Distressed Situations
Independent directors in distressed situations

Independent directors in distressed situations

December 9, 2021

Reed Smith partner Keith Aurzada is joined by former bankruptcy judge Leif Clark for a discussion of how independent directors can assist in navigating difficult waters for members of boards of directors.

Investment bankers and distress: Protection and optionality

Investment bankers and distress: Protection and optionality

November 17, 2021

President and Head of Restructuring and Distressed M&A of Gordian Group, Peter Kaufman, discusses the value of investment banking services to distressed companies. Joined by Reed Smith partner Keith Aurzada, Peter gives a “lighting round” description of a number of investment banking terms and concepts (and the occasional movie reference).

Mediation: When time is of the essence

Mediation: When time is of the essence

November 9, 2021

Reed Smith partner Keith Aurzada and principal at Novo Advisors, retired Reed Smith partner Claudia Springer tackle the subject of mediation in difficult financial disputes. Claudia shares insight into how mediation helps parties understand the value of settlement and resolution, over allowing important disputes to linger. 

The beauty industry: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

The beauty industry: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

October 26, 2021

The beauty industry is being disrupted by various business and legal issues. Danielle Garno, a Reed Smith partner who focuses her practice on this industry, provides her insights in this constantly changing sector.

Understanding working capital improvement

Understanding working capital improvement

October 14, 2021

Reed Smith’s Keith Aurzada joins John Little of Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP for a discussion of just what working capital is, and how improving working capital can lead to cash balance improvements.

The current state of the beauty industry

The current state of the beauty industry

September 28, 2021

Mike Musso of KPMG joins Reed Smith’s Keith Aurzada for a discussion about the beauty industry. Mike provides valuable insight into recent disrupters in the industry including fragmentation, the direct-to-consumer phenomenon, and the impacts of COVID-19. 

Commercial real estate and issues involving forbearance and receiverships

Commercial real estate and issues involving forbearance and receiverships

September 9, 2021

Reed Smith partner Keith Aurzada is joined by Amber Sefert of Trimont for a discussion of a lender’s perspective on forbearance and receiverships.  While these items are most often specific to each individual case, Amber does an excellent job of describing the basic terms for forbearance agreements and receiverships.

Understanding liquidity management

Understanding liquidity management

August 26, 2021

Steven Fleming of PricewaterhouseCoopers joins Keith Aurzada of Reed Smith to talk about the challenges of liquidity management in times of distress. Steven walks through the process of cash forecasting and demystifies the thirteen week cash flow forecast (a/k/a the “Thirteen Weeker”).

Reed Smith’s Kerlin explains distress and the hardest hit industries

Reed Smith’s Kerlin explains distress and the hardest hit industries

August 12, 2021

If you can recognize the warning signs of oncoming distress, you might be able to duck some of the damage. Pittsburgh-based associate Amy Kerlin shares ways to recognize such warning signs and what do to about them. Amy’s focus on clear and consistent communication brings a fresh look on what can be a difficult topic.

Perspectives from the Reed Smith Team on restructuring

Perspectives from the Reed Smith Team on restructuring

July 29, 2021

Keith Aurzada and Michael Venditto share insights about the current restructuring environment, as well as some anecdotes about practicing bankruptcy law.

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