Peter S. Kaufman

  • Lecturer

Peter Kaufman is president of the Gordian Group, one of the nation's leading independent investment banks offering complex and distressed financial advisement. Gordian Group specializes in working with boards, private equity funds and looking out for old equity in challenging situations.

Kaufman practiced law in New York City before going into investment banking in the mid-1980s. Leaving the First Boston Corporation as a vice president in 1990, Kaufman joined Gordian Group. Along with CEO Henry Furlow Owsley III, Kaufman is co-author of "Distressed Investment Banking: To The Abyss and Back" and "Equity Holders Under Siege: Strategies and Tactics for Distressed Businesses." In The Deal financial restructuring league tables, Kaufman is consistently named one of the country's top 10 restructuring investment bankers, and has been ranked No. 1.

He is a frequent commentator on national television regarding restructuring and distressed financial matters, as well as economic policy issues.

Kaufman's investment banking practice primarily encompasses advising boards of directors, private equity firms, and buyers and sellers of distressed, stressed or "story" situations. In 2013, he testified in front of the ABI Commission on Bankruptcy Reform in regards to valuation. At Bacchus Capital, he is actively involved in the fund's selection and oversight of portfolio company wineries.

Representative engagements where Kaufman led or co-led the matter include: Alexander Gallo Holdings (debtor), American Airlines (TWU - mechanics union), Enron (Toronto Dominion), Jobson Healthcare (private equity), Lee Enterprises (private equity), Madoff Bankruptcy (trustee), Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railroad (debtor), Ramsey Industries (private equity) and Spansion (debtor).

Kaufman currently serves as an adjuct faculty lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law on restructuring and distressed M&A; he also assists in teaching courses at Darden Business School at University of Virginia.

Kaufman will be in office from Nov. 5-Nov. 14, 2018.


  • J.D.
    University of Virginia School of Law
  • Yale University

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