Transactions and Turnaround Advisory Year in Review
Amid unprecedented market conditions and economic factors, CohnReznick’s Transactions and Turnaround Advisory practice helped clients close M&A transactions, restructure and turnaround stressed and distressed businesses, finance new capital projects, and calculate the value of a wide range of assets. The team’s ability to combine industry expertise and situational experience resulted in outstanding client outcomes.
Read on for representative highlights of the past year, or click on each bullet below to skip to the relevant section:
Throughout the past year, members of Transactions and Turnaround Advisory were sought after by media outlets for their perspectives and insights.
Our team grew by 12% in 2020, with 20 promotions, including three members of the team promoted to partner/principal.
Newly promoted partners/principals:
Vikram Devanga, Principal, Transactional Advisory Services
Tara A. Marino, ASA, Principal, Valuation Advisory Services
Jeffrey Michelson, CPA, Partner, Transactional Advisory Services
Our Restructuring and Dispute Resolution practice brings together multidisciplinary teams that work alongside management to preserve asset value and rebuild stakeholder confidence. We untangle complicated financial situations and help keep clients moving forward.
Sporting goods manufacturer refinances as a result of successful restructuring. A strategic increase in cash flow and reduction in expenses helped this stressed client establish stable ground. Read the full client story >
Pawn shop and check-cashing business defaulted on $14 million loan. An out-of-court restructuring, followed by a successful turnaround, led to a debt sale and a new lease on life. Read the full client story >
Successful 363 sale allows distressed costume company to write its next chapter. After the business filed under Chapter 11, CohnReznick and CohnReznick Capital collaborated as financial advisor and investment banker, and ultimately the company’s assets were sold out of bankruptcy to a new owner. Read the full client story>
Awards and recognition
The Global M&A Network recognized CohnReznick with the Out-of-Court Restructuring of the Year Award (mid-markets) in their 12th Annual Turnaround Atlas Awards. The independently governed awards distinguish excellence in various categories of transactions, outstanding firms, top U.S. professionals, and other leaders. Learn more >
Cynthia Romano and Chris Creger were awarded the Turnaround Management Association’s (TMA) 2020 Turnaround and Transaction of the Year Award for their successful turnaround and sale of Allentown, Pennsylvania-based Coordinated Health. Learn more >
Chris Creger was selected to the American Bankruptcy Institute’s “40 Under 40” list for 2020. Chris was selected for his years of delivering successful outcomes for distressed companies, having worked on over 250 engagements in various leadership capacities such as chief executive officer and chief restructuring officer. Learn more >
The Restructuring and Dispute Resolution team expanded its Texas presence, in response to increased demand for support with restructurings and turnarounds as a result of low energy commodity prices. Learn more >
Industry veteran David Weinstein joined the team to lead workout and restructuring services in the Southeast, and expand the firm’s presence in Florida. Learn more >
Our Project Finance and Consulting team models and analyzes financial structures to optimize capital programs, real estate development and investment, public-private partnerships, and energy and infrastructure.
Project Finance and Consulting deal team helps developer and community facilitate financing with federal and state tax credit allocations. At the newly redeveloped A. Hoen & Co. Lithograph Building in Baltimore, tenants are set to provide educational programs including GED studies, literacy training, and citizenship and job training classes. Together, the tenants form the Center for Neighborhood Innovation (CNI), intended to bind community leaders from all fields to solve problems in distressed neighborhoods. A winning deal for the developer and the community.
Team helps nonprofit public charter school and community facilitate financing with $12.5 million tax credit allocation. The Detroit Achievement Academy (DAA) needed to expand. With a student population of about 235 and hundreds more waitlisted, the academy contacted our team to help them facilitate financing using New Markets Tax Credits. As a result of the work performed by our finance professionals, DAA can renovate their existing facility and add a 30,000-square-foot expansion that will allow them to serve 500 students, provide shared learning space, expand current enrichment programming, and improve accessibility and infrastructure to provide equitable access for learners, families, staff, and community members.
Our Valuation Advisory Services team helps companies determine credible valuations that enable them to solve business problems, comply with regulations, and attract capital.
Valuation professionals collaborate with Transaction Advisory and CFO Advisory practices in advance of a $300 million restaurant industry deal. CohnReznick performed the ASC 805 purchase price allocation for financial reporting purposes, which included the valuation of assets acquired including identified intangible assets, machinery and equipment, and above/below market real estate leases. Our team also valued non-cash consideration components of purchase price paid (i.e., earnout, previously held equity interest, etc.). In subsequent quarters, we provided valuation consulting services to management in connection with its interim ASC 350 goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible asset impairment testing, as well as quarterly earnout valuation updates.
