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Training Guide

Restructuring Options for Distressed Companies


Training Guide

Restructuring Options for Distressed Companies

Remote or in person

What’s Covered

  • Factors companies consider in weighing their restructuring options
  • Pros and cons of restructuring outside bankruptcy
  • Out-of-court options: workouts, asset sales & ABCs
  • Pros and cons of filing for Chapter 11 
  • The differences between traditional Chapter 11 cases, prepacks, prenegotiated bankruptcies, and other bankruptcy options

Before the Session

Prepare the Attendees

Send the attendees an invitation for the session. Include this link, which has the videos and exercise they’ll need to prepare.

Prepare Yourself

Watch the videos and read the exercise so you’re familiar with the Hotshot material.

During the Session

Part 1: Knowledge Check

Ask attendees these questions to ensure they understand the topic:

  • What are the main factors companies consider when weighing restructuring options?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of an out-of-court restructuring vs. Chapter 11?
  • What is a workout, and why is it less common when a company needs operational restructuring?
  • What’s the difference between a prepackaged bankruptcy and a prenegotiated bankruptcy?
  • What’s the main difference between a Chapter 7 and Chapter 11?

Part 2: Group Exercise

Lead a group discussion based on the exercise. To encourage collaboration, divide the attendees into groups to discuss the exercise, then have a representative from each group summarize their views to the larger group. Call on people to share their thoughts and ask others to respond.

Tip for remote sessions: use your web conferencing system’s breakout room feature to divide people into groups.

Part 3: War Stories and Firm Specifics

Share your own experiences and guidance, including:

  • Anecdotes and war stories (e.g., about a near-disaster or a tough negotiation)
  • General practice tips (dos and don’ts)
  • Firm-specific guidance and practices

After the Session

To continue their learning, attendees can check out related courses in Hotshot’s Restructuring topic.

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