Pivot Points Newsletter: February 2023

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    Receive and explore monthly insights from our Restructuring & Dispute Resolution team.


    Navigating distress in commercial and multifamily real estate

    More than a decade has passed since the Great Recession of 2008, the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, and the economic recovery that followed beginning in 2012. In this article we provide a brief overview of debt restructuring conditions impacting Commercial Mortgaged-Back Securities (CMBS), discuss the importance of building a feasible business plan, and outline critical components of a successful real estate workout including maintaining an open dialogue between borrowers and secured lenders to help navigate distressed debt in the commercial and multifamily real estate space.

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    Q&A: Tips for a distressed real estate market

    In this Q&A, Debra Morgan, Managing Director of the Restructuring and Dispute Resolution Practice at CohnReznick, provides some tips for how those in the real estate market can navigate an economic downturn and a distressed market.

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    Case Studies

    Student Housing

    Background: During COVID-19, when students were sent home and learning was moved online, a student housing community experienced crime, occupancy decline, and liquidity constraints. As a result, the organization needed a capital injection for repairs and operations. The maturing bridge loan contained extension options and the covenant conditions could not be met by the property.

    Our Role: Advisor


    • Negotiated covenant waivers
    • Reduced fees for the extension of the maturity date, incentivizing the sponsor’s new equity injection for repairs
    • Changed property management and stabilized the property through the 2021-2022 school year
    • Generated covenant and fee concessions that allowed the sponsor to forgo a $7M+ capital call
    • Stabilized property was positioned for sale and the loan was retired in 2022

    Specialty Office

    Background: An owner-occupied office building had been financed with bank debt and very low leverage prior to securing a third-party lease for the entire building. With the lease, the owner wanted to maximize the value of the building and refinance the bank loan.

    Our Role: Advisor


    Identified a new financing source to retire the full-recourse bank loan with a higher loan to value and non-recourse debt, allowing the owners to monetize part of their equity. After a year of lease seasoning, the building was sold, and the owners were able to fully realize their investment and ~$1M ROI.

    Recent Engagements

    Chain of Fitness Clubs

    Our role: Retained by the chapter 7 trustee to perform insolvency and valuation analysis for litigation support of various recovery actions.

    Beach, Golf, and Yacht Resort Community

    Our role: Conducted a forensic investigation of financial reporting and management services that were provided by a third party.

    Vitamin Company

    Our role: Served as financial advisor in chapter 11 bankruptcy. We prepared a new business plan with detailed financial projections and managed negotiations and settlement of claims against the Debtor’s estate.

    Webinar: Considerations for creating shareholder value in a volatile market

    CohnReznick, Winston & Strawn, and SPAC Insider hosted the webinar “Considerations for Creating Shareholder Value in a Volatile Market” which discussed the challenges that public companies, and those considering a public company transaction, must address to be successful in the current market. Watch the recording and learn more about the current trends of rising interest rates and inflationary cost increases, as well as other trends, that have imposed downward pressures on publicly traded equity prices, especially for businesses that became publicly traded via a de-SPAC merger.

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    ACG New York DealMakers Dinner Series (Feb. 9) – Speaking/Attending

    12th Annual Distressed Forum for Bank Special Assets (East) (Feb. 14-15) – Attending 

    Structured Finance Association SFVegas 2023 (Feb. 26 – Mar. 1) – Attending

    McGuireWoods’ 19th Annual Healthcare Private Equity and Finance Conference (Mar. 1-2) – Speaking/Attending

    National Real Estate Women’s Forum (Mar. 2) – Speaking/Attending

    2023 ACG Texas Capital Connection (Mar. 7-8) – Attending

    IWIRC's 20th Annual Spring Conference (Apr. 19-20) - Attending

    ABI Annual Spring Meeting (Apr. 20-22) – Attending

    ABI VALCON 2023 (May 1-3) – Attending 


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    Kevin Clancy

    CPA, JD, CIRA, CFF, CTP, Global Director, Restructuring and Dispute Resolution Practice

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