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Suvendu Pal

Industry Experience:

Suvendu Pal is an entrepreneur, former independent and Big 4 consultant, and executive with 21 years of experience in corporate finance. He has been actively involved with numerous corporate transactions throughout his career, including several complex and sizable debt restructurings and issuances, as well as multiple M&A and divestiture transactions.  Suvendu has worked in several industries throughout his career, but his transaction experience has primarily revolved around retail, financial services and technology.

Suvendu began his finance career at Price Waterhouse, working with distressed clients in an advisory role, seeking corporate recovery through Chapter 11 and turnaround strategies which included multiple distressed corporate debt restructurings.  He subsequently worked at Sallie Mae where he was involved in the company’s acquisition of multiple financial lending, servicing and collection targets.  He was also a key target-side contributor in the attempted leveraged buyout of Sallie Mae by JP Morgan, Bank America and JC Flowers which, at that time, was the largest LBO in history.  He is currently an active independent financial consultant and recently spent two years in an advisory role in the corporate carve out of publicly traded Navient Corporation. He is also a startup entrepreneur, having founded Gift Hero, a social media based gifting platform.


Suvendu holds an MBA from Duke University with a focus on corporate finance and engineering degrees from both Tufts University and RPI, with a focus in computational fluid and thermodynamics.

Transaction Highlights:

  • $25 billion leveraged buyout of Sallie Mae by JC Flowers, JPM and Bank America

  • $7 billion carveout of Navient, Inc. from Sallie Mae

  • Sallie Mae’s $28 billion acquisition of Student Loan Corp. assets

  • Sallie Mae’s issuance of $31 billion in asset-backed commercial paper

  • Sallie Mae’s acquisition of Arrow Financial and Upromise

  • Grand Union’s 2nd Chapter 11 Filing, $1.0 billion Debt Restructuring and Post-Reorganization Stock Issuance

  • Allegheny Healthcare’s Chapter 11 Filing, $1.3 billion Debt Restructuring

  • Service Merchandise’s Chapter 11 Filing, $1.3 billion Debt Restructuring

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