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Christopher A. Pirrera

  • Senior Managing Director
  • T: +1 312 759 8100
  • F: +1 312 759 8119
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    • 227 West Monroe Street
    • Suite 900
    • Chicago, IL, 60606
    • United States
    • T: +1 312 759 8100
    • F: +1 312 759 8119
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Chris Pirrera is a Senior Managing Director in the Transaction Advisory Services group of the FTI Corporate Finance practice and is based in Chicago. Over the past six years, Mr. Pirrera has worked on more than 100 transactions and has served many industries, including automotive; agriculture; logistics; energy; professional services; internet service; credit card processing; retail; restaurant and entertainment; and consumer packaged goods.

Mr. Pirrera has served as a financial advisor to strategic and financial buyers, providing buy-side and post-acquisition due diligence. He has also served a financial advisor to lenders, investment banks, and other financing sources, providing due diligence as part of the origination and monitoring of leveraged, high-yield “B” piece, subordinated, debtor-in-possession and asset-based lending financings and securitizations.

The buy-side and origination-related due diligence services include quality of earnings, historical operating performance, financial statement and cash flow forecasts, and asset-based analyses of target companies. Post-transaction services include working capital dispute resolution and monitoring and investigating due diligence.

Mr. Pirrera has worked on acquisition-related transactions ranging from $60 million in working capital dispute adjustments to $500 million in purchase prices and lender-related transactions ranging from $10 million in unsecured financings to $1 billion in asset-based loans.

Mr. Pirrera advised the pre-petition secured lenders in an $8 billion bankruptcy. In this role, he monitored the weekly and monthly operating results of the debtor, assisted legal counsel in discovery proceedings, and evaluated the debtor’s business plan and economics of proposed asset sales under section 363 of the bankruptcy code.

Mr. Pirrera assisted the management of a troubled company in devising short- to medium-term financial strategies and projections for use in a troubled debt restructuring and implemented controls over cash expenditures and overhead and operating costs. He was also part of a national team assisting in the reorganization of the financial and metric reporting systems of a Fortune 500 company in the waste services industry. He assisted in the management and oversight of the process at field locations and developed a work plan to initiate technical and analytical solutions for company management.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Pirrera worked in the U.S. Business Restructuring group at PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Attest Services groups of Deloitte & Touche LLP and KPMG, where he performed attest services and acquisition-related due diligence.   

Mr. Pirrera holds a B.A. in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa and is a certified public accountant. He is a member of the Turnaround Management Association.

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