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Pieter Lesterhuis

Pieter Lesterhuis

Senior Vice President, CFO
Chicago, IL, USA

Mr. Lesterhuis is a Senior Director at KPMG Corporate Finance LLC’s special situations practice, where he focuses his practice on both healthy and distressed organizations in various stages of their lifecycle.  Pieter has extensive experience in advising and executing on reorganizations, restructurings, capital raises, buy side advisory, sell side advisory, merger integrations and various interim management roles for clients across a wide range of industries which include transportation, construction, financial services, automotive, for profit education, manufacturing, retail and technology. 

Professional and Industry Experience
Pieter has provided financial advisory services to a wide variety of constituents, including companies/ borrowers, lenders, equity holders, and impartial constituents (such as Examiners or Trustees) and has extensive experience in most facets of the bankruptcy process.  He has provided restructuring and distressed M&A advisory services to troubled companies and their constituencies during out-of court workouts and bankruptcy reorganizations.  Specific responsibilities for stressed and distressed companies have included; preparing companies for potential bankruptcy filings; executing 363 transactions; advising management on appropriate courses of action; negotiating with Creditors, Debtors and Customers; consulting in areas of bankruptcy law, including statutory requirements and company operations in Chapter 11; financial modeling; preparing budgets; and preparing communications with internal and external parties.

Pieter’s extensive experience in corporate turnarounds includes; developing overall strategy; prepared business plans, thirteen-week cash flow financial models, daily cash management, financial modeling and related scenario and sensitivity analysis, reducing costs; both devising and implementing strategy; assessing customer and product profitability; liquidating inventory; restructuring debt; restructuring operations; and preparing communications with internal and external parties.

Pieter also spent numerous years at a bulge bracket investment bank where he gained extensive experience in global M&A, equity and debt raising transactions for both healthy and stressed companies.  Prior to this Pieter worked as both an Engineer and Management for several engineering and construction companies.

Pieter holds an M.B.A degree from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, as well as a M.S degree in Civil Engineering and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Bradley University. He is also a Certified Distressed Business Valuation Professional (CDBV), Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA), and Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP).

Function and Specialization

  • Corporate Finance Special Situations
  • Turnaround, Crisis Management and Financial Restructuring

Professional Associations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors
  • Turnaround Management Association


Dutch, English

Education, licenses & certifications

  • Master of Business Administration, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Certified Distressed Business Valuation Professional (CDBV)
  • Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA)
  • Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP)
  • FINRA Series 63 and 79

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