Jim Peko is the national managing principal of Grant Thornton’s Transaction Services practice, which includes corporate finance, diligence, operations and tax. He has more than 25 years of experience and specializes in working with troubled, underperforming and bankrupt entities. He assists clients with debt restructuring, strategic planning, business plan analysis, liquidity planning, the Section 363 sales process and Chapter 11 bankruptcies. His experience includes all facets of the bankruptcy process, including pre-bankruptcy planning, developing reorganization plans and evaluating capital structure. He has served various constituencies including companies in-court and out-of-court, creditor committees and lender groups. In addition, he has advised chief executive officers and executive management teams on sustainability and shareholder value optimization strategies by evaluating strategic alternatives including restructurings, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, capital sourcing and initial public offerings.
- Financial services
- Hospitality and restaurants
- Real estate
- Restructuring and turnaround
Professional qualifications and memberships
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA)
Certification in Distressed Business Valuation (CDBV)
FINRA General Securities Registered Representative, Series 7
Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors
American Bankruptcy Institute
Turnaround Management Association
Bankruptcy Strategist, Editorial Board
Presentations and publications
Author, “Key Consideration in Restructuring a Gaming Company,” American Bankruptcy Institute, Financial Advisors Committee Newsletter, January 2010.
Co-author, “Eyeing the Pile-up: Subprime Mortgage Industry,” American Bankruptcy Institute, Finance and Banking e-Newsletter, August 2007.
Co-author, “Have Recent Bankruptcy Code Amendments Materially Affected Case Strategy?” Daily Bankruptcy Review, April 12, 2006.
Co-author, “Maximizing Recoveries for Unsecured Creditors,” Daily Bankruptcy Review Small Cap, June 29, 2005.
MBA, Finance, Fordham University
BS, Economics, Accounting, St. Peter’s College
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