Gordon Brothers Group’s Valuation, Retail and Real Estate Practices Named as Finalists for the 14th Annual M&A Advisor Awards

Press Release

Gordon Brothers Group, a global advisory, restructuring and investment firm specializing in the industrial, consumer products and retail sectors, announced today that the firm’s valuation, retail and real estate practice groups have been selected as finalists for the 14th Annual M&A Advisor Awards in multiple categories. Gordon Brothers Group helps lenders, private equity sponsors and operating companies monitor assets and manage through strategic change by providing advisory support as well as assuming principal risk for surplus assets to support M&A activity. 

In the prestigious “Firm of the Year” category, Gordon Brothers-AccuVal, the appraisal division of Gordon Brothers Group, was named as a finalist for the Valuation Firm of the Year Award. Gordon Brothers Group acquired AccuVal-LiquiTec in April and merged the group with its existing Valuation & Advisory Services Division. Gordon Brothers-AccuVal represents the largest valuation provider in the world serving the commercial finance community. The firm’s appraisals provide a critical foundation to M&A transactions by helping acquirers understand the value of assets to optimize the capital structure.

Gordon Brothers Group’s Retail Division was also named as a finalist in the Consumer & Retail Products Deal of the Year (over $500MM) category for its involvement in the Chapter 11 Sale of Assets of Coldwater Creek alongside joint venture partner, Hilco Merchant Resources. The transaction involved managing the intellectual property designation rights and disposing of inventory and furniture, fixtures and equipment across 366 stores and e-commerce channels. In addition, Gordon Brothers sourced additional merchandise to enhance the sale offerings using its own balance sheet and negotiated lease extensions through its real estate affiliate, DJM Real Estate, to maximize the results of the transaction.

Andy Couch, Managing Director of DJM Real Estate, was named as a finalist in the Service Professional of the Year category. Couch draws from over 30 years’ experience in the retail real estate; investment and operating finance; corporate acquisitions; and strategic divestitures areas. At DJM Real Estate, Couch specializes in retail real estate with an emphasis on supermarkets. He has worked with major national clients, including Delhaize America (Food Lion, Hannaford and Sweetbay), Supervalu, Fresh & Easy, JC Penney and Marsh Supermarkets. DJM Real Estate specializes in lease mitigation and occupancy savings, real estate dispositions, growth strategies and strategic advisory services.

“We are tremendously excited by this recognition of our work in these areas. The firm as a whole has undergone great growth and change this year. It’s satisfying and humbling to see those efforts materialize with this great honor,” stated Ken Frieze, Chief Executive Officer of Gordon Brothers Group. “Above all this selection represents the tremendous contributions of our valuation, retail and real estate teams and the high level of client satisfaction they deliver. We are very proud of their accomplishments,” he added.

“Since the inception of the M&A Advisor Awards in 2002, we have been recognizing the leading dealmakers, firms and transactions. Each year we celebrate the creativity, perseverance and ingenuity of our industry’s professionals,” stated David Fergusson, President and Co-CEO of The M&A Advisor. “While our industry has undergone significant transformation since our first awards were presented 13 years ago, we are convinced, more than ever before, that M&A is a driving force of the economy. It is truly an honor for our firm to be able to recognize the contribution that the 2015 award finalists have made.”

The winners for M&A Deal of the Year, Restructuring Deal of the Year, Cross-Border Deal of the Year, Corporate/Strategic Acquisition of the Year, Deal Financing of the Year, Sector Deals of the Year, Firms of the Year, M&A Product/Service of the Year and M&A Professionals of the Year categories will be announced at the 14th Annual M&A Advisor Awards Gala on Tuesday, November 17th at the New York Athletic Club.

About Gordon Brothers Group
Founded in 1903, Gordon Brothers Group (www.gordonbrothers.com) is a global advisory, restructuring and investment firm specializing in the retail, consumer products, industrial and real estate sectors. Gordon Brothers Group maximizes value for both healthy and distressed companies by purchasing or selling all categories of assets, mitigating leases, appraising assets and operating businesses for extended periods.  Gordon Brothers Group conducts over $70 billion worth of transactions and appraisals annually.  As of November 2014, debt financing is provided by Gordon Brothers Finance Company (www.gbfinco.com). 

About Gordon Brothers-AccuVal
Gordon Brothers-AccuVal is the largest retail, commercial and industrial appraiser in the world serving the commercial finance industry.  It operates in 18 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia and rapidly deploys local resources from 25 offices worldwide.  Appraising over $60 billion of assets annually, Gordon Brothers-AccuVal combines the deepest industry sector expertise, real time monitoring of nearly every major disposition and over a century of real world disposition experience to accurately determine asset values.  Gordon Brothers-AccuVal helps lenders, private equity investors, corporate executives and advisors have the utmost confidence in their appraisals.  Gordon Brothers-AccuVal is part of Gordon Brothers Group (www.gordonbrothers.com), a global advisory, restructuring and investment firm specializing in the retail, consumer products, industrial and real estate sectors. Gordon Brothers Group conducts over $70 billion worth of transactions and appraisals annually.

About DJM Real Estate
DJM Real Estate (www.djmrealestate.com), a division of Gordon Brothers Group, specializes in occupancy savings, real estate dispositions, growth strategies, strategic reviews, auditing, advisory and equity investments.  Founded in 1992 and headquartered in New York, the firm has served the nation’s most recognizable brands in healthy and distressed situations; including Toys R Us, Pep Boys, Yum! Brands, Food Lion, CompUSA, Office Depot, Rite Aid, Dollar Tree and Winn-Dixie. DJM Real Estate is a leader in finding innovative ways to consolidate and reconfigure real estate to achieve the highest possible value.

About The M&A Advisor
The M&A Advisor (www.maadvisor.com) was founded in 1998 to offer insights and intelligence on M&A activities. Over the past seventeen years, through our research, reporting, publishing, symposiums and awards we have established the world’s premier network of mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and financing professionals.