Kenneth J. Malek, CPA, CIRA, CDBV, CFF

Phone: 224.419.3845 Email:

Kenneth J. Malek is the President of MalekRemian LLC. He has over 30 years of experience assisting companies with transactions, disputes and restructurings, including mergers and acquisitions, valuation, debt rationalization, turnaround and expert testimony. He has been engaged as an advisor in a number of industries, including airlines / travel and leisure, financial services, manufacturing and distribution, power and energy, real estate and construction, and retail.

Mr. Malek has performed valuation and/or transaction advisory services for a number of well-known public and privately held companies. He has been a transaction and valuation advisor in over $20 billion in completed transactions. He has also served a number of family and entrepreneur-owned businesses and is well versed in addressing the sometimes special circumstances and value-drivers of these businesses and their owners. The matters on which Mr. Malek has provided valuation services comprise valuations of business enterprises, equity interests and intangible assets. He has served as a neutral valuation expert.

Mr. Malek has been retained as an examiner and has testified as an expert in the U.S. District Courts of Delaware, Illinois and Texas, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts of Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan and Virginia, in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and in arbitration proceedings. He has been retained as an expert in complex commercial litigation cases in a number of state courts. The matters on which he has been engaged as an expert include valuation; business plans and business viability; economic damages and causation; avoidance actions and Ponzi Schemes; professional practice standards; and accounting investigations. Mr. Malek has been retained as a testifying or consulting expert in over 60 cases.

The out-of-court and Chapter 11 cases in which Mr. Malek has played major roles include Allis Chalmers, Anvan Development, ATA Airlines, Bally Total Fitness, Delta Petroleum, Dornier Aviation (North America), Fansteel, Funding Systems Railcars, Global Crossing, Goss Graphic, InfoVest / CCC, Longview Aluminum, LTV Steel, Mercury Finance, Paul Harris Stores, Pick-Congress Hotel, St. Francis Health Systems, TXCO, USA Commercial Mortgage, Washington-St. Tammany Electric Cooperative, Westell, Wickes Furniture and Wildman.

Mr. Malek has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Audit Committee of Lake Forest Funds, a value-oriented mutual fund, through the date of merger with Profit Funds Group.

Certifications & Education

  • Certified Public Accountant, Illinois (1977)
  • Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (1992)
  • Certificate in Distressed Business Valuation (2006)
  • Certified in Financial Forensics (2009)
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant (2014)
  • Certified Turnaround Professional (2018)
  • Bachelor of Science of Commerce, DePaul University, Majoring in Accounting, with highest honors (1976)
  • Master of Science in Taxation, DePaul University, with distinction (1978)


  • Fellow of American College of Bankruptcy (1996); Regent, 7th Circuit (Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin) (2015-2017)
  • Past President, Past Chair, Founding and Continuing Board of Directors, Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors (1984)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (1977)
  • Illinois CPA Society (1977)
  • Turnaround Management Association, National Board of Trustees (2011-2012)