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CHRISTOPHER K. WU
Partner


Christopher K. Wu is a recognized leader in the M&A and restructuring community. He has more than 18 years of investment banking, financial restructuring, and principal investment experience. Mr. Wu advises Boards of Directors, management teams, private equity groups, investors, trustees, and creditors on various aspects of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, reorganizations, insolvency, and strategic matters. Mr. Wu also serves as a fiduciary and trustee.

Mr. Wu’s experience spans a variety of industries, with a focus on real estate, hospitality, healthcare and hospitals, consumer products, financial institutions and community banks, business services, and media. Mr. Wu also co-leads the firm’s Energy practice, which focuses on ethanol, wind, power, gas, and solar industries. He has closed more than 75 transactions encompassing a wide variety of complex situations, including debt-to-equity conversions, valuations, mergers, reorganizations, DIP, equity and junior capital financings, as well as asset and corporate stock purchases and sales in and out of bankruptcy. Due to his deep experience in these matters, various bankruptcy courts have deemed Mr. Wu an expert witness, and testifies frequently in contested matters.

Mr. Wu was recognized in 2013 as Restructuring Banker of the Year by The Global M&A Network citing his work on multiple transactions including the reorganization of Northern Berkshire Hospital which earned Healthcare Services Turnaround of the Year. In 2012, restructuring industry publication Turnarounds & Workouts named Mr. Wu as one of its “People to Watch in 2012 – Business Professionals Making Their Mark”. He was also awarded 2012 Real Estate Deal of the Year by the M&A Advisor Turnaround Atlas Awards for his leadership in the reorganization of PJ Finance Company. In 2011, The Turnaround Atlas Awards cited Mr. Wu’s work on FX Luxury Las Vegas I as 2011 Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year – Middle Markets. He is consistently ranked as a Top 10 Bankruptcy Investment Banker by The Daily Deal. Mr. Wu regularly speaks to professional organizations, including the American Bankruptcy Institute, Turnaround Management Association, Urban Land Institute, and Institutional Investor on various topics related to valuation, M&A, and restructuring.

Recent restructuring engagements that Mr. Wu has led include Rogers Bancshares (UCC); Northern Texas Bancshares (UCC); VeraSun Energy (DIP/secured lenders); General Growth Properties (“Howard Hughes heirs”); Innkeepers USA Trust (Midland Loan Services); MSR Resorts (Five Mile Capital); Green Field Energy Services; Metro Fuel Oil Corp; Monitor Consulting Company; DirectBuy Holdings; Hawkeye Growth (secured lenders); Holley Performance; MSD Performance (UCC); Otter Tail Ag Enterprises; FX Luxury Las Vegas I (backstop investors and plan sponsors); American Community Newspapers; Northern Berkshire Hospital; Elite Model Management; Metabolife International; Marco Polo Seatrade (Liquidating Trustee); Velo Holdings Inc (UCC); White Energy (UCC); SunTimes Media Group (UCC); PJ Finance (UCC); Biofuels Energy (secured lenders); American Wood Mouldings; Ascendia Brands; and National Steel (US Steel).

Representative M&A engagements include Galileo International (sale to Cendant); Lucent Technologies (sale of Kenan Systems to CSG Systems); Deutsche Telekom (acquisition of debis Systemhaus); Electronic Data Systems (unsolicited bid for Policy Management); Burlington Industries (white knight for Barrett Resources); Investcorp/Cinven (LBO of Zeneca Specialties); Williams Telecommunications (spin-off); Western Resources (reverse “Morris Trust” merger); Equilease (mezzanine and equity raise); Dr. Miracles (sale to Catterton Partners); Aspen Marketing (sale to KRG Capital); and ES Originals (sale to Totes Isotoner).

Prior to joining Carl Marks Advisory Group LLC in 2003, Mr. Wu was a Vice President in J.P. Morgan’s Global M&A Group in New York and London. Before joining J.P. Morgan in 1997, he served as Special Assistant to the Trade Policy Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of International Trade (MITI) and as an Assistant Manager in Itochu International’s Machinery Group in New York, where he managed its Ceramic Refractory and Industrial Machinery businesses.

Mr. Wu earned a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago and an MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He holds the following securities registrations: Series 7, 24, 63, 79 and 99.Mr. Wu also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board and Trustee of the International Center for the Disabled (ICD) in New York and chairs its Program Committee.



Articles

Relaxed bid procedures aided post-petition marketing of Metropolitan National Bank (SNL Financial)

Bankruptcy Big Catch (The Deal)

Carl Marks Receives Investment Banker of the Year Award at 2013

Carl Marks' Wu, Chabina and Endo Advises Choice Ethanol Sale (The Deal)

Is Domestic Ethanol Heading for a Repeat of 2008? (Carl Marks Industry Focus)

Mover of the Week (Dow Jones DBR Small Cap)

Bankruptcy Turnaround Menaced by Investor Valuation Fights (Bloomberg News)

Perfect Storm Hits Newspapers: Is There a Silver Lining? (The Journal of Corporate Renewal)


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