Bloomberg Law
Sept. 8, 2020, 8:19 AM

ANALYSIS: There’s No Spike in Distressed Acquisitions Yet

Grace Maral Burnett
Grace Maral Burnett
Legal Analyst

In the transactional world, many are watching for an uptick in distressed deals, but we aren’t seeing abnormal levels of distressed deal activity yet. Pending and completed bankruptcy and liquidation acquisitions and publicly filed Section 363 asset sale agreements still track previous levels. Data from the Great Recession and the years following suggest that if there will be any spike resulting from the current Great Lockdown recession, as some are calling it, it may not start to materialize until 2021.

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