Malcolm Wright Joins Alvarez & Marsal

Malcolm Wright has joined Alvarez & Marsal as a New York-based managing partner in the firm’s transaction advisory practice. He previously was global lead partner in KPMG’s private equity group.


As demand for specialized advisory services continues, global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal announced that Malcolm Wright, a former global lead partner in KPMG’s Private Equity Group, has joined the firm’s Transaction Advisory Group as a managing director in New York. A&M also announced that John O’Neill, the former Ernst & Young Americas director of private equity, has joined the group as a senior adviser.

A&M now has more than 150 professionals in the U.S. alone who are dedicated to private equity services, including transaction advisory and performance improvement, as well as other strategic offerings such as tax advisory and corporate finance. The firm recently increased its ranks of managing directors in the Transaction Advisory Group with the promotions of Jon Schrubbe in New York and Richard Sober in Atlanta.

“We are continuing to see an increased demand for A&M’s unique private equity service offering which combines traditional Big Four financial, accounting and tax expertise with proven operational experience,” said Paul Aversano, a managing director and national practice leader of Alvarez & Marsal’s Transaction Advisory Group. “In addition to supporting and promoting exceptional talent within the firm, A&M continues to attract experienced professionals to deliver an exceptional level of service to our clients.”

Mr. Aversano added, “As well known and highly experienced transactional professionals, we welcome Malcolm and John to the firm and look forward to the value they will add to the practice.”

Mr. Wright specializes in transaction advisory services to private equity firms, focusing on financial, accounting and business due diligence. With more than 20 years of international mergers and acquisitions experience, he has worked on more than 300 domestic and cross-border transactions in a variety of industries, including financial services, software and services, aircraft and shipbuilding, publishing, automotive and manufacturing. Prior to joining A&M, he spent more than two decades with KPMG LLP in London, Boston and New York where he most recently served as a global lead partner in the firm’s Private Equity Group. Previously, he served as KPMG’s Northeast U.S. partner-in-charge for Transaction Services. Mr. Wright earned a bachelor’s degree in business studies with a concentration in economics from Robert Gordon University. He is also a chartered accountant (Scotland) and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Mr. O’Neill specializes in financial team leadership, transaction execution, mergers and acquisitions and bankruptcy tax, as well as project management. He brings more than 30 years of experience dealing with tax issues related to mergers and acquisitions structuring and due diligence in the private equity industry. His work has also included divestitures, leveraged buyouts, bankruptcy, debt workout and cross-border transactions, along with industry experience in asset management, real estate, retail and distribution, consumer products and manufacturing. Mr. O’Neill is a certified public accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants and New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

About Alvarez & Marsal

Alvarez & Marsal works with private equity firms, hedge funds and corporate acquirers to identify and maximize value at every point in the transaction lifecycle. With an integrated and uniquely operational perspective, our services include: Financial Accounting Due Diligence, Operational Due Diligence, Tax Due Diligence and other related offerings.

The firm is the exclusive restructuring, turnaround and performance improvement sponsor of the New York Private Equity Network (“NYPEN”), the premier education, leadership and networking organization exclusively for professionals at private equity and venture capital funds in the New York City area.

Since 1983, Alvarez & Marsal has set the standard for working with organizations to tackle complex issues, boost performance and maximize value for stakeholders. As a leading, independent global professional services firm, Alvarez & Marsal excels at leadership, problem solving and value creation. Whether serving in interim management or advisory roles, the firm draws on a deep operational heritage and hands-on approach to deliver comprehensive performance improvement, turnaround management and business advisory services to clients ranging from international enterprises and middle market companies to public sector and healthcare entities from nearly 40 locations around the world. The firm has also been recognized as one of the Best Firms to Work for by Consulting magazine.