Lenders’ Security Interest  in UCC Accounts May  Unlock Value  in Retail Bankruptcy Cases
Secured term loan and revolver lenders in retail bankruptcy cases often leave money on the table because they do not understand how their security interests in a debtor’s “accounts” under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) extend to the proceeds of sale of a debtor’s real property interests,...
Supply Chain Issues May Spur More Retail Bankruptcies In The Year Ahead
As most restructuring professionals would attest, 2021 was a historically slow year for corporate bankruptcy filings. Across the industry, filings in all chapters were down almost 25% from 2020 levels, and November 2021 recorded the fewest cases with a $10 million liability threshold since 2015...
The Circular Retail
The retail industry is one of the most dynamic and demanding aspects of the economy, as evolving consumer habits and technology continually change the way consumers shop. For years, retail business models were primarily driven by paradigm shifts in globalization, digitization, omnichannel, and just...
Looking Backward for  Clues in Preparing for the Next Retail Cycle
These days, turnaround professionals are divided into two camps: on the one hand, there are those arguing that the next big wave of retail restructurings is just around the corner as the full economic fallout from the global pandemic takes its toll and government stimulus starts to fade away; and,...
Foot Traffic Data:  The Missing Link  in Retail’s Big Data Equation
“Retail is dead.” Professionals hear this phrase so often that some start to believe it. The authors’ research confirms that change is taking place across the sector but suggests an element that can fuel growth: traffic. Online retailers (e-coms) have been improving their user experience over time...
Meeting Customers’ Shifting Expectations Is the Next Big Retail Real Estate Restructuring Challenge
For the past decade, much has been written about the transformation of retail—specifically, what it implies for the future of traditional brick-and-mortar retail. The prime driver of this disruptive force has been the evolution of omnichannel retail, which is rapidly changing consumer expectations...
Retail, Real Estate & COVID-19: Pandemic Workouts & Predictions for the New Normal
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic was too much for many businesses to bear. In the words of Warren Buffet, “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked.” When the tide went out in March 2020, restructuring demands were exacerbated for certain real estate players. The...
Hopeful Signs and Dire Omens: The Complex Calculus of Real Estate Optimization
With fiscal Q4 now underway, turnaround and restructuring professionals could be forgiven for feeling somewhat ambivalent—or even confused—about the state of key components of the American economy. After all, the news—both macroeconomically and in specific sectors such as office, retail, or family...
COVID-Induced Surge  in Housing Demand  Continues to Impact Commodity Wood Pricing
Since early 2020, the market for commodity wood products has witnessed greater price volatility than at any time in the last 25 years. A confluence of historic events—COVID-19, surging demand, and supply chain disruptions—has led to once-in-a-generation swings in commodity prices. While prices have...
Despite Challenges, Significant Opportunities Exist for Informed Cannabis Investors
It should come as no surprise that cannabis is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. In spite of the current federal illegality of cannabis, 1 the numbers indicate that it is only a matter of time before cannabis’s status as a Schedule I controlled substance under the...