Mr. Bruno Navarro
Ipso Facto Ltd
Bruno Navarro founded Ipso Facto Ltd, an expert consultancy boutique registered in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. Bruno Navarro is a well-recognized restructuring practitioner, with a key focus on companies in distress. Ipso Facto addresses the needs of shareholders faced with unsustainable debt and creditors coping with mounting non-performing loans (NPLs). He specially assists financial institutions in building in-house capabilities for NPL resolution and provision management.
Bruno Navarro provides advisory services to financial institutions and companies operating in a challenging environment: from business turnaround or rehabilitation; to debt restructuring, distressed M&A, bankruptcy or liquidation assistance. In this context, he assumes interim management or catalyst roles within companies under stress.
From 2015 to 2018, Bruno Navarro restructured and managed the Asset Recovery Management Dept. of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB). In 2010, he had created the Special Assets & Restructuring Dept. of Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB). In those capacities, he resolved complex restructuring in the region, chaired several creditors’ committees, and catalyzed important recoveries and provision reversals.
Prior to this, Bruno Navarro worked 16 years at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) – an affiliate of the World Bank – in 7 different countries. As Chief of Special Operations in Hong Kong, he managed workouts and insolvency proceedings in China (2006-2010) in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis. During the Argentine Crisis (2002-2006), he led the Argentina Recovery Program in Buenos Aires and handled IFC’s restructurings in Argentina and Brazil. Earlier, he had spent four years in Jakarta (1998-2002) to head the Asia Crisis Task Force.
In 2005, Bruno Navarro founded the IFC’s Distressed Assets Practice Group, which developed non-performing assets (NPA) investments and resolution worldwide. In this context, he set up 7 special servicing platforms, sat as Non-Executive Director at the Board of 3 distressed asset management companies in China and Colombia, and advised governments on establishing such facilities.
Bruno Navarro also worked for IFC’s Corporate Finance Dept. in charge of privatization projects in Ecuador and companies’ turn-around in Poland, stationed respectively in Quito and Warsaw. Prior to joining IFC, Bruno Navarro spent 4 years in restructuring advisory services in Europe, and microfinance in Africa and S-E-Asia.
Bruno Navarro frequently provides lectures and training seminars related to topics of debt workout, corporate restructuring and NPA. He holds a master in Finance from the University of Paris and a post- graduate degree in Corporate Strategy from University of Paris and HEC. In 2008, he graduated as a Fellow of INSOL, the International cross border insolvency organization.