Bob Ruckh joins Alvarez & Marsal's M&A practice as managing director

26 June 2023 2 min. read
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Bob Ruckh, a retired EY senior partner, has joined Alvarez & Marsal (A&M)’s global transaction advisory group (TAG) as a managing director.

Based in New York, Ruckh brings more than four decades of transaction expertise in growth investments, M&A, IPOs, divestitures, and carveouts. He has led teams in almost two dozen countries supporting deals in a wide range of industries.

Ruckh joins A&M from Brightstar Capital Partners, where he was a managing director working with investment professionals and outside advisors to execute acquisitions, onboard portfolio companies, and deliver value creation strategies.

Before that, he spent two decades at EY US, retiring in 2021 as a senior partner in the strategy and transactions practice. During his time at the Big Four firm, Ruckh focused on providing financial due diligence services and advisory services to private equity firms and their portfolio companies, as well as Fortune 50 companies.

Bob Ruckh joins Alvarez & Marsal's M&A practice as managing director

Before joining EY, he spent 20 years at Arthur Andersen, where he was a founding member of the transaction advisory services practice.

Ruckh has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Fordham University and is a certified public accountant.

"Bob’s decades of PE experience, from literally both sides of the table, bolsters our growing network of boots-on-the-ground professionals and dovetails with our results-oriented mindset. A&M’s ability to attract a professional of Bob’s caliber further demonstrates the power of our Global Transaction Advisory Group platform,” said Paul Aversano, global TAG leader.

A&M has the largest transaction advisory practice outside of the Big Four accountancies, with 800+ professionals in 33 offices throughout the Americas, EMEA, and APAC regions.

“A&M’s integrated platform, operational heritage, and comprehensive advisory service offering compliments my 360-degree perspective,” Ruckh said. “Against the backdrop of sweeping economic headwinds and compressed business cycles, clients seeking strategic opportunities need steady hands and real-world solutions to address their changing needs. Global TAG is perfectly positioned to deliver exactly that.”

Transaction advisory practices have been experiencing a downturn in demand amid higher cost of capital and an uncertain economic environment. After a hiring flurry to meet high transaction demand in the pandemic era, many firms have been transferring or laying off transaction staff this year. Deloitte US in April announced a 1.5% workforce cut – with a larger proportion of job losses falling on risk and financial advisory, where M&A services are situated.