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Cynthia Nelson

Cynthia A. Nelson

  • Senior Managing Director
  • T: +1 213 689 1200
  • F: +1 213 689 1220
    • 633 W. 5th Street,
    • Suite 1600
    • Los Angeles, CA, 90071-2027
    • United States
    • T: +1 213 689 1200
    • F: +1 213 689 1220

Cynthia Nelson is a Senior Managing Director in the FTI Consulting Corporate Finance/Restructuring practice and is based in Los Angeles. Ms. Nelson assists stakeholders in evaluating, developing and implementing turnaround plans and restructurings in both judicial and non-judicial circumstances. She has assisted debtors, investors, lenders and creditors’ committees in analyzing and developing plans of reorganization; analyzing financing options and market rates of interest; evaluating asset disposition and development plans to maximize value; conducting due diligence in connection with acquisition and financing; negotiating resolution of troubled credits; and providing litigation support and testimony in adversarial proceedings.

With more than 25 years of experience in the real estate industry, Ms. Nelson specializes in advising stakeholders with interests in real estate. She has extensive experience with development and operating companies, including those with interests in master planned communities; resorts; retail; office; hospitality; multi-family and mixed-use properties. Ms. Nelson has been involved in some of the largest and most notable real estate restructurings of the last several years, including advising the unsecured creditors committee for General Growth Properties and serving as the Chapter 11 Trustee in South Edge.

Prior to its acquisition by FTI Consulting, Ms. Nelson was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Business Recovery Services group. Before that, she was a senior associate of investment services at Jones Lang Wootton USA, an associate at Laventhol & Horwath in its Real Estate Advisory practice and a development assistant at Valencia Company/Newhall Land & Farming.

Ms. Nelson is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars. She was a panelist at the ABI 2010 Winter Leadership conference and at the 2010 California Bankruptcy Forum, discussing real estate restructurings. She has published articles in ABI Journal, CPA Expert, Daily Bankruptcy Review, Turnaround Management, Socioeconomic Planning Sciences, Location and Stigma, and Urban Land.

Ms. Nelson holds an M.B.A. and an MPL from the University of Southern California, and a B.S. in Urban Planning from California State Polytechnic University. She is a certified insolvency and restructuring advisor. Ms. Nelson is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors, the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Turnaround Management Association. She served as president of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, as vice director for the Los Angeles section of the American Planning Association and as chairperson for the California Hospital Medical Center Trustee Associates. Ms. Nelson is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

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