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Lehman Ruling Sets Stage For Future Subordination Contests

In the case In re Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., 855 F.3d 459 (2d Cir. 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a district court order subordinating the claims of former Lehman Brothers employees for...more

Third Circuit Ruling Impacts Oil & Gas Industry

by McCarter & English, LLP on

The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision that significantly affects the rights of upstream producers. Applying Delaware law, the Third Circuit explained that the upstream producers...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Approves Separate Classification and Disparate Gifted Consideration Between General Unsecured Creditors

The Delaware Bankruptcy Court, in In re Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Case No. 17-10949 (Bankr. Del. July 24, 2017), confirmed a chapter 11 plan of reorganization despite separate classification and disparate gifted...more

In Brief: Second Circuit Reaffirms Broad Scope of Bankruptcy Code’s Subordination of Shareholder Claims

by Jones Day on

Section 510(b) of the Bankruptcy Code provides a mechanism designed to preserve the creditor/shareholder risk allocation paradigm by categorically subordinating most types of claims asserted against a debtor by equityholders...more

Two Recent Decisions Demonstrate Continued Disagreement Over Whether Economic Value or Face Amount of Liens Is Appropriate Metric...

by Jones Day on

The ability of a trustee or chapter 11 debtor in possession ("DIP") to sell bankruptcy estate assets "free and clear" of liens on the property under section 363(f) of the Bankruptcy Code has long been recognized as one of the...more

Ninth Circuit Joins “Minority” of Courts That Allow Property to be Sold in Bankruptcy Free and Clear of Leaseholds

The Ninth Circuit recently held, in Pinnacle Rest. at Big Sky, LLC v. CH SP Acquisitions, LLC (In re Spanish Peaks Holdings II, LLC), No. 15-35572, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 12526, 2017 WL 2979660 (9th Cir. July 13, 2017), that a...more

Illinois District Court Maintains a High Threshold for Equitable Subordination of Insider Secured Loans

In In re SGK Ventures, LLC, Case No. 15 C 11224, 2017 WL 2683686 (N.D. Ill. June 20, 2017), Judge Durkin of the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois sets out a thorough analysis for addressing...more

Transfer To Non-Existent Corporation Held To Be A Transfer Nonetheless

by Allen Matkins on

Sometimes, the law is just weird. The case of PGA West Residential Ass’n, Inc. v. Hulven Int’l, Inc., Cal. Ct. App. Case No. E064270 (Aug. 9, 2017) is weirder than most. The lawsuit alleged that the defendant had tried to...more

What Happens to a Creditor’s Claim If It Received Notice and Fails to File by the Claim’s Bar Date?

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Question: I am a receiver in a fraud case where there are a lot of investors, trade creditors and secured creditors. Pursuant to my request, the court established a claims procedure and set a deadline for all creditors to...more

Safe harbour reform in Australia: Update

by DLA Piper on

The Senate Economics Legislation Committee has strongly recommended that the Australian Parliament pass the reforms to Australia's safe harbour and ipso facto regime currently before the Senate. As the reforms have already...more

Reaping Wild Oats – Creative Strategies Employing the Concepts of Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code for Handling Distressed...

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Handling distressed agricultural loans can be very tricky. Loan balances for agricultural loans are typically smaller than nonagricultural commercial real property secured loans, requiring that they be handled extremely cost...more

Time Is Money: Historical Strip Prices and Valuation in Oil & Gas Bankruptcies

by WilmerHale on

Timing is key to valuation of all types and in all contexts. But in bankruptcy, valuation timing can take on heightened importance because a central element of bankruptcy involves distributing value as of a specific point in...more

Preferences Actions Filed In Univita Holdings LLC Bankruptcy Case

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On July 19-21, 2017, David W. Carickhoff, in his capacity as Chapter 7 Trustee of the Estates of Univita Holdings, et al., filed approximately 46 complaints seeking the avoidance and recovery of allegedly preferential and/or...more

SC utilities to suspend nuclear construction

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Two South Carolina utilities have announced their decisions to cease work on two new nuclear units under construction at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville, South Carolina. The project to develop Units 2 and 3...more

Suppliers Beware: Two Recent Cases (in Third Circuit and Delaware) Hold that Debtor Must Physically Possess Goods Within Statutory...

Amidst a surge in retail bankruptcies, two recent decisions construing section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code directly limit suppliers’ ability to seek administrative claims for goods shipped to a debtor in the period...more

Success Fees - Technical Arguments Fail In The Face Of Broad Definitions

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a decision signed July 26, 2017 in the Nephrogenex bankruptcy (case 16-11074), Judge Gross of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court approved of the application of the Debtor’s investment banker for a success fee over the objection...more

Delaware Clarifies “Received” For Valuable 503(b)(9) Claims

by Cole Schotz on

Delaware’s Bankruptcy Court has recently issued two insightful opinions that impact a creditor’s ability to establish the “receipt” element of a valuable 503(b)(9) administrative expense priority claim. CASE 1: In re SRC...more

Kramer Levin-Debtwire Retail Event Tackles Distressed Asset Monetization Strategies

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel and Debtwire recently co-sponsored a retail restructuring discussion that brought together a formidable roster of retail restructuring experts to discuss opportunities and strategies for...more

Charging Orders

A “charging order” allows a judgment creditor to receive a debtor’s share of distributions from a limited liability company (LLC) or a partnership. With the proliferation of LLCs in the last 20 years, understanding “charging...more

United States Supreme Court to Decide Whether Recharacterization of Debt Should Be Decided by State or Federal Law

On June 27, 2017, the United States Supreme Court granted the petition for writ of certiorari regarding the decision In re Province Grande Olde Liberty, LLC, 655 Fed.Appx. 971 (4th Cir. Aug. 12, 2016) to decide a circuit...more

Derivative Complaints By Creditors Against Chapter 7 Trustees – They Don’t Tend To Go Very Far

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a decision signed July 17, 2017 in the Our Alchemy, LLC bankruptcy (case 16-11596), Judge Gross of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court granted a trustee’s partial motion to dismiss a complaint, holding that a creditor cannot...more

Could Supreme Court Case on Debt Recharacterization Provide a Pathway Out of the Stern v. Marshall Maze?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in PEM Entities LLC v. Levin, in which it will decide whether federal or a state law should apply when a debt claim held by a debtor’s insider is sought to be recharacterized in...more

Third Circuit Clarifies Definition of “Received” in Context of Section 503(b)(9) Claims 

The 2005 amendments to the Bankruptcy Code included the addition of an administrative expense claim for the value of goods received by the debtor in the 20 days prior to the bankruptcy filing. The allowance of an...more

Courts, Cooperation, and More: A Review of Cross-Border Insolvency Protocols

by Jones Day on

In cross-border restructuring cases, including cases under chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and versions of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency enacted in 42 other nations or territories, interested...more

Review of amendments to the insolvency legislation

by White & Case LLP on

This review concerns a number of amendments to Federal Law “On insolvency”1 (the “Law”) introduced by federal laws No. 222-FZ2 and No. 488-FZ3, and the interpretation of the amendments in the Review of Court Practice on...more

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