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Chris Lucas, CFA, CPA/ABV

Mr. Lucas has more than 25 years of investment and business valuation experience. He has analyzed, valued and managed billions of dollars of assets including privately held equity interests, leveraged loans, high yield bonds, credit default swaps (CDS), collateralized loan obligations (CLOs) and a variety of other types of asset backed securities (ABS), total return swaps (TRS) and credit linked notes (CLN).

Mr. Lucas enjoyed considerable success as a leveraged debt fund manager. Through his investments in distressed debt he was involved as a principal in numerous debt restructurings and sat on several bank loan steering committees through the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process.

Prior to founding the Lucas Valuation Group, Mr. Lucas was a principal at ValueScope, Inc. where he assisted business owners and managers, accountants, financial institutions, attorneys and others with valuations of businesses, intellectual property, complex derivative securities, purchase price allocations and many other types of analyses. Mr. Lucas has qualified to testify as an expert witness in both federal and state courts on many occasions.

Before joining ValueScope, Mr. Lucas held the following significant positions.  

  • ORIX Finance Asset Management where he managed a team of credit analysts and oversaw a $1.2 billion investment portfolio; 
  • Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. where he was made investment recommendations for Deutsche Bank’s proprietary investment book; and 
  • Highland Capital Management, LP where he managed a $500 million portfolio of loans and bonds and produced record profits among Wall Street CLO managers. During his stint at Highland, Mr. Lucas also spent a year working as the CFO of a distressed cruise line in which Highland had a large stake. For his effort, he was awarded the nickname “Captain Steubing.”

Prior to joining Highland, Mr. Lucas was as a senior business valuation consultant with Price Waterhouse LLP and a loan officer with Bank of America.

Mr. Lucas is graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio (BBA - Finance) and Texas A&M University (MS - Finance).  Additionally, Mr. Lucas is a charter holder of the CFA Institute and a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the state of Texas.

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