Katie Trela is a director in the Diversified Industrials and Business Services M&A Advisory practices, based in the Chicago office.

Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Katie worked at Grant Thornton where she advised public and private companies and private equity firms in the valuation of illiquid and complex assets and portfolios.

Katie’s clients have included family- and founder-owned businesses across a range of industries, including niche manufacturing, value-added distribution, business services and consumer services. Her recent engagement experience includes the sale of a pet insurance managing general agent (MGA) to MetLife, Inc.; the sale of a signage manufacturer in the retail fuel/convenience store, quick-serve restaurant and retail end markets to Industrial Opportunity Partners LLC; and the sale of a pet food ingredients manufacturer to C.J. Foods, Inc., a premium pet food manufacturer and portfolio company of J.H. Whitney Capital Partners, LLC.

Katie received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago. She is a FINRA Series 7, 63 and 79 registered representative.

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