Tips for restructuring in a downturn

The economic slump is prompting many companies to restructure, but how you do it depends on whether you are a "have" or a "have-not," says Gerry Hansell, a corporate development exec at Boston Consulting Group. "For a company where their survival's not in question, this is an outstanding time to be making longer-horizon investments." But if financial distress looms, you have to consider how they're going to fund the restructuring, he says.

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