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We aim to use strategy, finance and leadership tools to explore why and when trouble emerges within corporates and how to stem it and successfully turn companies around.

Turnarounds and Transformation: Overcoming adversity, and thriving from it

This inter-disciplinary course will equip you with toperational, strategic and financial tools to both identify the sources of trouble, and help you overcome it. In these two days, we will dive into the challenge of dealing with adversity. The dirty secret of corporate life is that firms, left to their own devices, can easily get in trouble. The good news is that being able to overcome adversity and effectively tackle challenges that corporations, or divisions of healthy corporates face, can add a lot of value. This course will allow you to identify the tell-tales of trouble and will equip you with the tools to cope with adversity, taking a troubled firm in safe waters.

We will consider the full gamut, from operational and strategic transformation to financial restructuring, and we will provide an overview of the issues, and participants in the turnaround ecosystem. We will cover organizations in multiple geographies and sectors, including the government, and consider how to approach turnaround and transformation as an owner, manager, creditor, or advisor.


Key Learning Outcomes

The participants who have completed this course will be expected to understand the following questions:

  • Why do companies get in trouble? What are the different types of issues companies face, and how can I unlock value?
  • How do operational, strategic and financial problems relate to each other, and how can I best tackle them?
  • What are the tell-tales of corporate trouble, and how do I stem trouble early?
  • What can I learn from successful (and failed!) efforts to turn companies around?
  • How should I prioritize and structure the turnaround process?
  • Who are the key stakeholders in a turnaround and a financial restructuring, and how should I relate to them?
  • What is my role as an advisor, and how should I relate to management, creditors and other stakeholders?
  • How do I manage the transformation or turnaround process in a large, possibly global corporate?


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Course Structure

January 31
  • Why companies get in trouble, and what to do to help them
  • From success to trouble and back: Saatchi & Saatchi
  • Dealing with the downsides of uncontrolled growth: Target Express
  • Getting a grip of a company in trouble: YRB and the role of cash
  • Reflection point: Turnaround experiences and challenges in the group
February 1
  • Turning around a subsidiary of a global corporate: Vodafone Turkey
  • Understanding banks, advisors, and the turnaround ecosystem
  • From turnaround to financial restructuring: Lessons from Conergy
  • Turnaround advisors and working in the public sector: UCLH

Target Audience

  • Executives who want to hone their skills and understand why and how companies get in trouble, and how to get them out of trouble
  • Executives who want to become better at diagnosing and acting under pressure, and improve their analytical and decision-making skills
  • Executives who are considering turning a company around, as an owner, manager, or advisor
  • Owners or executives concerned about under-performance who want to see a quantum leap in a company they own or manage
  • Advisors and consultants who want to sharpen their turnaround and restructuring skills
  • Creditors and debtors who want to better understand the way companies get in trouble, and who want to be more successful in running their portfolio companies
  • Bankers who want to gain a business understanding of companies which suffer either from excessive leverage or from operational and strategic problems
  • Investors considering buying and improving companies in financial or operational trouble


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