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Contractual Close-Out Netting Ineffective in the Event of Insolvency

In a decision of 9 June 2016, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, "BGH") has ruled that the determination of the close-out amount in a netting provision based on the German Master Agreement for Financial...more

Supreme Court Update: Merrill Lynch V. Manning (14-1132), Huskie Int'l Electronics V. Ritz (15-145), Sheriff V. Gillie (15-338)...

It's that time of year! Fresh on the heels of the six decisions handed down Monday, the Court issued another three yesterday, with more to come on the other side of the weekend. This Update will cover the remaining three...more

Bridging the Week - May 2016 #2

FiNCEN Finalizes Rules Requiring Banks, Broker-Dealers, FCMs, Mutual Funds and IBs to Help Verify Beneficial Owners of Certain Accounts: The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network finalized rules requiring banks,...more

MoFo Tax Talk - Volume 9, No. 1

IRS Publishes Proposed section 305(c) Regulations - On April 12th, the IRS published proposed regulations under Section 305(c) that address the treatment of deemed dividends to holders of stock and rights to acquire...more

Concerned about a going concern? New standards on accounting standards

Following on from our recent blog post on Ralls Builders Limited (in liquidation) [2016] EWHC 243 (Ch), in which Mr Justice Snowdon discussed the issues around wrongful trading under section 214 of the Insolvency Act 1986 and...more

Second Circuit Limits Creditors’ Ability to Claw Back LBO Payments

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, In re Tribune Company Fraudulent Conveyance Litigation,1 represents a significant victory for shareholders who may get cashed out in connection with a...more

Tranquil Waters Once Again in the Safe Harbor: Bankruptcy Safe Harbor Protects Shareholders From State Constructive Fraud Claims

Shareholders who received nearly $8 billion from the Tribune Company leveraged buyout (LBO) do not have to give back that money as a constructive fraudulent transfer. Although the possibility remains that the creditors can...more

Saudi Arabia's proposed new insolvency law and commercial pledge law

The pace and scale of current regulatory change in Saudi Arabia is remarkable. 2015 alone saw the long awaited Qualified Foreign Investors regulations open the Tadawul (Saudi stock market) to non GCC investors and the even...more

In re Avantair: Is My Airplane Now Yours?

Last month, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld the Bankruptcy Court and United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida determination that the authorized swapping of parts among...more

Banking and Finance. Major Russian Legislation Changes for 2015

Throughout 2015, both external and internal factors had a considerable negative impact on the Russian economy. It is precisely in this context that amendments intended to modernize legislation to develop regulation of the...more

SEC Charges Municipal Bond Issuer, Broker With Fraud

Municipal bond offerings have become a key focus of SEC Enforcement. The agency has brought a series of actions in addition to an initiative that encourages the self-reporting of underwriters in return for reduced sanctions....more

Ralls Builders Limited – clarification on directors' liability for wrongful trading

In February 2016, Mr Justice Snowden handed down his judgment in the High Court proceedings concerning Ralls Builders Limited (in liquidation) [2016] EWHC 243 (Ch). This matter concerned an application by the liquidators of...more

Distressed Asset Acquisitions Outside Bankruptcy in the Oil and Gas Space

Amidst the current downturn in oil prices, many expect and hope for, an increase in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the coming months. Whereas past downturns created an opportunity for major acquisitions, such as...more

Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring Advisory: Delaware District Court Affirms Bankruptcy Court’s Ruling Allowing Debtor to...

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware recently affirmed the bankruptcy court’s ruling in the Energy Future Intermediate Holding (EFIH) case finding that the debtor was not required to pay a $431 million...more

Can a Company's Founder and CEO Use Company Documents to Support His "Advice of Counsel" Defense After the Company Declares...

Courts agree that bankruptcy trustees control bankrupt companies' attorney-client privilege. It is easy to underestimate this basic principle's strength. In SEC v. Present, Civ. No. 14-14692-LTS, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS...more

Innovation and collaboration are driving leveraged debt markets

European high yield and leveraged loan markets have a distinctly different feel from 12 months ago. Volumes and values notably dropped over 2015, leaving issuers and lenders wondering what to expect in 2016 and beyond....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

SEC Reopens Comment Period for Proposed Amendments to Rule 13n-4 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 - On January 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission reopened the comment period for proposed amendments to...more

Debt Restructuring Agreements entered into by Real Estate Funds

According to recent Italian case law Real Estate Funds may now enter as debtors into the debt restructuring agreements (so called “accordi di ristrutturazione dei debiti”) provided for by the Italian bankruptcy law. Reference...more

Continuing Distress and Investment Opportunities in the Energy Markets

If 2015 was defined by falling commodity prices, 2016 may simply be defined by continuing lows. Over the course of 2015, oil prices dropped approximately 31 percent. More than 40 companies filed for bankruptcy, and upstream...more

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Holds That Claims Arising from Securities of a Debtor’s Affiliate Must Be...

On December 14, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that claims arising from securities of a debtor’s affiliate must be subordinated to all claims or interests senior or equal to claims of the...more

Nevada Supreme Court Opines On Scope Of Debtor’s Exemption For Stock

NRS 78.746 provides that, with several qualifications, the exclusive remedy of judgment creditors with respect to the stock in a relatively closely held corporation is to charge a stockholder’s shares.  To the extent so...more

Barbarians at the (marble)gate?

Restructurings are all about alternatives. It is one thing for a creditor to hold an instrument that entitles it to payment of $X on Y date. But if the debtor does not have the cash to satisfy the obligation when due, some...more

Wrongful Trading: Robin Hood’s not-so Merry Men

Brooks and another v Armstrong and another [2015] EWHC 2289 (Ch) 0 - In a rare judgment considering wrongful trading in detail, the memorably-named “Robin Hood” case considers at which point the directors ought to have...more

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York Deals Loss to Lehman in Interpreting Loss Under ISDA...

In a blow to the Lehman Chapter 11 estates, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York held on September 16, 2015 that Intel Corporation’s Loss calculation resulting from a failed transaction...more

The latest on the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015: Restructuring and Insolvency

More important changes to the Insolvency Act 1986 (IA86) and other insolvency- related legislation come into force this week (1 October 2015) as a result of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (SBEEA 2015)....more

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