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Beware of Prior Act Exclusions and Retroactive Dates When Procuring or Renewing Coverage

An 11th Circuit decision issued earlier this year serves as a reminder of the importance of carefully evaluating time-based exclusions and retroactive dates when procuring or renewing coverage. Liability policies such as...more

Dechert's Global Private Equity Newsletter - Summer 2017 Edition: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

by Dechert LLP on

Basic to any acquisition and its financing are the projections of the target’s future performance. These play a key role in setting the price for the target as well as on the availability of acquisition financing. Projections...more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 1 - 2017: United States: D&O Insurance Policies – a cautionary tale: the Peril of...

by Dechert LLP on

Directors and officers (D&Os) of troubled companies should be highly sensitive to D&O insurance policies with Prior Act Exclusion. While policies with such exclusion may be cheaper, a recent decision by the U.S. Court of...more

Sixth Circuit’s holding that debtor in possession and liquidating trustee are one in the same for purposes of...

by Butler Snow LLP on

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently took up the controversial issue of whether a liquidating trustee’s lawsuit, alleging breach of fiduciary duty against a corporate debtor’s officers, falls within the...more

Exculpatory Provisions Under Delaware Law: Say What You Mean And Mean What You Say

Exculpation provisions in operating agreements must be carefully crafted in order to protect members, managers, directors and officers for breaches of fiduciary duties...more

In Brief: Court Rules Against Lyondell Litigation Trustee on LBO Fraudulent Conveyance Claims

by Jones Day on

In Weisfelner v. Blavatnik (In re Lyondell Chemical Company), 2017 BL 131876 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. Apr. 21, 2017), the bankruptcy court presiding over the chapter 11 case of Lyondell Chemical Company ("Lyondell") handed down a...more

Debt Dialogue: May 2017 - Lyondell Chemical Company: Litigation Trust’s Fraudulent Conveyance Claims Fail

Just one year after Lyondell Chemical Company (Lyondell) and Basell AF (Basell) consummated a nearly $20 billion merger of their businesses, the merged business of LyondellBasell Industries (LBI) “failed in a colossal...more

Debt Dialogue: April 2017 - Creditor Barred from Bringing a Derivative Action Against an Insolvent Delaware Limited Liability...

In a recent ruling, Trusa v. Nepo (Del. Ch. April 13, 2017), consistent with prior case law, Vice Chancellor Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Chancery Court held that a creditor cannot bring a derivative action against a...more

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Scope of Section 546(e)'s Safe Harbor

by Jones Day on

On May 1, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Merit Management Group v. FTI Consulting, No. 16-784, on appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals from the Seventh Circuit. The Court's decision could resolve a circuit split...more

Caveat creditor: Risks of filing an involuntary bankruptcy

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

When faced with a recalcitrant debtor, clients sometimes move too quickly to put the debtor into an involuntary bankruptcy, especially when fraudulent transfers and other creditor avoidance attempts become apparent. But...more

Breach of Fiduciary Duty (and Related) Claims Are Not Easily Defeated: A Case Study in Motions for Judgment on the Pleadings

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Just what must be alleged for claims for breach of fiduciary duty to proceed past initial pleadings and into meaningful fact development? In a recent decision, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of...more

Builders' lien trusts in a bankruptcy - Iona Contractors Ltd v Guarantee Company of North America, 2015 ABCA 240

by Dentons on

In 2009, the Calgary Airport Authority (CAA) entered into a construction agreement with Iona Contractors Ltd. for Iona to improve CAA’s north airfield. By October 2010, the work was substantially complete; however CAA...more

Directors, Officers and Other Responsible Persons Be Aware - Your Vicarious Liability for Your Company’s Violations of Securities...

by Dechert LLP on

A debtor ordinarily may discharge debts in bankruptcy, unless one of several exceptions apply. One of the preclusions to dischargeability of certain debts, found in Section 523(a)(19) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, generally...more

The Precarious Nature of Trust Assets at Home and Abroad

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

In Akers (and others) v. Samba Financial Group [2007] UKSC 6, the UK Supreme Court has confirmed the limited nature of British insolvency officer-holders’ ability to void dispositions of a company’s assets held on trust. The...more

The Problem of Lender "Inquiry Notice" Status

by Ruder Ware on

If a lender is fully secured, can it just ignore suspicions of borrower misconduct? The danger is that a lender could lose its collateral under these circumstances and be treated as an unsecured creditor. This is exactly...more

Delaying a Bankruptcy for Shareholder Benefit May Benefit the Creditors After All

Equity holders and sponsors be wary - a new arrow may now be available in the quiver of potential causes of action that creditors and trustees can use to maximize their recovery in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. In a recent...more

Lenders to SPEs: Be Aware, You May Not Have Standing to Appeal a Substantive Consolidation Order

by Dechert LLP on

A substantive non-consolidation opinion is a common feature of structured finance transactions in the U.S. Most, if not all, opine as to what a bankruptcy court would do, but express no opinion on the appellate process. We...more

What Are Fiduciary Duties Between Members In An Arizona LLC?

by Jaburg Wilk on

A few years I wrote an article named Are There Fiduciary Duties between Members in an Arizona LLC? At the time, there were no published decisions in Arizona on this issue. However, a bankruptcy judge had dismissed my...more

Accountant and Attorney Liability Newsbrief - Fall 2016

by LeClairRyan on

Massachusetts recently amended its pay equity statute, which substantially enforces the protections of the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act. These changes will go into effect in July 2018. The prohibitions against discriminating...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Default Judgment Is Not Automatic Following Entry Of Default

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

On May 12, 2016, the Honorable Julie A. Manning issued a decision in an adversary proceeding entitled Law Office of W. Martyn Philpot, Jr., LLC v. Day, which addressed two issues. The first issue was whether the plaintiff was...more

Supreme Court’s discharge exception ruling gives creditors more options

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

One goal of bankruptcy for individuals is the discharge of debts, meaning that, upon the successful completion of their bankruptcy case, the debtor is no longer personally responsible for the obligations owed prior to the...more

District Court Rules Pending False Claims Act Case Should Not Be Stayed Due to Bankruptcy Proceedings

by King & Spalding on

On April 26, 2015, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida declined to stay a pending False Claims Act (FCA) case due to the defendants’ filing of bankruptcy....more

Directors And Officers’ Ultimate Escape From Personal Liability

In the Ultimate Escapes bankruptcy case, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware recently held that the “business judgment rule” may protect fiduciaries who negotiate and enter into unconventional financing...more

Affirmed: New York’s Application of the In Pari Delicto Doctrine Bars Faithless Servant Claim and Bankruptcy Insider Exception

by Cole Schotz on

A recent decision of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (the “District Court”), affirming a decision of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the...more

"Bankruptcy Court Tightens Intentional Fraudulent Transfer Pleading Requirements"

On November 18, 2015, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed intentional fraudulent transfer claims asserted by a bankruptcy litigation trustee against former shareholders of Lyondell...more

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