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Neema Varghese

Senior Director and Strategic Advisor

Neema Varghese is a seasoned financial consultant with more than 12 years of experience advising clients in turnarounds, chapter proceedings, providing transaction advisory services, and creditor rights issues. Her expertise includes managing comprehensive M&A diligence (buy-side and sell-side efforts), restructuring, and profit enhancement services.

Neema has served clients in a broad range of industries including healthcare, specialty finance, transportation, banking, food sectors, mining, and numerous manufacturing enterprises, working directly with C-Suite executive teams, boards of directors and debt/equity investor groups. She has successfully managed all areas of the Chapter 11 and sale process for a $500 million long-term acute care operator, including process improvement measures and vendor contract negotiations that resulted in additional cost savings.

Prior to aligning with Kugman Partners, Neema served as a senior manager in Huron Consulting Group’s Business Advisory practice, leading multifaceted engagements for organizations and creditors while managing business development efforts. She is also a board member and supports other non-profit causes through her own practice. Previously, she was a portfolio manager with Merrill Lynch’s Special Assets group, maximizing outcomes in distressed situations. Neema also has experience as an account manager and banking executive at Zurich North America and credit origination at American Chartered Bank.

Neema holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign. She is a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA), holds a Committee Chair position with the Turnaround Management Association, and is a member of the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors. Neema is involved with LadderUp (formerly Tax Assistance Program) as a volunteer tax preparer and is a mentor to HFS Chicago Scholars.


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