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Blog: Illinois Bankruptcy Court Articulates Low Threshold for Equitable Subordination of Insider Secured Loan

For a distressed company running low on capital, an investment from insiders may represent a last best hope for survival. Insiders may be willing to risk throwing good money after bad for a chance to save the company even...more

Lehman-JPMorgan Settlement Still Leaves Much Unresolved

On January 25, Lehman and JPMorgan announced a settlement to resolve several aspects of the contentious and multifaceted Lehman-JPMorgan dispute that has lingered throughout Lehman’s bankruptcy. The bankruptcy court will hear...more

New Case Filing – Chapter 11 – SFX Entertainment, Inc.

SFX Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFXE) and many of its affiliates, which hold live electronic-music events, have commenced cases (Lead Case No. 16-10238 (MFW)) under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code by filing petitions with...more

Committee Formation Meeting for Nuo Therapeutics, Inc.

Upcoming Committee Formation Meeting: February 5, 2016 - Case Name: Nuo Therapeutics, Inc. - Case Number: 16-10192 (MFW)...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

SEC Reopens Comment Period for Proposed Amendments to Rule 13n-4 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 - On January 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission reopened the comment period for proposed amendments to...more

Eleventh Circuit Accepts Broad Definition of the Term "Value" in the Context of Constructive Fraudulent Transfers

In PSN Liquidating Trust v. Intelsat Corp. (In re PSN USA Inc.), 615 F. Appx. 925 (11th Cir. 2015), the Eleventh Circuit held that in the context of constructive fraudulent transfers, the term "value" may take the form of an...more

Update: LASPO reforms to apply to insolvency proceedings from April 2016

As reported in Reed Smith’s March 2015 client alert, insolvency practitioners currently enjoy an exemption from the provisions of Part 2 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). These...more

"Berau May Expand US Restructuring Options for Foreign Issuers"

A recent decision in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York clarifies that restructuring options under Chapter 11 or Chapter 15 are available to foreign issuers of U.S. debt, even if those issuers...more

Emerging Cybersecurity Company’s Distress Offers Important Lessons for Licensees and Lenders

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a decision in the case of Cyber Solutions International LLC v. Pro Marketing Sales, Inc. Although the decision blazes no new legal territory, the...more

New Case Filing – Chapter 15 – PT Holdco, Inc.

PT Holdco, Inc. and four of its affiliates, including Primus Telecommunications Canada, Inc., which resell residential and business telecommunications services, have commenced cases (Lead Case No. 16-10131 (LSS)) under...more

Debt Restructuring Agreements entered into by Real Estate Funds

According to recent Italian case law Real Estate Funds may now enter as debtors into the debt restructuring agreements (so called “accordi di ristrutturazione dei debiti”) provided for by the Italian bankruptcy law. Reference...more

"Recent Rulings Underscore Importance of Careful Drafting of Make-Whole Payment Provisions"

Under long-established common law, loans must be paid only upon maturity, not before. This "perfect tender in time" rule is the default rule in a number of jurisdictions. Many indentures and credit agreements therefore either...more

"Oil and Gas Companies Utilize Restructuring Strategies to Navigate Industry in Flux"

Precipitous commodity price declines that began in mid-2014 continued to disrupt the oil and gas industry in 2015, outlasting the expectations of many analysts. By the end of 2015, prices for both Brent and WTI crude were...more

New Delaware Chapter 15 Filing – Eastern Continental Mining and Development Ltd.

Ninos Koumettou, the foreign representative of Eastern Continental Mining and Development Ltd. has filed a chapter 15 petition before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Case No. 16-10121-BLS)... ...more

Is a “Sound Business Purpose” Always Enough?”

Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code trusts a debtor in possession to operate its business. In general, a debtor in possession “is free to use, sell[,] or lease property of the . . . estate in the operation of the debtor’s...more

New Delaware Chapter 11 Filing – Affiliates of Variant Holding Company, LLC

Thirty-four affiliates of Variant Holding Company, LLC (“Variant”) have filed chapter 11 petitions before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The debtors will seek to have their cases jointly...more

New Delaware Chapter 15 Filing – Madison Niche Assets Fund, LTD.

The official liquidators of Madison Niche Assets Fund, Ltd. and Madison Niche Opportunities Fund, Ltd., two Cayman Islands entities, have filed chapter 15 petitions on behalf of those entities (Case No. 16-10043).  The case...more

New Delaware Chapter 15 Filing – FC Windenergy GmbH

Holger Blümle, the insolvency administrator and foreign representative of FC Windenergy GmbH, which owns and operates wind farms, has commenced a case (Case No. 16-10056 (MFW)) under Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code by...more

COMI and get it: international approaches to cross-border insolvencies

In our increasingly global world, cross-border insolvencies have become relatively commonplace. Lehman Brothers and Nortel Networks are just two of the matters where parallel proceedings in multiple jurisdictions were...more

Committee Formation Meeting for Swift Energy Company

Upcoming Committee Formation Meeting: January 14, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. - Case Name: Swift Energy Company - Case Number: 15-12670 (MFW)...more

Continuing Distress and Investment Opportunities in the Energy Markets

If 2015 was defined by falling commodity prices, 2016 may simply be defined by continuing lows. Over the course of 2015, oil prices dropped approximately 31 percent. More than 40 companies filed for bankruptcy, and upstream...more

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Holds That Claims Arising from Securities of a Debtor’s Affiliate Must Be...

On December 14, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that claims arising from securities of a debtor’s affiliate must be subordinated to all claims or interests senior or equal to claims of the...more

Restructuring eNewsletter - Global Insight Series: Pro-business reform of Polish Bankruptcy Law – January 2016

The new year will bring tremendous changes to the Polish insolvency regime as significant amendments to the Bankruptcy and Recovery Law (Journal of Laws 2015, No. 233, uniform text) come into force on 1 January 2016 (New...more

Restructuring eNewsletter - Global Insight Series: The rise of the phoenix, the regulators' response and proposed reforms

Illegal phoenix activity broadly involves the transfer of assets between related companies to intentionally evade creditors. In October 2015 a comprehensive report in respect of the incidence, cost and enforcement of illegal...more

Restructuring eNewsletter - Global Insight Series: Separate and independent rights for lenders - Can lenders go at it alone?

In the recent Hong Kong Court of First Instance case Charmway Hong Kong Investment v Fortunesea (Cayman) Ltd & Ors [2015] HKCU 171, the court considered whether an individual lender has the right under a syndicated credit...more

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