MEET THE TEAM
Marti P. Murray is the Founder and President of Murray Analytics. Over the course of a 35 year financial services career, Marti has served in a variety of leadership roles at both investment management firms and financial advisory firms. She was the Founder, President, and Portfolio Manager of Murray Capital Management, a distressed debt focused hedge fund firm that she led from 1995-2008. Clients included Fortune 500 pension funds, university endowments, private foundations, family offices, fund of funds, and high net worth individuals. While at Murray Capital, Marti took an active leadership role in numerous high profile restructurings and litigations, serving on Official Creditors Committees including Dow Corning, Werner Ladder, and Global Power Equipment, and pursuing legal remedies to protect and enhance creditor recoveries including against Owens Illinois, Exide, Loral, Asarco, Foamex, and Satmex. The distressed debt business of Murray Capital was acquired by Babson Capital in April 2008. Immediately prior to founding Murray Analytics, Marti was Senior Managing Director at Goldin Associates, where she served as team leader on a variety of complex financial advisory, litigation support, and valuation matters, including Fletcher International, The Dolan Company, Pulse Electronics, and a major casino industry engagement.
Ms. Murray taught as an Adjunct Professor at the NYU Stern School of Business from 2001-2013. She has taught courses on Bankruptcy and Distressed Debt Investing, as well as Equity Analysis/Valuation. She has, from time to time, co-taught the Bankruptcy and Distressed Debt Investing course with Professor Edward Altman, who holds the Max L. Heine Chair in Finance. Ms. Murray was the recipient of the Teacher of the Year Prize at the Stern School of Business and also received an Excellence in Teaching award. She has also been a frequent speaker at investor conferences worldwide on the topics of distressed debt and activist investing. She was the author of “Notes from the Road: The Bankruptcy Cases Everyone is Talking About and the Issues that Make Them Controversial,” published by the American Bankruptcy Institute. She was also a contributing author to the first edition of Managing Hedge Fund Risk: From the Practitioner’s Perspective, edited by Virginia Reynolds Parker, published in 2001. Additionally, Ms. Murray has served on the Board of Directors of multiple companies, including Edcon, PIMCO Income Strategy Fund, ReCap International, and California Coastal Communities.
Marti received an Executive M.B.A. in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business in 1986, and received a B.A. in International Relations and Chinese from Colgate University in 1981. She holds the designation of Certified Valuation Analyst, awarded by the National Associate of Certified Valuators and Analysts.
Gara T. Paulson is the General Counsel and Business Manager of Murray Analytics. She also performs research and analysis relating to the Firm’s litigation support engagements. Gara is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers Association. Prior to her Bar admission in 2012, Gara held legal internships with Steinberg and Associates and Chadbourne and Parke’s Private Client Division. After passing the Bar, she worked at Goldin Associates, as an Investigative Analyst, conducting research, reviewing financial reporting and controls, and assisting bankruptcy attorneys in preparation for depositions and litigation. In 2013, Gara joined Cooper Paroff, a law firm specializing in real estate law and trusts and estates. While at Cooper Paroff, she assisted partners with research and litigation support and also prepared various court documents, filings, and other legal documents.
Gara received her J.D. in 2011 from New York Law School, where she was a recipient of a merit based trustee scholarship. She received a B.A. in Art History from the University of Vermont in 2006. She is proficient in Spanish and conversational in Italian and French.
Julia Zhu is a Senior Associate at Murray Analytics, and provides financial modeling and analytical support in connection with the Firm’s engagements. Julia has an extensive background in modeling and valuation. Before joining Murray Analytics, Julia worked at PwC, where she conducted valuations of fixed income securities as an Intern with the Financial Instruments, Structured Products, and Real Estate (FSR) Group. She also worked with the Danaher Corporation, serving as a Financial Consultant and Modeling Specialist. Julia began her career at the Bank of East Asia in Shanghai in 2012, where she held an internship in FX trading and settlement. In 2013, she served as an Assistant Consultant at OC&C Strategy Consultants, where she led a team of four in researching retail markets across China and formulating competitive strategies for clients.
Julia received her B.S. in Economics in 2013 from Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and her Masters of Finance from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland in 2015. She has passed all three levels of the CFA Program and may be awarded the charter upon completion of the required work experience. Julia served as a Teaching Assistant in courses on Capital Markets, Portfolio Management, and Private Equity; was a Research Assistant at the UMD Center for Financial Policy; and was awarded Robert H. Smith Honors. She is fluent in Mandarin.
Mohnish Zaveri is an Associate at Murray Analytics, and provides financial modeling and analytical support in connection with the Firm’s engagements. Mohnish has an extensive background in valuation, research, and client management. Prior to joining Murray Analytics, he worked at Thomson Reuters in Singapore as a subject matter expert on pricing of complex securities across different asset classes, helping financial institutions in South-East Asia best utilize the company’s quantitative offerings. Mohnish started his career with FinMechanics as a Consultant, working on pricing and risk management projects with major banks in the region. During his MBA, he interned at a family office in New York, performing fundamental equity research with a focus on technology and retail sectors.
Mohnish received his M.B.A with specialization in Finance and Economics from New York University Stern School of Business in 2018. He was designated as an Aswath Damodaran Faculty Scholar, a merit-based full tuition scholarship, and graduated with Beta Gamma Sigma honors. He holds CFA and FRM charters. Mohnish completed his B. Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2012.
Katherine Thomas is the Engagement Coordinator of Murray Analytics. She also performs research for litigation support engagements. Prior to joining Murray Analytics, Katherine worked with Marti at Goldin Associates. Ms. Thomas began her career in Los Angeles, working with the real estate team at Vintage Capital Group, a private equity firm. In 2013, she began working with Now What, a strategic market research firm in New York whose clients included numerous Fortune 50 companies. In addition to serving as the executive and personal assistant to the CEO, she also served as the firm’s digital archivist.
Katherine has a B.A. from Tulane University, where she majored in Latin American Studies and Theater and graduated a Dean’s Honor Scholar. She is proficient in Spanish and conversational in German.