Duff & Phelps has hired Chad Burns as a managing director in the firm’s San Francisco office. Mr. Burns joins the firm’s Transaction Advisory Services practice which provides buyers and sellers with financial, tax, benefits, information technology, commercial and operational aspects of the due diligence process.
Mr. Burns will focus on due diligence services and mergers and acquisitions advisory for private equity and corporate clients. He has more than 15 years of experience advising financial sponsors and companies on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, divestitures, capital raising and restructuring transactions with an aggregate value of more than $30 billion. His sector expertise encompasses technology, media, telecommunications, business services, and consumer and retail.
Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Mr. Burns was a senior vice president in Houlihan Lokey’s San Francisco office, where he established and led the West Coast Transaction Advisory Services practice. Before this, he was a director in KPMG’s Transaction Services practice in New York. Earlier he held finance and corporate development positions with technology companies Salesforce.com and NBCi. Mr. Burns holds an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School and a BS in accountancy from San Diego State University.
In addition to the hiring of Mr. Burns, Duff & Phelps has also added Greg Chin and Geon Lee as managing directors in the Boston office; both joined from FTI Consulting. “We are pleased to welcome new talent and position our practice so that we continue to provide exceptional technical and operational guidance to parties involved in the very active middle and upper-middle markets,” said Raphael “Ray” Newman, leader of the Transaction Advisory Services practice. “We are committed to serving our clients as trusted transaction advisors by facilitating the execution of sound business decisions.”
Working with private equity, hedge funds and strategic buyers and sellers, the Transaction Advisory Services team of Duff & Phelps focuses on the most significant factors that determine the value of a business, which include deal-related issues, quality of earnings, synergies analysis, quality of working capital and cash flows (www.duffandphelps.com).
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