Ocean Tomo supported Cengage Learning’s plan of reorganization by serving as the lead valuation advisor to the debtors with regards to valuing certain copyrights that were part of the debtors’ estate. The copyrights represented a meaningful portion of Cengage Learning’s owned copyright portfolio and impacted the recovery of all creditor classes, and we undertook a highly quantitative and nuanced approach to valuing these IP assets that aided in the successful negotiation and mediation amongst the creditors.
Our role as IP advisors on the restructuring included participation in all aspects of the valuation of the disputed copyrights, as the value of these assets was an early variable between the creditors on how to allocate value under the plan of reorganization.
Roy D'Souza is a Managing Director responsible for leading Ocean Tomo’s Valuation practice. Mr. D’Souza’s work has focused on valuations of intangible, intellectual property, and tangible assets for acquisitions and divestitures, bankruptcy and restructuring, establishment of intellectual property monetization strategies including licensing, mergers and joint venture/partnership formations, litigation support, and financial reporting and tax matters. Mr. D’Souza also has experience performing business enterprise, equity and debt valuations. Industries in which he has experience include wireless and wired communications, semiconductors, life sciences/pharmaceuticals, computer hardware and software, various light and heavy manufacturing (e.g., pulp/paper, automotive, plastics), and energy/utilities (primarily power generation).