News Release

‘Seller Capitulation’ Fueling Increase in Sale Of Energy Sector Assets: Locke Lord LLP

July 24, 2015
BOSTON, July 24, 2015 – Signs of an increase in “seller capitulation” – an uptick in bankruptcy filings, increased concerns about liquidity and access to capital, continued pricing pressure – are motivating potential sellers to unload assets or businesses in order to pay down debt and increase liquidity, said Locke Lord Partners Bill Swanstrom during a program in the Firm’s Boston office on Thursday that addressed financial distress in the energy sector.

“That’s the good news for potential buyers of companies,” said Swanstrom, who is Co-Chair of Locke Lord’s Energy Practice Group. “The challenge for buyers, as always in these situations, is deciphering whether they are buying a ‘falling knife,’ or instead are buying quality companies or assets at attractive prices, with the opportunity to generate a significant upside.”

Adding to that challenge is the fact that downturns tend to result in more litigation risk, more employment-related claims and more counterparty credit-risk. Careful due diligence by buyers can help mitigate that risk, as can strong indemnities and – increasingly – rep and warranty insurance products, Swanstrom added.

A Q&A Series package on “Financial Distress in the Energy Sector” – pulled from the Boston event on Thursday -- includes the following features from Swanstrom and Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Insolvency Partners Rick Kuebel and Jonathan Young.

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