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When companies get into dire straits

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THE way back to black for financially struggling listed companies is more often than not a long and arduous one. Companies land on the Singapore Exchange's watch-list more quickly than they can exit, and many firms undergoing judicial management remain in the process years after they had begun. A significant number, after trying for two years or more, still ended up in liquidation.

Brunch this Saturday in The Business Times Weekend explores why it is so complicated to lend troubled firms a helping hand, and why efforts can still end up futile.

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