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This book is different given that it gives you a more practical look at the subject than just theory. Main reason I think is that its written by people in the business. Also very easy read, which makes it so much better as a source of reference to go to any chapter to refresh your knowledge. I wanted something concise and comprehensive and could not have asked for a better book. Now I wish that it was more detailed.
The Art of Distressed M&A, unlike many books that have come before on this topic, is a well written, well organized source of truly practical advice on leading and/or participating in a troubled company sale process. Accessible to the business executive and the distressed advisor alike, the book treats all aspects of the distressed company sale process in great detail, without being overly burdened by jargon. I highly recommend the book to young legal and banking professionals embarking on a career in distressed advisory work, as well as company management teams seeking to understand what lies ahead as their company heads toward the auction block.
"The Art of Distressed M&A" is an excellent book for any investor's shelf. As an equity research professional, I was looking for a book to give me an overview of the bankruptcy process. Not only did the book provide all of the key basics, it also had enough depth to become a fantastic resource that I have on my bookshelf to go to every time I need to know something about bankruptcies.
I thought the book had many strengths, but I will mention just a few:
1. The organization of the book was excellent. As someone with experience in finance, but with virtually no knowledge about bankruptcies, I was afraid that any book on the topic would be far too detailed for what I was looking for. That turned out not to be the case at all with "The Art of Distressed M&A." The book started with general bankruptcy topics then became more and more complex as the book proceeds. This allowed me to get all the bankruptcy basics that I was looking for (i.e. on DIP financing, Chapter 7s vs. Chapter 11s, etc.) in the first sections of the book.
As the writing proceeds, it becomes more and more detailed. I found myself skimming the last few sections, but I think that was the authors' intent. The final sections are more as a reference resource than something to read like a novel. Now I know that whenever I need a specific detail about bankruptcy M&A, I can simply go to the index and find what I'm looking for.
2. Statistics. The authors really focused on the important statistics, which were timely, without overloading the flow of the writing with numbers.
3. Quotes. At the beginning of each chapter, the authors put an excellent quote from a variety of different disciplines. I found myself highlighting virtually every quote, which really shows that the authors thought deeply about including the best ones to capture each chapter's message.
In summary, I highly recommend adding this to your bookshelf if you are a serious investor who wants to further understand the basics and intricacies of bankruptcies. I really thought this was a great purchase and a fantastic book that I will refer to for years to come.
A great book that covers far more than restructuring. Some of the most valuable insights were not apparent at first. As the book dives deeper into company structure and thus restructuring, you begin to see the value in peeling back the layers of a corporation to find out what they do well and where they can improve. I used this book as a way to take a corporation and "reverse engineer" its progression to discover what they do well, and more importantly, what they chose not to do as a matter of strategy. The tools provided here will make any company stronger in avoiding the pitfalls of a restructuring and navigating through the complexities of restructuring if so needed.
The Art of Distressed M&A should be on the bookshelf of anyone looking to take a deeper dive into what makes a corporation great, what signs emerge when a corporation is faltering, and how to successfully restructure and emerge as a stronger corporation. The "Art" of this book is in the the straightforward concepts brought forward in a way that make the application of knowledge something that can be used next day.
In addition to the book being a valuable tool, one of the authors (Jeff Anapolsky) is a professor at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, a top 10 business school. At the Jones School Mr. Anapolsky's courses add to the fundamentals of finance not typically covered in traditional graduate education. His teaching experience also includes Bankruptcy Law at University of Houston Law Center, Corporate Finance at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and Financial Decision Making for Managers at University of Maryland University College.