Henry F. Owsley

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

As leaders in the field of distressed investment banking and financial advisory, we offer our clients a clear advantage — we’ve been there, we’ve done that, we’ve been doing it for years. Our goal is “To Gordian” a situation by solving a truly complex problem while creating real value for our clients.

Since co-founding Gordian Group in 1988, Henry Owsley has led many of the firm’s financing, advisory and merger transactions, as well as expert witness engagements. He was the expert witness in the 2009 precedent-setting Heilig-Meyers litigation. In 2016, Mr. Owsley co-founded, Expert Witness Consulting Services, LLC (“EWCS”) to provide a range of services to independent professionals and law firms engaged in expert witness and related activities. Gordian Acquisition Corporation, the parent of Gordian Group, is the majority owner of EWCS.

Mr. Owsley co-authored the leading book in his field, he is the co-author of the definitive works in the field, the recently published Distressed Investment Banking: To the Abyss and Back – 2nd Edition, (Beard Books, 2015), Equity Holders Under Siege: Strategies and Tactics for Distressed Businesses (Beard Books, 2014) and Distressed Investment Banking: To the Abyss and Back (Beard Books, 2005).  All books are “must-read” for boards of directors, management teams and shareholders and/or owners of financially stressed situations, as well as for buyers and professionals. He is consistently named one of the 10 leading investment bankers in the field of bankruptcy and financial restructuring by The Deal where he has also been profiled. Prior to co-founding Gordian Group, Mr. Owsley was at Goldman Sachs, where he founded the firm’s Workout Group. While at Goldman Sachs, he was also a founding member of its Technology Group.


Mr. Owsley received a B.S. in Engineering, summa cum laude, from Princeton University and a M.S. from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His honors included Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi.

Key engagements

Alphatec, AmbacAmerican Airlines, AntiochBen & Jerry’s, Cogent / 3MEnron, Heilig-Meyers, Integrated Electronic Services, LTV Steel, MetalicoMississippi Chemical Corporation, Montreal, Maine & Atlantic RailroadMorrison Knudsen, Ogden Corporation, Olympia & York, Osyka Corporation, Phar-Mor, Solutia, Spansion, StereotaxisSummit Global Logistics, ThermaCELLTracor, United Rentals, Zale/Gordon’s Jewelers

Henry F Owsley


Key Publications