Praise for The Caesars Palace Coup
The strength of [The Caesars Palace Coup] is its vivid, behind-the-scenes footage of the insiders who now dominate the largest corporate bankruptcy cases, vignettes that will enliven many a law or business-school class in the next decade.
-Wall Street Journal
The Caesars Palace Coup recounts in exquisite detail the extraordinary lengths that Marc Rowan and David Sambur, his Apollo partner, went to stave off the inevitable bankruptcy filing of Caesars in 2015, and the extraordinary lengths they went to during the two-year bankruptcy process to try to salvage their investment.
An investigative deep-dive into an old-fashioned casino heist, which includes a $31 billion leveraged buyout and a string of financial engineering transactions by Apollo Global Management and TPG Capital-all in the midst of the post-Great Recession slump, pitting private equity firms and distressed-debt hedge funds against each other in an ultimate poker match. -Fortune
A casino caper and legal thriller rolled into one.... An eccentric Illinois judge, whose final ruling ultimately stunned bankruptcy aficionados, and the rantings from the Masters of the Universe make the book entertaining, maybe essential, reading across Wall Street.... The Caesars Palace Coup
helps make clear what such Wall Street clashes are really about: men with big egos swinging their lacrosse sticks.
Lawyers and bankers duke it out in this thorough if dry history of the downfall of the Caesars Entertainment empire.... a welcome respite from stodgier case studies.
The Caesars Palace Coup is a superb inside account of what modern high finance is actually like-the strategies, the personalities, the relationships, the stress, and the shouting. Fascinating, suspenseful, and comprehensive, it is the Barbarians at the Gate of distressed debt.
-Matt Levine, Money Stuff columnist, Bloomberg Opinion
No story better captures early 21st century Wall Street like the bankruptcy of Caesars Entertainment. The Caesars Palace Coup is a well-researched, engaging modern-day corporate thriller, filled with epic courtroom and boardroom battles and the kinds of colorful characters that only exist on the buy-side. This is the fascinating inside story of a clash of the titans-the who's who of distressed hedge funds battling each other and private equity giants Apollo and TPG for their piece of the Las Vegas casino conglomerate. . . . [A] must read for anyone who loves the deals and the drama that so often characterize the ins and outs of Wall Street and corporate restructuring.
-Kristin Mugford, Harvard Business School
In The Caesars Palace Coup, two of Wall Street's most plugged-in journalists take us deep inside corporate raiding, 21st century style. Exploiting distressed debt instead of undervalued stock, buccaneer hedge funds and other vulture investors pay seventy, sixty, sometimes less than fifty cents on the dollar to scoop up controlling stakes in troubled companies. This breathtaking narrative culminates in bitter financial and courtroom warfare as Apollo Global Management, its allies, and its high-powered lawyers and lobbyists maneuver relentlessly against equally savvy investors to freeze them out of the resulting rise in profits and force them to accept a 'cramdown' settlement of their stakes in the company.
-Paul Steiger, former Wall Street Journal managing editor and founding editor of ProPublica
The distressed debt markets are the most rough-and-tumble corner of Wall Street, and Indap and Frumes have written the best book yet on the machinations, power moves, and personalities of the investors who make fortunes rolling the distressed debt dice.
-Jared A. Ellias, Bion M. Gregory Chair in Business Law, the University of California, Hastings
There is so much to like in this book. Its primary strength is its Law & Order backstory, peeling back the onion of every major player...Four years of painstaking personal interviews have paid off handsomely in this fascinating account of the inner workings of big money and big law reorganization practice.
-Jason Kilborn, Credit Slips