Van Conway is internationally recognized in the fields of insolvency/bankruptcy; financing, reorganization and management of troubled companies; mergers and acquisitions; debt restructuring; and litigation support. Conway has provided advisory services to under-performing businesses and related parties more than thirty years and is a Certified Turnaround Professional, Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor, Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, and was one of the founding members of the Turnaround Management Association, in which he remains active. He has been engaged as a consultant and financial advisor to clients in various industries, including automotive, manufacturing, municipal & governmental, steel, service, contracting, distribution and transportation.
As a financial advisor, Conway has worked closely with debtors, lenders and creditor committees in out-of-court, Chapter 11 and Chapter 9 restructurings. He has provided consulting services in turnaround, profit enhancement, and cost reduction strategies. As a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner he also offers assistance with fraud related issues, including detection, investigation, and quantification.
The $18 billion Chapter 9 bankruptcy of the city of Detroit was the largest in the history of the United States and Conway and his firm played a key role in its recovery. Conway personally provided pro-bono advisory services to the efforts and his firm discounted their regular rates by 25 percent for the municipal project, finishing the job under budget and ahead of schedule.
Conway was inducted into the M&A Advisor Hall of Fame in 2014 and additionally was honored with the 2014 Leadership Award. Selected by a committee of industry experts, the award recipients are judged on their individual accomplishments, the contribution they have made to their firm, its employees, and the lasting benefits they have brought to their profession at large.
In the area of litigation support services, Conway is uniquely qualified to provide expert testimony on lost profits, economic damages, business valuation and related matters as a Certified Valuation Analyst and Certified Patent Valuation Analyst. In addition, Conway carries an active designation as a Chartered Global Management Accountant credentialed in Distressed Business Valuation and Accredited in Business Valuation and certified in Financial Forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
From 1987 to 2016, Conway was CEO and President of Conway MacKenzie in Birmingham, MI, where he was a Founding Partner. Conway’s professional career started at Deloitte, Haskins & Sells (now Deloitte) where he ascended to Partner-in-Charge of the Emerging Business Services Department for the Detroit office. At Deloitte, Conway represented clients in acquiring, negotiating and structuring fixed asset financing; working capital financing; and real estate financing including lease negotiations. Also, he prepared and evaluated business plans and financial projections for growth-oriented companies seeking outside financing.
Conway holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from John Carroll University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Detroit.
Additionally, he has served on several corporate Boards of Directors and has spoken and written articles about all the specialized areas noted.
Van’s email: VConway@vanconwayandpartners.com