Private Equity Series

Financial Distress Q&A for Private Equity Firms & Portfolio Companies

About the Private Equity Series

There is a whole new generation of private equity professionals who, heretofore, have known a business and economic environment where the living is easy: economic growth; artificially low interest rates; fawning lenders competing for their firm’s patronage and, relatedly, covenants that are incredibly generous. Things have changed fast and private equity firms need to pivot.

If your porfolio company is experiencing financial distress or the prospect thereof is keeping you up at night, you’ve come to the right place. We've published a series of articles to give straightforward answers to questions company directors and officers have – or should be asking.

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Press Release: Prominent Restructuring Attorney Adam Paul Joins Gordian Group

Gordian Group, a premier restructuring investment bank, today announced that Adam Paul is joining the firm as a Senior Managing Director. Adam previously was a senior partner in the Restructuring practice of Kirkland & Ellis and the global co-chair of the Restructuring Group at Mayer Brown.

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On Demand Webinar: Gordian Group President Peter Kaufman Participates in Distressed as Part of a Winning M&A Strategy | Mergermarket Briefing August 6, 2020

This Mergermarket Distressed M&A Webinar addresses distressed as part of an M&A strategy, Whenever a downturn strikes, dealmakers start looking at distressed assets.

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Gordian on Leveraging Market Uncertainty in Restructuring Private Equity Investments | Journal of Corporate Renewal

Gordian Group’s David Herman, Peter Kaufman and Liam Ahearn recently penned an article for the Journal of Corporate Renewal (JCR)…

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Discussion: The COVID Recession – 2008 or Something Else?

Gordian Group CEO Henry Owsley provides his thoughts with other industry thought leaders on the current economic situation facing companies in the United States.

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Report From the Front: Private Equity Restructuring in the COVID Era

Private equity restructuring during a pandemic. Themes, trends and outcomes focused on protecting shareholder and owners interests.

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Restructuring Scenario, The Novel Carrot

Creating advantageous restructuring tactics for debtors. Learn about Gordian Group’s novel “carrot” recapitalization strategy for shareholders & management.

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Distressed Healthcare webinar April 2020

On Demand Webinar: Peter Kaufman a Panelist on McDermott Will & Emery Distressed Healthcare Panel

Gordian Group’s Peter Kaufman on how PE Firms should think about Workouts and Restructuring in today’s healthcare environment in light of COVID-19.

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The World Has Changed for Private Equity Firms

There is a whole new generation of private equity professionals who, heretofore, have known a business and economic environment where the living is easy: economic growth; artificially low interest rates; fawning lenders competing for their firm’s patronage and, relatedly, covenants that are incredibly generous. Things have changed fast and private equity firms need to pivot.

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Will Limited Partners Have Limited Understanding?

Will Limited Partners Have Limited Understanding? Advising Private Equity Firms in This Crisis We are going through tumultuous, uncharted times.  Many Private Equity firms are being pressed to come up with a coherent battle plan with incomplete and constantly-changing information. With respect to immediately stressed portfolio companies, firms need to address a myriad of questions like, “How can I extend my runway with creditors nipping at my heels?” and “What are my alternatives to bolster liquidity?”  And for investments that have not been directly affected yet, but may still experience wrenching challenges from either government restrictions, employee dislocation, recession,…

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Private Equity in the Time of Coronavirus

Private Equity in the Time of Coronavirus Advising Private Equity Firms in This Crisis The past couple of weeks have been game-changing.  The Coronavirus pandemic, the prospect of a full-blown recession and an earthquake in the capital markets have precipitated caused perfect storms for many Private Equity firms’ portfolio companies.  It’s a full-blown panic out there. As a direct result, Sponsors are already seeking our advice about liquidity (how to find it, enhance it and create it); when and how to deal and negotiate with their lenders about impending defaults and covenant breaches and how to at least maintain,…

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Distressed Debt Risks and Costs for PE Firms

The potential distressed debt risks and costs that private equity firms need to think about if they have a portfolio company in trouble.

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Ways Private Equity Firms Can Deal With Distressed Debt

Real world scenarios that private equity firms can consider when navigating a distressed debt situation in a portfolio company.

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Distressed Debt Trading Prices and PE Firms

A portfolio company’s distressed debt trading prices can be a cause of concern for a PE firm. Research, due diligence & assumptions need to be re-examined.

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