Jon Bauer

Jon Bauer

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Jon Bauer is the Founding Member, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer of Contrarian Capital Management. He is responsible for leading the firm’s corporate investment activities. Bauer has over 35 years of experience investing in both active and passive distressed securities. He has led and served on numerous bank debt, bond, or trade claims committees. He is a Founding Member of the Trade Claims Buyers Association, a firm established to promote good standards and practices within the business of purchasing and transferring trade claims of companies.

Professional Experience

Academic History


- Managing Director at Oppenheimer and Co.

- Senior Analyst in the Bankruptcy Group at Bear Stearns

  • He originated and helped execute the successful control investment in Revere Copper and Brass. 

- Analyst in the Credit Audit Department of The Chase Manhattan Bank

  • He was responsible for identifying companies in the bank's loan portfolio that were likely to default