Financing & Restructuring Advisory Case Studies

We highlight a selection of Financing & Restructuring engagements that are representative of the Firm’s assignments.

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Financing & Restructuring Advisory

Greenhill advises corporations, institutions and governments on a wide range of capital structure, restructuring and financing situations. We offer expert advice, extensive transactional experience and comprehensive services unconflicted by capital markets, trading or research activities.

Comprehensive Capabilities

Greenhill's Financing Advisory & Restructuring practice benefits from the experience of some of the longest serving professionals in the industry. Our track record includes pre-emptive recapitalizations, structuring and advice on public offerings, inter-creditor and shareholder negotiations, acquisitions and sales of distressed companies and assets, debt and equity exchange offers and restructuring and a range of other advisory services for a diverse client base. We strive to reach consensual deals that are in the best interests of our clients and we have an established history of brokering transactions in situations with divisive inter-creditor and shareholder issues.

Financing Advisory

Greenhill advises corporations, institutions and governments on their most critical financing decisions, including large public offerings of equity and debt securities, often for purposes of acquisition financing, rights offerings, strategic alternatives for minority equity positions and multiclass equity structures, private placements and funding alternatives, as well as a wide range of other financing based strategic decisions. Greenhill brings extensive experience negotiating and structuring tailored solutions for our clients with no conflicts from other business activities or product offerings to influence our advice.

Debtor Advisory

Greenhill provides a full range of advisory services to debtors both inside and outside formal bankruptcy. Our goal is to assist debtors by working with all of their stakeholders to implement restructuring plans that balance a pragmatic sharing of value between stakeholders while minimizing corporate uncertainty. We recognize that every situation is unique and that traditional solutions are not always best suited for our clients. Based on our years of experience and wide-variety of previous transactions, we assist debtors with thinking creatively about their options and selecting attributes of different strategic alternatives that can be packaged together into a compelling solution.

Creditor Advisory

Greenhill advises creditors and committees of financially distressed companies both inside and outside formal bankruptcy. Our goal is to help creditors maximize returns from distressed corporate situations and to work with other constituents to achieve that return in a timely manner. We understand that creditors may value the form of consideration and other terms of a restructuring proposal differently, and we work with committees to optimize the returns our clients receive based on their desired outcome.

Distressed M&A

Greenhill frequently combines the experience of its M&A and restructuring professionals in advising either buyers or sellers of distressed assets and/or companies. Greenhill is able to advise a client throughout the entire process, including identification of targets/buyers, participation in a sales process and court proceedings, if necessary. We look to identify creative tactical or strategic solutions to unlock value in every situation. We recognize that executing M&A in distressed situations requires incremental skills that are not always required within traditional M&A transactions. Some of these skills are working with a highly levered acquiror or target, managing the bankruptcy process, performing a valuation that can withstand court scrutiny and managing inherent conflicts of interest among different constituencies.

International Experience

Greenhill has dedicated professionals based in London and Sydney focused on financing and restructuring advisory and a strong track record of successful international restructuring  transactions. Combining our international footprint with our independence, experience and analytical advice, we provide a high quality advisory service in major restructuring cases around the world.

Recent Transactions

19-Dec-12
$100 million
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Thiele Kaolin Company

Advised Thiele Kaolin Company, a miner and processor of kaolin clay, on a range of strategic options, resulting in a leveraged recapitalization and special dividend

11-Dec-12
$51.6 billion
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American International Group (AIG)

Advised the United States Department of the Treasury (“UST”) on the full reduction of its 92% ownership stake in the insurer through numerous Secondary Public Offering Transactions

23-Nov-12
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SAS Group

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Norwegian Government

Advised the Norwegian Government in relation to some specific issues in connection with the restructuring of SAS, the leading airline group in Northern Europe

09-Nov-12
~$1.7 billion
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Lonmin plc

Advised Lonmin plc, the world’s third largest primary producer of Platinum Group Metals, on a comprehensive refinancing of its balance sheet, including an underwritten ~$817m rights issue and amendments to its existing ~$929m debt facilities

13-Aug-12
$32 million
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Journal Communications, Inc.

Advised the Board of Directors of Journal Communications, Inc., a diversified media company with newspaper and broadcasting interests, in connection with the repurchase of 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of its Class C Common Stock from successors to the Company’s founding family

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