2009 as an associate attorney. She works directly with Juridica’s General Counsel and together with the Management Team to assist in structuring, drafting and closing investment transactions and contribute to the development and implementation of policies and practices of Juridica and its related entities.

    Ms. Shealy began her legal career as a litigation trial paralegal at a nationally recognized plaintiffs’ firm where she focused on asbestos litigation and other complex civil litigation.  After 5 years, she left full-time employment to attend the Charleston School of Law. She earned a Juris Doctor in May 2009, graduating in the top third of her class.  While in law school, Ms. Shealy worked as a faculty research assistant and as a law clerk at a real estate firm. She also served as an elected member of the Student Bar Association. Ms. Shealy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wofford College in 1999

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  • Stephen McMullin | Underwriting | Email Stephen

    Mr. McMullin focuses on financial analysis, deal structuring and terms drafting. Mr. McMullin is a member of the underwriting team and contributes to the development and implementation of practices developed to maximize the value of Juridica's portfolio investments and its related entities.

    Mr. McMullin spent three years at Goldman Sachs & Company as a financial analyst prior to attending law school. Stephen received his LLB. From the University of Oxford and his LLM. from Harvard Law School where he was a research assistant to the professor of bankruptcy law. He wrote an extensive dissertation on Preference Litigation and underwriting defendant side liabilities which was subsequently published. Mr. McMullin completed his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University (Magna Cum Laude). Mr. McMullin is a member of the New York Bar.

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  • Joy Sims | Cash Operations Manager | Email Joy

    Ms. Sims has been with Juridica since 2009. As Cash Operations Manager, she contributes to the development and maintenance all accounting systems and procedures.

    She is responsible for managing accounts receivable, accounts payable, organizational HR, matter-related data entry, and matter invoice processing, as well as handling the business formation and maintenance of the Company’s 14 related entities.

    Prior to working with Juridica, she was the Operations Manager for Willow Creek Cabinets, a high-end cabinetry manufacturer.  Additionally, she had her SC Real Estate Salesman’s License and worked as a Charleston-based realtor for several years. Ms. Sims graduated from The College of Charleston in 2004 with a BA in Communications.

     

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