Ms. Kutscher has sixteen years of investment and banking experience and is an advisor on specialty engagements. Prior to being an advisor to Westwood, Ms. Kutscher was a Senior Vice President in the Structured Finance Group of Prudential Investments. During her over thirteen-year tenure at Prudential, Ms. Kutscher invested money for Prudential and third party clients in the corporate finance, leveraged finance and structured finance divisions. She has structured and invested in over $2 billion of senior and mezzanine debt, equity, synthetic securities and off-balance vehicles for a broad spectrum of companies. At Westwood, Ms. Kutscher specializes in securitization and corporate finance, and brings an investor’s perspective to her highly customized, specialty finance transactional work.
One of Ms. Kutscher’s primary areas of focus has been the financing of intellectual property and entertainment royalties. She oversaw the creation of an entertainment finance company, capitalized by Prudential and outside investors, served as principal, and made debt and equity investments in numerous entertainment properties. Ms. Kutscher also has capital markets restructuring experience. She has managed asset servicing transfers, negotiated the sale of operating companies and recapitalizated private and public specialty finance firms.
Prior to Prudential, Ms. Kutscher was a banker at the Irving Trust Company, serving as country manager for Colombia and Panama. In addition to merchant and correspondent banking activities, she was part of the steering committee for the restructure of Colombia’s largest bank and the conduit for the country’s substantial oil and gas financings.
Ms. Kutscher received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations/Spanish from Colgate University and an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School. A frequent lecturer, she speaks at many industry conferences and her writings and views have been included in numerous periodicals.