Energy Sector Restructuring and Turnaround Guru Basil Karampelas Joins BDO Consulting

August 2016

Atlanta – August 9, 2016 — BDO Consulting, a division of BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading professional services organizations, today announced the appointment of Basil Karampelas as Managing Director in the firm’s Business Restructuring and Turnaround Services practice. Mr. Karampelas brings more than 25 years of experience in corporate restructuring and turnarounds to his new role, where he will provide financial, strategic and operational guidance to companies facing commodity pricing and capital market challenges in the natural resources, chemical and renewable energy sectors.
“The soft energy market and fluctuating oil prices have created an environment where bankruptcy activity is a reality,” said Carl W. Pergola, Executive Director of BDO Consulting. “Basil will have a key role in helping BDO’s energy clients evaluate their path forward—whether that means filing for Chapter 11, or conducting a turnaround.”
“Prices in the energy sector have declined as much as 70 percent since June 2014, and outside the big energy giants, many independent, middle-market producers are struggling to stay afloat,” said David Berliner, leader of BDO’s Business Restructuring and Turnaround Services practice. “During this period of uncertainty, Basil’s experience helping organizations successfully navigate restructuring or bankruptcy proceedings will be a tremendous asset to our team.”
“The team at BDO diagnoses companies’ problems through an industry lens and across several functional competencies. This allows us to work with clients to structure nuanced solutions that lead to successful outcomes,” said Mr. Karampelas. “I look forward to helping companies by prioritizing what needs to be done and providing clarity during what can be a confusing and daunting process.”
Before joining BDO, Mr. Karampelas was president and head of origination at American Process Inc., where he was responsible for successfully executing the company’s first external capital raise, and growing its staff of less than 25 employees to more than 120 in just three years. Prior to that, he acted as operating partner to a Connecticut-based hedge fund for portfolio companies in the energy sector. There, he led several successful turnarounds, including an emergence from Chapter 11 and subsequent asset sale. He has also held leadership positions at BP, Enron and Koch Industries.
Mr. Karampelas received his Master of Business Administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History, with distinction, from Stanford University. He and his family established the Betty Karampelas Memorial Scholarship for Graduating Seniors, which has been annually awarded to graduating seniors in Avon, Conn., since 1998. He is also a member of the Turnaround Management Association.
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