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BAC CEO Pays $10 Million Plus D&O Bar To Settle NYAG Market Crisis Case

Former Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis agreed to pay $10 million and to be barred from serving as an officer or director of a public company for three years to settle fraud charges brought by the New York Attorney General...more

Sentinel Decision Prioritizes Protection of Securities and Futures Markets

On March 19, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit decided Grede v. FCStone, LLC, Nos. 13-1232, 13-1278 (7th Cir. Mar. 19, 2014), an opinion that reinforces the importance of the portability of investment...more

Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2014: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

Several recent legal developments will likely impact acquisition finance. A recent decision of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York examines who is an “Eligible Assignee” entitled to acquire...more

U.S. Supreme Court Round-Up: Sun Capital Cert Denied, Omnicare Cert Granted and Whistle-Blower Protection Extended

As first discussed in July 2013 the First Circuit Court of Appeals held in Sun Capital Partners III, LP, et al. v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund that a Sun Capital Partners private equity fund (Sun...more

A Bankruptcy Court’s Newly Founded Ability to Certify Questions of Law, Namely Involving Corporate Law Issues, to the Delaware...

The Delaware State Legislature recently amended Article IV, section 11 of the Delaware Constitution to add United States Bankruptcy Courts to the expanding list of courts and agencies that may certify questions to the...more

Attacking LBO Payouts as State Law Fraudulent Transfers

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Court”) in Weisfelner v. Fund 1 (In Re Lyondell Chemical Co.), 2014 WL 118036 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. Jan. 14, 2014) recently held that the safe harbor...more

Lyondell: Is the Safe Harbor Closed to Former Shareholders of LBOs?

In a recent decision by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, Weisfelner, v. Fund 1, et al. (In re Lyondell Chem. Co.), 2014 Bankr. LEXIS 159 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. January 14, 2014), the Court...more

Bankruptcy Court defines limits of shareholder safe harbor in failed leveraged buyouts

An opinion issued in connection with the bankruptcy cases of Lyondell Chemical Company and its affiliates may have significant implications for shareholders who receive payments in connection with a leveraged buyout when the...more

"The Unsafe Harbor: The Tribune Decision and the Erosion of Bankruptcy Code Section 546(e)"

A 2013 court decision has cast doubts over the future scope of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code’s safe harbor protections against the reversal of settled securities transactions. If the ruling stemming from the Tribune Company...more

Lehman Court Finds Safe Harbors Protect Damage Calculation Provisions In Swap

Judge James M. Peck issued an important opinion in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy late last month. The opinion protects a non-debtor counterparty's right to rely on a contractually agreed methodology for damages calculations...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

Recent Case on Safe Harbor Provisions in Swap Agreements

Bankruptcy cases are the proving ground for interpreting the boundaries for ISDA safe harbor provisions under the United States Bankruptcy Code. Michigan State Housing Development Authority v. Lehman Brothers Derivative...more

Community Banking Excellence - Fourth Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Interview with a Community Banking Professional - Holiday Wishes - Accidents Don't Cut It - Ensuring You Don't "Unintentionally" Violate the Automatic Stay - Dodd-Frank Essentials: Executive...more

Buyer Beware: Third Circuit Confirms Claims are Subject to Disallowance Despite Sale to Third Party

The Third Circuit in In re KB Toys, Inc. recently affirmed a decision of the Delaware District Court, holding that trade claims are subject to disallowance under section 502(d) of the Bankruptcy Code despite their subsequent...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

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

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - November 1, 2013

In this issue: - FINRA Issues New Investor Alert on Closed-End Funds - CFTC Adopts Enhanced Customer Protection Rules - CFTC Adopts Rules Regarding the Protection of Collateral and Treatment of Securities...more

Private Fund Update - October 14, 2013

In this issue: - The President - The 113th Congress - Securities and Exchange Commission - Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA) - Managed Fund Association (MFA) -...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

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

S.D.N.Y. Bankruptcy Court Finds That Claims Against Lehman Brothers Inc. Related to Bilateral Repurchase Transactions Do Not...

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York recently entered a memorandum opinion in the Lehman Brothers Inc. (LBI) proceeding under the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA). The Bankruptcy...more

Two Recent Circuit Court Decisions on Cram Down

Two recent decisions by United States Circuit Courts of Appeal separately address the rights of secured creditors, unsecured creditors and equity holders under cram down plans of reorganization. In Wells Fargo Bank National...more

Claims Under Repurchase Transactions Do Not Qualify As Customers’ Claims in Broker-Dealers’ Liquidation

Judge James M. Peck of the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York held, on June 25, 2013 (the “Lehman Op.”), that claims under repurchase transactions (“Repos”) do not qualify as customer claims and therefore...more

Shedding Light on a Bankruptcy Safe Harbor: Defining the Reach of Section 546(e)

Bankruptcy trustees and debtors routinely attempt to increase the amount of money available to creditors in a bankruptcy case by “clawing back” funds transferred by the debtor to another party. Several sections of the...more

Second Circuit Rules that Payments Made to Purchase Notes are Exempt from Avoidance Under Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code

On June 10, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held in the Quebecor World (USA) Inc. bankruptcy that payments made by a company in purchasing notes issued by an affiliate constituted transfers made in connection with a...more

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