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Elkhorn Crossing, LLC: An Equity Cushion is Not Enough

“Don’t Bet The Farm On It” When is a million dollar equity cushion not enough? Despite a purported cushion of at least $1.2 million, the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nebraska recently held that a proposed Chapter 12...more

Long Anticipated Bankruptcy Law Goes Into Effect

On 20 September 2016, the new Bankruptcy Law (the Law) for the UAE was enacted. The Law was gazetted on 29 September 2016 and comes into effect on 31 December 2016. The Law will be supplemented by procedural regulations to be...more

Clarity on Clawback Claims in Cayman

The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal recently smoothed the path for Cayman liquidators to pursue clawback claims. The decision clarifies the Cayman courts’ approach to voidable preference payments, making it easier for Cayman...more

Make-Whole Momentum Halted: Third Circuit Rejects Momentive Rationale and Requires Debtor to Pay Make-Whole Premium

In a recent decision (“Energy Future Holdings”) poised to have wide-reaching implications, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decisions of the Bankruptcy and the District Courts to hold that a debtor cannot use a...more

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

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

Like Brangelina, a Promissory Note and Guaranty May Be Separated

Recently, in the case of Emerald Portfolio, LLC v. Outer Banks/Kinnakeet Associates, LLC, the North Carolina Court of Appeals issued an opinion that reaffirms the independent nature of personal guaranty agreements. The court...more

Third Circuit Upholds The Enforceability Of Make-Whole Premiums In Post-Bankruptcy Context

In a recent November 17, 2016 opinion, Delaware Trust Co. v. Energy Future Intermediate Holding Company LLC, Case No. 16-1351, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed two lower court opinions by holding that make-whole...more

EFIH Noteholders Find Redemption for the Payment of Make-Whole Premiums

On November 17, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision in which it held that holders of first lien notes and second lien notes of Energy Future Intermediate Holding Company LLC and...more

An Offer You Can’t Refuse: Are Deathtraps a Tool for Fostering Settlements, or a Method of Coercion?

Accept an unpalatable offer, or reject it and risk getting much less (or even nothing)? This is the choice stakeholders in chapter 11 bankruptcies increasingly face as a result of the proliferation of “deathtrap” provisions...more

Triumph for Energy Future Noteholders in Third Circuit Make-Whole Decision

On November 17, 2016, in Delaware Trust Co. v. Energy Future Intermediate Holding Company LLC (In re Energy Future Holdings Corp.), Case No. 16-1351 (3d Cir. Nov. 17, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Third...more

Recipe for a Project Bankruptcy: Part 2   The Contractor in Bankruptcy Through The Lens of the Owner

My last article examined strategies for construction managers facing an owner bankruptcy. Now, looking through the lens of the owner, let’s examine best practices when it is the contractor who has filed for bankruptcy....more

November Surprise? Ninth Circuit Resurrects Post-Default Interest

The additional “default interest” owed when a borrower defaults under a loan agreement is a technical but highly critical part of any lending arrangement. This important “default interest” was the subject of a recent Ninth...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses Itself on Payment of Default Interest in Cure Cases

Reversing its long standing precedent, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that when a chapter 11 debtor cures a default under its loan agreements, the debtor is required to pay default interest as required...more

Deadline to File Liquidated Claims with Lumbermens in Liquidation Extended to 2017

The November 10, 2016, deadline for timely filing liquidated claims in the Lumbermens Liquidation has been extended to November 10, 2017. The November 10, 2016, deadline for timely filing liquidated claims in the...more

Massachusetts Appeals Court Upholds Confidentiality of Mediation and Highlights the Art of Dealing with Distress

The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently issued an opinion in ZVI Construction Co. v. Levy, et al., 90 Mass. App. Ct. 412 (2016) refusing to override the terms of a written confidentiality agreement entered into between...more

Producers Beware: What happens when your movie distributor files bankruptcy? Part 2.

In my blog article on August 9, I focused on some of the issues that licensors need to be aware of as they license IP rights, including the concept of allowing distributors to include “damages only” clauses in the...more

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

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

When Can a Bondholder Insist on Prompt Payment of Principal or Interest: Recent Developments under the Trust Indenture Act

In December 2014 and January 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued two sets of decisions — Marblegate Asset Mgmt. v. Educ. Mgmt. Corp. and MeehanCombs Global Credit Opportunities...more

Fair Warning: Amendments or Supplements to Language Often Found in Amended and Restated Loan Agreements May Be Required

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued an opinion in the Chapter 7 bankruptcy case Bash v. Textron Financial Corporation (In re Fair Finance Company), which has important effect on a number of legal...more

Post-Petition Lenders: Does Your Super-Priority Claim Trump Post Conversion Expenses?

Key points: While DIP Lenders rightfully negotiate for super-priority administrative expenses which trump post conversion chapter 7 administrative expenses, these provisions are not uniformly enforced. DIP...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - October 2016

Welcome to the October 2016 issue of the CR&B Alert, the newsletter produced by Reed Smith's Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group. Excerpt from newsletter: DELAWARE AND NEW YORK AT ODDS OVER RECLAMATION...more

U.S. Sixth Circuit Holds that Customary Language in Amendment and Restatement Agreements May Extinguish Existing Security...

On August 23, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held in the Chapter 7 bankruptcy case In re Fair Finance Company that an amendment and restatement of a loan and security agreement may have been a novation...more

Review of the Corporate Insolvency Framework consultation

Insolvency Service receives a mixed response to its Review of the Corporate Insolvency Framework consultation. The Insolvency Service has now published a summary of responses to its May-July 2016 consultation on reform...more

Reed Smith Prepares Enforceability Opinion for IECA New Master Netting Agreement

On October 7, 2016, Reed Smith assisted the International Energy Credit Association (“IECA”) in preparing an enforceability opinion for the release its Master Netting Agreement (the “MNA”) under both English and U.S. law....more

Unsecured Creditor Carve-outs: Chapter 11 Misery Makes Strange Bedfellows

There are a number of "creditor remedies" that can be utilized to maximize recovery from an insolvent customer. This article addresses one such "remedy": a carve-out from the pre-petition secured lender. Please see...more

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