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Privy Council rules on Fairfield

On 16 April 2014, the Privy Council ruled in the claims brought by the liquidators of Fairfield, one of the largest feeder funds into Bernard Madoff’s investment company. The BVI Commercial Court and the Eastern...more

Identifying Further Restructuring Risks in Germany - Federal Court of Justice Clarifies Liability for Continuing the Business of...

The Financial Crisis, a difficult market situation and a tense liquidity status have led to remarkable difficulties for mid-sized businesses within the past years. Strategic and financial investors have and continue to...more

Orrick's Derivatives in Review - March 2014

Publication of 2014 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions - On February 21, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. announced the publication of the 2014 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions, which...more

Material Reform of the Spanish Insolvency Law

The Royal Decree Law 4/2014 of 7 March significantly amends the Spanish Insolvency Law, ostensibly in favor of refinancing agreements. With the approval of Royal Decree Law 4/2014 of 7 March on urgent measures...more

Bitcoin - Turbulent Waters - Part Seven

“Virtual currencies”, and bitcoin in particular, continued to attract a lot of attention. The sudden demise of Mt. Gox (Japan), one of the largest bitcoin exchanges, adds to the mystery and mistrust surrounding the virtual...more

Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Files for Bankruptcy Protection; May Have Broader Implications for Digital Currency Industry

On February 28, 2014, international Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo, capping what is likely the most tumultuous month yet in the history of the controversial virtual currency. Mt. Gox—the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - February 24, 2014

ESMA Q&A on Application of AIFMD - On February 17, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a questions and answers paper (Q&A) on the application of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers...more

Alteco / Mag Import Case: New Developments for Secured Creditors

Luxembourg court decisions allow secured lenders to enforce Gecina share pledge. A controversial insolvency dispute winding its way through courts in Spain and Luxembourg may reinforce the rights of secured lenders to...more

How Exposed are Holders of Offshore Chinese Bonds?

In late 2013, Latham & Watkins hosted a restructuring conference, Maximizing Outcomes in Upcoming Asia Restructurings, at the Asia Society in Hong Kong. The conference featured a series of keynote speakers and panel...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - February 18, 2014

In this issue: - Derivatives - Regulatory Capital - Financial Services - Enforcement - Events - People - Excerpt from Derivatives - ESMA Requests Clarification on...more

Zlomrex International Finance S.A. – completion of restructuring via Scheme of Arrangement

On 4 February 2014, our client, Zlomrex International Finance S.A. (“ZIF”), completed the restructuring of its approximately €118 million senior secured high yield notes due 2014 (the “Existing High Yield Bonds”). ZIF, a...more

Mitigating the “Vitro Effect”: Mexican Lawmakers Approved the Most Ambitious Bankruptcy Law Reform Since its Enactment back in...

On January 10, 2014, the Federal Executive Branch of México published in the Official Gazette the legal amendments to México’s Commercial Bankruptcy Law (Ley de Concursos Mercantiles, or LCM), effecting the most comprehensive...more

"Using Chapter 11 to Restructure Non-US and Multinational Companies"

Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code is the most well-developed law of any insolvency regime in the world for helping troubled companies restructure their affairs. Some nations, like Canada and the United Kingdom, also have...more

Moody’s Upgrade Points to Reopening of the Chilean Pension Market to Irish UCITS

It’s been a rocky road for Dublin over the past few years, but last month’s exit from the European Union-International Monetary Fund bailout and last Friday’s welcome news that Moody’s would follow Fitch and S&P by upgrading...more

"Restructuring ELA Liabilities: Lessons From Ireland"

The Irish banking crisis has provided some insights into the use by EU member states of emergency liquidity assistance (ELA), which supports financial institutions or markets that are experiencing an exceptional and temporary...more

International Arbitration - Q4 2013

AUSTRALIA: NEW GOVERNMENT MAY LEAD TO OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVESTOR/STATE ARBITRATION - This autumn, the people of Australia elected a new federal government, presenting a number of potential opportunities for...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Big Time Lawyers Pricing Themselves Out [Video]

Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Two significant Chapter 11 reorganizations in the Southern U.S. may be signs that lawyers in New York and Delaware are starting to price themselves out of the market, as Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and...more

Second Circuit Ruling Appears to Limit Ability of U.S. Bankruptcy Courts to Assist Foreign Debtors

In Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund LP v. Barnet (In re Barnet), Case No. 13-612, 2013 WL 6482499 (2d Cir. Dec. 11, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that in order for a foreign...more

Creditors’ Rights Clarified By Interpretation II of the Supreme People’s Court on Several Issues Concerning the Application of the...

Understanding your rights as a creditor while navigating under China’s bankruptcy laws is becoming a must these days, especially for foreign creditors. As many foreign companies engage in business with Chinese companies,...more

Special Situations Opportunities in Upcoming Asia Restructurings

Latham & Watkins partner David Heller moderated a panel discussion at the November 5, 2013 “Maximizing Outcomes in Upcoming Asia Restructurings” industry summit co-hosted by Latham and the Asia Securities Industry & Financial...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - December 11, 2013

In this issue: - Detroit Gets a Fresh Start and Pension Debt is at Risk - UK Supreme Court Finds Certain Pension Liabilities Are Not Entitled to Priority Treatment, in Nortel and Lehman Decisions - Amount of...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Application of Section 365(n) to Ensure Patent Licensees Sufficiently Protected in Granting Relief to...

The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Jaffe v. Samsung Elecs. Co., Ltd., recently held that a U.S. bankruptcy court is not required under principles of comity to blindly apply foreign law to assets located in the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - December 10, 2013

Council of EU Publishes UK Issues Paper on MLD4 - On November 24, the Council of the European Union published a note (dated November 8, 2013) from the Council Presidency to Council Delegations which includes a UK...more

Bankruptcy remoteness – a remote prospect?

Lawyers and investment bankers involved in setting up structured products such as asset backed commercial paper, CDOs, CMBS and CLOs often strive to achieve “bankruptcy remoteness” for the vehicle issuing the product...more

Commission launches long-awaited consultation on revised guidelines on State aid for rescuing and restructuring firms in...

On 5 November 2013, the European Commission launched a consultation on its proposed new guidelines on State aid for rescuing and restructuring firms in difficulty (“the draft R&R guidelines”) which will replace the current...more

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