Christopher LeWand is a Senior Managing Director in FTI Consulting’s Corporate Finance & Restructuring segment, Power, Renewables & Energy Transition ("PRET") Leader, and a member of FTI Capital Advisors, the firm's wholly owned investment banking subsidiary. Mr. LeWand is an expert providing strategic market entry, M&A advisory, financial planning, business optimization services, fulfilling interim management roles (CEO/CRO/CFO), and assisting with troubled company financial and operational restructurings. Mr. LeWand has led many cases for utilities, conventional and renewable power fuel sources as well as enabling technologies.
Many clients have been assisted in developing and implementing new business models and approaches through strategic advisory services. This has included foreign and domestic entrants seeking to consider macro competitive, regulatory and general market dynamics as well as situation and entity specific considerations where key levers of challenge and success required careful analysis and consideration in order to drive optionality and optimized results.
Mr. LeWand has served as financial advisor on all aspects of M&A transactions, including, buy/sell mandates and capital raises; accounting, financial and operational due diligence; identification of acquisition targets; analysis of financial and operational synergies in potential mergers and preparation and negotiation of bids and acquisition agreements on both distressed and healthy investments. Merger integration and carve-out advisory work has been performed on major business combinations/divestitures and the roles have included running PMOs, leading the development and implementation of functional team plans, business reorganization, profit improvement, financial management planning, product road-mapping and customer segmentation, and sitting as a member of Executive Steering Committees.
Mr. LeWand has led many assignments for the valuation of publicly-traded and privately-held companies and assets. These have been performed for numerous purposes. Further, Mr. LeWand has provided expert witness testimony and assisted clients with disputes in various capacities in over 50 cases, including as an industry expert, in the calculation of damages related to fraud, regarding valuation issues and in his role as CRO in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. This has included providing reports and consulting services as an industry expert, regarding valuation issues, contract and purchase price disputes, business interruption claims, intellectual property disputes, forensic audits, anti-trust litigation and professional malpractice claims and construction claims. Mr. LeWand also co-developed the CLE seminar, “Economic Damages, Litigating and proving Business Losses.”
Mr. LeWand has served on boards, acted as board advisor, and taken roles as interim management such as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Private Equity Fund Managing Director for multi-$billion enterprises. The result is consulting and advisory services which come from the perspective of someone who knows what it means to be held accountable for critical decisions and the rigor required to generate the highest likelihood of success.
Mr. LeWand began his career in the audit and business consulting practices at Arthur Andersen.
Awards & Recognition:
- Who's Who Legal: Global Leader, Energy Expert (2022)
- Top 100 Most Influential in the North America Power Industry, Word About Wind (2022)
- Top 25 Sustainability Leaders in Consulting, #11, The Consulting Report (2022)
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