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How Remote is Bankruptcy Remote? Is an Operating Agreement Restriction Against a Bankruptcy Filing Without the Unanimous Consent...

Nonrecourse financing is common in today's commercial real estate lending market. So too are the use of special purpose entities ("SPEs") and limited guaranties from SPE members of all or a portion of the debt, the latter of...more

Tronox Inc. v. Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (In re Tronox Inc.) – Bankruptcy Court Takes Unusual Steps to Declare Corporate...

Companies that have valuable assets but also face significant liabilities will sometimes engage in restructurings to isolate, or “ring-fence,” the good assets from the liabilities. Often the companies are able to accomplish...more

Bennett Jones Spring 2014 Economic Outlook [Video]

Bennett Jones senior advisor David Dodge, OC, presents the Bennett Jones Spring 2014 Economic Outlook, written by himself and other firm advisors Richard Dion and John M. Weekes. In the Outlook, the authors describe the most...more

Does the Business Judgment Rule Protect Bank Officers and Directors?

When a corporation suffers significant losses, or ultimately fails, frustrated shareholders, creditors, or others often try to sue the corporation and/or its officers and directors for losses caused by mismanagement of the...more

Select Bankruptcy Issues for General Counsel – Part One [Video]

Part one of an in-depth webinar discussion covering a range of bankruptcy issues of particular interest to In-House Counsel. The panel discusses bankruptcy and other creditor rights considerations when choosing the form of...more

"Chapter 11 Strategies Increasingly Appeal to Banks in Need of Recapitalization"

Historically, the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process was not used as a technique to recapitalize struggling banks. An aversion to using Chapter 11 was attributable in part to concerns that regulators and depositors might perceive...more

Eleventh Circuit Rejects Extension of the “No Duty” Rule and Allows D&Os to Pursue State-Law Defenses Based on FDIC Conduct

In a decision announced at the end of 2013 in the case of FDIC v. Steven Skow, et al., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit rejected an argument proposed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) that...more

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Directors’ Affirmative Defenses Based on FDIC’s Post-Receivership Conduct

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently issued the first appellate decision holding that, in actions brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the officers and directors of failed banking...more

Bankruptcy Poison Pills – New Attempts To Avoid Absolute Priority

INTRODUCTION - Recently, bankruptcy lawyers representing debtors, whether or not they are conscious of the parallels, have begun including provisions in their chapter 11 plans which can best be described as poison...more

Who Should Hold the Bag for Employment Liabilities When the Portfolio Company Goes “Belly-Up”? The private equity firm, maybe.

In the world of private equity, vast sums of money are raised by private investors who pool their money into collective funds in order to acquire companies, i.e., a “portfolio company”, with the goal of eventually flipping...more

Limited Defenses Available Against FDIC As Receiver

As of August 2013, since the fallout from the recent financial crisis, the FDIC as receiver for failed banks has brought suit against former directors and officers of 76 failed institutions. These lawsuits are based on...more

Recent Decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit May Have Significant Implications for Private Equity Funds

In late July of this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit reversed a Massachusetts District Court, and in a decision of first impression, held that one of Sun Capital Partner’s private equity funds was liable...more

Decanting By Various Means

Decanting By Various Means by James F. McDonough, Jr. on October 8, 2013 Decanting is a popular topic among wealth advisers, trust companies, and tax professionals. In the wine industry, it means putting old wine into...more

Judge Allows Detroit to Keep Casino Tax Revenue

Judge Allows Detroit to Keep Casino Tax Revenue by Joel R. Glucksman on October 8, 2013 Detroit will be allowed to continue accessing casino tax revenue during its bankruptcy proceedings while negotiations with...more

IRS Releases New Regulations for Deductible Business Repairs

IRS Releases New Regulations for Deductible Business Repairs by Joseph M. Donegan on October 4, 2013 The Internal Revenue Service released a new set of guidelines governing tax-deductible business repairs, which may...more

IRS Scores $13 Million Victory Against BMC Software

IRS Scores $13 Million Victory Against BMC Software by Frank L. Brunetti on October 2, 2013 The Internal Revenue Service landed a huge victory in U.S. Tax Court recently, and the ruling may have significant implications...more

New York Tops List of Cities with Optimal Business Health

New York Tops List of Cities with Optimal Business Health by Joel R. Glucksman on October 1, 2013 Some municipalities are faring better than others in the health and vitality of their businesses and consumer spending. A...more

Assets Held by Charitable Organizations Are Safe From Claims of Creditors in Bankruptcy Cases . . . Or Are They?

A charity, fulfilling its charitable mission, is successful in raising money for a variety of worthy projects - rebuilding after a natural disaster, medical education and care, summer camp experiences for disadvantaged...more

Employer Wins Bankruptcy Discharge of Withdrawal Liability

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that employers may discharge multiemployer trust withdrawal liability in bankruptcy. Employers required to contribute to multi-employer pension trusts face growing withdrawal...more

Analysts Skeptical About Kodak’s Future Post-Bankruptcy

Analysts Skeptical About Kodak’s Future Post-Bankruptcy by Joel R. Glucksman on September 13, 2013 Eastman Kodak Co. is expected to officially emerge from bankruptcy protection over the next few days, and once its...more

Strategic Vision for Emerging Companies – Interview with Marty Lorenzo, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Marty Lorenzo, Member of Mintz Levin's Corporate & Securities Practice, discusses the steps newly formed companies need to take to ensure they are prepared to execute their exit strategy. ...more

Dual Track Auctions for Distressed Companies – Interview with Rich Moche, Member, Mintz Levin  [Video]

Attorney Rich Moche, Chair of Mintz Levin's Public Finance Practice, talks about an innovative approach to maximizing the value of a distressed asset....more

Private Equity Fund May Be Liable for Portfolio Company Withdrawal Liability

In Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters and Trucking Industry Pension Fund, the First Circuit Court of Appeals held that an investment fund managed by private equity firm Sun Capital Advisors, Inc. (“Sun...more

Private Equity Fund May Be “Trade or Business” Under ERISA

First Circuit holds that an investment fund may be responsible for controlled group pension liabilities of portfolio companies. On July 24, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued a significant decision...more

Bankruptcy Judge Hesitant to Approve AMR’s Bankruptcy Plan

Bankruptcy Judge Hesitant to Approve AMR’s Bankruptcy Plan by Joel R. Glucksman on August 27, 2013 The Justice Department's unexpected antitrust lawsuit that is designed to halt the merger of US Airways and American...more

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