Banks including RBS, Barclays, NatWest and HSBC are to appoint a corporate restructuring specialist to Regent Inns. The Times reports that the banks may have already appointed BDO Stoy Hayward. The Walkabout operator recently announced that any proposed sale of the company was off. It also said it would now progress with a sale and lease back of a selection of freehold properties, carry out a review of its property portfolio with non-core sites to be disposed of, minimise the impact of poor performing leasehold sites and disposing of individual sites and a programme of cost reduction at head office and at venues. The company's market value was just short of £4m last Friday – but it has a debt of £80m. Its share price has slashed by 95% in the last 18 months.