Contingency planning


Contingency planning

Ensuring your company restructure can reduce risk and protect value

When a company is in financial distress and facing a restructure, it’s critical to have a ‘Plan B’ in place to protect value for all stakeholders. Deloitte’s specialists draw on deep experience across industries to provide companies, lenders, investors and other stakeholders with strategic contingency planning and insolvency advice.

The most successful restructures and turnarounds all have one thing in common – meticulous planning. Without this, companies are flying blind and often leave themselves vulnerable to the inevitable shocks that come with distressed situations.

A good contingency plan covers areas such as cash flow, options, risks, opportunities, and stakeholder communication plans. It also provides appropriate guardrails to keep the plan’s execution on track and ensure a company can emerge from distress as quickly as possible, with its reputation and relationships intact.

Our approach

Deloitte’s specialists combine technical and sector expertise with advanced data analytics and visualisation tools to help clients understand likely financial outcomes and recovery prospects.

This approach means we can provide sophisticated options analyses and Plan B scenarios to help facilitate consensus-based deals or restructuring arrangements, even in complex scenarios involving multiple lenders.

If a consensual route is not possible, our team’s specialist knowledge of insolvency legislation covers all the options for undertaking a formal insolvency process. Options might include administrations, receiverships, liquidations, & creditor’s compromises. These options can be viewed in more detail here.

Through the recovery or insolvency process, we:

  • identify stakeholders and manage key concerns throughout the restructuring
  • involve Deloitte’s wider advisory teams (including tax and legal advisors) to assess the full suite of options and then devise detailed fallback planning
  • analyse the viability and use of insolvency-based solutions, if appropriate, and work with companies to implement them.

Supporting stakeholders

We have a proven track record of using contingency planning and insolvency to add value in difficult situations for all stakeholders.

  • Lenders: we typically assess security and negotiation leverage to understand contingency options, which can often include enforcement
  • Corporates: we can help identify options, including developing defensive plans to counter potential action from other stakeholders. Our solutions can also help directors demonstrate that they are acting responsibly, and assist with ‘going concern’ and other statutory duties
  • Investors: we can help to identify downside scenarios to illustrate what a worst-case outcome might look like. We can also undertake options analysis to assist with credit-making decisions and help assess potential returns on exit
  • Other stakeholders, and regulatory bodies: we can assess the leverage each party has in the restructuring and how this can be used to drive an optimal outcome.

How we can help

We typically work with the management or owners of a distressed business who are responsible for underperforming divisions and business units and are seeking radical changes to improve performance. Our team can assist not only with contingency planning but with strategic restructuring and exit options, along with services such as asset rationalisation and debt advisory.

If you would like to discuss contingency planning for your business, please contact one of our Turnaround & Restructuring team.

Get in touch

David Webb

David Webb

National Lead Turnaround & Restructuring

With over 25 years in the restructuring industry, I am passionate about working with clients and their stakeholders to help them make effective decisions. These are decisions that will ultimately opti... More

Rob Campbell

Rob Campbell

Partner - Turnaround & Restructuring

I take great satisfaction in assisting owners and management teams define their strategic plan, consider options and put in place financing and operational strategies to achieve their ambitions. I pro... More

Colin Owens

Colin Owens

Director - Turnaround & Restructuring

I am a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner and part of the leadership team leading the Deloitte nationwide Turnaround and Restructuring team in New Zealand. I have had 30 years’ experience specialising i... More