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Sheryl Betance and Sean McGuire of Stretto Recognized in 11th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards

December 30, 2020

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 30, 2020 – M&A Advisor has selected Sheryl Betance and Sean McGuire of Stretto, a market-leading bankruptcy administration firm, as winners in the 2020 Emerging Leaders Awards.  Betance and McGuire were selected for their accomplishments and expertise from a pool of nominees by an independent judging panel of distinguished business leaders. Renowned globally for its recognition of leading M&A, financing and turnaround professionals, The M&A Advisor created this awards program to promote mentorship and professional development among emerging business leaders. 

“We as an organization have always exemplified ourselves and these awards as an oasis for hope and celebration. And in 2020, even at the height of the lockdowns and tremendous economic turmoil, these impressive young professionals have made notable contributions to our industry and to their communities. Truly, the Emerging Leader Awardees we are honoring are the best and the brightest. They are the future of the M&A, finance, and turnaround industries,” said Roger Aguinaldo, founder of The M&A Advisor. 

One of the claims and noticing industry’s leading experts, Betance serves as senior managing director at Stretto and has earned a proven track record of successfully administering complex, large-scale Chapter 11 cases within a broad range of industry sectors. Joining Stretto in 2018, she led the development of the firm’s claims and noticing services platform, created from the ground up to offer a best-in-class, proprietary, cloud-based system combined with professional-level client service to meet case-management needs for every stage of the corporate-restructuring process. 

Throughout his career, McGuire has played an integral role in the administration of some of the country’s largest corporate restructurings within a diverse range of sectors.  As director at Stretto, he streamlines the complex administrative aspects of large-scale Chapter 11 proceedings to achieve the goals of debtors, advisors and stakeholders. During his career as a financial advisor, he served as senior vice president in the AlixPartners’ Houston office, where he worked on milestone cases in the energy and retail sectors. 

On Thursday, January 28, 2021, The M&A Advisor will host a virtual awards gala to introduce the 2020 Emerging Leaders Award Winners to the business community and to celebrate their achievements. 

About Stretto

Stretto delivers a full spectrum of bankruptcy-administration solutions and technology tools to fiduciaries. By merging the industry’s leading bankruptcy software and services providers for Chapter 7 Trustees and Debtors’ Attorneys, and introducing new corporate-restructuring administration capabilities, Stretto provides an unparalleled portfolio of bankruptcy-focused services under the executive leadership of industry veterans Eric Kurtzman and Jonathan Carson.  Sitting at the center of the bankruptcy ecosystem, Stretto leverages deep-industry expertise and market insights to facilitate every aspect of case management for its corporate-restructuring and consumer-bankruptcy clients.  “Stretto” is a musical term indicating when one voice picks up where another leaves off, and, as our name implies, Stretto seamlessly integrates streamlined workflows and best-in-class technology to orchestrate the administrative process and create harmony for professionals and their teams.  For more information about Stretto, visit

About M&A Advisor

The M&A Advisor was founded in 1998 to offer insights and intelligence on M&A activities. Over the Twenty-two years we have established the premier global network of M&A, turnaround and finance professionals. Today, we have the privilege of presenting, recognizing the achievements of, and facilitating connections between the industry’s top performers throughout the world with a comprehensive range of services. To learn more visit

December 30, 2020