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Can An Entity Qualify as a Chapter 15 Debtor Without Ever Filing for Bankruptcy?

by Dechert LLP on

Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code provides a framework through which representatives of foreign insolvency proceedings can commence ancillary U.S. proceedings and obtain relief from U.S. courts in aid of foreign...more

Cross border restructurings - INSOL International Channel Islands Seminar

by DLA Piper on

The INSOL International Channel Islands Seminar took place on 13 September 2017 in Guernsey, where tensions rose high as jurisdictions battled it out for the crown of the "go-to" jurisdiction for cross border restructurings....more

International Legislative Update - September/October 2017

by Jones Day on

Germany—Major German insolvency law reforms designed to facilitate corporate group insolvencies will become effective on April 21, 2018. When the reforms come into force, they will supplement and complement the Recast...more

Reform Comes to Australian Restructuring and Insolvency Law

by Morgan Lewis on

Two key changes made to Australian insolvency law enhance restructuring efforts in Australia and could improve outcomes for US investors. ...more

Australian Court of Appeal Approves Use of "Holding" Deed of Company Arrangement

by Jones Day on

In Mighty River International Ltd v Hughes [2017] WASCA 152, the Western Australian Court of Appeal delivered a landmark decision approving the use of a "holding" deed of company arrangement ("DOCA")....more

Coordination and balance

by DLA Piper on

As reported previously, for the past few sessions, UNCITRAL’s Working Group V on Insolvency (WGV) has been concentrating on three key areas... Originally published in RECOVERY Magazine, Summer 2017 Please see full...more

The power of the collective: EIR in focus

by DLA Piper on

Catherine Burton brings an update on the Recast European Insolvency Regulation. The recast Insolvency Regulation (Regulation (EU) No. 2015/848) (the recast regulation or EIR) was adopted by the European Parliament and...more

Suppliers Beware: Two Recent Cases (in Third Circuit and Delaware) Hold that Debtor Must Physically Possess Goods Within Statutory...

Amidst a surge in retail bankruptcies, two recent decisions construing section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code directly limit suppliers’ ability to seek administrative claims for goods shipped to a debtor in the period...more

Courts, Cooperation, and More: A Review of Cross-Border Insolvency Protocols

by Jones Day on

In cross-border restructuring cases, including cases under chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and versions of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency enacted in 42 other nations or territories, interested...more

Review of amendments to the insolvency legislation

by White & Case LLP on

This review concerns a number of amendments to Federal Law “On insolvency”1 (the “Law”) introduced by federal laws No. 222-FZ2 and No. 488-FZ3, and the interpretation of the amendments in the Review of Court Practice on...more

Deepening the Divide on Whether Avoidance Provisions Apply to Foreign Transfers

In In re FAH Liquidating Corp., Case No. 13-13087 (Bankr. Del. June 13, 2017), the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware recently followed the Fourth Circuit and Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York...more

Germany introduces legislation to facilitate corporate group insolvencies (Konzerninsolvenzrecht)

by DLA Piper on

Germany’s major legal reform aiming to facilitate group insolvencies takes effect on April 21, 2018 (full German text). The new law will allow insolvency proceedings over companies within a corporate group to be concentrated...more

Singapore Enacts New Corporate Bankruptcy Law in Bid to Become Center for International Debt Restructuring

by Jones Day on

On March 10, 2017, Singapore's Parliament approved the Companies (Amendment) Bill 2017 (the "Act") to enhance the country's corporate debt restructuring framework. The Act, a copy of which is available here, was assented to...more

Foreign Representative Had "Independent" Standing to Prosecute State Law Avoidance Claims in Chapter 15

by Jones Day on

If a foreign debtor is eligible to file for bankruptcy protection in the U.S., the debtor's foreign representative (e.g., a liquidator or administrator) may, under certain circumstances, have the power to avoid and recover...more

Group Insolvency Proceedings Under the Revised EU Insolvency Regulation

by Jones Day on

Restructuring an international group of companies in Europe continues to be challenging. While companies can transact business freely across European borders, coordination between the stakeholders involved in a cross-border...more

Client Alert: Chapter 15: A Sword and A Shield

THE RULING: CHAPTER 15 DEBTORS CAN ASSERT AVOIDANCE ACTIONS UNDER STATE LAW - On March 23, 2017, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division, ruled that a foreign debtor could...more

Amendments to Companies Act Aim to Transform Singapore into Debt Restructuring Hub

by Morgan Lewis on

Singapore’s firm trajectory towards becoming an international hub for debt restructuring received a boost with the Companies (Amendment) Act 2017 coming into force on 23 May 2017....more

Keeping pace with global trends in debt restructuring: Indonesia must act

by DLA Piper on

In the past year, the global corporate default rate reached its highest level since the 2008 financial crisis, and continues to climb. In response, both Singapore and the European Union are exploring new approaches to debt...more

Hong Kong: Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Update

by White & Case LLP on

The Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Ordinance 2016 (the "Amendment Ordinance") came into effect on 13 February 2017 seeking to revamp and modernize the winding-up regime in Hong Kong, but does...more

Upside Down in Chapter 15

by WilmerHale on

Most lawyers familiar with chapter 15 cross-border insolvency proceedings might assume that “foreign” debtors in chapter 15 cases must be foreign entities — that is, entities not organized under the laws of U.S. states. For...more

Chapter 15 and Cross-Border Insolvency

One by-product of the “globalization” of business is the homogenization of business practices. Businesses naturally seek and promote an environment and “rules” that are predictable, which allow for effective risk management....more

Coming Soon To A Jurisdiction Near You: Streamlined Cross-Border Insolvency Proceedings

by Cole Schotz on

Globalization has led to a marked increase in international components to insolvency proceedings. Cross-border issues add a new layer of complexity to what is often a situation already fraught with obstacles....more

Coming to America? Applying Bankruptcy Code Section 109( a) to Vet Foreign Companies Filing US Bankruptcy Cases Under Chapter 15

by WilmerHale on

Chapter 15 of the US Bankruptcy Code provides a doorway for non-US companies to obtain creditor protection and other benefits of a US bankruptcy in support of insolvency proceedings for those companies in their “home”...more

Not Chapter 11 but Chapter 11-ish

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Parents, headmasters, hoteliers, restauranteurs, insurers and countries love them or hate them, depending on how their school or restaurant, company or nation is ranked. I’m referring to the World Bank’s annual Doing...more

Singapore Enacts New Corporate Bankruptcy Law to Promote International Debt Restructuring

by Jones Day on

On March 10, 2017, Singapore's Parliament approved the Companies (Amendment) Bill 2017 ("Act") to enhance the country's corporate debt restructuring framework. The Act was assented to by President Tony Tan Keng Yam on March...more

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