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Two Recent Decisions Demonstrate Continued Disagreement Over Whether Economic Value or Face Amount of Liens Is Appropriate Metric...

by Jones Day on

The ability of a trustee or chapter 11 debtor in possession ("DIP") to sell bankruptcy estate assets "free and clear" of liens on the property under section 363(f) of the Bankruptcy Code has long been recognized as one of the...more

Ninth Circuit Joins “Minority” of Courts That Allow Property to be Sold in Bankruptcy Free and Clear of Leaseholds

The Ninth Circuit recently held, in Pinnacle Rest. at Big Sky, LLC v. CH SP Acquisitions, LLC (In re Spanish Peaks Holdings II, LLC), No. 15-35572, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 12526, 2017 WL 2979660 (9th Cir. July 13, 2017), that a...more

Kramer Levin-Debtwire Retail Event Tackles Distressed Asset Monetization Strategies

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel and Debtwire recently co-sponsored a retail restructuring discussion that brought together a formidable roster of retail restructuring experts to discuss opportunities and strategies for...more

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

Terminating a Distressed Tenant’s Lease – Part II

Last year the Seventh Circuit determined that a lease termination constituted a “transfer” within the meaning of the Bankruptcy Code and ordered litigation to continue against a landlord that had entered into a lease...more

Commercial Tenant Debtors in Chapter 11: Fundamentals of Landlord Creditor Protection in Bankruptcy

by BakerHostetler on

Commercial landlords have unique protections in bankruptcy, but can lose these rights if they do not assert them. When a commercial tenant files bankruptcy under Chapter 11, the landlord must carefully monitor filings and...more

Court Denies Creditor’s Motion to Dismiss Chapter 11 Case Despite Multiple Factors in Favor of Dismissal

by Burr & Forman on

In a recent case out of the bankruptcy court for the Southern District of Florida (the “Court”), a secured creditor moved to dismiss a debtor’s bankruptcy case “for cause” based on the debtor’s bad faith filing. The debtor...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Valuation of Secured Creditor’s Collateral in Chapter 11 Need Not Be Based on Property’s Highest and Best...

On May 26, 2017, an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion with important ramifications for secured lenders. The Ninth Circuit held that for purposes of determining the amount of a secured...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

Assigned Rents Not Bankruptcy Estate Property After Assignment is Enforced

by Miller Canfield on

On May 2, 2017, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals clarified whether a bankruptcy debtor retains any property rights in rents after defaulting on a loan that includes an assignment of rents. The case, Town Center Flats,...more

Tax Sales and Bankruptcy Stays

It is well understood that under section 362 of the Bankruptcy Code, a bankruptcy filing triggers an “automatic stay” preventing creditors from taking any act to obtain possession of or enforce a lien against property of the...more

Supreme Court defended secured creditor stating that premises in insolvency management shall be treated as being part of the...

by White & Case LLP on

In Russian insolvency procedures, it is quite common for third parties to try to exclude property from a debtor’s insolvent estate (konkursnaya massa) by claiming title to its real property in the absence of the registered...more

"Loan to own" strategies in Australia

by DLA Piper on

The increase in the availability of alternate capital in Australia over the past decade has provided a landscape for well-tested global restructuring techniques to be applied locally. This includes 'loan to own' strategies....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

Construction Group News: Your corporate real estate is held by a separate LLC, so it's protected, right? Maybe Not...

by Murtha Cullina on

Your business real estate may not be safe from a separate, but related, company’s bankruptcy. In a shot across the bow to the Massachusetts construction community, a Massachusetts bankruptcy court has determined that in...more

Substantive Consolidation - Recent Decisions Examine a Bankruptcy Court’s Ability to Augment a Debtor’s Estate

Two recent opinions concerning the law of substantive consolidation should be of interest to business owners and commercial real estate market participants. The doctrine of substantive consolidation allows a bankruptcy court,...more

Ninth Circuit Rules Lease Damages Cap Does Not Apply to Damages Independent of Termination

by King & Spalding on

On December 29, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (the “Court”) issued an opinion, holding that the statutory cap on a landlord’s damages claim in a bankruptcy case applies only to claims resulting...more

Be Prepared Before Your Borrower Files a Farm Bankruptcy

by Ruder Ware on

How prepared are you for a workout or Chapter 12 farm bankruptcy filed by your Borrower? Make it your New Year’s Resolution to know the answer to these questions about your Borrower. Do you conduct regular file reviews?...more

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