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, insurance companies and global banks. She is a subject matter expert on loans and collateralized debt / loan obligations (CDOs / CLOs).

With over 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.

Before A&M, Ms. Nizza was a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Financial Instruments, Structured Products, & Real Estate Group, 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 led and developed infrastructure for the CLO group, retained interest valuation group, and the learning and education 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. She also worked at J.P. Morgan as a programmer, then a systems project manager supporting the accounting and tracking of fixed income products.

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.

She has also co-authored articles regarding fair value and valuation. In addition she has presented on topics such as CLOs, valuation and transaction modeling.