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LLC Operating Agreement: Is A Purchase Option Enforceable Against A Bankrupt Member?

In re Denman, 513 B.R. 720 (Bankr. W.D. Tenn. 2014) – A chapter 13 debtor was a member of a limited liability company. Another member sought relief from the automatic stay in order to exercise a right to acquire the...more

Bankruptcy Trustee Lacks Standing to Bring Derivative Claim Against Bank’s Directors After Bank’s Closure and Receivership by FDIC

In April of 2010, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency closed First National Bank Myrtle Beach, S.C., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Beach First National Bancshares, a bank holding company, and named the FDIC as its...more

Delayed Recording: Sometimes Late Is No Better Than Never

Collins v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. (In re Flannery), 513 B.R. 1 (Bankr. D. Mass. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid as a preference a mortgage that was recorded within 90 days before a bankruptcy filing....more

“Officer” Titles – Do They Confer Insider Status?

Insider status in U.S. bankruptcy carries with it significant burdens. Insiders face a one year preference exposure rather than the 90 day period applicable to non-insiders; insiders are by definition disinterested persons...more

'Loan-to-Own' Strategy May Lead to Limitation on Credit-Bidding

On April 14, in In re Free Lance-Star Publishing, 512 B.R. 798 (Bankr. E.D. Va. 2014), the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia considered the objection of Chapter 11 debtors to a secured creditor's...more

Equitable Subrogation: “Complete and Perfect Justice” Requires Party To Be Without Fault

Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC v. Summit Bank, N.A. (In re Francis), 750 F.3d 754 (8th Cir. 2014) – A lender that attached the wrong legal description to its recorded mortgage sought equitable subrogation and/or reformation...more

Court Rules on Applicability of Make-Whole Premiums Upon Debt Acceleration

In the context of make-whole premiums, court decisions suggest that the applicability of the premium upon a refinancing in bankruptcy will be governed by the wording of the debt documents, and that if an automatic...more

UK Court Decision Demonstrates Importance of Compliance With ISDA Market Quotation Procedures

The High Court of England and Wales (Commercial Court) recently decided in favor of Lehman Brothers Finance S.A. (in liquidation) (LBF) against Sal. Oppenheim Jr. & Cie. KGAA (Oppenheim). The matter involved a dispute over...more

Detroit Bankruptcy Update: Settlements and Feasibility

In Detroit’s ongoing restructuring effort, the city cleared a major hurdle last week by settling with its largest adversary, Syncora Guarantee, a New York based bond insurer. The settlement was negotiated just a week into the...more

No Market Interest Rate and No Make Whole: Momentive Performance Court Rejects Lender Arguments Against Confirmation

On August 26, 2014, Judge Robert D. Drain of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that (i) the debtors could satisfy the cramdown requirements of section 1129(b) of the Bankruptcy...more

Another Court Rules That Availability of Make-Whole Premiums in Bankruptcy Depends on Governing Documents

In a recent bench decision in In re MPM Silicones, LLC et al., Case No. 14-22503-RDD (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. August 26, 2014), the Bankruptcy Court considered bondholders’ right to recover make-whole premiums (premiums paid for...more

Credit Bid (Round 2): What Does It Take to Show “Cause”?

In re Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church of Boston, 510 B.R. 453 (Bankr. D. Mass. 2014) – In connection with a proposed sale of real property, a chapter 11 debtor sought to prohibit the mortgagee from...more

Fannie Mae Issues Fact Sheet on Prior Derogatory Credit Event Policies

On September 8, Fannie Mae published a fact sheet about borrower eligibility after a derogatory credit event. The fact sheet reviews Fannie Mae’s recently updated policy related to the minimum waiting periods following a...more

Credit Bid: Loan-to-Own Strikes Out

In re The Free Lance-Star Publ’g Co. of Fredericksburg, VA, 512 B.R. 798 (Bankr. E.D. Va. 2014) – After the debtors obtained court approval of bidding procedures to auction substantially all of their assets, a secured...more

The Fifth Circuit Narrowly Construes "Good Faith" In The Context Of Lending To A Debtor

Debtor-in-possession financing ("DIP financing") is a critical issue that comes up at the beginning of most large to mid-sized bankruptcy cases. Companies filing bankruptcy are typically doomed to a rapid liquidation if they...more

Don’t Let Your Bankruptcy Define Who You Are

Over the years I have helped a lot of families that I personally know with their bankruptcy case. I have always appreciated that friends and family would feel comfortable coming to me to discuss their personal financial...more

Abandonment: When Property Drops Out of the Bankruptcy Estate

In re Rich, 510 B.R. 366 (Bankr. D. Utah 2014) – In a case that was converted from a chapter 11 reorganization to a chapter 7 liquidation, the debtor sought an order directing the trustee to abandon certain real...more

Eleventh Circuit Concludes That Filing a Proof of Claim After the Expiration of Statute of Limitations On the Ability to Collect a...

Recently, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (the “Court”) ruled whether filing a proof of claim in a chapter 13 bankruptcy case after the statute of limitations on the ability to collect the debt expires violates the...more

Momentive Senior Noteholders Lose Fight for Make-Whole Premium

In connection with a contentious restructuring, Judge Drain of the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, ruled recently that certain lenders to Momentive Performance Materials Inc. (Case No. 14-22503) had no...more

Catching Judge Sontchi’s “Flurry of Opinions” PARTS 2-3 OF 3

In This Issue: - In re: Energy Future Holdings Corp., et al, 14-10979 (CSS) (CSC Trust Company of Delaware, as Indenture Trustee, v. Energy Future Intermediate Holdings Company LLC and EFIH Finance, Inc., Adv. Pro No:...more

Improperly Indexed Mortgage: How Far Does Your Record Review Need to Go to Be Safe?

Albert v. Green Tree Servicing, LLC (In re El Erian), 512 B.R. 391 (Bankr. D. D.C. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid the lien of a recorded deed of trust because (1) it contained both correct and incorrect...more

New Decision on Enforceability of Make Whole Provisions

Another bankruptcy court — this time in New York — has weighed in on the issue of whether “make whole” provisions are enforceable in bankruptcy. See In re MPM Silicones, LLC, et al. (a/k/a Momentive Performance...more

Is there a Serious Threat to a Secured Creditor's Right to Credit Bid at Bankruptcy Sales, or Is the Impact of Recent Cases...

The right to credit bid is one of the most important protections afforded a secured creditor. Recognized under both state and bankruptcy law, the right to credit bid safeguards against undervaluation at an asset sale, whether...more

High Yield Debt

It is no surprise to anyone involved in the restructuring community that bankruptcy filings continue to decline. As reported by the American Bankruptcy Institute, corporate chapter 11 filings have decreased 34 percent since...more

The Art of Defending Preferential Transfers – Part Two: The Defenses

Learning how to defend a preferential transfer action is a particularly useful art for the credit professional. In Part One, we discussed the Bankruptcy Code’s specific requirements that must be established by the debtor or...more

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