Join retail experts Ian Fredericks and Brad Friedman for an update on the current state of retail, including trends, observations, and predictions. How will the pandemic’s effects on demand for goods and services materialize in 2022? Join us to ask questions and hear answers from experienced...

Why the Expected COVID Restructuring  and  Bankruptcy Boom Fizzled—But  May Soon Materialize
In late March 2020, as the potential extent of devastation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic was becoming clear, a headline in The New York Times declared: “Scary Times for U.S. Companies Spell Boom for Restructuring Advisers.” There were more than 8,000 permanent brick-and-mortar store closures...
Why Mixed-Use Real Estate Owners Should Detail  All Factors Contributing to Their Distress
For owners of retail and mixed-use real estate facing distress, it is tempting to blame their economic woes solely on the COVID-19 pandemic. This explanation is attractive because it leaves them blameless, is seemingly self-evident, and does not compel them to justify their past actions or explain...
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...
Pressures Continue to Grow in the Ag, Logistics Industries
As I pen this guest editor’s column for the Journal of Corporate Renewal’s retail restructuring issue, it is the first week of 2022. At this time of year, I always reflect on the previous year—what happened across the globe, in restructuring, in retail, and in my practice. In 2021, I left my...
TMA Town Hall for July 21, 2021

Hidden Assets in Bankruptcy and Corporate Wind Downs: How to Identify, Preserve, and Monetize Them, sponsored by Hilco Global

There may be hidden treasures to uncover in your next bankruptcy or wind down. Join the experts as they walk through a case study and share their...