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Acquisitive Reorganization Under Section 367(b)

This outline discusses, in plain English, the regulatory provisions called into play under IRC § 367(b) on acquisitive mergers and other non-divisive corporate reorganizations. A Section 367(b) acquisitive reorganization...more

Tronox Inc. v. Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (In re Tronox Inc.) – Bankruptcy Court Takes Unusual Steps to Declare Corporate...

Companies that have valuable assets but also face significant liabilities will sometimes engage in restructurings to isolate, or “ring-fence,” the good assets from the liabilities. Often the companies are able to accomplish...more

Rejecting Jewel v. Boxer, The District Court’s Heller Decision Is A Potential Knock-Out Punch Against Unfinished Business Claims...

The Order Re Summary Judgment issued on June 11, 2014 by Judge Charles R. Breyer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in the Heller Ehrman LLP bankruptcy case may prove to be a knock-out punch...more

Bennett Jones Spring 2014 Economic Outlook [Video]

Bennett Jones senior advisor David Dodge, OC, presents the Bennett Jones Spring 2014 Economic Outlook, written by himself and other firm advisors Richard Dion and John M. Weekes. In the Outlook, the authors describe the most...more

Statutory Exemption from U.S. Withholding Tax on Dividends Remains

Generally, a non-U.S. taxpayer that is not engaged in a U.S. trade or business is taxable in the United States only on U.S.-source “fixed determinable, annual or periodical” income (FDAP)....more

Does the Business Judgment Rule Protect Bank Officers and Directors?

When a corporation suffers significant losses, or ultimately fails, frustrated shareholders, creditors, or others often try to sue the corporation and/or its officers and directors for losses caused by mismanagement of the...more

Cayman Liquidation Committees – What Prospective Members Need to Know

In this guide Harneys considers the role and function of a liquidation committee appointed under the Cayman Islands’ Companies Winding Up Rules. A vital component in the liquidation of a Cayman Islands company is the...more

Select Bankruptcy Issues for General Counsel – Part One [Video]

Part one of an in-depth webinar discussion covering a range of bankruptcy issues of particular interest to In-House Counsel. The panel discusses bankruptcy and other creditor rights considerations when choosing the form of...more

Limited Partners Held Personally Liable for Debts of Limited Partnership Where Limited Partnership Was Insolvent

In a case that demonstrates the danger of relying on complex corporate structures to avoid personal liability, a California Court of Appeal recently held two limited partners personally liable for the debts of their limited...more

Appointment Of Independent Directors On The Eve Of Bankruptcy: Why The Growing Trend? Examining Delaware Corporate Governance...

Here, we discuss the corporate governance implications corporate fiduciaries are confronted with when the corporation is operating in the zone of insolvency and when the company is actually insolvent. We also discuss some of...more

Update on Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code and Delaware Bankruptcy Court’s Decision in the Fisker Automotive Holdings Inc.... [Video]

Section 363 of the Bankruptcy code has been a topic of discussion in legal circles lately. We are joined by Henry Jaffe, a partner in Pepper’s Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group, to discuss Section 363 and...more

Concurrent ‘Alter-Ego’ Claims: Oklahoma Leads the Nation in Extending Protection to Shareholders, Officers and Directors

During the past several years, practitioners have devoted significant attention to the fate of the Oklahoma Legislature’s efforts at, and the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s response to, legislative tort reform. However, few noticed...more

The General Motors Scandal: Risky Issues

The GM scandal is unfolding and provides important reminders for everyone involved in compliance and how to respond to a corporate scandal....more

What do creditors need to know about litigation in state court and bankruptcy court? [Video]

Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk's business attorney Neal Bookspan discusses what creditors need to know about litigation in state court and bankruptcy court. He also talks about what needs to happen in litigation. For...more

Court Rules Houston Astros Cannot Strike Out Fiduciary Duties in Bankruptcy

Introduction - One of the incentives that Delaware law offers founders of business entities is the ability to tinker with the fiduciary duties that the managers of the business owe. While the duties owed by corporate...more

"Chapter 11 Strategies Increasingly Appeal to Banks in Need of Recapitalization"

Historically, the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process was not used as a technique to recapitalize struggling banks. An aversion to using Chapter 11 was attributable in part to concerns that regulators and depositors might perceive...more

Eleventh Circuit Rejects Extension of the “No Duty” Rule and Allows D&Os to Pursue State-Law Defenses Based on FDIC Conduct

In a decision announced at the end of 2013 in the case of FDIC v. Steven Skow, et al., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit rejected an argument proposed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) that...more

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Directors’ Affirmative Defenses Based on FDIC’s Post-Receivership Conduct

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently issued the first appellate decision holding that, in actions brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the officers and directors of failed banking...more

Bankruptcy Poison Pills – New Attempts To Avoid Absolute Priority

INTRODUCTION - Recently, bankruptcy lawyers representing debtors, whether or not they are conscious of the parallels, have begun including provisions in their chapter 11 plans which can best be described as poison...more

Environmental Liability of Dissolved Corporations in Delaware is Forever

Ever since the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizen’s United, an effort has been made to humanize corporations, culminating in Mitt Romney’s infamous pronouncement that “Corporations are people my friend.” Now it turns out...more

Who Should Hold the Bag for Employment Liabilities When the Portfolio Company Goes “Belly-Up”? The private equity firm, maybe.

In the world of private equity, vast sums of money are raised by private investors who pool their money into collective funds in order to acquire companies, i.e., a “portfolio company”, with the goal of eventually flipping...more

Former Directors and Officers of Bankrupt Company Reach $4.75 Million Settlement with the Ministry of Environment over Cleanup...

On October 28, 2013, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) announced that it had reached a settlement with the former directors and officers of Northstar Aerospace whereby those former directors and officers agreed to...more

Can a Receiver for a Corporation Settle Litigation it is a Party to?

After a receiver is appointed to enforce a settlement, can the defendant, a California corporation, appeal the judgment and order appointing the receiver, or is the receiver the only party that has the right to appeal?...more

Charitable But Bankrupt

Over the last few years, bankruptcy has reared its head in venues one never thought possible. From churches to education and health organizations and, most recently to local government, in the form of Detroit’s filing, one...more

PBGC Finds Deep Pocket in Japan: U.S. Court Finds Parent Liable for Termination Underfunding

As the U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) faces increasing strain on the pension insurance program it runs, it has become more aggressive in pursuing deep pockets after underfunded defined benefit plans are...more

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