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2018 annual restructuring experts survey: a bit of the old mixed with a bit of the new

January 2018
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Will there be even more restructuring activity in 2018? Which industries in the US and abroad are most likely to face distress this year? What caused the record number of retail bankruptcies last year? More than 200 North American restructuring experts gave us their opinions on those and many other critical questions.

At a glance

  • 50% of experts said they expect more restructurings in the US, and 39% said they think the number will stay the same as in 2017.
  • 84% of respondents picked retail as one of their top three industries most likely to face distress in 2018, up from 67% in last year’s poll.
  • Healthcare earned the second spot on the most-likely-to-expect-distress list in this year’s survey.
  • Surprisingly, the restaurant and foodservice industry came in third. That sector has not been ranked among the top three industries in this survey since 2012.

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