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Workouts and restructures

In unpredictable economic times, it is not unusual for businesses to be challenged by meeting their financial obligations.  When under such stress, sound legal advice and support in restructuring or re-capitalising can be crucial to help secure a business’ future.
Multi-disciplined, solutions-orientated team
Gadens’ workouts and restructuring team advises clients who want to avoid litigating or putting their counterparties into any kind of formal administration, and businesses that encounter financial obstacles.  We also represent investors seeking investment opportunities in distressed businesses.
Our team combines experienced lawyers from corporate advisory, property, finance and litigation.
Expertise for challenging times
Our team members’ technical skills are complemented by their commercial acumen, enabling them to look at each matter from every angle.  They work sensitively, assisting clients through each stage of a deal. 
For clients needing help with restructuring, we advise on reorganising their businesses to facilitate additional capital from private or public sources, assisting and advising shareholders, directors, lenders or sponsors, and restructuring employment arrangements to improve business performance.  Very importantly, we help to avoid adverse publicity and minimise time and costs spent on court actions.
For clients investing in troubled businesses, we advise on debt and asset purchases and divestments, deeds of company arrangements, management buyouts, leveraged buyouts, public to private transactions, succession, purchases from receivers/administrators and ACCC 'forced' divestments, financing, trade sales, IPOs, mergers, strategic alliances, joint ventures and secondary buyouts, private equity and venture capital investment.
Experience
  • Trade sales of business lines of distressed companies in agribusiness, manufacturing and hospitality industries
  • Private equity investment in an information technology and software company servicing the financial services industry
  • Advising directors of a company before and during voluntary administration, assisting the company on entering a DOCA in relation to recapitalisation, effectuating the DOCA and application to relist on ASX
  • Advising on sale of leasehold hotel assets in circumstances where a vendor entered into administration before completion
  • Advising a range of significant employers in implementing large scale redundancy programmes.
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