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Second Circuit Holds that Contingent Equity-Based Compensation of Former Lehman Employees are Subordinate to Creditor Claims

In In re Lehman Bros. Holdings Inc. 855 F.3d 459 (2d Cir. 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a district court order subordinating the claims of former Lehman Bros. (“Lehman”) employees...more

Safe harbour and ipso facto reform in Australia

by DLA Piper on

Long-awaited law reform to bring Australia's insolvency regime into step with many of its trading counterparts is slated to be enacted in the second half of 2017. The text of the law is currently before parliament for debate....more

Special Purpose Vehicles’ Authority to File for Bankruptcy Revisited

by Dechert LLP on

In order to file for bankruptcy in the United States, a company needs to secure the appropriate corporate authorizations as required by its governing documents. What happens when a debtor does not obtain appropriate...more

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

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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

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

Subject Matter Jurisdiction and Abstention in Legal Malpractice actions brought by a Bankruptcy Debtor – Part 2

by Butler Snow LLP on

Part 1 of this blog series examined a bankruptcy court’s subject matter jurisdiction over a debtor’s legal malpractice claims. Recognizing that bankruptcy courts typically retain related to jurisdiction over legal...more

The Stone Energy Bankruptcy: Lessons for the JOA

by Locke Lord LLP on

In 2011, Stone Energy Corporation and Triad Hunter, LLC entered into a development agreement for the exploration of about 4,200 acres in West Virginia under a 1989 form JOA. Each party owned 50% and Stone was designated as...more

Subject Matter Jurisdiction and Abstention in Legal Malpractice actions brought by a Bankruptcy Debtor – Part 1

by Butler Snow LLP on

Because the number of unsatisfied clients who find themselves in bankruptcy are filing malpractice lawsuits against their pre-bankruptcy counsel is on the rise so, too, is the number of attorneys who find themselves on the...more

First Circuit Rules that Bankruptcy Court “Retention of Jurisdiction” Provisions Not Enough to Establish Jurisdiction

It is very common for bankruptcy court orders to provide that the court retains jurisdiction to enforce such orders. Similarly, chapter 11 confirmation orders routinely provide that the bankruptcy court retains jurisdiction...more

Preference Actions Filed In Draw Another Circle Bankruptcy

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On June 15, 2017, Curtis R. Smith, as Liquidating Trustee of the Hastings Creditors’ Liquidating Trust, filed approximately 69 complaints seeking the avoidance and recovery of allegedly preferential and/or fraudulent...more

The Original Soupman, Inc. Files For Chapter 11 Protection In Delaware

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On June 13, 2017, The Original Soupman, Inc. and its affiliates (collectively “Debtors” or “Original Soupman”) commenced voluntary bankruptcy proceedings under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. According to its petition,...more

IRS Can Pursue “Responsible Persons” for Unpaid Trust Fund Taxes and Automatic Stay Cannot Be Used to Enjoin Collection Against...

The Puerto Rico Bankruptcy Court followed the Third Circuit in holding that the Anti-Injunction Act, which prohibits suits to restrain the assessment or collection of any tax, is not superseded by section 105(a) of the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

There’s been a hitch in Saudi Aramco’s IPO plans (mind-boggling $2 trillion possible valuation and all): where to list. The frontrunners, by the way, are the London Stock Exchange and the NYSE....more

Six Degrees Of Separation: Use Of Bankruptcy Rule 2004 Examination In Connection With Third-Party Litigation

by Cole Schotz on

Court: “You know, every piece of information and fact out there is within six degrees of separation of the debtors’ assets and financial affairs. The question is where do you draw the line?”...more

Jurisdiction Retention Clause in Sale Order Can’t Provide Bankruptcy Court Subject Matter Jurisdiction for Contract Disputes...

The Bottom Line - In a decision addressing the reaches of bankruptcy court subject matter jurisdiction, a First Circuit Panel, including retired Supreme Court Justice Davis Souter sitting by designation, ruled that the...more

House Passes Legislation Allowing Financial Institutions to Seek Chapter 11 Protection

by Jones Day on

On April 5 and June 8, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed bills (the Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act of 2017 ("FIBA") and the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017) that would allow financial institutions to seek...more

Tenth Circuit Finds CERCLA Contribution Claim Not Barred by Bankruptcy Approval of a Settlement Estimating Liability for the Site

Asarco LLC v. Noranda Mining, Inc., 844 F.3d 1201 (10th Cir. 2017). In a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) contribution action, the Tenth Circuit ruled that a mining company, whose...more

“First Day” hearings for Gymboree Chapter 11 filing

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Sands Anderson’s bankruptcy lawyers attended today’s “First Day” hearings in the chapter 11 bankruptcy case of The Gymboree Corporation and its affiliates. Gymboree operates approximately 1,300 children’s apparel and retail...more

Insolvency at Its Limits: What Management and Creditors of Insolvent LLCs and LPs Should Know About Fiduciary Duties Waivers and...

by WilmerHale on

Delaware law allows members and partners of limited liability companies (LLCs) and limited partnerships (LPs) to waive the fiduciary duties of their management in their LLC or LP agreements. When an LLC or LP is insolvent,...more

Supreme Court Issues Midland Funding Decision

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court issued a 5-3 decision holding that it is not a violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) to file a proof of claim in bankruptcy related to a debt for which the statute of...more

District Of Delaware Ruling Reminds Parties Of The Danger Of Narrow Arbitration Provisions

by McCarter & English, LLP on

In a May 16, 2017 ruling, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware affirmed the order of the bankruptcy court denying a party’s motion to compel arbitration. In doing so, the District Court adhered to...more

To Report or Not to Report – Is it Really A Question?

In a May 15, 2017 Bankruptcy Court decision (Gardens Decision) from California’s Central District (In re Gardens Regional Hospital and Medical Center, Inc. (Bankr. C.D.Cal., May 15, 2017, No. 1617463), Judge Ernest M. Robles...more

Can a Receiver be Sued for Not Paying a Pre-Receiver Creditor?

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Question: I am the Receiver for a condo project. A pre-receivership creditor has threatened to sue me because I won’t pay for the services he provided the defendant. I have explained to the creditor that the receivership is...more

Reaffirming Rash – Replacement Value Applies to Cram Down Valuations

by Selman Breitman LLP on

Cram down reorganization, a fundamental concept in bankruptcy law, allows a debtor to retain possession and use of collateral while reducing the principal value of the secured debt to the present value of the collateral. ...more

Tidewater, Inc. Bankruptcy Update – Utilities Motion

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On May 17th, Tidewater, Inc. and its affiliated debtors (“Tidewater” or “Debtors”) filed for chapter 11 protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. On the same day, the Court entered an...more

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