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Firm Profile: Mintz Levin
One Financial Center
Boston, MA 02111, United States
Phone: 617.542.6000
Fax: 617.542.2241
Areas of Practice
  • Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Finance & Banking
  • Securities Law
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Other U.S. Locations
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • D.C.
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
Other Countries
  • Israel
  • United Kingdom
Number of Attorneys
400+ Attorneys

Supreme Court to Resolve Circuit Split on Scope of 546(e)’s Safe Harbor Provision

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court announced that it will review the scope of Bankruptcy Code section 546(e)’s safe harbor provision. Section 546(e) protects from avoidance those transfers that are made “by or to (or for the…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Bankruptcy Settlements Post-Jevic: Potential New Requirements for Priority-Altering Settlements

As noted in a recent Distressing Matters post, the United States Supreme Court in In re Jevic Holding Corp. held that debtors cannot use structured dismissals to make payments to creditors in violation of ordinary bankruptcy…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Finance & Banking, Taxation

Keep On Truckin’: Priority Rules Still Rule in Structured Dismissals

In 2015, Distressing Matters reported on the Third Circuit’s decision in In re Jevic Holding Corp., wherein that panel ruled that, in rare circumstances, bankruptcy courts may approve the distribution of settlement proceeds in a…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Can a Creditor’s Inaction Violate the Automatic Stay?

The filing of a bankruptcy case puts in place an automatic injunction, or stay, that halts most actions by creditors against a debtor. But can a creditor violate the automatic stay by not acting? The Tenth Circuit recently…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Finance & Banking

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Issues Important Guidelines Concerning Payment of Indenture Trustee's Professional Fees

In Nortel Networks, Inc., Case No. 09-0138(KG), Doc. No. 18001 (March 8, 2017), the Delaware Bankruptcy Court ruled on the objections of two noteholders who asked the Court to disallow more than $4.4 million of the $8.1 million…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Buyer Beware: Bankruptcy Assets not “Free and Clear” if Due Process is Lacking

One of the most powerful and oft used devices in bankruptcy is the sale of assets “free and clear” of liens, claims and interests. One issue a buyer at a bankruptcy sale must consider, however, is whether due process has been…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure

Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court Sends a Reminder on Avoiding the Substantive Consolidation Trap

There are numerous reasons why a company might use more than one entity for its operations or organization: to silo liabilities, for tax advantages, to accommodate a lender, or for general organizational purposes. Simply forming…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Make-Whole Momentum Halted: Third Circuit Rejects Momentive Rationale and Requires Debtor to Pay Make-Whole Premium

In a recent decision (“Energy Future Holdings”) poised to have wide-reaching implications, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decisions of the Bankruptcy and the District Courts to hold that a debtor cannot use a…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

Can the Corporate Veil be Pierced Against a Former Shareholder?

A recent opinion issued by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois reminds us that corporate veil-piercing liability is not exclusive to shareholders. Anyone who is in control of and misuses the…more
 /  Business Organizations, Business Torts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Tranquil Waters Once Again in the Safe Harbor: Bankruptcy Safe Harbor Protects Shareholders From State Constructive Fraud Claims

Shareholders who received nearly $8 billion from the Tribune Company leveraged buyout (LBO) do not have to give back that money as a constructive fraudulent transfer. Although the possibility remains that the creditors can…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Oil, Gas and Mineral Companies Take Note: Agreements Purporting to “Run with the Land” may be Rejected in Bankruptcy

A recent bankruptcy court decision from the influential Southern District of New York permitted a debtor to reject executory contracts with midstream gathers as an exercise of sound business judgment. In In re Sabine Oil & Gas…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Commercial

Directors And Officers’ Ultimate Escape From Personal Liability

In the Ultimate Escapes bankruptcy case, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware recently held that the “business judgment rule” may protect fiduciaries who negotiate and enter into unconventional financing…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Business Torts

Turning A Blind Eye Cost Lender Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars; Inquiry Notice Spoils Lender’s Good Faith Defense In Fraudulent Transfer Case

Lending credence to the old adage “if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is,” the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a secured lender was on inquiry notice of possible fraud by its borrower in…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Insider Loans Equitably Subordinated

In SGK Ventures, LLC, the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois ordered that the secured claims of two entities controlled by insiders of the debtor be equitably subordinated to the claims of unsecured…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Piercing The Corporate Veil Takes More Than Just Fraud By The Individual

Many of us have endured the nightmare of a disastrous home renovation or at least enjoyed Tom Hanks in The Money Pit (How long? Two weeks, of course). Well imagine spending half a million dollars, not for a new and improved…more
 /  Business Organizations, Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Construction Law, Real Estate - Residential
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