Henry F. Owsley

Henry F. Owsley

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Since co-founding Gordian Group in 1988, Henry Owsley has led many
of the firm’s financing, advisory
and merger transactions, as well as expert witness engagements.
He was the expert witness
in the 2009 precedent-setting
Heilig-Meyers litigation.

“As leaders in the field of distressed investment banking and financial advisory, we offer our clients a clear advantage — we’ve been there, we’ve done that, we’ve been doing it for years. Our goal is “To Gordian” a situation by solving a truly complex problem while creating real value for our clients.”

— Henry F. Owsley, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Owsley co-authored the leading book in his field, Distressed Investment Banking: To the Abyss and Back. He is consistently named one of the 10 leading investment bankers in the field of bankruptcy and financial restructuring by The Deal where he has also been profiled. Prior to co-founding Gordian Group, Mr. Owsley was at Goldman Sachs, where he founded the firm’s Workout Group. While at Goldman Sachs, he was also a founding member of its Technology Group.


Mr. Owsley received a B.S. in Engineering, summa cum laude, from Princeton University and a M.S. from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His honors included Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi.

Key engagements

Ben & Jerry’s, Enron, Heilig-Meyers, Integrated Electronic Services, LTV Steel, Mississippi Chemical Corporation, Morrison Knudsen, Ogden Corporation, Olympia & York, Osyka Corporation, Phar-Mor, Solutia, Spansion, Summit Global Logistics, Tracor, United Rentals, Zale/Gordon’s Jewelers

Key publications

Co-author, Distressed Investment Banking: To the Abyss and Back, Beard Books LLC, 2005.
Co-author, “The Role of the Investment Banker,” Bankruptcy Business Acquisitions, LexMed Publishing, 1999
Co-author, “Trading in the Distressed Market,” Investing in Bankruptcies and Turnarounds, Harper Collins Publishers, 1991.