2018 Distressed Investing Summit

Join the leaders.

Now in its 12th year, the 2018 Distressed Investing Summit featuring the Annual Turnaround Awards will bring together the industry’s leading professionals for an exclusive “Think Tank Forum” symposium and honor the accomplishments of the top distressed investing, restructuring and turnaround practitioners and firms.

Renowned for offering the best networking opportunity to the industry’s established and emerging leaders, opens with One-on-One Direct Connect™ Meetings, features an extraordinary cocktail party at the Winter White House, and will also debut the “Power of Change” Workshop.

This forum assembles the most active restructuring dealmakers, distressed asset investors, bankruptcy judges, advisors, consultants, and other key market experts – academics, media, government and political influencers, and celebrates the leading distressed M&A, restructuring, and refinancing transactions, product & services, firms and professionals in the United States and international markets.



Agenda Highlights

TUESDAY, MARCH 20
1:30 pm–3:30 pm

M&A Advisor Connects™ One-On-One Meetings

6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Opening Cocktail Reception – Mar-A-Lago Club

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21
8:30 am–4:00 pm Symposium
  • Keynote Addresses
  • Stalwarts Roundtables
  • Keynote Conversations
6:30 am–11:30 pm 12th Annual Turnaround Awards Gala
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Awards Dinner
  • After Party
THURSDAY, MARCH 22
8:30 am–12:30 pm “The Power of Change” Workshop


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M&A Advisor Connects™
One-on-One Meetings


TUESDAY, MARCH 20 | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
The Colony


EXPAND YOUR NETWORK. STRENGTHEN RELATIONSHIPS. DISCOVER DEALS.

Think of The M&A Advisor as the ultimate matchmaker and our one-on-one meetings as “speed dating” for the M&A professional. We connect legal and investment advisors, private equity firms, corporate acquirers, policy makers and consultants through pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments to maximize their exposure to deals, capital, and services. This exclusive transaction and financing program helps participants build strategic partnerships and gain access to resources and tools to enhance business.
M&A Advisor Connects™ One-on-One Meetings

TUESDAY, MARCH 20 | 1:30 AM – 3:30 PM
The Colony


EXPAND YOUR NETWORK. STRENGTHEN RELATIONSHIPS. DISCOVER DEALS.

Think of The M&A Advisor as the ultimate matchmaker and our one-on-one meetings as “speed dating” for the M&A professional. We connect legal and investment advisors, private equity firms, corporate acquirers, policy makers and consultants through pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments to maximize their exposure to deals, capital, and services. This exclusive transaction and financing program helps participants build strategic partnerships and gain access to resources and tools to enhance business.




The M&A Advisor is a preeminent thought leader in international finance and M&A. It has provided me with an extraordinary network of dealmakers and colleagues.”

Selig Sacks
Managing Director and General Counsel, Ruton Capital




Opening Cocktail Reception

TUESDAY, MARCH 20 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Mar-A-Lago Club


The Summit’s “Opening Cocktail Reception” will be hosted at the famed Mar-A-Lago Club, one of the most highly regarded private lairs in the world and the new Winter White House. On 20 acres of perfectly landscaped ocean view gardens, Mar-a-Lago Club is considered the crown jewel of Palm Beach and a landmark in the National Register of Historic Places.
Opening Cocktail Reception

TUESDAY, MARCH 20 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Mar-A-Lago Club


The Summit’s “Opening Cocktail Reception” will be hosted at the famed Mar-A-Lago Club, one of the most highly regarded private lairs in the world and the new Winter White House. On 20 acres of perfectly landscaped ocean view gardens, Mar-a-Lago is considered the crown jewel of Palm Beach and a landmark in the National Register of Historic Places.




As a senior executive in a global business, I look forward to participating in the M&A Advisors’ 2014 International Financial Forum in London and sharing experiences with other dealmakers who are focused on innovative cross-border opportunities and transactions.”

Jack Butler
Chief Executive Officer Birch Lake Holdings, LP




The Symposium

THURSDAY, MARCH 23 | 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
The Colony – Palm Beach, FL


Over the past decade, The M&A Advisor’s annual independent “Think Tank” for restructuring, recapitalization, and business reorganizations has become the gathering place for industry leaders to:

Inform Share wisdom and war stories. Engage your peers, the other industry leaders.
Debate Challenge convention. Be heard in the interactive think tank symposium.
Network Be social. Its easy when you’re pool-side at Mar-A-Lago Club and The Colony.
Promote Demonstrate your prowess. The leading media are there and listening.
Celebrate Raise a glass. Toast the winners of the 11th Annual Turnaround Awards.

In our interactive roundtable format, delegates will participate with their peers - investors, advisors, adjudicators, media, and academics, in the dialogue about the key issues in our industry.
The Symposium

THURSDAY, MARCH 23 | 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
The Colony – Palm Beach, FL


Over the past decade, The M&A Advisor’s annual independent “Think Tank” for restructuring, recapitalization, and business reorganizations has become the gathering place for industry leaders to:

Inform Share wisdom and war stories. Engage your peers, the other industry leaders.
Debate Challenge convention. Be heard in the interactive think tank symposium.
Network Be social. Its easy when you’re pool-side at Mar-A-Lago Club and The Colony.
Promote Demonstrate your prowess. The leading media are there and listening.
Celebrate Raise a glass. Toast the winners of the 11th Annual Turnaround Awards.

In our interactive roundtable format, delegates will participate with their peers - investors, advisors, adjudicators, media, and academics, in the dialogue about the key issues in our industry.

The Summit Faculty features




The M&A Advisor Awards are a mark of distinction and the recognition bestowed on the winners is both meaningful and substantive.”

Rodger Krouse
Co-CEO, Sun Capital Partners




12th Annual
Turnaround Awards


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 | 6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
The Colony


The 12th Annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards, the benchmark for restructuring excellence, will recognize the leading distressed M&A transactions, restructuring, refinancing, products and services, firms and professionals in the United States and international markets. In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of the top performers of the year, the Awards will recognize the 2018 Lifetime Achievement and Leadership Award winners. The evening features an Awards Gala Reception, Dinner, and our infamous Closing Party.
12th Annual
Turnaround Awards


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 | 6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
The Colony


The 12th Annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards, the benchmark for restructuring excellence, will recognize the leading distressed M&A transactions, restructuring, refinancing, products and services, firms and professionals in the United States and international markets. In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of the top performers of the year, the Awards will recognize the 2018 Lifetime Achievement and Leadership Award winners. The evening features an Awards Gala Reception, Dinner, and our infamous Closing Party.




The M&A Advisor's Symposiums give participants access to premium caliber international deal makers and provide the platform for connecting with Distinguished Faculty Members. I have found these professional exchanges have been the basis of numerous successful transactions over the years. As a former judge of the M&A Advisor Awards, I know that the winning transactions and firms have been evaluated against the highest professional standards. Those fortunate enough to become winners of the M&A Advisor Awards have reached the pinnacle of their careers.”

John K. Castle
Chairman, Castle Harlan