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Overview of ABI Commission Report and Recommendation on the Reform of Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code

The last major revision to U.S. business reorganization laws occurred in 1978. Since then, companies’ capital structures have become more complex and rely more heavily on leverage, including secured debt in particular; their...more

Rent-Stabilization Lease A “Public Benefit” For Exemption Purposes

Faced with bankruptcy, one of the foremost thoughts on an individual debtor’s mind is whether or not, upon exiting bankruptcy, the individual will retain any property he or she possessed prior to bankruptcy. Addressing this...more

Equitable Subordination: Construction Lenders Beware

Atlantic Builders Group, Inc. v. Old Line Bank (In re Prince Frederick Inv., LLC), 516 B.R. 778 (Bankr. D. Md. 2014) – A construction contractor contended that the claim of the debtor’s construction lender should be...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Madoff Trustee’s Six-Year Transfer and Preference Claims

With several billions of dollars ultimately at stake, the Second Circuit has affirmed that Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code, a safe-harbor protecting certain securities-related payments from bankruptcy “claw backs,”...more

Banking Bulletin: Saddle Up! Livestock Lenders and Livestock Leasing

On August 14, 2014, in a dispute regarding entitlement to proceeds resulting from an auction of livestock in possession of a dairy farmer-debtor, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued an order in favor of a...more

Section 363 Sale Order Enjoining Successor Liability Claims Not Subject to Subsequent Attack by State Agencies

A recent decision in the ongoing bankruptcy proceedings for Chrysler has reinforced the authority of a bankruptcy court to interpret its own sale orders, and where appropriate, to enforce such an order by preventing creditors...more

Structured Dismissals – How They Work Part II: Proving That Cause Exists to Dismiss the Case Under Section 1112(b)

A. Where We Left Off As noted in Part I, movants seeking approval of a structured motion to dismiss must generally prove that: (1) the court has the power to enter an order approving a structured dismissal; (2)...more

Trademark Licensees May Be Protected in a Licensor’s Bankruptcy Even After a “Free and Clear” Sale

The Bankruptcy Code generally permits intellectual property licensees to continue using licensed property despite a licensor’s bankruptcy filing. However, because the “intellectual property” definition in the Bankruptcy Code...more

Recommendations of the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11: Preference Claims

From time to time it has proved beneficial to revisit existing bankruptcy statutes, and update them where necessary. The American Bankruptcy Institute established the Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 (the...more

Mortgage Recording: What Happens When There Is An Extra “E”?

Weiss v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (In re Thibault), 518 B.R. 635 (Bankr. D. Mass. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a mortgage using his “strong-arm” powers on the basis that it was not properly recorded...more

Global Insight - Issue 12, Q4 2014

In This Issue: - Americas: Chapter 15: Section 363 Review Trumps Comity - Continental Europe: ..Update On Spanish Insolvency Laws - Refinancing Agreements And Purchase Of Business Units Of Companies...more

“Crumbs” of Hope for Trademark Licensees

You are a trademark licensee, and your licensor suddenly declares bankruptcy. Then, to make matters worse, the bankruptcy trustee rejects your licensing agreement. What does this mean for you? Although intellectual...more

U.S. Court Asserts its Authority in a Cross-Border Bankruptcy Case

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently asserted its authority in addressing an asset sale in a cross-border bankruptcy case where the main insolvency proceeding was conducted in the British Virgin...more

Blog: What Did The ABI Chapter 11 Commission Recommend On Intellectual Property Licenses And Bankruptcy Issues?

The American Bankruptcy Institute‘s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 issued its report last week, capping more than two years of hearings, meetings, and hard work. Having had the honor of testifying before the...more

APCOA – The Key Highlights of 2014’s Most Discussed Scheme

On 30 October 2014, the English High Court sanctioned the second scheme of arrangement for the APCOA group (the “Scheme”). APCOA has been one of the hottest names in the restructuring market in 2014. First, it broke new...more

Business Litigation Report -- December 2014

In This Issue: Main Article: - Cloud Computing: Legal Issues on the Horizon Noted With Interest: - Stays Pending Covered Business Method Patent Review: VirtualAgility v....more

Bankruptcy Beat: Connecticut Bankruptcy Court Approves Settlement In Two Related Cases with a Torturous Twelve Year History

The Chapter 7 case of First Connecticut Consulting Group, Inc. and James J. Licata (the “Cases”) began as Chapter 11 cases over twelve years ago. The cases were consolidated and remained in Chapter 11 for four years as...more

When Your Customer Files Bankruptcy and Your Factor Has not Approved the Orders: Reclamation, Administrative Claims and Other...

Consider the plight of a manufacturer of women’s blouses who sells to every major department store and specialty chain in the country. One of her highest volume customers is a 150 store chain of boutiques. Let’s call the...more

American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Reform Commission Releases Report Recommending Significant Changes to Chapter 11

On December 8, 2014, the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 published a 400-page report containing far-reaching recommendations. The report is the result of a three-year study...more

Leases: Avoid Unnecessary Headaches With Precise Drafting

Charter v. Kearney (In re Colen), 516 B.R. 618 (Bankr. D. Or. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sued the tenants’ landlord to recover payment of a fee that he contended was illegal under state law. The issue turned on...more

Phones for who? Focus on technology companies

PHONES 4U COLLAPSE: PART 1 Phones 4U Limited, the leading independent mobile phone retailer with an annual turnover of £1bn, went into administration on 15 September, closing all its 720 outlets and placing 5,596 jobs...more

December 2014: Bankruptcy and Restructuring Update

Bankruptcy Code Section 502(d): Getting Back to Basics. Traders in distressed debt face a myriad of questions and issues when acquiring claims against a company in distress. One common issue that traders should always ensure...more

Rejecting Market-Based Cramdown Interest Rates, and Making Words Count for Make-Whole Payments

Since the recent period of low interest rates, many borrowers have attempted to use bankruptcy to refinance their high-interest debt. These attempts sometimes run counter to provisions in the underlying loan documents that...more

Points & Authorities - Fall 2014

In This Issue: - Legal Considerations for Web Based Start-Ups - California’s Water Anxiety Prompts Landmark Groundwater Legislation - Points from the President - Factor Beware: A Judgment Lien...more

Bankruptcy Sales: It Is A Good Idea To Confirm You Are Acquiring Everything You Need Before You Close

Agri Star Meat & Poultry, LLC v. Nevel Properties Corp. (In re Nevel Properties Corp.), 765 F.3d 846 (8th Cir. 2014) – The purchaser of assets from one bankruptcy debtor objected to the plan of reorganization filed by...more

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