Case | HBS Case Collection | February 2000 (Revised March 2001)

Alphatec Electronics Pcl

by Stuart C. Gilson, C. Fritz Foley and Perry Fagan

Abstract

The newly appointed CEO of an important high-technology company in Thailand must lead the company through a complicated debt restructuring. Due to the collapse of the Thai currency, the company's debt burden, like that of most Thai companies, has skyrocketed because it has borrowed heavily in U.S. dollars. The CEO, who is a U.S. citizen, must restructure the company under the recently revised, and largely untested, new Thai bankruptcy law. The new law allows troubled companies to reorganize their businesses following an approach that is similar, but not identical, to that practiced in the United States under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Keywords: Currency Exchange Rate; Valuation; Management Teams; Restructuring; Laws and Statutes; Insolvency and Bankruptcy; Developing Countries and Economies; Borrowing and Debt; Technology Industry; Electronics Industry; Thailand; United States;

Citation:

Gilson, Stuart C., C. Fritz Foley, and Perry Fagan. "Alphatec Electronics Pcl." Harvard Business School Case 200-004, February 2000. (Revised March 2001.)