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Farlie Turner Announces New Division for Distressed Companies

By: - Date: 02/15/2010

Fort Lauderdale, FL - Ft. Lauderdale-based investment banking firm Farlie Turner & Co. has announced the formation of the Special Situations Group to provide merger and acquisition, capital raising and financial advisory services to middle market companies experiencing financial difficulties, ranging from underperforming to significantly distressed. The Special Situations Group will be complementary to the firm’s existing investment banking practice, which focuses on serving growth-oriented middle market companies. Steven Zuckerman has joined Farlie Turner to head the new division.

Prior to joining Farlie Turner, Zuckerman founded Innovo Capital, LLC, a principal investment group formed to facilitate an acquisition of a distressed lower middle market company. He remains the Managing Partner of Innovo Capital and a director of its portfolio company. Prior to Innovo Capital, Zuckerman was an attorney with the nationally recognized law firm of Berger Singerman, where he specialized in representing financially distressed businesses, bankruptcy trustees and investors in connection with the purchase and sale of distressed companies and assets. Before joining Berger Singerman, Zuckerman was Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel for a high-growth technology company.

Farlie Turner’s Special Situations Group will provide a full range of investment banking services to companies that are experiencing challenging corporate and capital market situations. Services provided by the Special Situations Group include the following:

  • Analyzing and evaluating strategic alternatives
  • Mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
  • Implementing and managing a sale process under
  • Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code
  • Assisting with the development of plans of reorganization
  • Capital raising (debt and equity)
  • Balance sheet restructurings
  • Providing valuations, fairness and solvency opinions

“Farlie Turner has launched the Special Situations Group to meet the need in the Southeast for an investment banking firm with the depth and range of expertise that companies require to successfully address the financial challenges associated with faltering operational performance and liquidity issues,” said firm partner Craig Farlie. “By combining Steve’s knowledge and expertise in restructuring with Farlie Turner’s brand, personnel and strong investment banking capabilities, we believe we can offer distressed companies a differentiated level of service and exceptional advice. We are excited to have Steve Zuckerman join our team and look forward to building a leading investment banking practice focused on the distressed market.” 

Twice recognized as a member of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite “Up and Coming” attorneys, Zuckerman has authored several published articles on various restructuring topics, and is also the founder of Leaders of Tomorrow. He earned a B.A. with honors from Boston University and a J.D. with honors from University of Miami School of Law.

“Our firm’s focus has always been on the middle market,” said firm partner Michael Turner. “We view the Special Situations Group as a way to expand upon the services we already provide to that sector and as a platform to deliver high quality investment banking services to what we believe is an underserved area of the market.”

Farlie, Turner & Co., LLC, and its affiliate Bayshore Partners, LLC, a broker-dealer registered with the FINRA, provide merger and acquisition, private placement, and financial advisory services. Visit www.farlieturner.com for more information.

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