Chris LeWand is leader of the Power & Utilities industry practice, Global Power & Renewables Practice Leader, as well as a member of FTI Capital Advisors, the firm’s investment banking subsidiary. Mr. LeWand specializes in providing mergers and acquisition (“M&A”) advisory, strategic and financial planning, performance improvement services, forensic and litigation consulting, business valuation, interim management services, troubled company evaluation and restructuring and merger integration planning and execution. He has industry expertise in telecom, media and technology and energy, power and products.
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; information technology system evaluation; identification of acquisition targets; sale assistance; analysis of financial and operational synergies in potential mergers and preparation and negotiation of bids and acquisition agreements on both distressed and healthy investments. In addition, Mr. LeWand has performed merger integration advisory work on major business combinations and his roles have included running project management offices, 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 and managed a wide range of cases for clients in both formal bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court restructurings. Related services have included development and review of business plans, leading performance improvement initiatives, valuations, liquidation analyses, competitive benchmarking, distressed asset and business marketing and sales, management of operations and network closures, renegotiation of credit facilities, company monitoring, and development and implementation of cash management programs.
Mr. LeWand has led dozens of assignments for the valuation of publicly traded and privately held companies and assets. These have been performed for numerous purposes, including transaction pricing and structuring; accounting compliance and regulatory purposes; evaluating transaction fairness; financing, securitization and collateralization; expert testimony and dispute resolution; and insolvency and fraudulent conveyance evaluations.
Mr. LeWand has provided expert witness and dispute advisory services in a wide range of matters. This includes providing reports and consulting services as an industry expert, valuation issues, contract disputes, business interruption claims, intellectual property disputes, forensic audits, antitrust litigation and construction claims. Mr. LeWand also co-developed the Continuing Legal Education seminar, “Economic Damages, Litigating and proving Business Losses.”
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. LeWand worked in London in the Corporate Finance & Restructuring practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, focusing on providing turnaround and restructuring services to U.S. based bondholders and banks, as well as European financial institutions on large, multi-jurisdiction credits. Mr. LeWand began his career in the audit and business consulting practices at Arthur Andersen.
Mr. LeWand is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Management and Research, the Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors, the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Denver Society of Security Analysts.
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