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Anguilla publishes draft bill for new insolvency legislation

The Anguillan government has published a bill for a new Insolvency Act for public review and consultation. Background - Reform of Anguillan insolvency law is long overdue. Personal bankruptcy is presently...more

Mistakes and Regrets: UCC Filing Error Terminates Security Interest

Action Item: When a secured loan is being paid off, lenders routinely authorize the borrower’s counsel to prepare and file UCC termination statements releasing the lender’s security interest in the borrower’s property. ...more

River Road: A Cautionary Tale for Chapter 11 Financial Advisors

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently handed down an opinion, In re River Road Hotel Partners LLC, 2014 WL 5488259 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 2014), dealing with the issue of a financial...more

A Cautionary Tale – The Need for Bank Oversight on Collateral Releases

Beware!! The story brought to us today courtesy of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals (In re: Motor Liquidation Co., 13-2187) is one that should strike fear into the hearts of all bankers and lawyers. It is a cautionary tale...more

Denial of Plan Confirmation and Finality - Supreme Court's Resolution of Circuit Split May Apply to Chapter 11

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Bullard v. Hyde Park Savings Bank (In re Bullard), U.S., No. 14-116 (cert. granted 12/12/14). The Court's decision in this case will resolve a circuit split with regard to whether an order...more

Second Circuit Denies Petition for En Banc Review of Fairfield Decision

On January 13, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied a petition for en banc review of the Second Circuit’s September 2014 panel decision holding that bankruptcy courts are required to review the...more

Bankruptcy Sales: “It Ain’t Over ’Til It’s Over”

Great Plains Royalty Corp. v. Earl Schwartz Co. (In re Great Plains Royalty Corp.), 520 B.R. 292 (Bankr. D. N.D. 2014) – Two companies that acquired assets in a bankruptcy auction moved to reopen the case to clarify...more

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.

In the not too distant past, there was a school of thought that a covenant not to sue (CNTS) had a different legal effect than a patent license in the US. Differences I frequently heard included a CNTS does not run with the...more

Proof of Claim: Foreign Qualification Requirements May Be More Important Than You Thought

In re Flex Fin. Holding Co., 518 B.R. 891 (Bankr. D. Kan. 2014) – A landlord filed a proof of claim for ~$1.34 million for a debtor’s prepetition breach of its lease. The debtor objected based on the landlord’s...more

The valuation process for LIHTC projects in financial distress: Part II

Note: This post is part of a continuing series on the Credit Report Blog on the subject of workouts and bankruptcies involving low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) projects....more

Recommendations of the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11: Intellectual Property Licenses

Beginning in 2012, a distinguished group of bankruptcy attorneys, academics and judges known as the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 (the Commission) held periodic meetings...more

Voluntary Corporate Dissolution in Virginia: An Alternative to Bankruptcy

When financially-distressed small businesses decide to close their doors, less than one-fifth file a voluntary petition in bankruptcy to wind up operations and liquidate. Although legal commentary focuses on bankruptcy as the...more

The Second District Court of Appeals Holds That Due To Inconsistencies Between The Provisions Of A Promissory Note And A Deed Of...

Facts - U.S. Bank's predecessor bank extended a $62,000,000 loan (Loan) to three legal entities (Borrowers). The Loan was secured by a deed of trust on real property. Mr. and Mrs. Yashouafar (Yashouafars) guaranteed...more

Oil and Gas Restructurings: Exploration and Production Companies Face Unique Issues

The recent drop in oil prices will likely spur a flurry of industry restructurings, governed by a complex set of bankruptcy and state laws. Introduction - At the close of business on December 31, 2014, the...more

Review Twice, File Once, Review Again; UCC-3 Termination Intent Irrelevant

A “UCC-3 Termination Statement” is commonly used in secured transactions by a secured party to put the world on notice that the perfected security interest referenced in the UCC-3 filing is terminated. On October 17, 2014,...more

The Bankruptcy Discharge, Debt Buyers, and Credit Reporting: Recent Developments

Recent news stories by The New York Times and NPR have brought much attention to a question that many creditors likely face on a regular basis: When a debt is sold to a debt buyer prior to the debtor entering bankruptcy, what...more

Orderly Unwinding: Here to Stay?

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) recently issued the ISDA 2014 Resolution Stay Protocol (Protocol), which takes effect on 1 January 2015. The Protocol aims to prevent adhering parties from...more

Overview of ABI Commission Report and Recommendation on the Reform of Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code

The last major revision to U.S. business reorganization laws occurred in 1978. Since then, companies’ capital structures have become more complex and rely more heavily on leverage, including secured debt in particular; their...more

Rent-Stabilization Lease A “Public Benefit” For Exemption Purposes

Faced with bankruptcy, one of the foremost thoughts on an individual debtor’s mind is whether or not, upon exiting bankruptcy, the individual will retain any property he or she possessed prior to bankruptcy. Addressing this...more

Equitable Subordination: Construction Lenders Beware

Atlantic Builders Group, Inc. v. Old Line Bank (In re Prince Frederick Inv., LLC), 516 B.R. 778 (Bankr. D. Md. 2014) – A construction contractor contended that the claim of the debtor’s construction lender should be...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Madoff Trustee’s Six-Year Transfer and Preference Claims

With several billions of dollars ultimately at stake, the Second Circuit has affirmed that Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code, a safe-harbor protecting certain securities-related payments from bankruptcy “claw backs,”...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Grants Summary Judgment Based On Ordinary Course of Business Defense

On December 18, 2014, Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Sontchi issued an opinion granting summary judgment in favor of defendant and against trustee who sought to avoid and recover $1,181,583.84 as preferential transfers pursuant...more

Banking Bulletin: Saddle Up! Livestock Lenders and Livestock Leasing

On August 14, 2014, in a dispute regarding entitlement to proceeds resulting from an auction of livestock in possession of a dairy farmer-debtor, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued an order in favor of a...more

Section 363 Sale Order Enjoining Successor Liability Claims Not Subject to Subsequent Attack by State Agencies

A recent decision in the ongoing bankruptcy proceedings for Chrysler has reinforced the authority of a bankruptcy court to interpret its own sale orders, and where appropriate, to enforce such an order by preventing creditors...more

Structured Dismissals – How They Work Part II: Proving That Cause Exists to Dismiss the Case Under Section 1112(b)

A. Where We Left Off As noted in Part I, movants seeking approval of a structured motion to dismiss must generally prove that: (1) the court has the power to enter an order approving a structured dismissal; (2)...more

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