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Subcontractors Can Still Perfect Mechanic’s Liens After Prime Contractors File Bankruptcy

One of the most common and effective ways for a subcontractor to secure a payment claim is to file a lien. Assuming any applicable, pre-lien notice requirements are satisfied, an unpaid subcontractor can lien a private...more

Escaping Taxes in Bankruptcy Through S Corporations

Shareholders of financially troubled S corporations may now be able to avoid the flow-through of taxes when the S corporation or its subsidiary files bankruptcy. ...more

LLC Operating Agreement: Is A Purchase Option Enforceable Against A Bankrupt Member?

In re Denman, 513 B.R. 720 (Bankr. W.D. Tenn. 2014) – A chapter 13 debtor was a member of a limited liability company. Another member sought relief from the automatic stay in order to exercise a right to acquire the...more

Bankruptcy Court Finds Tenant Cannot Assume Commercial Lease After Waiving Rights to Seek Relief From Forfeiture Under California...

The US Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California (the "Court") recently upheld the validity of a commercial lease provision by which a debtor/tenant waived its rights to seek relief from forfeiture (i.e.,...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC19151, SC19158 - Weiss v. Smulders - Plaintiff sued the defendant claiming it violated an oral agreement to form a new company by merging their existing companies as a joint venture to sell food products. After a...more

“Officer” Titles – Do They Confer Insider Status?

Insider status in U.S. bankruptcy carries with it significant burdens. Insiders face a one year preference exposure rather than the 90 day period applicable to non-insiders; insiders are by definition disinterested persons...more

Structured Dismissals – How They Work Part I: Court Authority for an Alternative Ending

Over the past decade, debtors have increasingly used the protections of Chapter 11 to sell substantially all of their assets in sales under section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code. As a result, post-sale debtors frequently have...more

'Loan-to-Own' Strategy May Lead to Limitation on Credit-Bidding

On April 14, in In re Free Lance-Star Publishing, 512 B.R. 798 (Bankr. E.D. Va. 2014), the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia considered the objection of Chapter 11 debtors to a secured creditor's...more

Court Rules on Applicability of Make-Whole Premiums Upon Debt Acceleration

In the context of make-whole premiums, court decisions suggest that the applicability of the premium upon a refinancing in bankruptcy will be governed by the wording of the debt documents, and that if an automatic...more

UK Court Decision Demonstrates Importance of Compliance With ISDA Market Quotation Procedures

The High Court of England and Wales (Commercial Court) recently decided in favor of Lehman Brothers Finance S.A. (in liquidation) (LBF) against Sal. Oppenheim Jr. & Cie. KGAA (Oppenheim). The matter involved a dispute over...more

No Market Interest Rate and No Make Whole: Momentive Performance Court Rejects Lender Arguments Against Confirmation

On August 26, 2014, Judge Robert D. Drain of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that (i) the debtors could satisfy the cramdown requirements of section 1129(b) of the Bankruptcy...more

Another Court Rules That Availability of Make-Whole Premiums in Bankruptcy Depends on Governing Documents

In a recent bench decision in In re MPM Silicones, LLC et al., Case No. 14-22503-RDD (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. August 26, 2014), the Bankruptcy Court considered bondholders’ right to recover make-whole premiums (premiums paid for...more

New Jersey’s “Direct Action Statute” Is Not A Bar To Judgment Creditor’s Coverage Action

A New Jersey appellate court recently addressed that state’s “direct action statute,” concluding that it did not prevent judgment creditors from pursuing a coverage action arising out of an LMX reinsurance spiral. The...more

New Decision on Enforceability of Make Whole Provisions

Another bankruptcy court — this time in New York — has weighed in on the issue of whether “make whole” provisions are enforceable in bankruptcy. See In re MPM Silicones, LLC, et al. (a/k/a Momentive Performance...more

Sixth Circuit rules cows can be leased

Can you really lease a cow? - According to the Sixth Circuit, the answer is “yes.” Dairy cattle leasing is an increasingly popular method for producers to add to their herds while conserving capital for other purposes....more

Is there a Serious Threat to a Secured Creditor's Right to Credit Bid at Bankruptcy Sales, or Is the Impact of Recent Cases...

The right to credit bid is one of the most important protections afforded a secured creditor. Recognized under both state and bankruptcy law, the right to credit bid safeguards against undervaluation at an asset sale, whether...more

The Art of Defending Preferential Transfers – Part Two: The Defenses

Learning how to defend a preferential transfer action is a particularly useful art for the credit professional. In Part One, we discussed the Bankruptcy Code’s specific requirements that must be established by the debtor or...more

Catching Judge Sontchi’s “Flurry of Opinions” Part 1 of 3

In This Issue: - In re: Energy Future Holdings Corp., et al, 14 -10979 (CSS) (CSC Trust Company of Delaware, as Indenture Trustee, v. Energy Future Intermediate Holdings Company LLC and EFIH Finance, Inc., Adv. Pro No:...more

Subcontractors Score a Victory in Federal Court

On August 27, in In re Heritage Consolidated, L.L.C., the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted subcontractor’s lien rights to two oil and gas drilling contractors. The Court reversed a district court ruling which upheld a...more

Stipulation Waiving the Final Accounting—Is it a Good Idea?

QUESTION: I have concluded my work as a receiver in a case, and the parties have requested that I enter into a stipulation with them waiving my final account and report discharging me as a receiver so they can avoid the cost...more

Bankruptcy Court Holds That Secured Creditors Can Be “Crammed Down” With Below-Market Rate Replacement Notes

On August 26, 2014, in the case In re MPM Silicones, LLC, Case No. 14-22503 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.) (“Momentive”), the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York held that secured creditors could be...more

Dealmakers Q&A: Bilzin Sumberg's Jay Sakalo

Identifying the "most challenging" deal I've worked on should be straightforward, one would think. However, as most of my deals have involved distressed businesses over the years, virtually all of them started on the...more

Business Finance & Restructuring Q&A Series

The following discussion examines a number of factors that have complicated the bankruptcy process. It also offers a look at how out-of-court restructurings might be a more viable course for distressed business owners to...more

LLC Managers Beware: Get Involved With Member Distributions By an Insolvent LLC and You May Be Personally Liable

A chapter 7 trustee sued a manager of three limited liability company (LLC) debtors for breach of fiduciary duty and to hold the manager personally liable for distributions made to members, including himself....more

When Winding Up A Corporation Don't Do This

I don't know any lawyers who specialize in winding up corporations, but if any of you are out there, you should read this post. It is important to remember, when winding up a corporation, that "principals and directors...more

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