Successfully executing an acquisition from stress, distress, or insolvency requires a creative approach to reconcile competing interests.

By Simon Baskerville, Jack Isaacs, Hyo Joo Kim, Catherine Campbell, Tom Evans, and David Walker

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a heightened risk of financial difficulty and insolvency for companies. Whilst there have been relatively few formal insolvencies so far, in our view troubled businesses may be forced to pursue accelerated asset disposals, creating opportunities for PE firms. However, successfully executing an acquisition from stress, distress, or insolvency requires skillful navigation of competing interests in a complex legal landscape.

UK-based offshore and subsea oil & gas services company solidifies its position and completes ownership transfer to noteholders in major company milestone.

By John Houghton and Marc Hecht

The recent Bibby Offshore recapitalisation[1] is as fair and equitable a restructuring as the media has seen, offering creditors an example of what an effective restructuring requires. This case study exemplifies the key points that companies facing unpredictable market conditions must consider:

  • The correct restructuring solution
  • Deft management of shareholder dynamics
  • Careful handling of stakeholder expectations