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Ford R. Phillips

Ford R. Phillips

KPMG Corporate Finance LLC
Managing Director
Chicago, IL, USA

Ford Phillips is a Managing Director in the Chicago office of KPMG Corporate Finance with a primary focus on corporate debt restructuring, distressed M&A and capital raising transactions. Ford has deep experience across all types of restructuring transactions, including debtor and creditor advisory, distressed M&A, §363 sales, pre-packaged Chapter 11 plans, out-of-court exchange offers, and capital raising mandates. 

Professional and Industry Experience

Ford has more than 20 years of corporate finance and investment banking experience.  Prior to joining KPMG, Ford served as a Managing Director in the Restructuring and Special Situations group at Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc.  Earlier, he was a founding member of Giuliani Capital Advisors, a national boutique investment bank (acquired by Macquarie in 2007), and was a Managing Director in the restructuring group of another Big Four accounting firm.
Ford has represented a wide range of constituencies in restructuring transactions, including debtors, secured lenders, ad hoc noteholder committees, and unsecured creditors committees.  Ford has also advised a range of middle-market companies on capital raising mandates and both distressed and non-distressed M&A transactions.

Over his career, Ford has represented clients across a broad range of industry sectors including manufacturing, metals and mining, power generation, automotive, consumer products, retail, and financial services.

Representative Clients

Ford has led a wide range of significant restructuring transactions including the following:

  • Penson Worldwide, Inc. (Convertible Noteholders)
  • Lazydays RV Center, Inc. (Company)
  • Patriot Capital Corporation (Secured Lenders)
  • Privately-held Metals Fabricator (Company)
  • Sentinel Management Group (Chapter 11 Trustee)
  • Refco, Inc. (Secured Lenders)
  • Murray, Inc. (Company)
  • First Merchants Acceptance Corp. (Company)
  • Calpine Generating Company (Second Lien Lenders)
  • Dade Behring, Inc. (Senior Noteholders)
  • McCook Metals (Company)
  • National Steel, Inc. (Company)
  • Daewoo Group (Foreign Lenders)
  • Rouge Steel (Acquiror)
  • Partners Equity Capital Corp. (Company)
  • Reliance Acceptance Corp. (Unsecured Creditors)
Function and Specialization

Debtor and creditor restructuring advisory, Distressed M&A, §363 sales, Pre-packaged Chapter 11 Plans, Out-of-court exchange offers, Distressed capital raising mandates

Education, Licenses & Certifications 
  • BS (Accounting), Illinois State University
  • Certified Insolvency and Reorganization Advisor (CIRA)
  • General Securities Representative (Series 7)
  • Registered Principal (Series 24)
  • Securities Agent (Series 63)
  • Investment Banking Representative (Series 79)


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