Gregory Makoff

CIGI Senior Fellow Gregory Makoff researches issues in international financial policy, including the management of sovereign debt crises. He is an expert in sovereign debt and an experienced debt capital markets professional.

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Global Debt Markets
Sovereign Debt Management
Sovereign Debt Restructuring
Corporate Debt Restructuring


Gregory Makoff is a CIGI senior fellow and an expert on issues in sovereign debt management, including the management of sovereign debt crises. From 1993 through 2014, Gregory was a professional at Salomon Brothers/Citigroup, specializing in debt advisory, liability management and derivatives for sovereign borrowers, corporations and financial institutions. His sovereign advisory assignments have varied widely and have included helping the Republic of Colombia establish its debt management team in the mid-1990s, assisting the Republic of the Philippines in carrying out debt-reprofiling transactions in both its local and international markets, and serving as adviser to the government of Jamaica in its 2010 and 2013 domestic debt restructurings. He has worked extensively in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, Europe, Eastern Europe and Africa, and recently worked for one year at the US Department of the Treasury as a senior policy adviser. Gregory holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago and a B.Sc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in both physics and political science. Gregory is also a CFA® charterholder.

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Making Enhanced CACs the Rule: A Proposed Amendment of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act Monetary Policy, Sovereign Debt Policy Briefs
An Update on PROMESA and a Proposal for Restructuring Puerto Rico's Debt Sovereign Debt Policy Briefs
An Alternative Plan for Fixing Puerto Rico's Ongoing Energy Crisis Conflict Management Opinion
The Economic Case for a Regime Change in Venezuela Financial Systems Opinion
Interdisciplinary Sovereign Debt Research and Management Conference (DebtCon) Sovereign Debt Event
Puerto Rico Update: PROMESA, Population Trends, Risks to the Fiscal and Economic Plan — and Now Maria Sovereign Debt CIGI Papers
Venezuela's Economic Crisis Can Be Stopped. Here's How Financial Systems Opinion
Debt Sale Adds New Dimension to Venezuela’s Crisis Conflict Management Opinion
GDP-indexed Bonds: A Way Forward Monetary Policy, Sovereign Debt Policy Briefs
CIGI-Columbia University Workshop on Sovereign Debt Restructuring Event
Simplifying Sovereign Bankruptcy: A Voluntary Single Host Country Approach to SDRM Design Sovereign Debt CIGI Papers
Latin American Perspectives on Sovereign Debt Restructuring Event
Critical Debates on Sovereign Debt Event
Debt Reprofiling, Debt Restructuring and the Current Situation in Ukraine Sovereign Debt CIGI Papers