Independent, Experienced & Insightful
Grace Vandecruze is a CPA and financial advisor to the insurance industry and has over 20 years working on Wall Street and advising on transactions totaling in excess of $5 billion. She is the Founder and Managing Director of Grace Global Capital LLC, a financial services firm specializing in financial advisory, restructuring, and valuation services to corporations and organizations around the world. Grace has extensive expertise in mergers and acquisitions and capital-raising in both the private and public markets for financial institutions.
She advised the Attorney General in Delaware on the Highmark affiliation with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware. In addition, she has served as financial advisor to Insurance Commissioners in several states including New Jersey, Indiana, Maryland and North Carolina.
She was a Managing Director at Swiss Re and was responsible for the firm's regulatory advisory practice in the insurance and financial services industries. She provided expert testimony on the valuation of Conseco during the largest bankruptcy in the insurance industry.
Prior to joining Swiss Re, she was a Vice President at a private equity firm specializing in the insurance industry and an Associate in the Financial Institutions Group at Merrill Lynch. Grace received a BBA in accounting from Pace University and an MBA in finance from the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School. She is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the AICPA. Grace serves on the Board of M Financial where she is on the company's Audit and M Wealth Advisory. Grace is also a board member of The Wharton Graduate Executive Board.
She also is a licensed sailor and has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Annapurna, parts of the Himalayan range in Bhutan and Everest Base Camp.
Grace often serves as a keynote speaker at conferences and has been widely quoted in the financial press including Wharton Business Radio, Innovator's Edge, Property Casualty 360, AM Best, American Banker, SNL Financial and the Insurance Journal.
Grace was named as one of the 2019 Women to Watch by Business Insurance magazine, 2019 Women to Watch by Diversity Journal, 2018 Directors to Watch by Directors & Board magazine, and the 2018 Woman of the Year from Pace University
Our extensive experience is well suited to the wide range of potential transactions in the current dynamic and complex market environment.
We distinguish ourselves through the depth and breath of our experience, our deep commitment to senior level involvement in every transaction, and the quality and independence of our advice.
We collaborate with a wide range of experts including accountants, lawyers, and actuaries to fulfill our clients needs.
Grace Vandecruze began her career as an auditor at Ernst & Young in New York.
Her work experience includes the following:
15 years as an Investment Banker on Wall Street responsible for business organization and transaction executions for the insurance industry
Provided valuation and testimony on Conseco, the largest bankruptcy in the insurance industry
Provided advice on all of the major demutualizations in North America, including Prudential, MetLife, and Anthem
Served as practice head for insurance specific fixed income products in coordination with Swiss Re Capital Markets
Provided advice to a number of insurance companies with market cap of $1 billion to $40 billion
Three years of private equity experience with Head & Company
Experience at Fox-Pitt, Kelton (Swiss Re) and Merrill Lynch
Seven years as an auditor for Ernst & Young (EY) and Grant Thornton specializing in financial institutions