Buying in a time of crisis

Uncovering deal opportunities and creating value in event-driven environments

See through uncertainty with confidence

In a world where uncertainty is the new normal, we can help you cut through the noise to identify and move on deal opportunities that will help your business to thrive. Companies operating in a time of crisis can experience pressures that may lead them to sell all or part of their business. This is an opportunity for investors to find the right assets and unlock the value post deal. But making the right move can be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

The uncertainty of events that lead companies into distressed and special situations are often hard to evaluate. We understand the many investment strategies available to different buyers and investors and can help you identify the right target, evaluate the opportunity, execute the deal and mitigate risk. We’re at your side to help you succeed in a wide spectrum of outcomes, helping you identify and test multiple scenarios.

“Today’s deal environment is fast and complex. We help clients bring their future into focus by delivering transaction opportunities and navigating the often unpredictable path to deal success in distressed situations.”

— Domenic Marino, Deals Practice Leader, PwC Canada

Six steps to optimize distressed investments

Distressed investing can provide the opportunity to identify and invest in overlooked opportunities in the market. That's where we come in, to help you find the right deals, move forward with confidence and execute an effective strategy.

Here are six steps you can take to create value in event-driven environments, and how we can help:


Six steps

Find opportunities

Go with experience when evaluating distressed opportunities.

By using our proprietary distress models, data analytics capabilities and global network, we can identify the right deal to meet your strategic objectives.

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Develop a strategy for superior returns

Uncover opportunities that create lasting value.

Distressed opportunities are complex and can be influenced by many factors, including the original cause of distress, potential resolutions and the actions of creditors and other stakeholders. With this complexity in mind, we can help you develop a deal strategy and evaluate the financial and operational alternatives and post-deal outcomes—to stay ahead of changing dynamics and capitalize on the situation with confidence.

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Perform due diligence

Move ahead at the right time with the right deal.

There are often hurdles when completing a thorough financial analysis on a troubled company, including complex legal issues and a lack of reliable data. We have industry expertise and data analytics capabilities to help fill the information gaps typically found in distressed situations.

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Structure the deal

Build lasting value with a properly structured deal.

Achieve your deal objectives by properly structuring the transaction. Move ahead with reliable acquisition and financial advice, and be confident that your decisions can lead to enhanced performance, better returns and reduced risk.

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Close with confidence

Fuel your future with a fair deal.

Do you have everything you need to close? Increased regulation and the threat of lawsuits are putting added pressure on fund managers, executives and boards of directors to make sure distressed acquisitions are financially fair and justifiable to shareholders and investors. We can provide a credible, independent and objective assessment of the financial fairness of the deal, giving stakeholders the confidence they need to close.

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Realize deal value

Redirect distress into strength.

The deal is closed and now the team of investors and management have to act on the opportunities that made the investment worthwhile. Our team has the experience and capability to jump in with you and make the necessary changes happen in the short, medium and long term. We advise you from inception through to when you eventually divest; and that consistency is what makes the difference in distressed investing. 

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Domenic Marino

Domenic Marino

National Deals Leader, Partner, PwC Canada

Tel: +1 416 941 8265

Sean Rowe

Sean Rowe

Deals Markets Leader and Value Creation Leader, Partner, PwC Canada

Tel: +1 416 815 5093

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