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Cynthia A. Nelson

FTI Consulting, Inc.
Senior Managing Director
Los Angeles, CA, USA


Cynthia Nelson is a senior managing director in FTI ‘s Corporate Finance practice. Ms. Nelson assists stakeholders in evaluating, developing and implementing turnaround plans and restructurings in both judicial and non-judicial circumstances. She has assisted debtors, investors, lenders and creditors’ committees in analyzing and developing plans of reorganization, analyzing financing options and market rates of interest, evaluating asset disposition and development plans to maximize value, conducting due diligence in connection with acquisition and financing, negotiating resolution of troubled credits, and providing litigation support and testimony in adversarial proceedings.

With more than 25 years of experience in the real estate industry, Ms. Nelson specializes in advising stakeholders having interests in real estate. She has extensive experience with development and operating companies including those with interests in master planned communities, resorts, retail, office, hospitality, multi-family and mixed-use properties. She has been involved in some of the largest and most notable real estate restructurings of the last several years including advising the UCC for General Growth Properties and serving as the Chapter 11 Trustee in South Edge, LLC.

Prior to its acquisition by FTI, Ms. Nelson was a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers in its Business Recovery Services practice. Before that, she was a Senior Associate in Investment Services at Jones Lang Wootton USA, an Associate at Laventhol & Horwath in its Real Estate Advisory Services practice and a Development Assistant at Valencia Company/Newhall Land & Farming.

Ms. Nelson is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars. She was a panelist at the ABI 2010 Winter Leadership conference and at the 2010 California Bankruptcy Forum discussing real estate restructurings. She has published articles in Daily Bankruptcy Review, Turnaround Management, CPA Expert, ABI Journal, Socioeconomic Planning Sciences, Location and Stigma, and Urban Land.

Ms. Nelson currently serves as Past President of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum. She is a member of the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, American Bankruptcy Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers and Turnaround Management Association. She served as Vice Director for the Los Angeles Section American Planning Association and as chairperson for the California Hospital Medical Center Trustee Associates. Ms. Nelson is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Ms. Nelson holds an M.B.A. and a Master of Planning from the University of Southern California, a B.S. in Urban Planning from California State Polytechnic University, and is a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA).
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