Investment banks see a surge in demand for restructuring and debt advisory post COVID-19

Acuity Knowledge Partners presents market insights on restructuring and debt advisory, with key inputs from senior investment banking (IB) restructuring specialists.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the global economy. Disruption in economic activity, coupled with high debt levels, has made borrowers vulnerable to the risks of default and bankruptcy.

This paper discusses how the pandemic has accelerated restructuring and debt advisory related activity, which is likely to remain at an elevated level for the next few quarters. We also discuss how Acuity’s functional expertise and capabilities can help Investment Banks and Advisory firms meet a phase of sustained high demand in this area.

Key Takeaways

• Many companies were already troubled leading to the pandemic; the crisis has only
  accelerated their fall.
• Disruption in business activity has led to a rise in defaults and bankruptcies.
• Debt levels, already at an all-time high prior to the pandemic, have surged, primarily
 due to low interest rates.
• There has been a substantial and sudden demand for restructuring and debt advisory.

Ankit Mehrotra

Ankit Mehrotra

Ankit Mehrotra, Associate Director, Investment Banking

Consulting and Research. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he has led sector and product-specialist pilot teams in Renewable Energy and Environmental Finance, Syndicated Loans - Capital Markets, Sustainable finance, Restructuring, Debt Advisory, Strategy, Corporate Development and M&A Coverage. With McKinsey and Ernst & Young, he has worked on client engagements related to market entry strategy and competitive positioning. Ankit holds an MBA with a dual specialization in Finance and Marketing from Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management and earned his B.Com (Hons.) from Delhi University.

Investment banks see a surge in demand for restructuring and debt advisory post COVID-19

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