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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Advised selected Second Lien Noteholders, including Canyon Capital Advisors, Mason Capital, Paulson & Co. and Soros Fund Management regarding Caesars Entertainment Operating Company’s Chapter 11 proceedings
Advised F+W Media, a content and e-commerce company focused on a variety of special interest categories, on the out-of-court restructuring of its c.$100 million term loan and a $15 million new money investment from existing lenders
Natural Resource Partners L.P.
Advised Natural Resource Partners L.P., a publicly-traded master limited partnership that owns, manages and leases mineral properties in the United States, on a series of recapitalization transactions including the extension of NRP’s near-term debt maturities and the issuance of $250mm of new preferred equity capital to funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities and from several affiliates of GoldenTree Asset Management L.P.
Ad Hoc Group of Senior Secured Noteholders
Advised the Ad Hoc Group of Senior Secured Noteholders in connection with the restructuring of Goodman Networks.
U.S. rights to Toprol-XL (AstraZeneca)
Advised Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc., a global specialty pharmaceutical company in connection with the financing of its acquisition of the U.S. rights to cardiovascular drug Toprol-XL (metoprolol succinate) and its Authorized Generic from AstraZeneca.
Texas Competitive Electric Holdings and its subsidiaries
Advised Texas Competitive Electric Holdings, Texas’ largest power generator and competitive retail electricity provider, and its subsidiaries at the direction of its independent director in connection with its and Energy Future Holdings’ Chapter 11 proceedings
New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.
Advised New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc. on $555 million of secured financings, including a new $450 million senior secured term loan and substantial amendments to its existing $105 million ABL revolver
Apex International Energy Management LLC
Advised Apex International Energy Management, a newly formed oil and gas venture focused on the Middle East and North Africa regions, in the private equity fund-raising process with multiple energy-focused financial sponsors, ultimately resulting in an initial $500 million capital commitment from Warburg Pincus.
Fairway Group Holdings Corp.
Advised Fairway Group Holdings Corp., a grocery store chain operating fifteen stores in the New York metropolitan area, in connection with its pre-packaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan
Airopack Technology Group AG
Advised Airopack Technology Group, developer of a revolutionary all-plastic dispenser, on a €120 million debt and equity investment from funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, and the concurrently announced proposed acquisition of the 50% stake it does not already own in Airolux AG, its joint venture with Resilux NV
Advised Lonmin Plc on its c.$777m recapitalization consisting of c.$370m of bank facilities at the Plc and in South Africa from the Company’s ten lending banks and a fully underwritten Rights Issue of c.$407m.
Stemcor Holdings Limited
Advised Stemcor Holdings Limited, the global steel trader, on their restructuring of $1.0bn of senior and junior debt and the refinancing of a $1.1bn working capital facility
Refinancing of syndicated bank debt facilities
Advised Primary Health Care on the refinancing of its A$1.25 billion syndicated bank debt facilities
Quindell plc’s Professional Services Division
Advised Slater and Gordon Limited, an ASX-listed international consumer law firm, on the acquisition of Quindell plc’s Professional Services Division, the UK’s leading personal injury law firm operating across the claims value chain, and associated A$890 million equity and A$375 million debt raisings
Advised AA plc, the UK’s leading roadside assistance provider, on the refinancing of its high yield bond and PIK instrument
Azelis Group (majority owned by 3i)
Advised 3i on the sale of Azelis Group, a leading pan-European distributor of specialty chemicals with an emerging presence in Asia, to funds advised by Apax partners
Detroit Retirement Systems
Advised the General Retirement System of the City of Detroit and the Police and Fire Retirement System of the City of Detroit (the Detroit Retirement Systems) in connection with the City of Detroit's Chapter 9 bankruptcy proceedings
Boart Longyear Ltd.
Advised the Board of Directors of Boart Longyear, the world’s leading supplier of drilling services and equipment for mining and drilling companies, on its strategic review process and subsequent comprehensive recapitalization transactions with certain affiliates of Centerbridge Partners, L.P.
