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Case
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Reference no. 9-211-026
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Originally published in: 2017
Version: 6 January 2017
Revision date: 09-Feb-2017

Abstract

One of the world's leading investors in distressed companies, Oaktree Capital Management, is contemplating a 'loan to own' investment in the debt of Countrywide plc, a financially troubled residential real estate agent based in the UK. Only sixteen months earlier, Countrywide was acquired by private equity investor Apollo Management LP in a leveraged buyout. Although Countrywide is the largest real estate agent in the UK, and has a strong portfolio of assets, its economic fortunes have declined suddenly with the widespread collapse of global financial and real estate markets, putting it in danger of defaulting on its debt and having to restructure under a UK Scheme of Arrangement.
Location:
Size:
8,958 employees, gross revenue GBP600 million
Other setting(s):
2008

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Abstract

One of the world's leading investors in distressed companies, Oaktree Capital Management, is contemplating a 'loan to own' investment in the debt of Countrywide plc, a financially troubled residential real estate agent based in the UK. Only sixteen months earlier, Countrywide was acquired by private equity investor Apollo Management LP in a leveraged buyout. Although Countrywide is the largest real estate agent in the UK, and has a strong portfolio of assets, its economic fortunes have declined suddenly with the widespread collapse of global financial and real estate markets, putting it in danger of defaulting on its debt and having to restructure under a UK Scheme of Arrangement.

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Location:
Size:
8,958 employees, gross revenue GBP600 million
Other setting(s):
2008

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