Jeff Anapolsky
Strategic Consulting Managing Director

With 20 years of leadership experience in finance, law, and operations, including more than 40 out-of-court workouts and bankruptcy reorganizations, Jeff Anapolsky applies the valuable insights and creative solutions that he learned as an advisor (Bear Stearns, Wasserstein Perella), lender (T. Rowe Price), investor (American Capital), and lawyer (Akin Gump) to help companies reach their highest potential and investors generate favorable returns.


Strategy: As co-author of The Art of Distressed M&A, Jeff has taught restructuring to over 300 MBAs. As a trusted advisor, he coaches and advises CEOs, CFOs, lenders, and investors to make difficult decisions with imperfect information.

Transactions: Applying lessons learned through decades of dealmaking, Jeff has developed effective strategies for getting debt, equity and M&A transactions closed. Using advanced skills in financial analysis and complex valuation, Jeff designs creative structures to align interests, resolve disputes, mitigate risks, and reach agreement.

Restructuring: Jeff is a turnaround operator with an investor’s perspective. His extensive investing experience includes sub-par debt, DIP/exit loans, bridge loans, credit default swaps, trade claims, litigation finance, reorganized equities, rescue financings, loan-to-own and buyouts of turnarounds, workouts, underperformers, corporate carve-outs, and unconventional assets.

Special Situations: As an industry generalist and functional expert, Jeff has created credible forecasts, raised private capital, resolved multi-party disputes, determined complex valuation, managed transaction closings, and delivered effective presentations for a variety of special situations, including:

  • Airlines (American Airlines, PanAm Flight Academy, Paradigm Precision)
  • Art (Berry-Hill Galleries, Getty Images)
  • Chemicals (DanChem, Solutia, Tronox)
  • Consumer Products (CEDC, Farmland, Kodak, NECCO, Reddy Ice, RTIC)
  • Education (Bar/Bri, Cengage, Children’s Learning Adventure, McGraw-Hill)
  • Energy (Conquest Completion, Dynegy, Enron, Forest Oil, Grant Geophysical, Kimzey Casing, M&I Electric, Sabine, Trigeant, Venoco)
  • Financial Institutions (American Capital, Ares Capital, BC/BS of Michigan, Horace Mann, MBIA, Newfound Rentals, Rescap)
  • Healthcare (CAVU Biotherapies, Heights Hospital, Humble Surgical Hospital, Sacred Oak, VitalPet)
  • Manufacturing (Algoma, Bailey Tool, Engy Containers, Exide, Oakwood, Palm Harbor)
  • Media (Dex Media, Lee Enterprises, McClatchy, Spanish Broadcasting)
  • Metals/Mining (Alpha Natural Resources, Arsham Metals, Gautier Steel, Weirton Steel)
  • Municipal (Detroit, Ireland, Puerto Rico)
  • Real Estate (Hechinger, Knotel, LASCO)
  • Retail (A&P Supermarkets, Kmart, Pathmark, Radio Shack, Tandy Brands, Urban Air)
  • Services (A&B Valve, Atlas Field, Environmental Processing Systems, High Country Transportation, Lockwood, Merit, Robins Cloud)
  • Technology (Chopra Global, Keen, Nielsen, ShedHub, Trader)
  • Telecommunications (Allegiance Telecom, Clearwire, HCI Services, Nextel Int’l, Nokia)
  • Utilities (CELPA, Energy Future Holdings, GenOn, PG&E, TEPCO)

Professional Organizations

  • Nexia International’s TRI Business Group (Turnaround Restructuring Insolvency)
  • Turnaround Management Association (TMA)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)
  • Harvard Business School Club of Houston
  • Wharton Club of Houston
  • State Bar of Texas – Bankruptcy Section
  • Phi Beta Kappa


  • B.S. in Economics, concentration in Finance, magna cum laude, Wharton School of Business
  • B.A. in Mathematics, magna cum laude, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
  • M.B.A. Harvard Business School
  • J.D. Harvard Law School



  • “Diamonds in the Rough or Fool’s Gold: Strategies for Acquiring Distressed Energy Assets” (Journal of Corporate Renewal, January/February 2021).
  • “Pitfalls in Brazilian Bankruptcy Law for International Bond Investors” (Journal of Business and Technology, University of Maryland 2013).
  • The Art of Distressed M&A: Buying, Selling and Financing Troubled and Insolvent Companies(McGraw-Hill 2011).
  • “How to Structure and Manage Leveraged Build-Ups” (Journal of Private Equity 1998).


  • “Corporate Financial Restructuring” and “Advanced Financial Restructuring” at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business
  • “Bankruptcy Law” at the University of Houston Law Center
  • “Corporate Finance for Lawyers” at the University of Maryland School of Law


  • April 15, 2021 – “Bankruptcy Sales: Top Ten Differences from Non-Bankruptcy Sales” for the American Bar Association Business Basics Series
  • February 25, 2021 – “Intro to SPACs” for the Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG) Houston
  • November 13, 2020 – Moderator for Energy Bankruptcies Roundtable for the 2020 Rice Energy Summit
  • October 21, 2020 – “Distressed M&A in the Current Energy Market”  for the Houston Energy Finance Group
  • September 9, 2020 – “Distressed M&A in the Current Energy Market” for the ADAM Rockies Energy Network
  • August 27, 2020 – “Bankruptcy for Businesses in the Era of COVID-19” for the Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG) Houston
  • June 18, 2020 – “Distressed M&A in the Current Commercial Real Estate Climate” for the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute (CCIM) of Houston
  • June 4, 2020 – “Distressed M&A in the Current Energy Market” for the ADAM Permian Energy Network
  • May 13, 2020 – “Energy Restructuring Wave and Energy Basics” for the Houston Jewish Community Foundation (HJCF)