Kevin Lavin is Co-President and Global Head of the Turnaround & Restructuring Practice at Ankura Consulting Group and is based in New York. Mr. Lavin brings more than 30 years of business consulting experience, including more than 25 years of experience advising the owners, board of directors, senior management as well as the creditor constituencies of underperforming and distressed companies and municipalities. Mr. Lavin has played a key role in the turnaround and/or restructuring of over 100 companies and municipalities around the globe and across a broad range of industries. He has also served in interim management roles, including CEO, COO, CFO, and CRO.
Prior to joining Ankura, Mr. Lavin was appointed by the Governor of New Jersey in January 2015 to serve as the Emergency Manager of Atlantic City, NJ. Previously, Mr. Lavin was the global co-leader of the FTI Consulting Corporate Finance/Restructuring practice. In this role, he managed over 1,000 personnel and more than $400 million in worldwide revenue. He also served as a member of FTI Consulting’s Executive Committee.
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Lavin was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and before that, Mr. Lavin worked for a nationally recognized consulting firm specializing in assisting troubled companies and their creditors. He also has experience as the financial and operations principal of a broker-dealer holding a FINRA Series 27 license. Mr. Lavin started his career at Deloitte & Touche where he performed audits and special projects primarily for large publicly held companies.
Developing solutions in complex turnarounds and restructurings is a hallmark of Mr. Lavin’s background. Mr. Lavin is known for leading strategic efforts and bringing together disparate stakeholder groups in challenging environments. Among his extensive experience, Mr. Lavin has played a leading role in many of the largest restructurings around the globe, including, Puerto Rico’s Power and Highway Authorities, MF Global, Lehman Brothers, LyondellBasell, Centro Properties Group, ResCap, and Global Crossing. Other notable cases centered in the Americas that Mr. Lavin has held principal responsibilities include CIT, General Growth Properties, Extended Stay Hotels, City of Philadelphia, CBASS, as well as several large, monoline insurance companies.
Mr. Lavin received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Manhattan College. He is a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor and former Certified Public Accountant, and is a member of the Turnaround Management Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Lavin serves on the board of Her Justice, a provider of pro-bono legal representation to low-income women and children for a variety of family law matters, including child support and domestic violence cases. He also recently served on the board of The China Institute, which advances a deeper understanding of China in the United States through programs in education, culture, business, and art.