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Business Restructuring

A failing business can often be rescued by restructuring it. We offer pragmatic advice to help stabilise and improve such businesses and avoid formal insolvency. Where business rescue is not practical, we work to maximise value for creditors, employees and other stakeholders.

We may be engaged by the struggling company itself, or by domestic and international lenders, creditors, pension funds, private equity providers, alternative investment funds or government agencies. Our top priority is always achieving the best possible financial outcome for our clients.

The solutions we offer include advice on selling (and buying) troubled businesses, streamlining organisations to improve efficiency, finding alternative sources of funding, advice on pensions schemes (which may become a heavy burden on a company), and a range of other corporate support services to help deal with major stress and upheaval.

Working with this team will often take you to company sites, in a role most suited to those who can perform calmly under pressure, thrive on new challenges and work well with a range of people.

Robert Ferne

Robert Ferne


After achieving my A Levels, I joined the civil service and worked for 2 and a half years. As I hadn’t gone to university, I felt like I was missing a higher level qualification which would allow me to pursue the career that I have always wanted.

The BDO school leaver scheme allowed me to work for one of the biggest Accountancy Firms in the world and gain real commercial experience whilst studying towards one of the most prestigious professional qualifications in the marketplace.

Throughout the two years I have been in the Business Restructuring department I have been fortunate enough to work and take responsibility for a wide range of projects that, at other firms, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do. I can definitely say joining BDO was the right decision for me and can see myself here for many years to come.