Christopher Wu is a recognized leader in the mergers and acquisitions, financing and restructuring community, bringing passion, creativity, deep expertise, and smart, innovative solutions to our clients. He has more than 18 years of experience successfully closing over 80 transactions. Mr. Wu works with company owners and management teams, Boards of Directors, private equity groups, lenders, investors, trustees, and official and ad hoc creditors committees.
His experience spans a wide range of industries, with a focus on energy, community banking, real estate, healthcare, consumer products, and financial and business services. He co-leads the firm’s energy practice, with a particular focus on renewable energy and biofuels. Mr. Wu’s recent notable engagements include representing companies such as DirectBuy, Northern Berkshire Health, Green Field Energy, Metro Fuel Oil, Monitor Consulting, Holley Performance and American Bancorp, as well as significant creditor groups in General Growth Properties, Innkeepers USA Trust, VeraSun Energy, Rogers Bancshares, PJ Finance, and SunTimes Media Group.
The Global M&A Network, citing his outstanding performance on multiple transactions, recognized Mr. Wu in 2013 and 2014 as Restructuring Banker of the Year. He is consistently ranked as a Top 5 Bankruptcy Investment Banker by The Deal Pipeline and regularly speaks to professional organizations, including the American Bankruptcy Institute, Turnaround Management Association, Urban Land Institute, and Institutional Investor. Mr. Wu also serves as an expert witness on investment banking and valuation topics. He has been recognized by bankruptcy courts nationwide and has testified in numerous contested matters.
Prior to joining Carl Marks Advisors over a decade ago, Mr. Wu worked in J.P. Morgan’s Global M&A Group in New York and London as Vice President. He previously served as Special Assistant to the Trade Policy Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of International Trade, and as an Assistant Manager in Itochu International’s Machinery Group in New York, managing its ceramic refractory and industrial machinery businesses.
Mr. Wu earned a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago and an MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He is registered with FINRA as a General Securities Representative. He is also active in the community, serving as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees with the Institute for Career for Development (ICD), a non-profit workforce development agency focused on vocational rehabilitation. He is registered with FINRA as a General Securities Principal.