— Peter S. Kaufman, President and Head of Restructuring and Distressed M&A
Mr. Kaufman has been at Gordian Group since 1990. Prior to joining the firm, he was the founding Co-chairman of the Committee on Investment Banking of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). With Henry Owsley, Gordian Group’s Chief Executive Officer, he is the co-author of the definitive work in the field, Distressed Investment Banking: To the Abyss and Back. Additionally, Mr. Kaufman has been profiled by The Deal, where he is consistently ranked as one of the 10 leading national investment bankers in financial restructurings. He has also been profiled by Bloomberg. He is frequently asked by national TV networks and other media outlets to speak on restructuring and bankruptcy topics.
Prior to joining Gordian Group, Mr. Kaufman was a founding member of First Boston Corporation’s Distressed Securities Group. As an investment banker and attorney, he has more than 25 years of experience solving complex financial challenges. In 2013, he testified in front of the ABI Commission on Bankruptcy Reform in regards to valuation.
Mr. Kaufman received a B.A. with honors in History and Art History from Yale College (where he won letters in varsity lacrosse). He also received a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he graduated in the top quarter of his class.
Alamo/National Car Rental, Alexander Gallo, American Airlines (for the Transport Workers Union), AmeriServe, Ben & Jerry’s, Elyria Foundry Holdings, Enron, Farmland, Federal Communications Commission, General Motors, Hostess Brands (for the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers International Union), Integrated Electrical Services, LTV Steel, Madoff, Maine, Montreal & Atlantic Railroad, MBIA, Mississippi Chemical Corporation, Morrison-Knudsen, Ogden Corporation, Osyka Corporation, RAB Food Group, Solutia, Spansion, Summit Global Logistics, United Rentals.
Co-author, Distressed Investment Banking: To the Abyss and Back, Beard Books LLC, 2005.
Co-author, “The Role of the Investment Banker,” Bankruptcy Business Acquisitions,
LexMed Publishing, 1998.
Co-author, “Trading in the Distressed Market,” Investing in Bankruptcies and Turnarounds, Harper Collins Publishers, 1991.
Board Member, Advisory Committee to ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 (not-for-profit)
Former Board Member, American Bankruptcy Institute (not-for-profit)
Former Board Member, Great Chebeague Island Golf Club (not-for-profit)
Board Member, Harlem Lacrosse & Leadership (not-for-profit)
Former Board Member, New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganizations (not-for-profit)
Board Member, Pine Brook Capital (for profit)
Board Member, Sbragia Family Vineyards (for profit)
Former Board Member, Wildlife Trust (now EcoHealth Alliance) (not-for-profit)
Former Board Member, Yale Sports Federation (not-for-profit)
Former Head of Yale Lacrosse Alumni Association (not-for-profit)
Board Member, Yorkville Common Pantry (not-for-profit)