Matthew A. Beresh
Senior Managing Director
Matt has almost 20 years of experience in providing financial and operational advisory services to distressed organizations. Matt joined Mackinac Partners in 2002 and focuses his work on corporate restructurings and mergers and acquisitions, leveraging complex financial and operational analytics to improve distressed businesses. In the previous five years, deals Matt has led or been an integral member of have collectively received eight awards from leading industry organizations. In 2014, Matt received the distinguished honor as a recipient of the M&A Advisor’s 40 Under 40 Recognition Award.
Matt typically represents underperforming companies, including those in Chapter 11, Chapter 7 or out-of-court restructurings. As a member of numerous senior management teams, he has played key roles in managing operations, cash flow and stakeholder negotiations throughout the entire life cycle of the turnaround process. Matt has experience across the capital structure, providing him the ability to quickly assess and understand various stakeholders’ issues and objectives.
At a $65 million server hosting company, Matt served as Interim CFO during a forbearance period characterized by negotiations with first and second lien lenders and heightened scrutiny on operations and financial results. In addition to customary distressed treasury functions, Matt was instrumental in designing and executing a plan eliminating over $5 million from annual operating expenses. At a $175 million direct selling jewelry company, Matt served as the de facto CFO, leading the executive team and operation of the business while advising the Board in its evaluation of various strategic options. The result of Mackinac’s efforts ultimately led to a decision to complete an out-of-court orderly liquidation through an article 9 foreclosure. Matt’s former debtor and non-debtor clients are from various industries including direct selling, hospitality, real estate, agriculture, manufacturing, distribution and food services.
Matt’s experience in mergers and acquisitions include both buy-side and sell-side transactions. Matt represented a leading global, non-distressed timeshare company in the acquisition and integration of multiple distressed competitors with total transaction values of greater than $450 million. Notable sell-side engagements include the §363 sale of an approximately $100 million hog production company, the divestiture of two business units for a $2 billion consumer products company, the divestiture of an $80 million European subsidiary of a timeshare company, the §363 sale of a $75 million manufacturer in the food and beverage industry, and the §363 sale of a $100 million timeshare operator and land developer.
Prior to Mackinac Partners, Matt served as an independent consultant emphasizing corporate restructuring and was a management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Matt earned his BA in accounting from Michigan State University and his MBA from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State. He is a member of the Turnaround Management Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute and is a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA).View Other Professionals