The Journal of Corporate Renewal

March 2015

Distress in a Familiar Industry: Construction Contracting
When I last served as guest editor for JCR, I worked with a team of talented authors who as recently as seven years ago could never have imagined that they would one day contribute turnaround-themed articles related to an industry that for years was considered recession-proof: casino gaming.

Finding the Best Path Forward During a Contractor Turnaround
When a turnaround professional is engaged to assist a company that operates in an industry with the second-highest default rate in the United States contracting—he or she can be sure of a challenging assignment ahead.

Staying the Course When the Training Wheels Are Gone
Since the late 1970s, federal, state, and local government agencies have established programs to help socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs gain access to the economic mainstream of American society.

Ability to Grow, Shrink Quickly Is Key to Contractors' Survival
During most of the 2000s the North American construction industry has been in recovery mode. The new millennium began with the cogeneration power bust post-Enron, followed by the residential construction boom and bust, which led to the Great Recession, and now the oil bust. However, most distressed contractors find themselves in trouble less because of the macroeconomic environment and more because of overconfident and overzealous decision making.

Building an Effective Workout Strategy for Contractor Clients
Typically, a lender can rely on receivables as collateral to support revolving lines of credit and similar credit facilities. However, the remedies and protections for suppliers, labor, and subcontractors significantly impact a lender’s ability to rely on a contractor’s receivables. Because of these remedies, contractor receivables effectively have little reliable value, although hard assets of contractors can provide reliable collateral for loans. Understanding these remedies is key to determining how best to handle a distressed contractor.

Cyclical Industry Requires Careful Risk Management
Construction is a great business. Good contractors can build excellent companies and generate healthy profits. Construction is also a risky business. Almost half of all contractors in business today will be out of business five years from now.

Seven Ways for Professionals to Get Paid in Chapter 11
Payment of professionals in Chapter 11 is a complex process intended to ensure transparency and fairness. It can also be a maze filled with traps for the unwary.

Victoria White Baudier: Back Home
Victoria White Baudier is a partner in the Transactions and Corporate Advisory Services Practice Group in the New Orleans office of Adams and Reese LLP. Her experience includes general business counseling, commercial litigation, bankruptcy transactions and litigation, asset acquisitions, franchise transactions and litigation, intellectual property (IP) litigation, commercial financial transactions, and both real estate and asset foreclosures.

Building a Better Industry
This month’s JCR is devoted to topics surrounding the construction industry, which offers me the perfect opportunity to speak of TMA’s role and my interest in building a better industry for all of us who are in the business of saving distressed enterprises.

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