Helana Robbins Huddleston
CPA, CIRA, Partner, Manufacturing and Distribution Industry - Co-Leader, Transaction Advisory Services

Helana Robbins Huddleston provides transaction and related advisory services to clients in a range of different industries. She has over 22 years of expertise in financial due diligence, restructuring, cash flow budgeting, financial auditing, internal control evaluation, and business process improvement. In addition to her role in transaction advisory, Helana is a member of the Firm's Private Equity and Venture Capital Industry Practice.

Helana Robbins Huddleston

Office | 312-508-5900

Chicago, IL

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Experience and credentials

Leads buy-side and sell-side financial due diligence engagements with strategic and financial buyers for private and public companies in the middle market.
Manages the complexity of carve-out transactions including assisting on synergy cost analyses and transition service agreements. 
Industry experience includes manufacturing and distribution, food and beverage, retail, technology, government, construction, hospitality, and business services. 
Provided accounting and consulting services to financially troubled companies with sales ranging from $80 million to $350 million. 
Advised clients in multiple areas including cash management, financial projections and modeling, operational cost improvement and cost reductions, and implementing internal control processes. 
Advised senior secured creditors in and out of bankruptcy proceedings. 
Began her career with a Big 4 firm where, among other things, she led a buy-side transaction with an enterprise value of $10 billion.
Mergers & Acquisitions 2023 Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A List
Crain’s Chicago Business, Notable Gen X Leaders in Accounting, Consulting and Law Award, 2021
M&A Advisor, Emerging Leaders Award, 2018
Young Broadcasting, LLC, Turnaround of the Year Award, 2011


BS, Finance – DePaul University
BS, Accountancy – DePaul University
MBA – University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Professional affiliations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors
ACG Chicago, Inc., Board President, Co-Chair of Manufacturing & Distribution Committee
Chicagoland Food and Beverage Network
DePaul University, Chair of Females in Finance