The Precedential Value Of An Unprecedented Sale - Lessons From Chrysler


On June 10, 2009, the sale of substantially all of Chrysler's assets closed, just 42 days after the country's third largest automaker filed for bankruptcy protection. The closing followed a contentious sale hearing before the Bankruptcy Court, an expedited appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and a brief stay imposed by the United States Supreme Court. The source of the contention: three Indiana state pension funds, arguing that the sale of Chrysler's assets constituted a sub rosa plan of reorganization that upended the priority scheme of the Bankruptcy Code. Rejecting the Indiana pension funds' arguments and approving the sale, a decision upheld on appeal, the Bankruptcy Court avoided mention of the effect of unprecedented governmental intervention in its analysis, relying on its interpretation of applicable bankruptcy law. As the sale process in the bankruptcy of General Motors nears completion, much has been learned from Chrysler.

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