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Second Circuit Holds That Minority Bondholders Cannot Avail Themselves of the Trust Indenture Act

While out-of-court restructurings can help companies in need, they can negatively impact minority bondholders. Minority bondholders displeased with out-of-court restructurings looked to a 2015 decision interpreting the Trust...more

Bankruptcy Is Not A Borrower Antidote For Loan “Default Interest”

Defaulting on a loan typically triggers a higher interest rate — “default interest” — as one of many consequences for the borrower. (Other consequences include acceleration of the maturity, late fees and penalties, and...more

Hanjin Shipping Declared Bankrupt

The Seoul Central District Court declared Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd bankrupt on Friday February 17, 2017, after ruling that Hanjin’s liquidation value was greater than its going concern value...more

What 2017 May Bring for the Restructuring Community

We asked some of our financial advisor colleagues to give us brief read outs on what they felt 2017 has in store for us now that we have gotten beyond the inauguration and into the first weeks of the Trump administration. ...more

Fifth Circuit Rules for PACA Claimants, and Weakens PACA, All in One Curious Ruling

Most restructuring practitioners are aware, either vaguely or through punishing experience, of the power of PACA creditors. PACA (or the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, 7 U.S.C. § 499a et seq. for those who hate...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Rule Allowing Curing Debtors to Avoid Contractual Post-Default Interest Is No Longer Valid

The Ninth Circuit recently ruled that a Chapter 11 debtor could not avoid the payment of default interest under a promissory note as a condition to curing and reinstating such promissory note under a Chapter 11 plan. In...more

When Construction Contracts Go Sideways in Bankruptcy

The contractor on a project files a bankruptcy case. How should the property owner and subcontractors proceed? When a party to a contract files bankruptcy, the other party’s actions are constrained by the bankruptcy code....more

In re Roust: Seven Steps to Confirming a Plan in Seven Days

On January 6, 2017, Judge Robert D. Drain of the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York orally approved a prepackaged plan of reorganization (a “Prepack”) in In re Roust Corporation, et al. (Case No....more

Substantive Consolidation: It’s Alive and Well (or Maybe Just Alive)

The doctrine of substantive consolidation (generally- the power of a bankruptcy court to consolidate the assets and liabilities of affiliated entities in bankruptcy) is a recognized remedy exercised by bankruptcy courts – one...more

Be Sure to Observe Formalities to Protect Business Assets

When entering into a new venture, it is not uncommon for a new legal entity to be formed in order to insulate an existing company from the liabilities associated with the new business. While the law absolutely permits this, a...more

Key issues facing the UK residential care home sector

Historical backdrop - The collapse of over 750 care homes operated by the Southern Cross group in 2011 following rapid expansion financed by the sale of leases of its homes exposed the financial risks inherent in the...more

SEC Drops Market Crisis Case When Faced With Retrial

The Commission dropped an action against two senior executives of Thornburg Mortgage, Inc. rather than retry the market crisis era case. In the initial trial a jury found in favor of the two executives on a number of counts...more

Handy List of Basic Issues to Consider for the Transactional Workout

While significant energy here at the Bankruptcy Cave is devoted to substantive bankruptcy matters, not all aspects of a general insolvency practice are always fun and litigation. Oftentimes insolvency lawyers add the most...more

The Precarious Nature of Trust Assets at Home and Abroad

In Akers (and others) v. Samba Financial Group [2007] UKSC 6, the UK Supreme Court has confirmed the limited nature of British insolvency officer-holders’ ability to void dispositions of a company’s assets held on trust. The...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Amends Local Rules

The Delaware Bankruptcy Court amended its local rules effective February 1, 2017. A copy of the latest version of the rules may be found on the Bankruptcy Court's website. The red-line version to the 2016 version shows...more

New German Insolvency Code Amends Legal Basis for Contractual Close-out Netting

The German legislature has passed an amendment to the German Insolvency Code providing clarity on the status of netting arrangements in financial transactions which was cast into doubt by the German Federal Court of Justice...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Judge: A Carve-Out for Fees Is Not a Cap

Judge Christopher Sontchi recently issued an important opinion in the Molycorp chapter 11 case. He held that a standard carve-out in a financing order for the fees of counsel and other professionals for an official...more

Bankruptcy Court Sends Not-So-Gentle Reminder About Observing Corporate Formalities

In a recent decision, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Massachusetts sent a reminder to practitioners and family business owners that it is critical to maintain corporate formalities in order to...more

Roust’s Rapid Road to Confirmation: Confirmation of a Prepackaged Plan in the Southern District of New York in Less Than a...

In less than a week after its bankruptcy filing, a debtor was able to obtain confirmation of its prepackaged plan of reorganization in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. In allowing the case to be...more

Second Circuit Issues Reversal in Closely Watched Marblegate Case

In a 2-1 opinion, the Second Circuit overruled the district court in Marblegate Asset Management LLC v. Education Management Corp., finding no violation of the Trust Indenture Act (“TIA”) in connection with an out-of-court...more

UAE passes federal bankruptcy law - what has changed?

The UAE has succeeded in creating a dynamic economy known for its entrepreneurial spirit. In recent years, however, the rapid development of the business community has outpaced corresponding changes to its legal...more

New UAE Insolvency Law

Executive Summary - The new UAE bankruptcy law was published in the Official Gazette dated 29 September 2016 following the issuance of Federal Decree Law No.9 of 2016 on Bankruptcy (the “Bankruptcy Law”) and became...more

Second Circuit Refuses to Expand Scope of Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code

On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an opinion in the case of Trikona Advisers Limited v. Chugh, No. 14-975-cv, 2017 WL 191936 (2d Cir. Jan. 18, 2017), thwarting an attempt to expand...more

Amendment of Core Payment Terms Only: Second Circuit Court of Appeals Reverses the Marblegate Challenge to Section 316(b) of Trust...

Restructuring lawyers and distressed companies alike were granted welcome relief by the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals when it overturned the decision of the District Court in the case of Marblegate Asset Management, LLC...more

Admission of Fraudulent Intent Is Not Conclusive Evidence of Fraudulent Intent (Sometimes)

In a previous blog post, we discussed a situation in which actual fraud could be found where the transferor had the noblest of intentions and had demonstrated no intent to defraud creditors. This week, we address a situation...more

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