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Singapore gains top debt restructurer from London

Business consultant AlixPartners has opened a new Singapore office and hired one of London's leading debt restructurers to lead it. 

Matt Hinds, former managing partner and chairman of restructuring boutique THM Partners, joined AlixPartners yesterday after it acquired THM. Hinds spent nearly 15 years with London-based THM, where he was latterly chairman and managing partner. 

AlixPartners is headquartered in New York but has 25 offices worldwide. The Singapore office is led by Shiv Shivaraman and Lian Hoon Lim. Hinds will become a managing director.

Restructuring is the art of taking a company struggling with its debt load and restructuring (get it) its debt to be manageable within a company’s financial profile – which can involve negotiating with the holders of that debt or accessing emergency, depending on the situation.

As one Rothschild banker (restructurer) told us, “while corporate finance is usually about value maximizing, in restructuring it’s about loss minimization. You’re looking through a different end of a telescope.” Hinds acts as a chief restructuring officer (CRO), working within corporates and alongside bankers to maintain liquidity and restructure debt in an effort to steer companies away from bankruptcy. 

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