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Areas of Expertise
• Strategic Alternatives
• Revitalization Plans
• Viability Review
James R. (“Jim”) Porter is a Managing Director of ToneyKorf Partners. He has spent more than 20 years working with distressed companies and organizations internationally and in the U.S. by providing turnaround and restructuring services as well as litigation support to maximize stakeholder value and return.
Jim was most recently involved in the restructuring of Brookdale University Hospital & Medical Center, a distressed hospital located in Brooklyn, New York, where he served as the hospital’s Chief Financial Officer for seven years. In doing so, he managed various restructuring initiatives in conjunction with the Department of Health and the State of New York to stabilize and improve healthcare delivery in East Brooklyn, ultimately resulting in the formation of the One Brooklyn Health system
Prior to joining ToneyKorf, Jim was a partner with Grant Thornton, where he led restructurings in the healthcare, media, and leisure services industries. One of his most notable roles included serving as Treasurer of Saint Vincents Catholic Medical Centers of New York during its bankruptcy, which was one of the largest bankruptcies in the healthcare industry. He also led the out-of-court restructuring of the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Jim moved to the U.S. from the U.K. in 2003 while working with KPMG Corporate Recovery, the largest restructuring practice in the U.K. Prior to moving to the U.S., he was involved in numerous complex restructuring activities across a number of industries and countries, including telecommunications and manufacturing. He was part of the team with operational oversight at Yardley of London that, at the time of its bankruptcy, was one of the oldest businesses in the U.K.
Jim is involved in the restructuring industry, with professional qualifications and memberships, including:
- Associate Chartered Accountant;
- Joint Insolvency Examination Board;
- Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor;
- Certified Turnaround Professional;
- Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, member;
- Institute of Certified Accountants of England and Wales, member; and
- Turnaround Management Association, Carolinas Chapter, President.
He is also a past recipient of The M&A Advisor 40 Under 40 award for restructuring professionals.
In addition to his professional qualifications, Jim holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University (U.K.).
Get to Know James
Giving back to the community: I am active in my community by serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the U.S. National Whitewater Center and participating in the charity bicycle challenge called “24 Hours of Booty” for the fight against Cancer.
Where I am from: Everyone that hears my British accent is surprised when I tell them I was born and raised in Hong Kong, lived in London after college, and now live in Charlotte, North Carolina.
My approach to life: Go hard or go home.
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