Van Conway is internationally recognized in the fields of insolvency/bankruptcy; financing, reorganization and management of troubled companies; mergers and acquisitions; debt restructuring; and litigation support. Conway has provided advisory services to under-performing businesses and related parties for more than forty years and is a Certified Turnaround Professional, Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor, Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, and was one of the founding members of the Turnaround Management Association, in which he remains active. He has been engaged as a consultant and financial advisor to clients in various industries, including automotive, manufacturing, municipal & governmental, health care/hospitals, steel, service, contracting, technology, distribution and transportation. He has represented companies that range in size from $1 Million in sales to $50 Billion in sales.
As a financial advisor, Conway has worked closely with debtors, lenders and creditor committees in out-of-court, Chapter 11 and Chapter 9 restructurings. He has provided consulting services in turnaround, profit enhancement, and cost reduction strategies. As a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner he also offers assistance with fraud related issues, including detection, investigation, and quantification.
Conway was inducted into the M&A Advisor Hall of Fame in 2014 and additionally was honored with the 2014 Leadership Award. Selected by a committee of industry experts, the award recipients are judged on their individual accomplishments, the contribution they have made to their firm, its employees, and the lasting benefits they have brought to their profession at large.
The $18 billion Chapter 9 bankruptcy of the city of Detroit was the largest municipal bankruptcy in the history of the United States and Conway and his firm played a key role in its recovery. The Detroit restructuring was recognized as the most successful turnaround in the US.
From 1987 to 2015, Conway was CEO and President of Conway MacKenzie in Birmingham, MI, where he was the Founding Partner. Conway’s professional career started at Deloitte where he ascended to Partner-in-Charge of the Emerging Business Services Department for the Detroit office. At Deloitte, Conway represented clients in acquiring, negotiating and structuring, financing alternatives, working capital financing and real estate financing. Also, he prepared and evaluated business plans and financial projections for growth-oriented companies seeking outside financing including several IPO transactions. He raised capital in excess of $3 billion for his clients throughout his career.
Conway holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from John Carroll University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Detroit.
Additionally, he has served on many corporate Boards of Directors and has spoken and written articles about all the specialized areas noted.
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