Gannett Co., Inc.
Advised Gannett Co., Inc. a media and marketing solutions company, on the spin-off of its Publishing business and the creation of two separate media companies: one focused on television broadcasting and digital marketing and one focused on newspapers.
hibu plc (formerly Yell Group plc)
Advised hibu, a full service provider of digital and print marketing services for SMEs and owner of print directory brands Yellow Pages (UK), Yellowbook (US) and Paginas Amarillas (Spain), on the comprehensive restructuring of its £2.2 billion balance sheet debt
New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.
Advised New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc. on the refinancing of its $145 million credit with facility with a new $175 million credit facility
American Roads LLC
Advised American Roads LLC, the operator of five toll road facilities in the United States and Canada, in connection with its pre-arranged Chapter 11 proceedings
Schenck Process Holding GmbH
Advised Schenck Process Holding GmbH, a global leader in bulk material handling, providing applications incorporating weighing, feeding, screening and automation solutions, on the establishment and implementation of a refinancing solution leading to the amendment and extension of its existing senior and mezzanine syndicated facilities
CPP Group plc
Advised on the comprehensive restructuring of its balance sheet, including sale of the US business, terming out the existing RCF and creation of additional liquidity by the long term deferral of business partner payments
A$1.6b non-core loan portfolio
Advised Suncorp Group Ltd (ASX:SUN), a leading general insurance, retail banking and life insurance group in Australia and New Zealand, on the sale of a A$1.6b portfolio of performing and non-performing (corporate and property) loans to Goldman Sachs Group Inc., an American multinational investment banking firm
Advised Azelis S.A., a Pan-European distributor of specialty chemicals owned by funds managed by 3i plc, on its covenant reset and a two year maturity extension of its €240m syndicated debt package
Advised Stora Enso Oyj, a global paper, packaging and wood products producer headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, in connection with the Chapter 11 proceeding of NewPage, the largest North American coated-paper manufacturer
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
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
Advised the Norwegian Government in relation to some specific issues in connection with the restructuring of SAS, the leading airline group in Northern Europe
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
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
Mediclinic International Limited
Advised Mediclinic International, South Africa’s second largest and Switzerland’s largest provider of private hospital services, on the restructuring of its entire balance sheet, including $2.2 billion debt refinancing in Switzerland and a $0.6 billion rights issue in South Africa
Village Roadshow Entertainment Group
Advised Village Roadshow Entertainment Group on its $275 million mezzanine and equity capital raise from a group of investors
Pension Trustees of Howden Joinery Group plc
Advised the Pension Trustees of Howden Joinery Group plc in negotiating a revised schedule of deficit reduction payments, and with regards to their security position relative to the Company’s lenders
Armajaro Trading Limited
Advised Armajaro Trading Limited, a global soft commodity trading house and supply chain manager, on raising mezzanine capital from the International Finance Corporation, a unit of the World Bank
Moorebank Intermodal Terminal
Acted as independent advisor to the Australian Government in a peer review of the proposed intermodal terminal linking Sydney’s major port with Australia’s road and rail system
Advised the Board of Viridian, the leading energy utility company in the all-Ireland market, on its refinancing comprising the issue of €313 million and $250 million notes due April 2017
The Miller Group
Advised The Miller Group, the UK’s largest private homebuilder, on the recapitalization of its balance sheet comprising a substantial new equity capital raising and a significant debt for equity swap
Cabot Microelectronics Corporation
Advised Cabot Microelectronics Corporation on its new capital management initiative, including a leveraged recapitalization via a special dividend
U.S. Department of Energy
Advised Herb Allison in an independent review of a $35.9 billion energy loan portfolio
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Advised the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”) in connection with the Chapter 11 filing of AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc.
