The distressed investor considers investing in securities of companies that are either in bankruptcy or are approaching bankruptcy. Typically, these companies have outstanding claims greater than the value of the assets and are experiencing difficulty in servicing their debt. There is a real...
In the robust financing environment of 2017, commercial bankruptcies leveled off from credit-crisis highs. Through the first three quarters of 2017, commercial bankruptcies totaled 17,371, a significant decline from the 2009 peak year, when 45,510 commercial bankruptcies were filed in the first...
Corporate distress is rarely a surprise to participants in the capital structure, and it usually rears its ugly head over a series of unfortunate events. Customer losses, an unfavorable shift in industry dynamics, delayed G&A cuts, covenant breaches, and dwindling liquidity are just a small...
The ground is shifting under private equity (PE) firms. Strong fundraising in vintage years combined with slower deal flow has led to PE firms holding onto more and more capital, with few true value-creating opportunities available in developed industries and markets. Combine those facts with...
Because of the typical three- to five-year holding period of private equity firms’ ownership in portfolio companies, PE firms are typically highly experienced in the acquisition and disposition of companies and the nuances of dealmaking. In the current environment, where access to capital is...
Private equity firms routinely appoint directors to boards of their privately held portfolio companies and other investment vehicles, some of which will eventually face financial distress. Often, a person appointed to a board by a private equity firm has a relationship with the firm ( e.g. , they...
Portfolio companies sometimes fail. This obviously isn’t breaking news, as master funds routinely divest themselves of investments. Sometimes the investment never worked out, or the portfolio may have simply run the course of its natural shelf life. Whatever the impetus may be, it’s important to...
Distressed investors often spend hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of dollars conducting diligence, negotiating transaction documents, and participating in uncertain auction and legal proceedings. The process is not for the faint of heart. A distressed investor may end up with the proverbial...
The U.S. oil and gas industry has continued to suffer substantial distress this year, with oil prices falling below $35 per barrel. Since late 2014, the industry has grappled with both severely depressed oil prices and burdensome debt levels. Global oil prices began trending lower in summer 2014 as...
Following high-profile decisions issued by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the Trust Indenture Act of 1939 has been garnering significant attention in recent months. 1 In addition, amendments to the Trust Indenture Act were introduced that, if adopted, would have...