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Ninth Circuit Allows Leases To be Stripped in Section 363 Sale

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Courts consistently have held that the sale of real property under the Bankruptcy Code cannot "strip off" the leasehold interests in that property. Until now, only one case held to the contrary and was generally considered an...more

Retail Insolvencies in Canada Series, #1: Landlord Perspectives

This article is the first instalment in a series examining large retail insolvencies in Canada from the perspective of various stakeholders. The Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada) (CCAA) is the principal statute...more

Oil and Gas Industry Update: District Court Upholds Rejection of Sabine Gas Gathering Agreements

by Jones Day on

In a highly anticipated decision—HPIP Gonzales Holdings, LLC v. Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. (In re Sabine Oil & Gas Corp.), 2017 BL 83510 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 9, 2017)—Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern...more

Section 1111(b) Election Not Available When Collateral Is Sold Post Petition

by Dechert LLP on

The facts in Salamon are straightforward. Salamon (“Buyer”) purchased real property from Behrend (“Seller”) that was already subject to two liens (the “Preexisting Debt”). Instead of paying cash at closing, the Buyer executed...more

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Holds Properly Perfected Assignment of Rents Not Property of Bankruptcy Estate

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a significant ruling impacting commercial real estate lenders in Michigan, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that an absolute assignment of rents that had been fully perfected (by demanding payment from tenants to...more

Who Knew? An Absolute Assignment of Rents Can Be Absolute

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Sixth Circuit Determines that an Absolute Assignment of Rents Perfected Under Michigan State Law Takes Property out of a Bankruptcy Estate (In Re Town Center Flats, LLC, Case No. 16-1812 — Decided May 2, 2017)....more

Landlord Rights and Responsibilities in Commercial Tenant Bankruptcies

Landlords beware: You may not be able to rely on all the remedies found in your lease if your tenant files bankruptcy. For example, the bankruptcy section of your lease may provide that the tenant filing a bankruptcy petition...more

Kmart Bankruptcy, Part Deux

It’s no secret that Kmart is facing another liquidity crisis. Just over ten years after Sears rescued the discount retailer from bankruptcy in 2006, the pioneer of the “blue light special” is destined for another, and...more

What Do You Mean My Claim Is Capped? Ninth Circuit Ruling Further Clarifies Types Of Damages Excluded From A Landlord’s Claim In...

by Bryan Cave on

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently provided landlords dealing with a rejected lease with further guidance on the size and basis of their claims against a tenant’s bankruptcy estate. Kupfer v. Salma (In re Kupfer),...more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Strong Arm Powers

by Polsinelli on

The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

Payments on Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities Loans Cannot be Avoided in Bankruptcy

by Burr & Forman on

The Bankruptcy Code gives a trustee the power to avoid pre-petition fraudulent and preference transfers made by a debtor, except that a trustee may not avoid a transfer that is “made by or to (or for the benefit of)” a party...more

Ninth Circuit Overturns Entz-White Lumber; Avoiding Default Interest Via Cure Through Chapter 11 Plan No Longer Valid

by Perkins Coie on

In the case of Pacifica L 51, LLC v. New Investments, Inc. (In re New Investments, Inc.), 9th Cir. November 4, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a Chapter 11 debtor could not avoid paying default...more

Landlords, Leases and Financial Distress

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Prepaid rent or a security deposit? The distinction is an important and potentially costly one for landlords in the current economic climate. In 2015, the Alberta Court of Appeal in York Realty Inc. v Alignvest Private Debt...more

NJ Supreme Court Holds Intervening Mortgage Takes Priority After Discretionary Advances by Initial Mortgagee

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently clarified its rules regarding mortgage priority, holding that a factoring company’s secured first mortgage can be trumped by a law firm’s later-filed mortgage where the factoring company...more

Court decides to ‘wait and see’ in its refusal to grant an administration order

by Reed Smith on

Rowntree Ventures Ltd v Oak Property Partners Ltd [2016] EWHC 1523 (Ch) - The High Court recently re-affirmed the discretionary nature of its right to grant an administration order. In this case, the court refused to...more

PROMESA Shields Puerto Rico Behind a New Automatic Stay

by Bryan Cave on

On June 30, 2016, President Obama signed the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) into law. The most significant portions of PROMESA are found in titles I and II, which establish an...more

Bankruptcy Court Rules Chapter 13 Debtors Must Assume or Reject Leases in 120 Days

by PretiFlaherty on

In a recent decision from the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maine, In re Cho, the Court ruled that 11 U.S.C. § 365(d)(4)(A) applies to debtors in Chapter 13 cases. In this case, the debtors operated a dry cleaning...more

The Devils Dictionary

by Polsinelli on

The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

When and How Can a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee Liquidate Your Collateral?

by Murtha Cullina on

So you are chugging along with a foreclosure action (either on real and/or personal property) only to be stopped in your tracks by the borrower filing a voluntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition. The usual, immediate thought...more

Good News on “Bad Boy” Guarantees – IRS Reverts to Prior Position in Recent Legal Advice Memorandum

by Mintz Levin on

On April 15, 2016, the IRS released a generic legal advice memorandum (GLAM 2016-001) (the “April GLAM”) addressing the impact of so-called “bad boy” guarantees (also known as nonrecourse carve-out guarantees) on the...more

Recipe for a Project Bankruptcy: The Owner in Bankruptcy Through The Lens of the Construction Manager

Industry leaders agree that the economy has turned the corner and private construction projects are on the uptick.  Banks have eased lending requirements and there is more private equity money on the streets.  Inexperienced...more

CR&B Alert - Commercial Restructuring and Bankruptcy News - May 2016, No. 2

by Reed Smith on

Can A Bank-Appointed Director Block A Bankruptcy Filing By A Borrower? The scenario is fairly typical. A loan goes into default and the bank and the borrower enter into a Forbearance Agreement. One of the conditions of...more

To Mitigate or Not to Mitigate – That is the Question!

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

If you suffer loss as a result of negligent advice, do you have a duty to mitigate? If yes, what does that duty look like in practice? How far do you need to go in attempts to reduce the loss you have suffered? This was the...more

7th Circuit Disrupts Commercial Certainty in Lease Terminations; Landlords, We Hate That You Have to Read this Blog Post

by Bryan Cave on

There are many tenants that are, shall we say, “problem children.” They pay late, open late, breach, junk up your strip or building, threaten, the works. Sometimes, the landlord finds it easier just to reach a lease...more

Back From the Dead: Voluntarily Terminating a Distressed Tenant’s Lease May Give Rise to an Avoidance Action in Bankruptcy Against...

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit should prompt landlords to give careful consideration before entering into a lease termination agreement with a distressed tenant. In In re Great...more

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