Goodman Fielder Limited
Advised Goodman Fielder Limited, an Australian consumer foods manufacturer and distributor, on its equity capital raising via a rights issue
New Zealand Ultra-Fast Broadband
Sole financial adviser to Crown Fibre Holdings (100% New Zealand Government owned entity) on the tender and negotiations for the investment of NZ$1.3 billion in a new ultra-fast broadband network in New Zealand, which includes agreements with Telecom Corporation of New Zealand, Christchurch City Holdings, WEL Networks and Northpower
Advised Bionomics Ltd, in relation to the tender process run by Bionomics’ largest shareholder, Start-up Australia Ventures (“Start-up”), for its 28% stake in the company, follow on sell-down of Start-up’s stake to 8% and associated capital raising by Bionomics
Australian Unity Limited
Advised Australian Unity Limited, a leading healthcare, financial services and retirement living mutual organisation, on its A$120 million issue of five year unsecured notes listed on the Australian Stock Exchange
Australian National Broadband Network
Greenhill acted as sole adviser to the Australian government in connection with the National Broadband Network, which represents the single largest infrastructure project in the country’s history
Advised Findel plc, a UK listed multi-channel retailer, on the restructuring of its balance sheet comprising an equity capital raising and refinancing of its debt and pension obligations
Bosque Power Company
Advised Bosque Power Company, a natural gas-fired power plant located in Texas, on its negotiations with lenders and restructuring
Constar International, Inc.
Advised Constar International, Inc., a plastic packaging manufacturer, in connection with its pre-arranged Chapter 11 proceedings
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Advised the United States Department of the Treasury on the management and disposition of its common shares of AIG
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Advised the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation ("PBGC") in connection with its claim in Chemtura’s Chapter 11 proceeding
General Growth Properties Inc.
Advised the 2006 Credit Facility Lenders, the largest class of unsecured debt with claims in excess of $2.8 billion, in connection with the Chapter 11 proceedings of mall REIT GGP, which resulted in cash payoff of the facilities in full
Environmental Systems Products
Advised Environmental Systems Products Holdings with its out-of-court restructuring
Trident Resources Corporation
Advised Chilton Investment Company on Trident’s financial restructuring and emergence from CCAA / Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection including the negotiation of a new equity investment
Guinness Peat Group plc
Advised GPG plc, a listed investment company, on potential restructuring alternatives
Tishman Speyer Washington D.C. Portfolio
Advised term loan and credit facility lenders to the Tishman Speyer partnership holding a portfolio of 28 office buildings in Washington D.C. and the surrounding area on a restructuring which resulted in payoff of the facilities in full
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Advised the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation ("PBGC") in connection with its claim in Lyondell’s Chapter 11 proceeding
Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc.
Advised Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc. on the sale of substantially all of its assets, pursuant to multiple Section 363 sales
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Advised the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation ("PBGC") on Delphi’s reorganization and the structure and terms of the PBGC’s recovery on account of Delphi’s pension plan termination
NCI Building Systems, Inc.
Advised NCI Building Systems, Inc., one of North America’s largest integrated manufacturers and marketers of metal products for the non-residential construction industry, on its financial restructuring, which included a majority investment by CD&R and a restructuring of NCI’s outstanding debt
Groupe Aeroplan Inc.
Advised Groupe Aeroplan on its C$150MM participation in a C$600MM credit facility for Air Canada
Pension Trustees of Galiform PLC
Advised the Pension Trustees of the Galiform PLC Defined Benefit Pension Scheme to negotiate a revised schedule of payments to fund its deficit
Constar International Inc.
Advised Constar International Inc. in connection with its pre-arranged Chapter 11 proceedings
euNetworks Group Limited
Advised euNetworks Group Ltd, a Singapore listed operator of a fibre telecommunications network in Europe, on a repurchase at a discount of the majority of its outstanding convertible bonds, financed by a placement and rights issue
Advised Chrysler in connection with the chapter 11 proceedings to effectuate the sale of substantially all of its operating assets and certain liabilities to a newly created entity that will be jointly owned by Fiat S.p.A., the VEBA Trust (responsible for the healthcare benefits of current and former employees of Chrysler), the US Treasury and the Canadian government
Provided financial advice to Inchcape, the leading independent international automotive retailer, on its assessment of funding and strategic options, resulting in a significant rights issue to strengthen the balance sheet
Ambac Financial Group, Inc.
