Robert A. Bartell
Robert A. Bartell joined Duff & Phelps in 1997. He is currently the Head of Corporate Finance, after previously serving as the Co-Head of the Transactions Opinions group and Chicago office city leader. Robert has approximately 20 years of experience in corporate finance engagements, including mergers and acquisitions advisory, fairness and solvency opinions, financial restructuring, portfolio valuation, ESOPs, management equity compensation plans and shareholder disputes.
In addition to advising board of directors of listed companies and private equity sponsor groups, Robert has significant experience in guiding families and ESOP-owned businesses through complex ownership succession and strategic issues. Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, he was a commercial lender at Harris Bank, a unit of The Bank of Montreal.
A few of Robert's recent corporate finance and restructuring engagements include:
- Appointed as the independent valuation expert by LyondellBasell NV (LBI) as Debtor in connection with its motion to seek approval of its eight billion USD debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Manhattan (LBI was the largest post-petition DIP loan ever approved in U.S. bankruptcy court);
- Rendered a solvency opinion to the board of directors of Catalina Marketing, a portfolio company of Hellman & Friedman;
- Advised the ESOP Trustee in connection with the ESOP's purchase of the stock of KLJ Solutions, an engineering services firm;
- Rendered a fairness opinion to the managing member of Citadel Investment Group in connection with a related-party transaction;
- Rendered a solvency opinion to the board of HCR Manorcare, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group;
- Advised the special committee of Ridgewood Power in connection with its evaluation of the sale of clean power assets to an affiliate of Macquarie;
- Restructuring advisor to Citigroup and JP Morgan as junior debt holders in connection with the financial restructuring of Schoeller Arca, NV based in the Netherlands;
- Rendered a fairness opinion to the ESOP Trustee of the Verisk Analytics, Inc. ESOP, in connection with the ESOP's sale of shares in the Verisk IPO (Verisk was the largest US IPO of 2009);
- Rendered a fairness opinion to the Board of Directors of French stock exchange-listed Lacie in connection with its acquisition of Swiss-based Caledio;
- Rendered a solvency opinion to board of directors of Hillenbrand Industries, Inc. (a/k/a Hill-Rom) in connection with the spin-off of Batesville Casket;
- Rendered a solvency opinion to the board of directors of Sara Lee Corporation in connection with Sara Lee's leveraged spin-off of Hanesbrand Apparel;
- Sell-side M&A advisor to Peer Bearing Company and its China and Thailand operations in connection with its sale to Sweden's SKF AB;
- Sell-side M&A advisor to Clear Pack Company in connection with its sale to Sonoco Products Company;
- Sell-side M&A advisor to Marlin Arms Company in connection with its sale to Remington Arms Company;
- Buy-side M&A advisor to a private investment company in connection with its acquisition of Continental Midland/Jacobson Fasters from Alcoa;
- Rendered a fairness opinion to KKR in connection with the related-fund financial restructurings of ATU GmbH, a German-based car parts and service station chain, and KION GmbH, a German-based material handling company;
- Rendered a going-concern BEV opinion to Terra Firma in connection with the recapitalization of Tank & Rast, a German motorway service operator and its sale of a 50% stake to Deutsche Bank; and
- Rendered a fairness opinion to the board of directors of Compass Diversified Trust in connection with its IPO of its permanent PE capital vehicle on the NYSE.
Robert holds an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business (formerly known as the GSB) and a B.S. from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. He is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) charterholder and a FINRA Series 7 and 63 registered representative. Currently, Robert is a member of the Executives' Club of Chicago.