Worldwide financial services organization hires CohnReznick to value its energy projects; Big Four service provider is replaced by CohnReznick. As a result of our work, the client, with a high degree of confidence, can record a defendable fair value amount of asset impairment or expected future asset impairment for GAAP accounting on their energy projects.
Cannabis industry experience combined with valuation expertise results in outstanding outcome for real estate investment trust (REIT) client that focuses on sale-leasebacks of cannabis cultivation centers. As part of their financial reporting requirements, our client is required to report fair values of properties acquired through an Asset Allocation (ASC 805). Our team is their sole provider of proper reports and fair value measurements for acquisitions. We leverage the firm’s cannabis and real estate industry involvement and thought leadership to critically enhance the deliverables in a new and emerging marketplace.
Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Market Studies and Appraisals. Our team provides developers and investors with the right information to make data-driven decisions. By leveraging the nation’s most comprehensive housing data and analysis of its kind, we help developers and investors achieve their vision. Combining the knowledge and experience of our Valuation team and our Affordable Housing practice, we provide a holistic view of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program sensitivities and the know-how required to yield value-driven, actionable insights. Learn more >
Valuation of Complex Financial Instruments. By collaborating with the firm’s Financial Sponsors and Financial Services industry practice, our Valuation professionals help private equity and venture capital firms calculate valuations of equity instruments, debt instruments, hybrid instruments, interest, currency and commodity derivatives. In the event of a security issuance or M&A transaction, our team develops customized models and derives supportable inputs to value derivatives for financial reporting and tax purposes. Learn more> Contact Anna Kamenova
Awards and recognition
For the third year in a row, CohnReznick was named the Transaction Advisory Firm of the Year in Global M&A Network’s 12th Annual Atlas Awards. Learn more >
CohnReznick’s inaugural Middle Market Deal Source event attracted over 60 private equity investors and investment bankers, resulting in over 400 deal meetings. Two Middle Market Deal Source events are planned for 2021. Learn more >
Natalie Tronkina, principal in the Transactional Advisory Services practice, was honored as part of the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2020 Women of Influence in Accounting. Learn more >
Claudine M. Cohen, Managing Principal, Transactions & Turnaround Advisory
Kevin Clancy, CPA, JD, CIRA, CFF, Global Director, Restructuring and Dispute Resolution
Cynthia Romano, Global Director, Restructuring and Dispute Resolution Practice
Marshall Phillips, Managing Principal, Project Finance and Consulting
Margaret Shanley, Principal, Transactional Advisory Services Practice Leader
Patricia L. McGarr, MAI, CRE, FRICS, CRA, Principal, National Director - Valuation Advisory Services
Case StudyRestructuring and Dispute Resolution case study: Sporting goods manufacturerRead how CohnReznick team members helped a sporting goods manufacturer reduce expenses, generate cash flow, and refinance their asset-based loan facility.
Case StudyRestructuring and Dispute Resolution case study: Financial institution and retail business transactionRead how CohnReznick team members helped a pawn shop business avoid a forced liquidation by developing a turnaround plan, reducing expenses, and selling debt.
Case StudyRestructuring and Dispute Resolution case study: Costume company transactionCohnReznick and CohnReznick Capital team members served as financial advisor and investment banker after a Chapter 11 filing, eventually guiding a 363 sale.
Press ReleaseCohnReznick wins 2020 TMA Turnaround of the Year AwardCohnReznick LLP, a leading advisory, assurance, and tax firms in the United States, today announced that Cynthia Romano and Chris Creger of its Restructuring & Dispute Resolution practice have been awarded the prestigious Turnaround Management Association (TMA) 2020 Turnaround and Transaction of the Year Award for their success as Chief Restructuring Officer in the turnaround and sale of Allentown, Pennsylvania-based Coordinated Health (CH).
Press ReleaseChris Creger named to ABI's "40 Under 40" 2020 listCohnReznick LLP, one of the leading advisory, assurance, and tax firms in the United States, today announced that Chris Creger has been named to the American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) “40 Under 40” list for 2020.
Press ReleaseCohnReznick named Top Transaction Advisory Firm by Global M&A NetworkCohnReznick LLP, one of the leading advisory, assurance, and tax firms in the United States, today announced that CohnReznick has been named the Transaction Advisory Firm winner in Global M&A Network’s 12th Annual Atlas Awards.
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