Advised a consortium of leading global financial institutions and investors, including but not limited to Banc of America Securities LLC; Citigroup Global Markets Inc.; Dresdner Kleinwort Securities LLC; Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc.; and UBS Securities LLC, on its participation in a recapitalization of Ambac Financial Group, Inc.
Eggborough CTA Bonds
Advised an ad hoc committee of bondholders representing over 70% of the debt in Eggborough Power Limited, a UK power station, on (a) the formation of a new company for the purpose of acquiring and holding a controlling interest in the Eggborough CTA Bonds and (b) an associated US$600m financing. The Eggborough CTA Bonds include an option to purchase Eggborough power station in March 2010
Drax Group Limited
Advised bondholders of Drax Group Limited on the refinancing & listing of, and possible offers for, the company. On 15-Dec-05, Drax Group plc was successfully listed on the London Stock Exchange
Acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Refco Inc. in connection with its Chapter 11 proceedings which included the sale of substantially all of the assets of Refco's regulated commodities futures business to Man Financial for $1.2 billion
Advised General Motors in connection with the Chapter 11 of Delphi, its largest supplier and former subsidiary
Delta Air Lines
Advised Delta Air Lines in connection with strategic issues relating to its Chapter 11 proceedings
Advised Monsanto in connection with Solutia’s bankruptcy proceedings
America West Holdings
Advised America West Holdings in connection with its merger with US Airways Group, which emerged from Chapter 11 as part of the transaction
Advised General Motors in connection with the Chapter 11 of Collins & Aikman, a significant supplier to GM
Evergreen International Aviation
Advised Evergreen on refinancing alternatives for its maturing bank facility, resulting in the successful issuance of $215 million of high yield notes and execution of a new $100 million credit facility
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Advised the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) in United Airlines' bankruptcy proceedings. The PBGC insures the defined benefit pension plans of United Airlines and has asserted a $9.8 billion unfunded pension liability claim against the company
CornerStone Propane, L.P.
Advised CornerStone Propane L.P., one of the nation's largest propane marketers, in connection with its Chapter 11 proceedings, which resulted in a successful stand-alone restructuring
Advised the Unsecured Creditors of Pegasus Satellite on the sale of the debtor to DirecTV
Advised specialty medical products company, Maxxim Medical, in connection with its Chapter 11 proceedings and sale to Medline and others
Allegiance Telecom, Inc.
Advised Allegiance Telecom, a telecommunications products and services provider, in connection with its Chapter 11 proceedings, including its sale to XO Communications, Inc
Cable & Wireless
Advised Cable & Wireless plc in connection with the Chapter 11 proceedings of its U.S. subsidiary, Cable & Wireless America, including its sale to Savvis Communications for $155 million
Loral Space and Communications Ltd.
Advised Loral with its Chapter 11 proceedings. Advised on the sale of its North American Fixed Satellite Services assets to Intelsat for $1.1 billion
AboveNet, Inc. (Metromedia Fiber Network, Inc.)
