Chell Chelliah 

CPA, CFE, CIRA   - President & CEO




Kroll Zolfo Cooper
Duitch Franklin
Neilson | Elggren | Durkin
E&Y (US & UK)

High technology
Personal services




Technical And Special Expertise

Business Improvement
Crisis Management
Financial modeling
Fraud investigations
Forensic accounting
Expert testimony

Professional Accreditations

Restructuring Advisor
Fraud Examiner


Professional Affiliations




Chell is an accomplished and accredited professional with over 20 years of experience. Immediately prior to the launch of Chelliah & Associates, Chell was a Director with Kroll Zolfo Cooper’s restructuring practice. Chell brings with him a depth of business management and leadership experience, which includes five years as practice unit leader of corporate revitalizations and restructuring services at Deloitte and KPMG in Southern California. The bankruptcy and fraud investigation experience was initially developed during the 6 year tenure co-heading the litigation and insolvency services group at a local consulting firm, Duitch Franklin and as senior management at a regional bankruptcy boutique, Neilson, Elggren Durkin & Co.

Chell has amassed a broad based foundation of business knowledge. The accumulation of this knowledge commenced in 1981, during 8 years with E&Y in London, England and Los Angeles. During this 8 year tenure, Chell undertook large and small company audits, business process improvement reviews, business improvement consulting and strategic acquisition related and post funding due-diligence reviews. This experience was instrumental in providing Chell with an invaluable business education and established the foundation for his superior communication, personnel and project management skills.

Industries in which Chell has experience includes manufacturing, retail, telecommunications, engineering, construction, entertainment, restaurants, energy, healthcare, high technology, publishing and personal services. Prior to the transfer to Los Angeles with E&Y, Chell was instrumental in assisting with the dramatic business improvement of Hitachi Power Tools (UK) within a 6 month secondment as interim CFO. This pivotal event steered Chell to the successful vocation of assisting businesses improve their performance and cash flows.

Technical And Special Expertise

Chell’s well developed business, accounting and financial expertise is further complemented by a calm demeanor and refined interpersonal and negotiation skills. Chell has successfully directed out of court restructuring efforts in crisis situations, Chapter 11 plans of reorganization and state court receiverships, in addition to Chapter 7 liquidations. He has also provided consulting services to lenders, trustees, examiners, creditors’ committees, debtors and receivers. Chell has testified as an expert witness during trial and by deposition on issues relating to bankruptcy, insolvency, fraud, forensic accounting, business valuations and economic damages.

Professional Accreditations

C.I.R.A. – Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor, 1993

C.F.E. – Certified Fraud Examiner, 1993

C.P.A. – Certified Public Accountant, State of California, 1990

C.A. – Chartered Accountant in England and Wales, 1985 (inactive)

B.S. – Bachelor of Science with Honors, University of London, UK, 1981

Professional Affiliations

National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

American Bankruptcy Institute

Turnaround Management Association



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