Grant Thornton Names James Peko a Corporate Advisory Natl Managing Principal; Steve Lukens Comments

Grant Thornton has appointed James Peko national managing principal of the corporate advisory and restructuring services practice, the company announced Thursday.

Peko, a 24-year capital markets veteran, has been a principal for more than six years and currently serves as a principal in the practice.

He helps structure and restructure investments made by financial services and private equity organizations, said Steve Lukens, national managing principal of advisory services.

Before joining the firm, he served serving as a first vice president in the corporate finance group at The Nikko Securities Co. International Inc. and managed more than 100 financings for clients including Disney, Hewlett-Packard, the entity formerly known as General Motors Acceptance Corporation, Ford Motor Credit Corporation, Intel, Argentina, Columbia, Mexico and Uruguay.

As a financial advisor at AMBAC Assurance, he insured a large company securitization and helped The Educational Resources Institute Inc. carry out its Chapter 11 reorganization.

He also advised the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Hancock Fabrics and helped an international team serving as financial adviser to a pension plan of Eastman Kodak in its reorganization.

Grant Thornton says his clients have been in industries such as airline, automotive, engineering and construction, financial services, gaming, hospitality, manufacturing, media, real estate, retail, technology and utility.

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