Pete Smidt | Senior Managing Director | FTI Consulting
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Pete Smidt

Pete Smidt

  • Senior Managing Director
  • Corporate Finance
  • T: +1 248 225 9698
  • 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

Pete Smidt is a Senior Managing Director in the Transaction Services practice and specializes in assisting private equity and corporate clients throughout the deal continuum. He has over 25 years of experience advising performing and under-performing clients ranging from $25 million to over $30 billion in revenue. Mr. Smidt has industry experience in the automotive, aerospace and defense, consumer products and general manufacturing sectors.

Mr. Smidt’s engagements have included the identification of potential targets, due diligence, contract structuring and negotiations and transition planning. He has also advised clients on technical deal specifications, including leverage recapitalizations, stock versus asset acquisitions and taxation planning considerations.

In addition, Mr. Smidt has been instrumental in helping his clients achieve or exceed their investment returns through value creation ideas, including commercial excellence, supply chain excellence and acquisition integration.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Smidt was the founder and Practice Group Leader of the Transaction Services and Performance Improvement practice at Conway MacKenzie, Inc. (“Conway”). Prior to joining Conway, Mr. Smidt served as the Chief Financial Officer of Plastech Engineered Products (“Plastech”), a $1.5 billion, minority-owned, Tier 1 automotive supplier. While at Plastech, he helped lead the restructuring of the company in bankruptcy and ultimately the divesture of its key business units through a series of 363 sales to its lenders and strategic investors. Prior to Plastech, Mr. Smidt was a Director in the Transaction services group at PricewaterhouseCoopers (“PwC”), where he served the firms largest private equity and corporate clients. He also was a frequent instructor for sell-side due diligence for PwC and led many of PwC’s large sell-side engagements. Prior to PwC, Mr. Smidt worked at Deloitte in its Assurance practice, serving both automotive and aerospace and defense clients.

Mr. Smidt holds a B.S.B.A. in accounting and finance and an M.B.A. from Central Michigan University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Michigan.

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