With economic activity down and frozen credit markets clogging the financing spigot, debt exchanges can be a powerful restructuring tool for issuers facing uncertain cash flows. If structured properly, a debt exchange can provide an opportunity for both issuers and noteholders to benefit. Noteholders gain improved recoveries at premiums unavailable in the broader market. Issuers may be able to avoid difficult and expensive discussions with unmotivated lenders and extend maturities, while preserving opportunity for increased returns to shareholders. However, complex issues that need to be addressed quickly in order to get bondholders to participate often arise during the exchange offer process. Therefore, companies considering debt exchanges need to understand both market and legal dynamics to benefit fully.

The full article appeared in The Deal.