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Client Alert: Chapter 15: A Sword and A Shield

THE RULING: CHAPTER 15 DEBTORS CAN ASSERT AVOIDANCE ACTIONS UNDER STATE LAW - On March 23, 2017, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division, ruled that a foreign debtor could...more

Recent Article on the Nuts and Bolts of Section 503(b)(9) Claims in Chapter 11 Cases

The so-called 20-day administrative priority claim (set forth in Section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code) is perhaps the best remedy available to vendor creditors in Chapter 11 cases....more

Everything Must Go: Retail Chapter 11 Filings

The global retail sector is struggling. Throughout the world, previously successful and storied retailers and brands are facing increasing pressure from the “online” retailers. Originally published in the Spring 2017...more

Chapter 15 and Cross-Border Insolvency

One by-product of the “globalization” of business is the homogenization of business practices. Businesses naturally seek and promote an environment and “rules” that are predictable, which allow for effective risk management....more

The Chapter 11 Vendor Game Changer: Section 503(b)(9) Claims

What is Section 503(b)(9)? This section of the Bankruptcy Code provides an allowed administrative expense for “the value of any goods received by the debtor within 20 days before the date of commencement of a case * * * in...more

United States Supreme Court Limits Sanctions Against Tire Manufacturer in Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger (April 18, 2017)

In Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger, plaintiffs asserted a products liability claim against Goodyear for a tire failure. The parties entered into a settlement agreement, after which plaintiffs discovered that Goodyear did...more

German Reform of Avoidance in Insolvency

I am pleased to share a great article on the recent reform of German insolvency law regarding avoiding pre-insolvency transactions by my good friend and colleague Annerose Tashiro, a leading cross-border insolvency specialist...more

Takata: The Unfortunate Recall

The tragedy - Takata Corporation is a Japanese-based company that manufactures safety products, primarily airbags and seat belts, as a tier one supplier to the global auto industry. Unfortunately, due to alleged...more

Winners and Losers: They Call Alabama the Crimson Tide, Call Me Deacon Blues

In Bankruptcy Code Section 363 sales of assets, there are winners and losers. Chapter 11 is known as a forum for reorganizing or selling a ?nancially distressed business. If a Chapter 11 reorganization is not possible, a...more

Unsecured Creditor Carve-outs: Chapter 11 Misery Makes Strange Bedfellows

There are a number of "creditor remedies" that can be utilized to maximize recovery from an insolvent customer. This article addresses one such "remedy": a carve-out from the pre-petition secured lender. Please see...more

Recent Delaware Chapter 11 Case Supports Vendors' Reclamation Claims

Recently, the Delaware Bankruptcy Court ruled that a vendor's reclamation trumped a lender's lien on inventory. Please see full Article below for more information....more

Throwback Thursday From Shumaker Manufacturing: Insolvency Laws In Canada, Mexico And The U.S.

I had an occasion recently to compare the preference laws of the US and Canada in a cross-border matter, and wanted to share the attached compendium comparing the insolvency laws of the U.S., Canada and Mexico, Insolvency...more

Winning Commercial Litigation: Terms and Conditions, Strategy and Execution

Commercial litigation is an inevitable part of the business world. Companies make efforts to prevent and avoid disputes. . .however, when such disputes are unavoidable, companies seek to eliminate, or at least minimize, loss...more

Insights Newsletter - June 2016

TO SUFFER OR PERMIT: How The Broad Scope Of The Fair Labor Standards Act Is Increasing The Risk Of Doing Business - 2016 is shaping up to be a troubling one for employers subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor...more

International Sales Contracts: Square Peg, Round Hole

The purpose of a sales contract is to define the parties’ obligations and to optimize outcome if a dispute arises. As such, a contract is a tool to manage risk and prevent loss. The good news is the vast majority of...more

When Worlds Collide: Article 2 of The Uniform Commercial Code and Chapter 11

Picture the scene: You have just received word that your customer has filed Chapter 11. You had followed my advice (see article Reducing a Customer’s Accounts Receivable in the Zone of Insolvency), and put the customer on a...more

"Preferences - Mining the Ordinary Course of Business Defense"

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important preference decision on August 10, 2015. What You Need to Know - Payments to creditors arising from a recent, single business transaction can be protected by...more

Client Alert: Hurts So Good - US Supreme Court Rejects Attorneys Fees in Chapter 11

On June 15, 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that a law firm could not recover fees it incurred in defending its own fee application. THE ASARCO CASE - The case involved the copper company ASARCO LLC that filed...more

Insights Newsletter - Spring 2015

In This Issue: - The Importance of Accredited Investors for Small Business Capital Formation - “All Appropriate Inquiries”: Update on the Environmental Due Diligence Standard - A Hunt for Justice Erodes...more

Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender be ...

Many lawyers have written articles about a February 27, 2015 U.S. Court of Appeals (11th Circuit) ruling (In re Maury Rosenberg) against petitioning creditors of an involuntary Chapter 7 proceeding. INTRODUCTION...more

A Hunt for Justice Erodes the Attorney-Client Privilege

In a highly regulated environment, it is challenging for U.S. corporations to maintain 100% compliance with each and every law touching them. When issues arise, U.S. corporations rely on the ability to have full and frank...more

Reducing a Customer's Accounts Receivable in the Zone of Insolvency

Reuters, Bloomberg and Debtwire are all reporting negative financial information about your customer: "Bond ratings are down-graded, bond prices are falling, a likely “restructuring” to address the bond debt,...more

Working on the Chain Gang - Supply Chain Finance as the 'New Normal'

Adjusting to the “new reality,” many companies have focused on all aspects of their balance sheets to improve performance for stakeholders. Companies have realized that material extensions of credit terms regarding its...more

6/18/2014  /  Banks , Financing , Libor , Suppliers , Supply Chain

"Insights" Newsletter - Spring 2014

In this issue: - Supply Chain Finance as the "New Normal" - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Implements Regulations for Covered Mortgage Loans - Arbitration Guidelines - Navigating Foreclosure...more

Business Bankruptcy: Executive Summary - Need to Know Bankruptcy Concepts

The following is an executive summary of the “need to know” bankruptcy concepts as they impact creditors in business insolvencies. CHAPTER 11 vs. CHAPTER 7 - - Chapter 11 is technically used for bankruptcy...more

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