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John D. Baumgartner


John D. Baumgartner, managing director, has 20 years of consulting, restructuring, and corporate finance experience. He has been involved with financial and operational restructurings, viability analyses, solvency analyses, valuation of assets and enterprises, asset divestitures, and due diligence.

He has advised debtors, senior lenders, mezzanine lenders, trustees, and unsecured creditors of companies in industries that include oil and gas, healthcare, energy services, power and utilities, retail gas marketing, retail power marketing, midstream energy companies, real estate, web hosting/e-commerce, transportation, and retail services. John also serves as a consulting and testifying expert, primarily related to insolvency litigation.

Previously, John worked for a wholesale power generation company, a national consulting firm, and international accounting and boutique investment banking firms. Select client engagements include:

  • CRO for Ector County Energy Center, a West Texas-based natural gas-fueled peaking plant, after Winter Storm Uri. The company could not perform on a heat rate call option during the storm, creating a $400M obligation. Led negotiations with the parent company, with lenders to the holding company, with the contract counterparty, and took the company through a contested Chapter 11 to a successful 363 sale, paying creditors in full.
  • Management advisor for a West Texas-based midstream provider affected by Winter Storm Uri. The company was unable to operate its gathering system and fulfill contractual delivery obligations. Management advisory included strategic options and preparation for a contested Chapter 11, leading to a consensual resolution with its lender and counterparties.
  • Advised the owner and developer of a 55+ active senior living apartment complex during a successful Chapter 11 reorganization. Supply chain challenges and construction delays triggered a default on loan covenants. Services included validation of financial forecasts, valuation of the project, negotiations with lender counsel, and expert testimony to support of confirmed plan of reorganization.

John earned his M.B.A. from the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University and a B.A. in Economics from Rhodes College. John is a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Adviser (CIRA) and holds a Certification in Distressed Business Valuation (CDBV). John is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and serves on the Global Board of the Turnaround Management Association.