Thu, Jan 25, 2018

Duff & Phelps Expands and Enhances Corporate Finance Practice with Three Key Additions

Duff & Phelps, the premier global valuation and corporate finance advisor, today announced that the firm has added three new managing directors to its Corporate Finance practice who, collectively and individually, add expertise, depth and geographic diversity. 

Danielle Montesano has joined in the Corporate Finance and ESOP/ERISA Advisory Services practice and is based in the Chicago office. She brings more than 20 years of experience working with corporate acquisition and sale transactions involving restructuring, valuing and financing public and private securities. She has expertise in matters involving corporate governance, valuation, ERISA, tax, compliance, executive compensation and employer securities. Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Ms. Montesano was the head of the Fiduciary Advisory Group at First Bankers Trust Services. 

Alexandre Pierantoni has joined in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and will focus on growing the firm’s M&A practice in South America. Mr. Pierantoni brings a strong M&A background in both origination and execution of buy and sell-side mandates for financial and strategic investors, as well as economic valuations, with industry expertise in the consumer, industrial, healthcare and education sectors. Most recently, he served as a Partner with Pactor Finanças Corporativas, a boutique M&A firm and - earlier in his career - was a Brazil M&A Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (“PwC”).

Kurt Steltenpohl has joined in the firm’s Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) practice and is based in the New York office. He is an experienced consultant to industry executives, corporations and private equity on strategy and operations. Mr. Steltenpohl specializes in performance improvement and merger integration in the consumer, industrial, and healthcare sectors and leads TAS’ Operations Advisory vertical, providing the firm’s clients with pre- and post- transaction services. He joins Duff & Phelps from Alvarez & Marsal, where he served as a Strategy and Transactions Advisor in that firm’s Private Equity Services Group. 

Bob Bartell, managing director and global head of Corporate Finance at Duff & Phelps, commented, “Duff & Phelps’ Corporate Finance practice is committed to enhancing value for our clients through expanding our sector-expertise, technical skills and geographic reach. Each of these professionals will enhance our practice in a distinct way. Danielle’s ESOP/ERISA experience will be immensely beneficial to our Transaction Opinions practice. Alexandre has deep M&A experience with both national and cross-border transactions across Latin America. Kurt’s strategy and operations improvement experience deepens our service offerings. We welcome them to the team and look forward to their contributions.”

About Duff & Phelps
Duff & Phelps is the premier global valuation and corporate finance advisor with expertise in complex valuation, disputes and investigations, M&A, real estate, restructuring, and compliance and regulatory consulting. The firm’s more than 2,000 employees serve a diverse range of clients from offices around the world. For more information, visit

M&A advisory, capital raising and secondary market advisory services in the United States are provided by Duff & Phelps Securities, LLC. Member FINRA/SIPC. Pagemill Partners is a Division of Duff & Phelps Securities, LLC. M&A advisory and capital raising services in Canada are provided by Duff & Phelps Securities Canada Ltd., a registered Exempt Market Dealer. M&A advisory, capital raising and secondary market advisory services in the United Kingdom and across Europe are provided by Duff & Phelps Securities Ltd. (DPSL), which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. In Germany M&A advisory and capital raising services are also provided by Duff & Phelps GmbH, which is a Tied Agent of DPSL. Valuation Advisory Services in India are provided by Duff & Phelps India Private Limited under a category 1 merchant banker license issued by the Securities and Exchange Board of India.


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ESOP and ERISA Advisory

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