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Are You an E&P Company Facing a Liquidity Crunch and Considering Restructuring?

In this lw.com interview, Latham & Watkins partner Michael Chambers looks at the impact of borrowing base redeterminations on exploration and production (E&P) companies. He also discusses additional debt capacity under high...more

Bankruptcy "Essentials" in a Low-Price Environment

J. Paul Getty once said, “Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.” However, with crude oil prices nearly half of what they were a mere six months ago, Getty’s formula may not hold as true as it once did. In...more

4 Key Restructuring Considerations for Distressed E&P Companies

“For distressed exploration and production (E&P) companies and their lenders, there can be many significant legal issues associated with restructuring,” according to Latham & Watkins partner Mitchell Seider. Seider is...more

Third Circuit refuses to permit Debtor Lessor to Reject an Oil and Gas Lease

The Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit confirmed that the Pennsylvania Landlord and Tenant Act is inapplicable to an agreement by a landowner authorizing the “lessee” to extract oil and gas lying beneath the property's...more

USA Synthetic Fuel Corporation Files Bankruptcy; Will Pursue A Sale

On March 17, 2015, following the lead of Quicksilver Resources Inc., USA Synthetic Fuel Corporation filed its own voluntary chapter 11 case in Delaware. The case is docketed as case no. 15-10599, and has been assigned to...more

Texas-Based Oil and Gas Company, Quicksilver Resources Inc., Files Bankruptcy

On March 17, 2015, Quicksilver Resources Inc., a Texas based oil and natural gas producer and developer, and 13 of its affiliates, filed chapter 11 bankruptcy petitions in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District...more

Allied Nevada Gold Corp. Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

On March 10, 2015, Allied Nevada Gold Corp. and thirteen (13) affiliates filed voluntary chapter 11 petitions in Delaware. The petition lists approximately $941.2 million in total assets and $663.7 million in total debts....more

Oil and Gas Contractor Cal Dive International Inc. Decides to Explore Bankruptcy

On March 3, 2015, Cal Dive International, Inc. and five affiliates filed voluntary chapter 11 bankruptcy petitions in Delaware. The cases are docketed at 15-10458 and have not, as of this posting, been assigned to any...more

Environmental Liability: Relief Through Bankruptcy Or Not?

In re Appalachian Fuel, LLC, 521 B.R. 779 (Bankr. E.D. Ky. 2014) – A state department of environmental protection (DEP) filed an administrative expense application in the bankruptcy cases of coal mining debtors for...more

Business Restructuring & Insolvency Year in Review

Excerpt from A Year in Review: We are pleased to say that 2014 was another successful year for Morrison & Foerster’s Business Restructuring & Insolvency Group. Despite continuing market headwinds, the last year brought...more

Continuity of supply of essential services to be guaranteed during business recovery (UK update)

Following a consultation on the issues last year, an Order was laid before the UK Parliament on Monday (9 February 2015) to prevent suppliers of water, gas, electricity, communications services and IT from cutting off supply...more

Client Alert: Oil & Gas Bankruptcies on the Horizon: Beware of Statutory Liens

The recent drop in crude oil prices has been a boon to consumers and businesses alike. However, sustained lower crude prices will invariably have a negative impact on drilling activity in those states where oil and gas...more

Oil Price Decline: Positioning for Turnaround or Sale

As a reaction to the dramatic oil price volatility, many energy companies plan to streamline operations by reducing work force and shedding assets. Those who do so face tightening credit and decline in asset value that may...more

Counterparty Rights in Energy Bankruptcies

For the past several years, low interest rates and higher commodity prices have resulted in generally favorable financial conditions in the energy sector, keeping energy bankruptcy activity to a minimum. With the recent sharp...more

The Fall in Crude Oil Prices: Headline Issues to Watch

Oil price movement through 2014 and into 2015 is a consequence of market fundamentals. Europe’s continued economic woes, paired with the slowdown in China’s economy, have led to a fall in demand for oil....more

CanaSea Group: Full and Fair Disclosure Required in Ex Parte CCAA Applications

Applicants who seek ex parte relief under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) have an obligation to make full and fair disclosure of all material facts to the court. ...more

Oil and Gas Restructurings: Exploration and Production Companies Face Unique Issues

The recent drop in oil prices will likely spur a flurry of industry restructurings, governed by a complex set of bankruptcy and state laws. Introduction - At the close of business on December 31, 2014, the...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

Rejecting Related Contracts: When Can You Pick and Choose?

In re Trinity Coal Corp., 514 B.R. 526 (Bankr. E.D. Ky. 2014) – The debtors sought to reject easement and disposal agreements with the owners of adjacent coal mines. The adjacent owners objected on the basis that the...more

Bankruptcy Courts Fail to Enlighten on Electricity as Goods or Services

Is electricity goods or services? That seemingly simple yet confounding question is illustrated by three recent bankruptcy cases (all of which consider whether an electricity provider is entitled to an administrative expense...more

Environmental Claims: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Asarco LLC v. Goodwin, 756 F.3d 191 (2nd Cir. 2014) – A reorganized company (Asarco) sought contribution for payment of environmental claims from beneficiaries of trusts created under John D. Rockefeller’s will. The...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

Bankruptcy Auctions 101

A recent bankruptcy auction of a Texas power plant by Optim Energy LLC provided an important lesson for potential bidders at bankruptcy auctions and their representatives on the importance of developing a clear bidding...more

Bankruptcy Auctions Present Opportunities to Acquire Energy Assets with Limited Risk

Energy industry bankruptcies of all types are expected to increase, offering an opportunity for companies to acquire assets for their operating portfolios while taking advantage of the bankruptcy process. We have received...more

Historic Award in the Yukos Majority Shareholders Arbitration

In this issue: - Background of dispute - Tax reassessments - Harassment of Yukos - Settlement offers - “Rigged” auction - Harassment of PwC - Bankruptcy - Legal...more

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