Surviving the Retail Apocalypse
The pace of retail bankruptcies accelerated in 2017 and 2018 as the ongoing so-called "retail apocalypse" recently claimed iconic victims in Toys "R" Us, Claire's, Bon-Ton and several more. Aside from crushing debt, e-commerce competition, misbegotten inventory and merchandising strategies, some potentially viable restructurings turned into contentious liquidations due to complicated intellectual property matters, real estate issues and inventory management missteps.
Please join the Debtwire team and esteemed panelists in discussing the latest trends and challenges around consumer retail restructurings.
- What are some of the complexities around intellectual property in retail restructurings that vex legal teams?
- What separates a retailer that is able to be reorganized as a going concern from one that must undergo liquidation? How does the debt structure impact retailer survivability?
- What issues are affecting suppliers and what is the impact of those issues on the restructuring process? How are consignment goods complicating claims even further?
- How are real estate issues affecting the restructuring process, especially for “free fall” bankruptcy cases? What are the challenges of SPV/PropCo structures on retail restructuring process?
- Examine recent retail intercreditor disputes and litigation.
- Assessment of legacy retailers adopting an e-commerce platform. What can be learned from companies that successfully monetized the internet vs bankrupt retailers that did not?
- What are the long-term prospects of brick-and-mortar consumer retail businesses?
- As the retail industry faces a wall of maturing debt between now and next several years will industry's troubled financial position along with changing credit markets signal continued distress?
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