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District Court Confirms Netting/Setoff Practices

In a recent decision related to the SemCrude bankruptcy, the federal district court upheld the Bankruptcy Court’s rulings on the efficacy of certain common risk-mitigation tools used in the energy trading and marketing...more

Drop in Commodity Pricing, Liquidity Drives ‘Upstream’ Bankruptcy Filings

What are the characteristics of the energy companies that are seeking bankruptcy protection at this point in the current cycle? A: With respect to “upstream” sector companies that have sought bankruptcy protection over...more

Distressed Download - July 2015

First Circuit Rules Bankruptcy Code Preempts Puerto Rico's Recovery Act - On Monday, July 6, the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the February 6, 2015 order and injunction of the Puerto Rico District...more

Energy Future Holdings – More Bad News for Bondholders on Make-Whole Premiums

Make-whole premiums are often used in connection with the issuance of debt in order to protect noteholders with long term investment horizons from being repaid early. At the time of the bankruptcy filing of EFH in April 2014,...more

Global Insight - Restructuring e-Newsletter: Oil and gas sector distress - UK and US perspectives; PRC real estate restructuring;...

A UK perspective on oil price volatility - industry impact and legal considerations - The dramatic decrease in the price of crude oil over the last eleven months has had ramifications across the globe. With prices...more

Distressed Downloads - June 2015

A Battle in the Making in the Oil and Gas Sector: Second Lien vs. High Yield Debt - In the oil and gas industry, there is a storm brewing between holders of second lien debt and unsecured high yield bonds. These...more

Important Restrictions Placed on use of CBCA for Debt Restructurings

In a recent unreported decision denying approval of a plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) proposed by Connacher Oil and Gas Limited, Justice C.M. Jones of the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench...more

Considerations and Consequences of a Bankruptcy Filing in the Oil and Gas Industry

A Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing of an oil and gas company will likely have broad implications for a wide range of parties. Certain pervasive agreements in today’s oil and gas industry generate substantial, high-dollar...more

Are You an E&P Company Facing a Liquidity Crunch and Considering Restructuring?

In this interview, Latham & Watkins partner Michael Chambers looks at the impact of borrowing base redeterminations on exploration and production (E&P) companies. He also discusses additional debt capacity under high...more

4 Key Restructuring Considerations for Distressed E&P Companies

“For distressed exploration and production (E&P) companies and their lenders, there can be many significant legal issues associated with restructuring,” according to Latham & Watkins partner Mitchell Seider. Seider is...more

Texas-Based Oil and Gas Company, Quicksilver Resources Inc., Files Bankruptcy

On March 17, 2015, Quicksilver Resources Inc., a Texas based oil and natural gas producer and developer, and 13 of its affiliates, filed chapter 11 bankruptcy petitions in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District...more

Allied Nevada Gold Corp. Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

On March 10, 2015, Allied Nevada Gold Corp. and thirteen (13) affiliates filed voluntary chapter 11 petitions in Delaware. The petition lists approximately $941.2 million in total assets and $663.7 million in total debts....more

Oil and Gas Contractor Cal Dive International Inc. Decides to Explore Bankruptcy

On March 3, 2015, Cal Dive International, Inc. and five affiliates filed voluntary chapter 11 bankruptcy petitions in Delaware. The cases are docketed at 15-10458 and have not, as of this posting, been assigned to any...more

Business Restructuring & Insolvency Year in Review

Excerpt from A Year in Review: We are pleased to say that 2014 was another successful year for Morrison & Foerster’s Business Restructuring & Insolvency Group. Despite continuing market headwinds, the last year brought...more

Continuity of supply of essential services to be guaranteed during business recovery (UK update)

Following a consultation on the issues last year, an Order was laid before the UK Parliament on Monday (9 February 2015) to prevent suppliers of water, gas, electricity, communications services and IT from cutting off supply...more

Counterparty Rights in Energy Bankruptcies

For the past several years, low interest rates and higher commodity prices have resulted in generally favorable financial conditions in the energy sector, keeping energy bankruptcy activity to a minimum. With the recent sharp...more

CanaSea Group: Full and Fair Disclosure Required in Ex Parte CCAA Applications

Applicants who seek ex parte relief under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) have an obligation to make full and fair disclosure of all material facts to the court. ...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

Points & Authorities - Fall 2014

In This Issue: - Legal Considerations for Web Based Start-Ups - California’s Water Anxiety Prompts Landmark Groundwater Legislation - Points from the President - Factor Beware: A Judgment Lien...more

Bankruptcy Courts Fail to Enlighten on Electricity as Goods or Services

Is electricity goods or services? That seemingly simple yet confounding question is illustrated by three recent bankruptcy cases (all of which consider whether an electricity provider is entitled to an administrative expense...more

Bankruptcy Auctions 101

A recent bankruptcy auction of a Texas power plant by Optim Energy LLC provided an important lesson for potential bidders at bankruptcy auctions and their representatives on the importance of developing a clear bidding...more

New Debt Enforcement Act Significantly Impacts Stakeholders In Puerto Rico’s Energy & Infrastructure Sectors

On June 28, 2014, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico adopted the Puerto Rico Corporations Debt Enforcement & Recovery Act, Act 71-2014 (the “Debt Enforcemen enabling certain Commonwealth public corporations in financial distress...more

Court Rejects Effort to Transfer Venue of Energy Future Holdings Bankruptcy From Delaware to Texas

In a ruling yesterday, Judge Christopher Sontchi of the United State Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware denied a motion by a bond trustee to transfer venue of the Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings from...more

Energy Future Holdings Files For Bankruptcy; Second Lienholders Oppose Deal

On April 29, 2014, Energy Future Holdings filed what it claims is a pre-packaged chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware. The bankruptcy, which ranks among the largest cases ever with over $36 billion in assets and nearly $50...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: LightSquared, the Battle among Hedge Funds [Video]

Sept. 5 (Bloomberg) -- The hedge funds battling for control of LightSquared Inc., the developer of a satellite-based wireless communications system, is the first item on the bankruptcy video with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia...more

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