Southfield turnaround firm bought out by LA competitor

LOS ANGELES—B. Riley Financial Inc. announced the purchase of the assets of Southfield-based Alderney Advisors LLC, a turnaround and dispute resolution firm serving the automotive industry. Terms of the transaction, which closed Monday, were not disclosed.

“The acquisition of Alderney serves as a perfect example of our strategic efforts and continued progress to enhance the B. Riley platform,” said Bryant Riley, chairman and co-CEO of B. Riley Financial. “This team of experienced advisors provides complementary advisory services and deepens our in-house automotive industry expertise, while broadening our market presence and professional network. We look forward to introducing this group to our clients and partners as an additional resource to help address and navigate their most complex issues.”

Founded by Alicia B. Masse in 2013, Alderney is comprised of a team of senior advisors who have guided companies, lenders, investors, municipalities, and management teams through hundreds of engagements to execute restructuring initiatives, evaluate transactions, design and implement sustainable strategies, and navigate challenging dispute matters.

Alderney’s experienced professionals join GlassRatner Advisory and Capital Group LLC, which was acquired by B. Riley Financial in 2018 to establish a dedicated business consulting services vertical that enhances services provided by its Great American Group and B. Riley FBR affiliates.

“Joining forces with Alicia and the incredibly talented team at Alderney allows us to provide clients with unparalleled end-to-end services amid this particularly challenging current economic climate,” said Ian Ratner, principal and co-founder of GlassRatner. “Alderney has built a stellar reputation of providing sound financial and strategic solutions to clients facing high-risk, high-stakes complex situations, and we could not be more excited to welcome this team to GlassRatner. Not only does this combination continue to enhance our amazing restructuring practice, it also adds a terrific office in Detroit to our national footprint.”

GlassRatner is nationally recognized for its work in advising companies, shareholders, creditors and investors on matters related to bankruptcy, restructuring, forensic accounting and litigation. The firm is a founding member of BTG Global Advisory, a network of international professional services firms across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia focused on implementing tailored solutions to address complex situations for companies that are experiencing financial challenges and distress.

“Automotive OEMs and their supply chains are faced with unprecedented challenges driven by the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, compounded by progressive technological innovation, regulatory changes and a constantly evolving global competitive landscape,” Masse said. “The ability to work with the world-class teams at B. Riley, GlassRatner and BTG Global could not come at a better time for our clients as they look for end-to-end solutions to address their most complex, pressing needs, often on a global stage.”

Masse has a proven track record for leadership in global, multi-cultural, diverse environments creating opportunities for stakeholders to achieve optimal solutions to difficult and complex situations. Prior to founding Alderney, she served as Midwest restructuring leader and global automotive supplier risk network leader for Ernst & Young, where she created a robust global restructuring network of practitioners focused on serving global clients across the United States, China, Europe, and Canada on supply risk issues. Masse began her career in audit at Arthur Andersen and continued with experience at Ford Motor Co. Finance and BBK, a restructuring firm serving the automotive industry. She earned an MBA in finance and strategy from the University of Michigan. Masse serves on two non-profit boards in Detroit, the Belle Isle Conservancy and the Detroit Institute of Arts Auxiliary Board, Friends of Asian Arts and Culture.

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