Murray R. Lessinger

Murray R. Lessinger

CTP - Managing Partner

Since founding White Oak Group in 1989, Mr. Lessinger has advised both publicly and privately held companies on financial restructurings, acquisitions, financings and sale transactions. As a recognized corporate turnaround expert and financial advisor, Mr. Lessinger assumes advisory and operating roles to lead turnaround and strategic initiatives at companies in transition. He brings to White Oak Group his solid leadership background and proven track record in business development, exceptional experience advising management groups, companies and their owners, boards of directors and financial institutions. He has also earned the designation of Certified Turnaround professional (CTP) from the Association of Certified Turnaround Professionals.

His work with these companies includes developing and implementing strategies to facilitate growth, improve liquidity and restructure capitalization, to realign organizational structure and improve profitability, and to maximize shareholder value and creditor recoveries. His success is based on his extensive deep financial and operations experience, negotiating expertise, and his ability to build consensus among diverse groups in order to achieve corporate goals.

Managements and boards of directors have engaged Mr. Lessinger to serve as restructuring and financial advisor. Successfully completed engagements include Eagle Finance Corp. (NYSE), Urotherapies, Inc., Gyncor, Inc., Premium Plastics, Inc., Mepco Insurance Premium Financing, Homak Manufacturing, Engineered Specialty Plastics, Flatlanders LLC, and Weld Wheel Industries. Prior to White Oak Group, Mr. Lessinger served as an executive with Citigroup in Mergers & Acquisitions, and as an investment banker at The Illinois Company.

Mr. Lessinger was educated at Vassar College (BA, Phi Beta Kappa), The London School of Economics, Columbia University (MA, M.Phil), and the University of Chicago (MBA).

He has served on various Boards of Directors of portfolio and client companies, and he is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Turnaround Management Association, and the Association of Corporate Growth.