How Venezuela Impacts Crude Oil Prices

EMERGING MARKETS DAILY By Johanna Bennett, Aug. 1, 2017 3:55 p.m. ET Crude oil’s winning streak came to an end today. The U.S. benchmark fell below $50 a barreland brent crude futures for September delivery dropped almost 2.2% to $52.62 a barrel. The cause? Investors once again doubt OPEC’s promised production cuts after reports that the cartel’s production climbed in July. But Brock Hudson, an oil and natural gas expert at Carl Marks Advisors, argues that crude prices are impacted by more than OPEC politics and inventory numbers. Another headline issue -- not always part of reporting on the crude …READ MORE >

3 Key Factors that Put Healthcare Companies at Risk

Industry Snapshot with Partner, Marc Pfefferle, and Managing Director, Jonathan Killion The healthcare industry continues to evolve and many sub-sectors are experiencing disruptive forces that have challenged management teams to maintain and preserve financial performance.  Through our healthcare engagements, Carl Marks Advisors has identified three key factors that put healthcare companies at risk. 1. Care providers and suppliers are experiencing downward pressure on reimbursement rates which can mitigate or even offset growth in overall demand.  Management teams must continue to focus on managing margins, driving efficiencies and finding new creative ways to adapt to…READ MORE >

The Top 5 Skills Needed to be a Successful Restructuring Professional

Jonathan Killion, CFA Managing Director I joined Carl Marks Advisors in the fall of 2007 as an Analyst.  Over the course of the past 10 years, I have had the good fortune of working on dozens of interesting situations and traveling much of the country to do so.  In addition to client service, one of the more recent responsibilities I have acquired has been to identify, hire and integrate into the firm the next generation of talented restructuring professionals. Over the last 3+ years, I have interviewed countless candidates – almost all of…READ MORE >

CAREER SPOTLIGHT: Insights from Doug Booth

We recently had the pleasure of interrupting the newly-retired Doug Booth to capture his insights on what makes Carl Marks Advisors unique and what he enjoyed most about his work as a Partner while at the firm.   Q: Restructuring is not always an obvious career path. How did your background play into your career? A: Restructuring certainly was not a core curriculum in any business program when I attended university. However, studying philosophy and mathematics taught me two different approaches to problem-solving – one narrative, and one numerical. Both were translatable skills…READ MORE >

WHAT’S NEXT FOR FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESSES?

As Q1 2017 comes to a close, it remains to be seen what impact the new administration (and related changes to regulations and other potential initiatives) will have on the business community, including the many smaller and family-owned businesses that make up the fabric of the US business landscape. Is this a time to revisit strategic decisions around scaling businesses, including investing in new technology? And how might new regulations impact the industries they operate in? Carl Marks Advisors has decades of experience advising private, mid-sized and family-owned businesses on solutions for future growth…READ MORE >