Advised Metromedia Fiber Network (now renamed AboveNet), a leading telecommunications company, in connection with its chapter 11 proceedings, including its ultimate standalone financial restructuring
Advised AMR, parent of American Airlines, on strategic alternatives and implementation of a historic out-of-court restructuring through which a variety of stakeholder concessions were achieved, averting bankruptcy
Advised Dynegy Inc., a leading integrated energy company involved in power generation, gas marketing and processing and regulated energy delivery, on restructuring alternatives during a period of significant pending debt maturities and liquidity constraints. The assignment culminated in a successful renegotiation and extension of Dynegy’s credit facilities
Advised the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Conseco, Inc., a life insurance and annuities company, on the financial restructuring of the Company’s $6 billion of externally held financial indebtedness
Advised RCN on the negotiation of an amendment to its $734.4 million bank facility that adjusts and eliminates certain covenants and enables the use of up to $125 million of existing cash and up to $500 million of new secured capital for strategic deleveraging
AT&T Latin America
Advised AT&T Latin America on the restructuring and sale of its South American subsidiaries in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru to Telefonos de Mexico for $206.7 million. Also advised ATTLA on the resolution of it U.S. Chapter 11 proceedings
Advised Orius Corp, a leader in Telecom Services, on various strategic alternatives, including its ultimate standalone financial restructuring
Mutual Risk Management
Advised MRM, a global insurance, risk management, and financial administration services provider on the restructuring of $350 million of externally held financial indebtedness, and on the sale of certain key subsidiaries. The restructuring plan provided for this indebtedness to be exchanged for a package of cash and new debt and equity securities
Trenwick Group Ltd.
Advised Trenwick, a Bermuda-based specialty insurance and reinsurance underwriting organization on the restructuring of $552 million of externally held financial indebtedness
Advised AT&T Canada on a stand-alone financial restructuring
Advised the official committee of bondholders of Marconi, a leading telecom equipment provider, on the financial restructuring of Marconi's £4 billion of externally held financial indebtedness
WebLink Wireless, Inc.
Advised WebLink, a leading provider of two-way wireless messaging services, on various strategic alternatives, including its ultimate standalone financial restructuring
Ziff Davis Media, Inc.
Advised Ziff Davis Media, Inc., a special interest media company focused on the technology and game markets, regarding its strategic alternatives and, ultimately, with respect to its recapitalisation effectuated through an exchange offer
Advised the Unsecured Creditors of Adelphia Communications representing $14.5 billion of value in Adelphia’s Chapter 11 proceedings. Advised on the sale of Adelphia’s assets to Time Warner and Comcast for $17.6 billion
United Pan-Europe Communications NV
Advised the Committee representing holders of UPC’s Senior Notes and Senior Discount Notes in the negotiations with UPC and its Liberty Media controlled parent company, UnitedGlobalCom, about a proposed balance sheet restructuring and recapitalisation of UPC
American Commercial Lines
Advised American Commercial Lines, an operator of barges, towboats and shipyards, on its out of court restructuring
Completel Europe NV
Advised Completel, an alternative telecom operator, on a balance sheet restructuring and recapitalisation agreement involving an exchange offer for €255 million in face value of public bonds (debt/equity swap), €30 million in new capital from two major shareholders and €8 million from certain bondholders
Advised Pegaso, Mexico’s No. 2 wireless provider, on its financial restructuring and subsequent sale of 65% stake to Telefonica for $1.36 billion
Advised THUS plc on its underwritten £275 million open offer, £90 million bank loan and demerger from its parent, ScottishPower
Bethlehem Steel Corporation
Advised Bethlehem Steel Corp., the United States third largest steel producer, in connection with its Chapter 11 proceedings and eventual sale to International Steel
Regal Cinemas, Inc.
Advised Regal Cinemas, the largest theatre chain in the United States, on its prepackaged bankruptcy plan and acquisition by The Anschutz Corporation
Advised RCN, the nation’s largest cable overbuilder, in a tender offer for up to $1.1 billion in face value of public indebtedness
Advised Sterling Chemicals in connection with its Chapter 11 proceedings
Advised AMRESCO, a specialty finance company, on its sale to NCSI pursuant to Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code
U.S. Office Products Company
Advised the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in connection with the Chapter 11 proceedings of U.S. Office Products Company
Advised RBX Corp., a leading manufacturer of rubber products in the U.S., in connection with its Chapter 11 proceedings and financial restructuring