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To Report or Not to Report – Is it Really A Question?

In a May 15, 2017 Bankruptcy Court decision (Gardens Decision) from California’s Central District (In re Gardens Regional Hospital and Medical Center, Inc. (Bankr. C.D.Cal., May 15, 2017, No. 1617463), Judge Ernest M. Robles...more

Can a Receiver be Sued for Not Paying a Pre-Receiver Creditor?

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Question: I am the Receiver for a condo project. A pre-receivership creditor has threatened to sue me because I won’t pay for the services he provided the defendant. I have explained to the creditor that the receivership is...more

Reaffirming Rash – Replacement Value Applies to Cram Down Valuations

by Selman Breitman LLP on

Cram down reorganization, a fundamental concept in bankruptcy law, allows a debtor to retain possession and use of collateral while reducing the principal value of the secured debt to the present value of the collateral. ...more

Tidewater, Inc. Bankruptcy Update – Utilities Motion

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On May 17th, Tidewater, Inc. and its affiliated debtors (“Tidewater” or “Debtors”) filed for chapter 11 protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. On the same day, the Court entered an...more

Bankruptcy courts cannot approve structured dismissal of Chapter 11 case that violates absolute priority rule

by Snell & Wilmer on

In Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp., 137 S. Ct. 973 (2017), the U.S. Supreme Court held that a bankruptcy court was not authorized to approve a structured dismissal of a Chapter 11 case that violated the absolute priority...more

Foreign-based Companies Considering a U.S. Chapter 11: What You Need To Know

by Hogan Lovells on

Hogan Lovells partners Chris Donoho and Ron Silverman spoke to DebtWire Radio about current issues concerning cross-border restructurings. They addressed the factors that prompt foreign-based companies to avail themselves of...more

Bankruptcy May Be Your First and Best Option

by Malcolm Ruthven on

People often believe that filing bankruptcy is so bad that you should do it only as a last resort, but for many people nothing could be further from the truth. Why do I say that?...more

In Brief: Court Rules Against Lyondell Litigation Trustee on LBO Fraudulent Conveyance Claims

by Jones Day on

In Weisfelner v. Blavatnik (In re Lyondell Chemical Company), 2017 BL 131876 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. Apr. 21, 2017), the bankruptcy court presiding over the chapter 11 case of Lyondell Chemical Company ("Lyondell") handed down a...more

Singapore Enacts New Corporate Bankruptcy Law in Bid to Become Center for International Debt Restructuring

by Jones Day on

On March 10, 2017, Singapore's Parliament approved the Companies (Amendment) Bill 2017 (the "Act") to enhance the country's corporate debt restructuring framework. The Act, a copy of which is available here, was assented to...more

Foreign Representative Had "Independent" Standing to Prosecute State Law Avoidance Claims in Chapter 15

by Jones Day on

If a foreign debtor is eligible to file for bankruptcy protection in the U.S., the debtor's foreign representative (e.g., a liquidator or administrator) may, under certain circumstances, have the power to avoid and recover...more

Group Insolvency Proceedings Under the Revised EU Insolvency Regulation

by Jones Day on

Restructuring an international group of companies in Europe continues to be challenging. While companies can transact business freely across European borders, coordination between the stakeholders involved in a cross-border...more

Ninth Circuit Applies Replacement Value in Cramdown Even If Lower Than Liquidation Value

In a decision that addresses the value to apply to a secured creditor’s collateral facing cramdown, the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, reaffirms that, in determining cramdown value, a secured creditor is only entitled to the...more

Client Alert: Chapter 15: A Sword and A Shield

THE RULING: CHAPTER 15 DEBTORS CAN ASSERT AVOIDANCE ACTIONS UNDER STATE LAW - On March 23, 2017, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division, ruled that a foreign debtor could...more

Eleventh Circuit Addresses Difference Between Constitutional and Equitable Mootness

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In Beem v. Ferguson (In re Ferguson), 2017 BL 101650 (11th Cir. Mar. 30, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit addressed the distinction between constitutional mootness (a jurisdictional issue that...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Valuation of Secured Creditor’s Collateral in Chapter 11 Need Not Be Based on Property’s Highest and Best...

On May 26, 2017, an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion with important ramifications for secured lenders. The Ninth Circuit held that for purposes of determining the amount of a secured...more

Oil and Gas Industry Update: District Court Upholds Rejection of Sabine Gas Gathering Agreements

by Jones Day on

In a highly anticipated decision—HPIP Gonzales Holdings, LLC v. Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. (In re Sabine Oil & Gas Corp.), 2017 BL 83510 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 9, 2017)—Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern...more

Sixth Circuit Rejects Per Se Rule Automatically Mooting Sale Appeals in the Absence of a Stay

by Jones Day on

Debtors beware: The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has recently expanded the ability of parties to appeal a bankruptcy court's approval of a sale of assets notwithstanding the statutory mootness rule set forth in section...more

Substantive Consolidation of Non-Debtors-Standing and Notice Issues

by Dechert LLP on

U.S. courts generally agree that the substantive consolidation should be applied sparingly, and even more so when substantive consolidation of debtors with non-debtors is sought. While many opinions address the grounds for...more

How Not to Avoid Paying Taxes

by Sanford Millar on

Don't turn a civil tax liability into a criminal tax case. One of our missions at MillarLaw is to help clients avoid making mistakes that can turn a civil tax case into a criminal tax case. The typical scenario is a...more

PennySaver – Preference Actions Filed

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On May 23, 2017, Don A. Beskrone, the chapter 7 trustee for the estate of PennySaver USA Publishing, LLC filed preference actions against 46 defendants. PennySaver was an iconic company that specialized in the production,...more

From the Top: U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case on Scope of Section 546(e)'s Safe Harbor

by Jones Day on

On May 1, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Merit Management Group v. FTI Consulting, No. 16-784, on appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals from the Seventh Circuit. See FTI Consulting, Inc. v. Merit Management...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Structured Dismissals Cannot Deviate From the Bankruptcy Code's Priority Scheme

by Jones Day on

In bankruptcy cases under chapter 11, debtors sometimes opt for a "structured dismissal" when a consensual plan of reorganization or liquidation cannot be reached or conversion to chapter 7 would be too costly. In Czyzewski...more

Kiwi Defense Doesn't Get Off the Ground in Preference Litigation Involving Related, but Severable, Contracts

by Jones Day on

Among the required elements of a claim to avoid a preferential transfer under section 547(b) of the Bankruptcy Code is that, if the creditor-transferee were permitted to retain a pre-bankruptcy payment, it would end up being...more

Debt Dialogue: May 2017 - Lyondell Chemical Company: Litigation Trust’s Fraudulent Conveyance Claims Fail

Just one year after Lyondell Chemical Company (Lyondell) and Basell AF (Basell) consummated a nearly $20 billion merger of their businesses, the merged business of LyondellBasell Industries (LBI) “failed in a colossal...more

Recent Article on the Nuts and Bolts of Section 503(b)(9) Claims in Chapter 11 Cases

The so-called 20-day administrative priority claim (set forth in Section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code) is perhaps the best remedy available to vendor creditors in Chapter 11 cases....more

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