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The SemCrude Bankruptcy: Commodity Traders Prevail Against Related Fraud and U.C.C. Claims

In 2008, SemCrude, L.P. and related entities (collectively, SemCrude or the Debtors) filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. In connection with the SemCrude bankruptcy, a dispute...more

Debtors May Want To Take It All Off, But The Supreme Court Says Junior Liens Can’t Be Stripped

It’s not an uncommon sight, especially in light of the burst of the housing bubble in recent years: a debtor in bankruptcy has two mortgages on a property with a fair market value of less than the amount of the senior...more

Civil Code Reform: New Provisions on Contracts and Obligations

On 8 March 2015, the President signed Federal Law No. 42-FZ "On Amending Part 1 of the Russian Civil Code." The amendments aim at increasing the stability and predictability of contractual relations under Russian law at...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Absolute Waiver of Subrogation Rights Insulates Insider-Guarantor from Preference Exposure

In Stahl v. Simon (In re Adamson Apparel, Inc.), 785 F.3d 1285 (9th Cir. 2015), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit considered an unresolved issue of bankruptcy law: whether a corporate insider who...more

Can a Magistrate Appoint a Receiver?

QUESTION: Can a magistrate appoint a receiver? ANSWER: While an arbitrator cannot appoint a receiver, Marsh v. Williams, 23 Cal. App 4th 238 (1994), a magistrate can....more

English schemes of arrangement: some practical advice for proponents

Van Gansewinkel Groep BV, Re [2015] EWHC 2151 (Ch) - In what appears to be a growing trend, the High Court in England has sanctioned another scheme of arrangement involving non-English companies. Last week’s judgment...more

Mistaken Date Reference in Security Agreement Costs Bank its Lien Priority

It’s a common occurrence – a mortgagor or grantor signs the security instrument a day or two in advance of the loan, or perhaps a note is re-signed a couple of days after closing to correct an error in the original note....more

Naked Liens – Stripping Prohibited

In June, the US Supreme Court decided the case of debtors in bankruptcy desirous of stripping off a lender’s real estate lien that was fully in excess of the fair market value of the real estate. The Supreme Court unanimously...more

CMS Investment Holdings, LLC v. Castle et al., C.A. No. 9468–VCP (Del. Ch. June 23, 2015) (Parsons, VC)

In this decision, the Delaware Court of Chancery largely declined to dismiss claims for breach of a limited liability company agreement, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, unjust enrichment, breach...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Allows Debtor to Sidestep “Make-Whole” Payment

Bankruptcy Judge Christopher S. Sontchi recently ruled in the Energy Future Holdings case that the debtor will not be required to pay the $431 million “make whole” demanded by bondholders upon the debtor’s early payment of...more

Medicare Jurisdictional Bar Limits Bankruptcy Court Authority in Health Care Bankruptcy

In an opinion dated June 26, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida ruled that the bankruptcy court administering the Bayou Shores SNF, LLC (“Debtor” or “Bayou Shores”), chapter 11 proceeding lacked...more

Delaware USDC Analyzes Contract Integration; Remands to Bankruptcy Court for Debtor to Assume or Reject One Integrated Agreement

On July 13, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware issued a memorandum opinion in Huron Consulting Services, LLC v. Physiotherapy Holdings, Inc. et al., Civ. No. 14-693-LPS. Chief Judge Leonard...more

The UK continues its objective stance on rescue procedures

The High Court has considered whether a winding-up petition is permitted where the Petitioner has a collateral purpose for bringing the petition. The collateral purpose, also referred to as an ulterior motive, would result in...more

U.S. Supreme Court Resolves Uncertainty Regarding Junior Mortgage Liens in Chapter 7 Proceedings

A recent U.S. Supreme Court case resolves uncertainty as to whether Bankruptcy Code Section 506(d) allows Chapter 7 Bankruptcy debtors to "strip off" (void) junior mortgage liens that are wholly underwater. That uncertainty...more

Courts in New York and Singapore Reach Opposite Conclusions on the Validity of Interpleader Applications Arising out of the OW...

On 7 November 2014, OW Bunker A/S (“OW”), a global supplier and trader of marine fuel, filed for bankruptcy in Denmark. Further bankruptcies of OW subsidiaries and affiliates swiftly followed, including the bankruptcy of...more

Can The Illegality Defence Bar A Claim Against A Dishonest Director?

In Jetivia SA & anr v Bilta (UK) Ltd (in liquidation) & ors [2015] UKSC 23, 22 April 2015, the Supreme Court ruled on the law of corporate attribution and the "illegality defence", which holds that a party cannot pursue a...more

Can The Illegality Defence Bar A Claim Against A Dishonest Director?

In Jetivia SA & anr v Bilta (UK) Ltd (in liquidation) & ors [2015] UKSC 23, 22 April 2015, the Supreme Court ruled on the law of corporate attribution and the "illegality defence", which holds that a party cannot pursue a...more

U.S. Supreme Court: Attorney’s Fees Provisions Must be Strictly Construed

“Our basic point of reference when considering the award of attorney’s fees is the bedrock principle known as the American Rule: Each litigant pays his own attorney’s fees, win or lose, unless a statute or contract provides...more

Intercreditor Agreements: Recognize That Second Lien Financings Are A Special Case Of Subordinated Lending

BOKF, N.A. v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (In re MPM Silicones, LLC), 518 B.R. 740 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2014) – Senior lienholders sued lenders holding junior liens on common collateral, arguing that the junior lienholders...more

Despite Changing Economic Reality, Federal Court Holds Indian Tribes Have Sovereign Immunity in Bankruptcy, Absent Waiver

As the Indian gaming industry continues to thrive, Indian tribes are increasingly engaging in other commercial endeavors including banking, construction, energy, telecommunications, manufacturing, retail and more. Based on a...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Bankruptcy Court Finds Debt To Third Party To Be A Non-Dischargable Debt Incurred In Connection With a Divorce

Bankruptcy Judge Albert Dabrowski was faced with a unique set of circumstances arising as a result of the intersection of a state court divorce action and a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case. In the matter of Corrine Sawyer v. Scott...more

Schemes: Recognition or Parallel Schemes of Arrangement

In response to the turbulent economic times seen of late, there has been a significant growth in the use of schemes of arrangement to compromise creditors’ claims where the company in question is facing financial...more

Opinion Letter – Why And How Much Will It Cost?

An Opinon Letter is like an estoppel certificate issued by the borrower’s attorney regarding the borrowing entity and the loan documents. Borrowers may have an opportunity at the loan application stage to negotiate the...more

Raising a Drawbridge Objection: Eligibility in Chapter 15 Cross-Border Insolvency Cases

Insolvency like international law can lend itself to aggressive protectionism as parties or countries try to preserve their own interests, like medieval lords surrounded their castles with moats and towering walls to fend off...more

Seventh Circuit Says Violations of Wisconsin’s Theft-by-Contractor Statute Are Not Dischargeable in Bankruptcy

The Bankruptcy Code prevents an individual debtor from discharging certain debts, including, upon request of the creditor, debts for “fraud or defalcation while acting in a fiduciary capacity.” 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(4). The...more

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