Chris LeWand is a Senior Managing Director within the Corporate Finance segment, Co-Leader of the Global Clean Energy practice and member of FTI Capital Advisors.
Mr. LeWand is an expert providing troubled company evaluation and restructuring, interim management services (CEO / CRO / CFO), mergers & acquisition advisory, strategic and financial planning, performance improvement services, forensic and litigation consulting, business valuation and merger integration planning and execution. Within Clean Energy, Mr. LeWand has led a wide range of cases in the solar, wind and biofuels sectors and other alternative energy-enabling technologies.
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 segment closures, renegotiation of credit facilities, company monitoring and development and implementation of cash management programs.
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; IT 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. Merger integration advisory work has been performed on major business combinations, 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 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 regarding valuation issues, contract 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 led many 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 worked in London from 2001 to 2004 in the Corporate Finance 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 has provided services to dozens of clients with operations internationally in areas including Europe, South America, Asia and Africa.
Mr. LeWand began his career in Audit and Business Advisory services at Arthur Andersen, where he worked in the Audit and Litigation consulting practices.Back to Experts