Helana Robbins Huddleston
CPA, CIRA, Partner, CohnReznick Advisory -Transactional Advisory Services
Helana Robbins Huddleston, CPA, CIRA, is a partner with CohnReznick Advisory who specializes in providing clients with transactional advisory and restructuring services. She has over 17 years of expertise in financial due diligence, restructuring, cash flow budgeting, financial auditing, internal control evaluation, and business process improvement. Helana leads buy-side and sell-side financial due diligence engagements with strategic and financial buyers for private and public companies with enterprise values ranging from $20 million to $500 million. She assists clients with calculating standalone costs for carve-out transactions, synergies costs and transition service agreements. Helana advises within a variety of industries including food and beverage, hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, distribution, logistics, marketing, media, and professional services. She is also a member of the Firm's Private Equity and Venture Capital Industry Practice.
In addition to transaction advisory service, Helana has provided accounting and consulting services to financially troubled companies with sales ranging from $80 million to $350 million. Her advisory work includes cash management, financial projections and modeling, operational cost improvement and cost reductions, and implementing internal control processes. She has also advised senior secured creditors in and out of bankruptcy proceedings. Helana started her career at Ernst & Young in their assurance and transaction advisory practices where she led a buy-side transaction with an enterprise value of $10 billion.
Helana received Emerging Leaders Award from M&A Advisor in 2018 and the Turnaround of the Year Award for the restructuring efforts achieved at Young Broadcasting, LLC in 2011.
B.S., Finance, DePaul University
B.S., Accountancy, DePaul University
M.B.A., University of Chicago Booth School of Business
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors
ACG Chicago, Inc., Executive Board, Chairman of NextGen Committee and Member of Food Conference Committee
Chicago Food and Beverage Network
DePaul University, Board of Finance
The Hatchery Chicago
Women’s Association of Venture and Equity