He specializes in fairness opinions, solvency / capital adequacy opinions, board and special committee advisory services relating to buy-side and sell-side M&A, leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations, spinoffs and corporate divestitures, equity and debt financings.
With more than 10 years of transaction and valuation experience, Mr. Ghaidarov has advised numerous companies and their boards on evaluating strategic alternatives, navigating through complex transactions and understanding critical valuation and corporate governance issues in a variety of challenging and conflict-prone situations. He has provided financial advisory services and independent opinions on deals totaling over $10 billion in transaction value across a broad range of industries including aerospace, defense & government services, business services and consumer, food & retail.
Mr. Ghaidarov’s notable assignments include Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]’s $4.6 billion split-off of IS&GS segment and its Reverse Morris Trust merger with Leidos; Northrop Grumman [NYSE: NOC]’s leveraged spin-off and IPO of its $6.7 billion shipbuilding business; as well as TAO Group’s $180 million sale of majority stake to Madison Square Garden, Supervalu [NYSE: SVU]’s $3.2 billion carveout and sale of Albertsons to Cerberus.
Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Ghaidarov was a Vice President with Houlihan Lokey where he was a member of the firm’s Transaction Opinions group and Technical Standards Committee. Before that, he was a Director with Capstone Advisory Group. Mr. Ghaidarov began his career with Grant Thornton’s valuation services practice.
Mr. Ghaidarov earned a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics from Kenyon College. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder and licensed FINRA Series 79 – Investment Banking representative.