Certified Expert in NPL Management & Investment

Course Overview

Distressed debt recovery and corporate turnround

The unfolding shocks in the world economy have defined a new risk environment for financial institutions. Banks, regulators and investors may soon need to tackle a new wave of distressed debt and non-performing loans (NPLs).

With the Certified Expert in Distressed Debt Recovery you will be equipped with key skills to manage loan defaults. You will learn to recognise debt distress among households and enterprises and to design best-practice restructuring solutions that recover loans, and return borrowers to financial health.

A core part of the course will deal with hands-on restructuring techniques, which will be simulated through a number of numerical exercises and case studies. To provide context for restructuring techniques we will cover best-practices in bank-internal workout units, and recent trends in regulation, supervision and insolvency law. We study real-life restructuring situations from Europe and emerging markets, also in case studies of corporate turnarounds.

Investment in NPL portfolios and distressed debt will be covered, as this present new opportunities in both regions. The economics of private sector debt distress and policies used to address such debt crises, will round off our programme.

Target Audience

Bank management and staff, financial supervisors, and investors who are working on developing a strategy for managing distressed loans and NPLs. All who need to develop a comprehensive understanding of recent regulations, and the institutions and legal context that will govern NPL management and debt restructuring. Consultants and other insolvency professionals will also benefit, as on the basis of this course they will command the strategic and regulatory framework that promotes the resolution of private sector debt distress.


The course takes approx. 6 months assuming 5-6 hours of self-study per week. It consists of 10 units which build upon each other. You will take the units in sequence and will need to pass an online multiple choice test before accessing the next unit.

You are not sure if you manage to complete the course within 6 months? No worries! You can apply for a course extension (6 more months) against an administrative fee.


Registrations for the course beginning on 1 September 2023 are now open.

Awarding Body

The certification is awarded by Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course you will be fluent in engaging with supervisors, other insolvency professionals and with investors in complex distressed situations. You will be in a position to negotiate in a creditor committee, or to navigate the court system in an insolvency. These will be key skills for your organization in the coming years.

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