Maria Nizza
Senior Director
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Provides alternative asset manager and valuation advisory services
Specializes in the valuation of illiquid and complex securities
Advises private equity, hedge funds, insurance companies and global banks
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Maria Nizza is a Senior Director with Alvarez & Marsal Valuation Services in New York, where she focuses on alternative asset manager advisory services. She specializes in the valuation of illiquid and complex securities.

Ms. Nizza provides valuation advisory services to private equity, hedge funds, BDCs, insurance companies and global banks. She is a subject matter expert on loans and collateralized debt / loan obligations (CDOs / CLOs).

With more than 20 years of experience, she focuses on the analysis and valuation of various portfolios of complex securities some of which include: structured products (CLO, CDO, RMBS, ABS), private equity, private company equity options, credit linked notes, distressed loans, trade claims, bankrupt / reorganized loans, second-lien term loans, mezzanine term loans, emerging market mezzanine debt with warrants, municipal revenue bonds and corporate bonds.

Prior to joining A&M, Ms. Nizza was a Director at a global accounting firm, focusing on quantitative services such as transaction agreed-upon procedures, specialist audit support of ASC §820 compliant fair value, other-than-temporary impairment analysis and model evaluation of complex securities. She developed and led the CLO group and the retained interest valuation group.

Earlier, she served as Assistant Vice President in Citibank's Alternative Investment Strategies group, where she was a financial engineer responsible for structuring CLOs, transaction documentation review, and liaising with portfolio managers, rating agencies and mono-line insurers. 

Ms. Nizza earned a master's degree in business administration, specializing in finance and management from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business, a master's degree in accountancy from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor's degree in mathematics: computer sciences from the University of Rochester.

Additionally, Ms. Nizza has authored several articles regarding complex securities and valuation and has presented on topics such as CLOs, valuation, risk management and transaction modeling.