Erik Graber is a results-oriented C-level executive with extensive experience in all facets of complex operational turnarounds and balance sheet restructurings. For 17 years he has acted as interim executive, manager, financial advisor or restructuring consultant for public and private companies, boards of directors, creditors, shareholders and official committees.
Mr. Graber has been named by The Deal among “Top Crisis Management Professionals” and is known for identifying and implementing strategic initiatives to drive value creation. He has a core competence in managing finance, analysis, marketing, treasury, accounting, IT, tax and HR functions; he also has extensive experience articulating and addressing governance considerations for board and committee meetings. Mr. Graber is an industry generalist with recent concentration in financial and business services, media and telecommunications, technology manufacturing, real estate, retailing and long term care.
He speaks fluent Spanish and holds the Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor designation and is currently a member of the Turnaround Management Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors and Association for Corporate Growth.
Prior to joining Conway MacKenzie, Mr. Graber served as COO of MF Global Holdings for 3 years, where he was appointed by activist directors to improve recoveries for MF Global creditors. He successfully recovered and accelerated distribution of more than $1 billion by executing asset divestitures, acquisitions, financings and first-of-their-kind transactions; evaluating, commencing and settling more than $500 million of litigation; and resolving $11 billion of claims from former subsidiaries and trading counterparties. Previously, Mr. Graber served as CRO of Young Broadcasting during its bankruptcy recapitalization and turnaround, and acted in various interim management capacities for investment funds such as InterBank Funding, ISM Life Settlement Fund, Copperfield Investments and REFCO Capital Markets. He was also financial advisor to official and ad hoc creditors’ committees and to the independent board members of Residential Capital, where he led operational reviews, solvency evaluations and fairness opinions for asset sales, restructurings, intercompany financing transactions, credit facility renewals and ISDA amendments involving GMAC Bank, ResMor Trust Company, RFS broker/dealer and other ResCap subsidiaries. Early in his career, Mr. Graber was an investment banker advising REITs, homebuilders and commercial real estate investors.