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Round-up of Recent Decisions Relevant to Trustee and Protector Liability and Indemnities

There continue to be an increasing number of offshore Court judgments considering the nature and extent of an offshore trustee’s liability to third parties (including third parties in foreign jurisdictions), and the rights of...more

Privy Council rules on Fairfield

On 16 April 2014, the Privy Council ruled in the claims brought by the liquidators of Fairfield, one of the largest feeder funds into Bernard Madoff’s investment company. The BVI Commercial Court and the Eastern...more

Insurance and Reinsurance Newsletter: Italy - April 2014

1. IVASS (ITALIAN INSURANCE SUPERVISORY AUTHORITY) – NEW REGULATIONS ON COMPLAINTS MANAGEMENT - On 1 April 2014, the draft measure containing amendments to ISVAP (former Italian Insurance Supervisory Authority)...more

Identifying Further Restructuring Risks in Germany - Federal Court of Justice Clarifies Liability for Continuing the Business of...

The Financial Crisis, a difficult market situation and a tense liquidity status have led to remarkable difficulties for mid-sized businesses within the past years. Strategic and financial investors have and continue to...more

Material Reform of the Spanish Insolvency Law

The Royal Decree Law 4/2014 of 7 March significantly amends the Spanish Insolvency Law, ostensibly in favor of refinancing agreements. With the approval of Royal Decree Law 4/2014 of 7 March on urgent measures...more

Zlomrex International Finance S.A. – completion of restructuring via Scheme of Arrangement

On 4 February 2014, our client, Zlomrex International Finance S.A. (“ZIF”), completed the restructuring of its approximately €118 million senior secured high yield notes due 2014 (the “Existing High Yield Bonds”). ZIF, a...more

Mitigating the “Vitro Effect”: Mexican Lawmakers Approved the Most Ambitious Bankruptcy Law Reform Since its Enactment back in...

On January 10, 2014, the Federal Executive Branch of México published in the Official Gazette the legal amendments to México’s Commercial Bankruptcy Law (Ley de Concursos Mercantiles, or LCM), effecting the most comprehensive...more

"Using Chapter 11 to Restructure Non-US and Multinational Companies"

Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code is the most well-developed law of any insolvency regime in the world for helping troubled companies restructure their affairs. Some nations, like Canada and the United Kingdom, also have...more

"English Schemes of Arrangement Expand to Continental Europe and Beyond"

A scheme of arrangement is a tool of English corporate law that has been used in M&A and restructurings for decades. A company implementing a scheme has complete freedom to choose with which groups of shareholders and...more

"Restructuring ELA Liabilities: Lessons From Ireland"

The Irish banking crisis has provided some insights into the use by EU member states of emergency liquidity assistance (ELA), which supports financial institutions or markets that are experiencing an exceptional and temporary...more

International Arbitration - Q4 2013

AUSTRALIA: NEW GOVERNMENT MAY LEAD TO OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVESTOR/STATE ARBITRATION - This autumn, the people of Australia elected a new federal government, presenting a number of potential opportunities for...more

Second Circuit Ruling Appears to Limit Ability of U.S. Bankruptcy Courts to Assist Foreign Debtors

In Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund LP v. Barnet (In re Barnet), Case No. 13-612, 2013 WL 6482499 (2d Cir. Dec. 11, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that in order for a foreign...more

Creditors’ Rights Clarified By Interpretation II of the Supreme People’s Court on Several Issues Concerning the Application of the...

Understanding your rights as a creditor while navigating under China’s bankruptcy laws is becoming a must these days, especially for foreign creditors. As many foreign companies engage in business with Chinese companies,...more

Special Situations Opportunities in Upcoming Asia Restructurings

Latham & Watkins partner David Heller moderated a panel discussion at the November 5, 2013 “Maximizing Outcomes in Upcoming Asia Restructurings” industry summit co-hosted by Latham and the Asia Securities Industry & Financial...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - December 11, 2013

In this issue: - Detroit Gets a Fresh Start and Pension Debt is at Risk - UK Supreme Court Finds Certain Pension Liabilities Are Not Entitled to Priority Treatment, in Nortel and Lehman Decisions - Amount of...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Application of Section 365(n) to Ensure Patent Licensees Sufficiently Protected in Granting Relief to...

The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Jaffe v. Samsung Elecs. Co., Ltd., recently held that a U.S. bankruptcy court is not required under principles of comity to blindly apply foreign law to assets located in the...more

Bankruptcy remoteness – a remote prospect?

Lawyers and investment bankers involved in setting up structured products such as asset backed commercial paper, CDOs, CMBS and CLOs often strive to achieve “bankruptcy remoteness” for the vehicle issuing the product...more

How One Struggling Auto Company Used Chapter 15 to Protect its U.S. Assets

Although its Israel-based electric car company had already filed bankruptcy in its home country, Better Place, Inc., the U.S. parent of the foreign debtor, filed for protection under chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code with the...more

OGX Insolvency – What Distressed Investors Need to Know About Brazilian Bankruptcy Process

On October 30, 2013, Brazilian oil company OGX Petróleo e Gas Participações SA (OGX) filed for bankruptcy protection (or “judicial reorganization”) in Rio de Janeiro after restructuring discussions between the company and its...more

Germany’s Insolvency Reform Enables Loan-To-Own Strategies

Frank Grell is a partner at Latham & Watkins who chairs the firm’s German Restructuring and Insolvency Practice. Grell reflects on some of the major changes brought about by Germany’s 2012 Insolvency Act (Insolvenzordnung),...more

Spanish Insolvency Law Amendment: Refinancing Agreements Homologation Majority Rate Lowered to 55 percent

The Spanish Congress has approved important amendments into the so-called Spanish scheme of arrangements, to facilitate Spanish company refinancings. The approval of Law 14/2013, 27 September on support for entrepreneurs...more

Capital Infusion: Case Spotlight: In re SemCrude, L.P.

Sudden interruptions in oil supplies caused by the 1973 Arab oil embargo, the Iranian revolution of 1979 and the outbreak of the war between Iran and Iraq in 1980 led to the energy crises of the 1970’s and 1980’s, forcing...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - September 3, 2013

Joint Proposal on Risk Retention - On August 28, the FDIC, Fed, FHFA, OCC, SEC and HUD issued a notice of revised proposed rulemaking relating to required risk retention by sponsors in securitization transactions. The...more

July 2013: Russia Litigation Update - Case Study: Russian Courts Adopt Practical, Less Formalistic Analysis of Activities of...

In two recent cases, the Presidium of the Supreme Arbitrazh Court of the Russian Federation (the “Presidium”) addressed important issues concerning activities of representative offices of foreign companies in Russia and...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - August 5, 2013

Joint Release on Stress-Test Guidance - On July 30, the FDIC, Fed and OCC released a request for comment on proposed guidance describing supervisory expectations for stress tests required by the Dodd-Frank Act to be...more

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