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Not Chapter 11 but Chapter 11-ish

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Parents, headmasters, hoteliers, restauranteurs, insurers and countries love them or hate them, depending on how their school or restaurant, company or nation is ranked. I’m referring to the World Bank’s annual Doing...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - April 2017, Issue 1

by Reed Smith on

Welcome to the April 2017 issue of the CR&B Alert, the newsletter produced by Reed Smith's Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group. Excerpt from Newsletter: SUPREME COURT WILL DECIDE STANDARD OF REVIEW ON...more

Tax Sales and Bankruptcy Stays

It is well understood that under section 362 of the Bankruptcy Code, a bankruptcy filing triggers an “automatic stay” preventing creditors from taking any act to obtain possession of or enforce a lien against property of the...more

Group proceedings settlement update: Court of Appeal upholds binding nature of settlement on group members

by DLA Piper on

In Pekell, the Court of Appeal has provided welcome clarity around the effect of settlements in group proceedings, which should provide comfort to group proceeding defendants and their insurers. Importantly, the case affirms...more

US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Passes Bankruptcy Reform Bill That Would Amend Title II

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Judiciary Committee of the US House of Representatives marked up and passed HR 1667, the Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act of 2017...more

Sabine: The Next Episode

by Bryan Cave on

On June 16, 2016, The Bankruptcy Cave gave you our previous summary of the controversial Sabine decision. When Bankruptcy Judge Chapman determined there was no reason to expedite review of her decisions in the case, we...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Spring 2017 Edition: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

by Dechert LLP on

When a portfolio company underperforms, an equity sponsor will want to assess the degree of negotiating leverage the company’s lenders have against the company under the circumstances, which can play a significant role in...more

Keep On Truckin’: Priority Rules Still Rule in Structured Dismissals

In 2015, Distressing Matters reported on the Third Circuit’s decision in In re Jevic Holding Corp., wherein that panel ruled that, in rare circumstances, bankruptcy courts may approve the distribution of settlement proceeds...more

Have you missed the boat to apply for a Non-Publication Order?

by Dentons on

Peter Oreb and Ingrid Webber were directors of a group of companies supplying workforce solutions to some of the largest corporations in the world. Four of the companies went into liquidation. Prior to the companies going...more

Bankruptcy Bulletin Blamed for Blabbing Bondholders; New York Court Appoints Itself Arbiter of Who is “Legitimate Media”

by Bryan Cave on

We are all very used to (and very bored of) the on-going debate of what actually constitutes “the media” or “legitimate news.” In most instances, this sort of debate pits exclusive, Columbia-educated, “proper” journalists...more

Anticipating and Managing Bankruptcy Risk

by Blank Rome LLP on

Blank Rome Partner Ira Herman authored “Anticipating and Managing Bankruptcy Risk,” a series of articles prepared for the Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy module of Lexis Practice Advisor, a comprehensive practical...more

Singapore Enacts New Corporate Bankruptcy Law to Promote International Debt Restructuring

by Jones Day on

On March 10, 2017, Singapore's Parliament approved the Companies (Amendment) Bill 2017 ("Act") to enhance the country's corporate debt restructuring framework. The Act was assented to by President Tony Tan Keng Yam on March...more

Supreme Court Bars Structured Dismissals of Bankruptcy Cases That Violate the Code’s Priority Distribution Scheme – Could it...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On March 22, 2017 the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling regarding the legality of structured dismissals of Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases that would make final distributions of estate assets to creditors in a manner...more

Discharge of Federal and State Income Taxes in Bankruptcy

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

If an individual or business owes unpaid income taxes to the IRS, or to a state, federal bankruptcy laws may provide relief for some, if not all, of these taxes. Generally applicable to “older” federal and state income taxes,...more

SDNY decision protects and clarifies investment banker compensation in bankruptcy

by DLA Piper on

In the Relativity Media Chapter 11 case in the Southern District of New York, Bankruptcy Judge Michael E. Wiles definitively shot down challenges brought by the fee examiner Robert Keach and Relativity Secured Lender LLC...more

Singapore: Debt Restructuring Hub Ready For Business

by White & Case LLP on

After months of public consultations and revision, the Singapore parliament passed the Companies (Amendment) Bill (the "Bill") on 10 March 2017 amending the Singapore Companies Act (the "Companies Act"). The Bill contains,...more

Safe harbour: proposed changes to the insolvent trading regime in Australia

by DLA Piper on

The Australian government has released draft legislation which proposes significant legislative change to insolvency laws in Australia. One of the changes proposed, is that directors will not be liable for insolvent trading...more

2016 Georgia Corporate and Business Organization Case Law Developments

by Bryan Cave on

The annual survey of decisions by state and federal courts in 2016 addressing Georgia corporate and business organization issues is now available. This survey covers the legal principles governing Georgia businesses,...more

Taking the Stress Out of Distress for Retailers by Looking for Expansion Opportunities

by Bryan Cave on

Despite the downturn in many retail sectors, retailers should not automatically adopt a “glass half empty approach” but instead view the impending cycle as creating opportunities for companies in both the U.S. and...more

Supreme Court Rules: Even Gifts Must Play by the (Absolute Priority) Rule

by PretiFlaherty on

Last week, the Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Czyzewski v.Jevic Holding Corp., stating that non-consensual, priority violating, structured dismissals are not allowed under the Bankruptcy Code. In a well-reasoned...more

EuroResource—Deals & Debt - March 2017

by Jones Day on

For the benefit of our clients and friends investing in European distressed opportunities, our European Network is sharing some current developments...more

Supreme Court Completely Endorses Critical Vendor Theory! Well, Not Completely. But Almost!

by Bryan Cave on

We at the Bankruptcy Cave are not very surprised by the ruling yesterday in Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp. The Supreme Court in Jevic reviewed a Bankruptcy Court’s decision to approve a settlement (with a distribution of...more

Jevic - The Supreme Court Puts the "Dis" in Structured Dismissals

In a much anticipated decision issued on March 22, 2017, the United States Supreme Court determined in Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp. (“Jevic”) that a “structured dismissal” of a bankruptcy case cannot include a...more

Supreme Court Gives WARN-ing To Companies In Bankruptcy: Don’t Ignore Wage Claims

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. Supreme Court held today in a 6 to 2 decision that “structured dismissals” resolving Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings cannot deviate from the Bankruptcy Code’s priority scheme without the consent of the affected...more

Tenth Circuit Joins Missouri River to Divide Kansas City Over What Constitutes A Stay Violation

by Bryan Cave on

On February 27, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit joined a minority approach followed by District of Columbia Circuit: failing to turn over property after demand is not a violation of the...more

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