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Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 1 - 2017: United States: D&O Insurance Policies – a cautionary tale: the Peril of...

by Dechert LLP on

Directors and officers (D&Os) of troubled companies should be highly sensitive to D&O insurance policies with Prior Act Exclusion. While policies with such exclusion may be cheaper, a recent decision by the U.S. Court of...more

Exculpatory Provisions Under Delaware Law: Say What You Mean And Mean What You Say

Exculpation provisions in operating agreements must be carefully crafted in order to protect members, managers, directors and officers for breaches of fiduciary duties...more

Builders' lien trusts in a bankruptcy - Iona Contractors Ltd v Guarantee Company of North America, 2015 ABCA 240

by Dentons on

In 2009, the Calgary Airport Authority (CAA) entered into a construction agreement with Iona Contractors Ltd. for Iona to improve CAA’s north airfield. By October 2010, the work was substantially complete; however CAA...more

Directors, Officers and Other Responsible Persons Be Aware - Your Vicarious Liability for Your Company’s Violations of Securities...

by Dechert LLP on

A debtor ordinarily may discharge debts in bankruptcy, unless one of several exceptions apply. One of the preclusions to dischargeability of certain debts, found in Section 523(a)(19) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, generally...more

The Precarious Nature of Trust Assets at Home and Abroad

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

In Akers (and others) v. Samba Financial Group [2007] UKSC 6, the UK Supreme Court has confirmed the limited nature of British insolvency officer-holders’ ability to void dispositions of a company’s assets held on trust. The...more

Delaying a Bankruptcy for Shareholder Benefit May Benefit the Creditors After All

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Equity holders and sponsors be wary - a new arrow may now be available in the quiver of potential causes of action that creditors and trustees can use to maximize their recovery in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. In a recent...more

What Are Fiduciary Duties Between Members In An Arizona LLC?

by Jaburg Wilk on

A few years I wrote an article named Are There Fiduciary Duties between Members in an Arizona LLC? At the time, there were no published decisions in Arizona on this issue. However, a bankruptcy judge had dismissed my...more

Directors And Officers’ Ultimate Escape From Personal Liability

In the Ultimate Escapes bankruptcy case, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware recently held that the “business judgment rule” may protect fiduciaries who negotiate and enter into unconventional financing...more

Affirmed: New York’s Application of the In Pari Delicto Doctrine Bars Faithless Servant Claim and Bankruptcy Insider Exception

by Cole Schotz on

A recent decision of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (the “District Court”), affirming a decision of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Claims Available To LLC Members

by Morris James LLP on

This is an interesting decision because it explains what direct claims are available to investors in an LLC. That is not always an easy question to answer. After all, some claims (including those involved in this case)...more

Delaware Chancery Court Holds that Creditor Plaintiffs in Derivative Suits May Satisfy Standing Requirement by Showing...

In Quadrant Structured Products Co., Ltd. v. Vertin, C.A. No. 6990-VCL, 2015 WL 2062115 (Del. Ch. May 4, 2015), the Delaware Court of Chancery held that a creditor plaintiff needs only establish that a corporation was...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy News - May 2015, Issue 2

by Reed Smith on

In This Issue: - How Safe are the Bankruptcy Code Safe Harbors? - Stockton’s Chapter 9 Plan Approval - Delaware Chancery Court Clarifies Fiduciary Duties of Insolvent Corporation Directors in Derivative...more

Court of Chancery Clarifies Creditors' Rights

by Morris James LLP on

A just-issued Court of Chancery decision clarifies, and possibly expands, creditors' rights. In 2007, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled that a corporation's creditors may sue its board of directors for violating its fiduciary...more

Illegality, insolvency and fraudulent directors: Clarity at last?

by Reed Smith on

The Supreme Court recently handed down its judgment in Jetivia SA and another v Bilta (UK) Ltd (in liquidation) and others [2015] UKSC 23. The Court was unanimous in dismissing the appellants’ case that the claimants’ claims...more

Fleshing Out Creditor Derivative Standing in Delaware

by Morgan Lewis on

The Court of Chancery issues a liberal ruling on creditor derivative standing and more obsequies for the “zone of insolvency.” ...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

Does the Business Judgment Rule Protect Bank Officers and Directors?

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

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

Court Rules Houston Astros Cannot Strike Out Fiduciary Duties in Bankruptcy

by Dechert LLP on

Introduction - One of the incentives that Delaware law offers founders of business entities is the ability to tinker with the fiduciary duties that the managers of the business owe. While the duties owed by corporate...more

Directors' duties and collective responsibility

by Chris Robinson on

Directors owe duties to their company to act in good faith in the interests of the company, but how far can they avoid liability if they rely on their fellow directors, or if they are outvoted in a collective decision? A...more

Limited Defenses Available Against FDIC As Receiver

by Nossaman LLP on

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

Mezzanine Borrower’s Chapter 11 Case Filed on Eve of Foreclosure Sale Dismissed as a Bad Faith Filing

On December 22, 2011, Judge Mary F. Walrath of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware dismissed with prejudice a mezzanine borrower’s chapter 11 case. See In re JER/ Jameson Mezz Borrower II LLC, 461 B.R. 293...more

Administratie- en jaarrekeningplicht: gesneden koek?

by Monique Bourquin on

In de MKB-praktijk zijn er holdingstructuren met één holding en één werkmaatschappij, waar één administratie wordt gevoerd. Bij het opstellen van de individuele jaarrekeningen...more

Lenders Beware: Delaware Supreme Court Holds Creditors of Insolvent LLC Lack Derivative Standing

by Cole Schotz on

The Delaware Supreme Court recently held that creditors lack standing to bring a derivative suit on behalf of an insolvent Delaware limited liability company (an “LLC”) under the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act (the...more

Fifth Circuit Holds That Fiduciary Obligations to General Partner Can Extend to Partnership

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that a corporate fiduciary who exercises substantial control over a limited partnership managed by a corporation can owe fiduciary obligations to the partnership...more

Business Income & Expense Guide

by Parkes Law Group, LLC on

Please feel free to use our quick guide of small business accounting. This form will help you determine your level os solvency. ...more

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