As the President of Gordian Group, Mr. Kaufman heads the firm’s Restructuring and Distressed M&A practice, and has been ranked the #1 national investment banker in financial restructuring by The Deal.*

“Peter Kaufman is one of America’s top distressed investment bankers” – CNBC, 2014

Gordian Group is relentless about getting results. We are active leaders — not passive participants — developing clever options and gaming each situation to anticipate all contingencies, and manipulating the parties at the table to the advantage of our clients.

Peter S. Kaufman
Peter S. KaufmanMr. Kaufman has been at Gordian Group since 1990. Prior to joining the firm, he was the founding Co-chairman of the Committee on Investment Banking of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). With Henry Owsley, Gordian Group’s Chief Executive Officer, he is the co-author of the definitive work in the field, Distressed Investment Banking: To the Abyss and Back (Beard Books LLC, 2005) and the recently published Equity Holders Under Siege: Strategies and Tactics for Distressed Businesses (Beard Books LLC, 2014); both books are “must-read” for boards of directors, management teams and shareholders and/or ownders of financially stressed situations, as well as for buyers and professionals. Additionally, Mr. Kaufman has been profiled by The Deal, where he is consistently ranked as one of the 10 leading national investment bankers in financial restructurings.* He has also been profiled by Bloomberg. He is frequently asked by national TV networks and other media outlets to speak on restructuring and bankruptcy topics.

Prior to joining Gordian Group, Mr. Kaufman was a founding member of First Boston Corporation’s Distressed Securities Group. As an investment banker and attorney, he has more than 25 years of experience solving complex financial challenges. In 2013, he testified in front of the ABI Commission on Bankruptcy Reform in regards to valuation. Mr. Kaufman currently serves as an Adjuct Faculty/Lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law on restructurings and distressed M&A; he also assists in teaching courses at Darden Business School at University of Virginia.


Mr. Kaufman received a B.A. with honors in History and Art History from Yale College (where he won letters in varsity lacrosse). He also received a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he graduated in the top quarter of his class.

Key Engagements

Alamo/National Car Rental, Alert HoldingsAlexander Gallo, American Airlines (for the Transport Workers Union), AmeriServe, AvatexBen & Jerry’s, Elyria Foundry Holdings, Enron, Farmland, Federal Communications Commission, General Motors, Hostess Brands (for the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers International Union), Integrated Electrical Services, Intelogic Trace, Jobson Healthcare Information, Liberty HouseLTV Steel, Madoff, Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railroad, Martin Color-FiMBIA, Mississippi Chemical Corporation, Morrison-Knudsen, Nationwise AutomotiveOgden Corporation, Osyka Corporation, Petsec Energy, Phar-Mor, RAB Food Group, Solutia, Spansion, Sudbury, Spiegel (for MBIA)Summit Global Logistics, United Rentals.

*The Deal’s League Tables are the ranking criteria for investment bankers.