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The Devils Dictionary

The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

When and How Can a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee Liquidate Your Collateral?

So you are chugging along with a foreclosure action (either on real and/or personal property) only to be stopped in your tracks by the borrower filing a voluntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition. The usual, immediate thought...more

Good News on “Bad Boy” Guarantees – IRS Reverts to Prior Position in Recent Legal Advice Memorandum

On April 15, 2016, the IRS released a generic legal advice memorandum (GLAM 2016-001) (the “April GLAM”) addressing the impact of so-called “bad boy” guarantees (also known as nonrecourse carve-out guarantees) on the...more

Recipe for a Project Bankruptcy: The Owner in Bankruptcy Through The Lens of the Construction Manager

Industry leaders agree that the economy has turned the corner and private construction projects are on the uptick.  Banks have eased lending requirements and there is more private equity money on the streets.  Inexperienced...more

CR&B Alert - Commercial Restructuring and Bankruptcy News - May 2016, No. 2

Can A Bank-Appointed Director Block A Bankruptcy Filing By A Borrower? The scenario is fairly typical. A loan goes into default and the bank and the borrower enter into a Forbearance Agreement. One of the conditions of...more

To Mitigate or Not to Mitigate – That is the Question!

If you suffer loss as a result of negligent advice, do you have a duty to mitigate? If yes, what does that duty look like in practice? How far do you need to go in attempts to reduce the loss you have suffered? This was the...more

7th Circuit Disrupts Commercial Certainty in Lease Terminations; Landlords, We Hate That You Have to Read this Blog Post

There are many tenants that are, shall we say, “problem children.” They pay late, open late, breach, junk up your strip or building, threaten, the works. Sometimes, the landlord finds it easier just to reach a lease...more

Back From the Dead: Voluntarily Terminating a Distressed Tenant’s Lease May Give Rise to an Avoidance Action in Bankruptcy Against...

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit should prompt landlords to give careful consideration before entering into a lease termination agreement with a distressed tenant. In In re Great...more

Termination of a Commercial Lease May be an “Avoidable Transfer” in Bankruptcy, holds Seventh Circuit

In March 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that a landlord may be liable to a debtor’s bankruptcy estate for the value of a lease the debtor terminated early, holding the termination may be an...more

Terminating a Distressed Tenant’s Lease? Plan Now to Defend a Possible Bankruptcy Avoidance Action Later

Landlords contemplating terminating a lease with a distressed tenant in advance of a possible tenant bankruptcy will want to consider carefully a recent decision from the Seventh Circuit. The decision, In re Great Lakes Quick...more

Seventh Circuit Holds Pre-Bankruptcy Termination of Lease May Be Avoidable Transfer

Landlords dealing with troubled tenants often enter into termination agreements that dictate terms for the consensual terminations of unexpired leases. Among other benefits, such termination agreements provide certainty and...more

Oil, Gas and Mineral Companies Take Note: Agreements Purporting to “Run with the Land” may be Rejected in Bankruptcy

A recent bankruptcy court decision from the influential Southern District of New York permitted a debtor to reject executory contracts with midstream gathers as an exercise of sound business judgment. In In re Sabine Oil &...more

Seventh Circuit Holds that Pre-Bankruptcy Lease Terminations May Be Avoidable

In a case of first impression, the Seventh Circuit recently issued an opinion that may cause landlords and their advisors to re-evaluate the consequences of terminating a financially distressed commercial tenant’s lease prior...more

Seventh Circuit Holds That Termination of a Commercial Lease Prior to Tenant’s Bankruptcy May be an “Avoidable Transfer”

On March 11, 2016, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (the “Court”) ruled that a termination of lease that occurred prior to the tenant’s bankruptcy may be an “avoidable transfer” under title 11 of the United...more

Finance Advisory: Risk Retention and the Preserving Access to CRE Capital Act

The final rules for implementing Section 941 of the Dodd-Frank Act as it relates to credit risk retention will become effective December 24 of this year. With the effective date quickly approaching, Congress has stepped in to...more

How Sports Authority’s Bankruptcy Filing Impacts Landlords and Trade Creditors, and Creates Opportunities for Retailers

On March 2, 2016, Sports Authority, Inc. (“Sports Authority”) and six of its affiliates filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware. The filing will significantly impact Sports Authority’s landlords and trade creditors. In...more

Real Estate. Major Russian legislation changes for 2015

Reform of civil legislation - Federal Law No. 42-FZ on Amendments to Part One of the Russian Federation Civil Code of March 8, 2015 - The Law entered into force on June 1, 2015 and made sweeping changes to the...more

The Best Protection: Safeguards in Purchasing Distressed Oil and Gas Assets

In the current environment of depressed prices for oil, natural gas and related liquids, oil and gas wells, leases and properties are coming on to the market for sale. These assets typically are made available through either...more

Secured Creditors Beware: Overvalued Properties in Bankruptcy

An overvalued property may now have a bigger impact on a secured creditor’s bottom-line during bankruptcy. Splitting with the Seventh Circuit, the Fifth Circuit in Southwest Securities, FSB v. Segner (In the Matter of...more

Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights News: Secured Lender Forced, under Bankruptcy Code Section 506(c), to Pay Trustee's Expenses of...

For secured lenders, the single most dangerous provision of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code is section 506(c). This section permits the bankruptcy court to collect from the lender’s collateral the bankruptcy estate’s necessary...more

Landlords Beware: Potential Post-Holiday Bankruptcy Filings By Retail Tenants

The holiday shopping season has long been the most important time of the year for many retailers. In the past, it has been common for troubled retailers to file for bankruptcy protection in the months following the holiday...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Does The Automatic Stay Apply To Stay Acts Against An Individual Debtor’s Wholly-Owned Company?

A vexing issue for some creditors arises when an individual who is typically a guarantor or co-debtor of his wholly-owned company’s debt files bankruptcy under chapter 7, 11 or 13 and then takes the position that the...more

Dealing with Restaurant and Retail Leases in Bankruptcy

The recent Great Recession and the wave of bankruptcy filings that accompanied it presented a number of challenges for landlords and tenants. Yet, as the economy has recovered, we still continue to see restaurant and retail...more

Update on Landlords Rights Against Tenants in Administration

We have written before on the subject of Landlords’ remedies when there is a pre-pack administration where a new company is formed to buy the viable part of the business and is put into occupation by the administrators...more

Selected Drafting Issues In Midstream Contracts

I will share a small secret – or perhaps, it is not a secret at all. As CLE presentations go, “drafting tip” presentations tend to be very practical in their orientation and are, therefore, more enjoyable and less stressful...more

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