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Restructuring calls heat up

September 30, 2009

After a cool few months, the phones are heating up again for restructuring advisors. 

Michael Kramer, head of restructuring at Perella Weinberg Partners, told the Reuters Restructuring Summit that the calls he gets from possible clients aren’t quite as panicked as early this year. 

“I think the new inquiries are picking up today — not nearly the way they were at the beginning of the year, and the emotion behind the inquiry is a little bit different.

“At the beginning of the year, it was desperation. We are in real trouble. We have to do this. How are we going to deal with this? We are going to have problems next week. We are running out of capital.” 

“Today it’s much more, ‘We think we’re going to have a problem in the future and how do we deal with that?’” 

Some distressed companies looking for buyers may want to take solace in the fact that it looks to Kramer like there might be some interested buyers out there now.

He says they’ve been calling to, saying “We’re fine, we’re healthy, but we want to take advantage of the overall situation.”

(Reporting by Caroline Humer)

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