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Bob Rajan

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WWL Ranking: Recommended

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Bob Rajan is a strong name in the German market with 20 years' experience of advising clients in a range of sectors, including manufacturing, retail and construction.

Biography

Bob Rajan is a managing director with Alvarez & Marsal in Munich and London jointly overseeing the European private equity performance improvement group and co-heads the overall A&M German practice. He brings 20 years of experience in interim management and non-executive director positions and advising private equity firms with their portfolio companies on both financial and operational issues.

Mr Rajan has worked with clients across the globe in a range of industries, including, but not limited to retail, automotive, steel, manufacturing and construction industries.

Most recently at A&M, Mr Rajan oversaw a team that assisted a private-equity owned packaging company with its improvement plan post-acquisition, based in Germany and also advised banks who have lent money to a sub-prime auto financier. Earlier this year, Mr Rajan advised a private equity owned global rescue and marine business with a cost reduction plan and also advised a private equity owned value retailer in the UK with its turnaround business plan, liquidity management and bank negotiations.

Previously, Mr Rajan acted as the interim CFO of a global multi-billion European fashion retailer assisting them with the preparation of their turnaround plan and over the past two years advised large bank syndicates who have lent money to global steel producers, based in the Ukraine. He has also served as NED for a Luxco. of the IVG Group (a multi-billion real estate investment group) and a subsidiary of Eircom plc.

Prior to that, Mr Rajan served as interim CFO of the NKD Group, a large retail apparel chain operating across Europe, transforming over 1,800 retail outlets and was successful in restructuring and refinancing the company and implementing several operational improvements across the enterprise both in Europe and Asia. Before 2010, Mr Rajan served as the interim CFO / CRO and board member of Stabilus GmbH, a global tier one automotive supplier to work with various stakeholders through a complicated European turnaround which involved headcount reduction and closing operations in Germany and Spain. Earlier, Mr Rajan was interim restructuring project manager and VP finance of Schefenacker, a tier one automobile supplier with operations globally, including in India and China.

Prior to joining A&M, Mr Rajan was a director with PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York and Toronto targeting distressed clients in North and Latin America. Some of his notable recent assignments include: advising a US mid-west 168 retail pharmacy chain with its corporate revitalisation plan; rebuilding the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority after Hurricane Katrina; advising a global tier one supplier in Canada on the restructuring of its troubled supply base; advising the board of a large tier one supplier to perform a financial, operational and forensic investigation of its Mexican subsidiary; performing due diligence services for a large hedge fund on a potential acquisition of a US automotive manufacturer.

Mr Rajan earned a bachelor’s degree, with distinction, in biophysics from the University of Western Ontario. He holds an MBA with concentrations in accounting and finance, from the University of Toronto.  Mr Rajan is a chartered financial analyst (CFA), certified public accountant (CPA), certified insolvency restructuring adviser (CIRA) and certified in financial forensics (CFF). Mr Rajan co-heads the G36 group of INSOL, is a guest lecturer for the INSOL fellowship programme and on the editorial board of INSOL World magazine. He is also a frequent speaker, and author at restructuring conferences and business schools.

A Canadian national, Mr Rajan is proficient in German and has a basic knowledge of French and Spanish.

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