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Mackinac Partners Welcomes Senior Restructuring Executive Melissa S. Kibler

October 27, 2016

Melissa S. Kibler - Senior Managing Director, Chicago

Bloomfield Hills, MI – Mackinac Partners, a leading financial advisory and turnaround management and restructuring firm, is pleased to announce the addition of highly accomplished financial advisor Melissa S. Kibler to the firm.

Kibler, who is based in Chicago and joins the firm as a Senior Managing Director, has over 25 years of experience providing financial advisory, restructuring and turnaround management services to Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies and their stakeholders.  She also has extensive investigative, litigation and valuation experience, including insolvency-related litigation, avoidance actions, fraud investigations, merger and acquisition disputes, director and officer claims, and other commercial litigation support and expert testimony.

Kibler has led or served in senior roles on teams delivering exceptional solutions for clients such as the examiner in Residential Capital, where she investigated potential claims against parent Ally Financial and related parties, leading to a $2.1 billion global settlement; represented debtors or estate fiduciaries in matters such as Tronox, Sprint, Sentinel Management Group, North Pacific Group, Havens Steel, Capital Consultants, and Iridium; advised creditors or official committees in cases such as Energy Future Holdings, Savient Pharmaceuticals, Neff, Tribune, Chrysler, Quebecor, Engineered Plastic Products, Kmart, Bethlehem Steel, Warnaco Group and Singer; and provided litigation support or expert testimony in matters such as American Commercial Lines, Keywell, International Offshore Services, ASARCO, Amaranth and Enron.

Kibler has held leadership positions at numerous industry organizations, including President of the American Bankruptcy Institute, Treasurer of the American College of Bankruptcy, Director of INSOL International, and Chair of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Bankruptcy Task Force.  She has received many industry recognitions, including Consulting Magazine’s Leadership Award for Women Leaders in Consulting, the AICPA’s Women to Watch Award for Experienced Leaders, and the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation’s Woman of the Year in Restructuring Award.  Highly credentialed, Kibler is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor and Certified Turnaround Professional, and also holds the Certified in Financial Forensics and Certification in Distressed Business Valuation credentials.  She is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Kibler previously served as a senior executive for leading consulting practices, most recently as Senior Managing Director and Executive Committee member of Mesirow Financial Consulting, and as Partner and Midwest Region Corporate Recovery practice leader of KPMG.

“We are very pleased to welcome Melissa to Mackinac Partners,” Mackinac Partners Co-founder and Managing Partner Jim Weissenborn said. “Melissa has extensive experience and a very strong track record of success in very challenging turnaround and restructuring scenarios. She also has deep litigation support, valuation and investigative expertise, which will really complement our ongoing efforts to assist clients in minimizing their risks and optimizing value for stakeholders. She is a great addition to our leadership team”.

“Melissa has a unique blend of expertise across creditor and debtor recovery, business valuation, distressed debt disputes, and risk management, which can really make a difference in driving value and returns in complex restructurings” Mackinac Partners Senior Managing Director Keith Maib said. “We look forward to leveraging these synergies with our clients nationally”.


About Mackinac Partners:

Mackinac Partners is a leading financial advisory and turnaround management and restructuring firm that helps clients address and resolve financial and operational crises and pursue new growth opportunities. Mackinac Partners helps clients improve capital structures and financial performance, improve operations, achieve new growth and increase stakeholder value through an array of strategic, restructuring, M&A and financial advisory services including:

  • Turnaround Management & Financial Restructuring
  • CRO and Interim Management
  • Strategic, Operational and M&A Services
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