ABFJ Covere April 2018

April 2018

Turnaround Management
Vol. 16 No. 3
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COVER STORY

2017 TMA Small Company Turnaround Award Winner: Vermont Aerospace Once Again Takes Flight - For 30 years, Vermont Aerospace crafted precision machinery for aircraft from its home in the Connecticut River Valley. A spiraling financial downturn combined with the unexpected death of its owner left the company reeling. After VA received the TMA’s 2017 Small Company Turnaround Award, the TMA invited attorney Cathy Reece to moderate a discussion by the turnaround team to learn how this unusual transformation enabled the company to avoid bankruptcy and retain its employees.

FEATURES

Results of the Capital One Annual ABS Survey: ABS, Technology on Upswing in Lending World - Thousands of financial professionals converged on Las Vegas in February for the annual SFIG Vegas event, providing a perfect opportunity to solicit their opinions on issues affecting the industry. Capital One conducted a survey at the annual conference, and Dave Kucera examines the results with ABF Journal editor Nadine Bonner.
TMA President’s Message Turnaround Management Association: Going Beyond the Ballroom - The Turnaround Management Association offers restructuring professionals tools and resources to succeed in their careers. The TMA Annual, scheduled for September 26 to 28 in Colorado Springs, CO, is a prime opportunity to network and connect with lenders and other professionals. This year’s TMA Global President, Kevin Krakora, head of KMPG’s U.S. Restructuring Practice, outlines the programs TMA is launching to expand the organization’s member benefits beyond the ballroom.
The Right Person in the Right Place: Robert Katz Enables Successful Turnarounds - No company wants to go through a turnaround process. Once the worst has happened, a company often needs the help of not only outside consultants, but lenders and creditors that won’t jump ship at the first sign of trouble. Turnaround professional Robert Katz, winner of this year’s M&A Advisor “Distressed M&A Dealmaker of the Year” award, discusses companies that have hit bottom and how they came out the other side.
She Persisted: Karen Sessions Takes the Helm at Bank of America Business Capital - Karen Sessions attributes her success in the finance world to refusing to take “no” for an answer. Her career took her to Fleet, Union, Wachovia and Wells Fargo banks before she landed at Bank of America almost five years ago. In November, she was named head of Bank of America Business Capital and Asset-Based Lending. Although she contends she was lucky, her business skills and determination to succeed have propelled her into her current role.

TURNAROUND CORNER

After a Volatile Political Year, What’s Next for Turnaround Professionals - After the 2016 election, Howard Brod Brownstein shared his observations of the challenges facing the turnaround industry. A year later, after the passage of new tax reforms and with the threat of tariffs and new world conflicts, he looks into his crystal ball once more to see what the future holds for the restructuring industry.

SPECIALTY LENDING

The New Industrial Revolution: Lending Opportunities Spurred by Growth of the Gig Economy - The war for talent is over. And the employee has won. Employees today demand the same level of choice, service and flexibility in the workplace as they do as consumers. As a result, we’re seeing a dramatic change in the shape of the global workforce. The rise of the gig economy is transforming work as […]

LEGAL LINES

State Receivership: An Alternative to Bankruptcy - Filing for Chapter 11 protection can be an expensive procedure for borrowers and lenders. Keri Wintle discusses another option, state receivership, which can offer a more frugal avenue to achieve the same goal while offering all parties more privacy and greater flexibility.

FINAL CUT

Hercules Capital Acquires Gibraltar Business Capital - Hercules Capital purchased Gibraltar Business Capital to enter the ABL market. Cartoonist Jerry Gonzalez shares his take on this mythical matchup.

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