Mr. First currently serves as the Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director of Ascribe. He joined Ascribe in 2008 and, prior thereto, was a Managing Director and Co-Portfolio Manager in Merrill Lynch’s Principal Credit Group, a proprietary investing platform for the firm’s capital, where he was responsible for evaluating and managing assets in the team’s North American portfolio, including non-investment grade bank loans, stressed/distressed fixed income investments and public and private equity. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2003, Mr. First was a senior partner in the Bankruptcy and Restructuring department of the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where he began his legal career in 1987. At Fried Frank, he represented both debtors and creditors in both in-court and out-of-court restructurings as well as lenders to, investors in, and potential buyers and sellers of, financially troubled companies. Prior to his joining Fried Frank’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring department, he was a member of its Corporate Department, where he became a partner in 1994. On behalf of Ascribe, Mr. First currently serves on the boards of directors of Forbes Energy Services, Ltd. since 2017, Geokinetics Inc. since 2013, Engineering Solutions & Products, LLC since November 2013 and Big Run, Inc. since March 2018. He previously served as a director of Alion Science and Technology Corp. from August 2014 until August 2015 and EnviroSolutions Inc. from July 2010 to March 2018. Mr. First, age 56, received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology from Haverford College, and a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law. He also attended the London School of Economics.