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.
Joel Cohen is the Managing Director of Murray Analytics. Joel comes to the firm with over 15 years of experience in the dispute, forensic, and insolvency industry, most specifically focused in the financial services and asset management industry. Before joining Murray Analytics, he spent a number of years with Duff & Phelps in their Dispute & Investigations Group where he managed a team of CPAs, economists, attorneys, and finance professionals in executing a diverse array of complex engagements related to the various hedge fund/private equity fraud, insolvencies, and litigations that have characterized the last ten years of the asset management industry. These engagements include aspects of asset tracing, internal investigations, and damage calculations.
Prior to Duff & Phelps, Joel was one of the original team members of Kinetic Partners, a boutique global consulting firm established to provide targeted services to the asset management industry. At Kinetic Partners, he was the co-chair of the Dispute Advisory and Forensic Services Group. Prior to joining Kinetic Partners, Joel was as a leader in the disputes practice at a Big 4 accounting firm and senior vice president at a prominent investment bank in charge of internal investigations. Joel has worked with premier law firms on accounting malpractice, business insurance disputes, fraud detection, and economic investigations.
Joel has expertise in managing the expectations of various stakeholders involved in insolvency proceedings, liquidations, litigation settlements, and receiverships, namely in his capacity of assisting a board, Trustee, Receiver, or Official Liquidator with their duties, including U.S. and cross border considerations. Joel has extensive experience within the offshore world, regularly handling cases out of the Caribbean. He has an extremely strong network of professionals and contacts throughout the Caribbean and Europe.
Joel is a member of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), serving as a New York Regional Board Member and National Commissioner for the Leadership 2020 campaign. He is also active in Her Justice, an organization providing free legal assistance to women and families in need, and serves on the board of the Israel Teen Fellowship. Joel is a graduate of Rutgers College, where he received a BA in Economics with a focus in accounting, and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
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.
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.