Michael White
Managing Director
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Co-leader of the capital markets and accounting advisory practice
Assists companies as they prepare for initial public offerings, debt issuances and other capital markets transactions
20+ years of combined industry and consulting experience in technical accounting and SEC reporting matters
Advises on complex accounting and reporting issues, including business combinations, revenue recognition, fresh start accounting and foreign currency matters
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Michael White is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal’s Transaction Advisory Group in New York, focusing on the technical accounting activities of the practice, including all training and education initiatives for the group and its clients.

With more than 20 years of technical accounting and SEC reporting experience, Mr. White works with financial accounting due diligence teams and clients across a broad range of industries to evaluate accounting and reporting matters that are identified throughout the transaction lifecycle, including the due diligence phase, the ownership period and the sales process.

He provides accounting and reporting advisory services to clients, covering a variety of matters, including capital markets transactions, public company readiness, responses to issues raised by auditors or the by the SEC staff in comment letters, as well as the assessment, documentation and implementation of accounting guidance.

Before A&M, Mr. White spent more than 11 years at a $10 billion public consumer products company, last serving as the company’s senior director of corporate accounting and financial reporting. In this role, he led a multi-location staff and functioned as the key technical accounting advisor, working with executive management and the audit committee on matters including share-based compensation, revenue recognition, business combinations and restructuring. In addition, he was appointed to both the disclosure and compliance committees, playing a significant role in implementing relevant provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and supervising the firm’s enterprise risk management process.

Mr. White was also a manager in the audit practice of Ernst & Young, where he served a wide range of public and non-public clients.

His extensive SEC reporting experience includes assisting and advising clients with respect to various capital market transactions, such as the preparation and filing of SEC registration statements for initial public offerings (IPOs) and leading the accounting and reporting effort on large corporate debt offerings under Rule 144A or through shelf registrations. Additionally, he has managed company responses to SEC staff comment letters on periodic SEC filings (Forms 10-Q and 10-K), all of which were resolved without the amendment or restatement of the subject filings.

Mr. White earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting, with a minor in finance, from Fairfield University, where he graduated with honors. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in both New York and Connecticut, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of CPAs and the Connecticut State Society of CPAs.

NOTE: Alvarez & Marsal employs CPAs but is not a licensed CPA firm.