Grant Thornton expands fairness-opinion offerings with addition of Keith Kushin

Kushin joins as national leader of fairness opinions; three other professionals join to bolster transaction-opinion delivery services

PHILADELPHIA — Keith Kushin has joined Grant Thornton LLP as a Corporate Finance principal within the firm’s Transaction Services Advisory practice. Based in Philadelphia, Kushin will be responsible for leading the firm’s national fairness-opinion offerings.

Kushin will apply his more than 16 years of corporate-finance experience to the firm’s transaction services advisory practice. In particular, he will bring to Grant Thornton a proven track record of objectively analyzing the financial aspects of proposed transactions, with the ultimate goal of protecting the interest of businesses and their stakeholders. His work has been provided to and relied upon by boards of directors, boards of trustees and regulators to facilitate transactions, demonstrate commercial reasonability of debt, support positions of fairness and solvency, and to provide guidance to state and federal regulatory agencies. 

“Keith boasts a combination of leadership skills and deep valuation acumen – making him an ideal leader for our national fairness-opinions offerings,” said Jim Peko, national managing principal of Grant Thornton’s Transaction Services practice. “His extensive experience will not only be invaluable to our clients, but will also help drive the continued growth of the firm’s corporate-finance capabilities.”

Kushin joins Grant Thornton from Alvarez & Marsal where he was a leader in the transaction opinions practice and specialized in the valuation of businesses and business interests, including equity interests, liabilities and debt, options and derivatives, intellectual property, and other tangible and intangible assets. Prior to Alvarez & Marsal, he was a director at Duff & Phelps Corporation. Kushin is a chartered financial analyst charterholder. He received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Pennsylvania State University.

In addition, Grant Thornton has added three other professionals to bolster the firm’s valuation and fairness-opinion offerings.

  • Navdeep Singh – Singh joins as a Corporate Finance director, based in Philadelphia. Singh has more than 12 years of experience as a corporate finance consulting practitioner. Singh specializes in transaction opinions, board advisory services, and financial advisory services surrounding complex transactions and valuations. Most recently, Singh was a director at Alvarez & Marsal.
  • Brandon Gittelman – Gittelman joins as a Corporate Finance manager, based in Philadelphia. Gittelman has more than 15 years of experience providing corporate finance, transaction advisory, business valuation, investment banking and nonprofit financial management services to entities in a wide variety of industries. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Brandon held positions at non-profit, corporate, and national accounting and valuation organizations, including PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Duff & Phelps.
  • Julian Samuel – Samuel joins as a Corporate Finance manager, based in Philadelphia. Samuel has nearly 10 years of corporate finance consulting experience and specializes in the management and execution of fairness opinions and board advisory engagements. Most recently, Samuel was a manager at Alvarez & Marsal. 

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