Chris Franzek
Managing Director at Duff & Phelps


Chris Franzek is a managing director in the New York office and part of the Valuation Advisory Services business unit. He has more than 15 years of financial and valuation experience.Chris specializes in the valuation of illiquid securities for hedge funds, private equity funds, business development corporations and fund of funds. He has performed valuations of some of the largest and most complex portfolios of private loans, private equity interests, real estate and derivative securities. Chris’ hedge fund experience includes performing quarterly analyses of private loans, private equity and real estate positions, and various derivative securities. His private equity experience includes the valuation of private equity investments as well as limited partnership (LP) interests, including four of the largest private equity LP-backed collateralized fund obligations to date. Chris also has extensive experience valuing private equity investments and portfolios, having analyzed over 3,000 private equity portfolio companies in the past five years. Chris has performed a variety of valuations and decision support analyses for both public and private companies across many industries including the consumer products, apparel, chemicals, energy, hospitality/gaming, healthcare, industrial products, internet, pharmaceutical, publishing, retail and telecommunications industries. He also performed valuations of portfolio companies in connection with purchase price allocations under IFRS 3: Business Combinations and SFAS 141: Business Combinations and Intangible Assets and option pricing.Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Chris was a senior manager at BearingPoint, Inc. where he led their New York Valuation and Financial Advisory Services Practice.Chris received his M.B.A. in finance from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and his B.A. in economics from the University of Rochester. He is also a senior member of the American Society of Appraisers.