KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, has announced that two senior industry executives have joined the firm's Restructuring Services group. Ben Gonzalez, principal, and George "GR" Christon, managing director, will work with companies to help them improve performance and recover value in stressed and distressed situations.
"Ben and GR bring significant debtor and senior lender restructuring experience to KPMG's growing Restructuring Advisory practice, strengthening our position as a significant global and U.S. restructuring advisor," said Drew Koecher, KPMG's U.S. leader for Restructuring Services. "Their proven track record assisting debtors and senior creditors with improving value recovery - across a variety of industries - enhances our restructuring team's ability to serve our clients."
Prior to joining KPMG, Gonzalez served as a principal in Grant Thornton LLP's Corporate Advisory and Restructuring Services practice. He has deep experience advising companies, lenders, and other stakeholders on financial restructuring alternatives and working with both healthy and distressed organizations on mergers, acquisitions, and recapitalizations. Gonzalez started his career as a credit analyst for InterFirst Bank in Texas, working in the industry for 10 years before becoming a restructuring advisor. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Before his arrival at KPMG, Christon was a senior director with Alvarez & Marsal. He specializes in leading debtor turnarounds, financial and operational restructurings, business plan development, and valuations in connection with insolvency proceedings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Auburn University, and a master's degree and a joint Juris Doctorate / MBA degree from Southern Methodist University.
"We are pleased to welcome Gonzalez and Christon to our growing team of Restructuring Services professionals," said Dan Tiemann, U.S. leader for KPMG's Transactions & Restructuring group. "With the ability to deliver a full range of restructuring solutions, including troubled debt advisory through Corporate Finance, tax restructuring, distressed M&A, valuation services, litigation support, and fresh start accounting capabilities, Ben and GR are well-equipped to deliver end-to-end services to our large- and middle-market clients."
About KPMG's Global Restructuring Services:
KPMG's Global Restructuring Services comprises teams of dedicated restructuring partners and professionals from the network of member firms of KPMG International. These teams work globally with companies, lenders and other stakeholders to help provide stability, restore confidence and improve performance and recovery in stressed and distressed situations. KPMG's network of restructuring partners and professionals have considerable experience in performance improvement, turnarounds, insolvency, mergers and acquisitions, transaction structuring, tax, valuation, real estate, forensic investigations and technical accounting services. KPMG's restructuring teams assist clients in developing and evaluating business turnaround scenarios, improving cash and liquidity, assessing capital structuring alternatives and enhancing recovery options out of court and in bankruptcy.
About KPMG LLP:
KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (http://www.us.kpmg.com), is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"). KPMG International's member firms have 140,000 professionals, including more than 7,900 partners, in 146 countries.