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Making the Safe Harbors Safe Again - United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Holds That State Law Constructive...

The Bankruptcy Code contains “safe harbors” that, among other things, exempt transfers made in connection with certain financial contracts, including securities contracts, from avoidance by the bankruptcy trustee as...more

Back From the Dead: Voluntarily Terminating a Distressed Tenant’s Lease May Give Rise to an Avoidance Action in Bankruptcy Against...

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit should prompt landlords to give careful consideration before entering into a lease termination agreement with a distressed tenant. In In re Great...more

Delaware Preference Update: New Value, Pre Judgement Interest and Early Payment Ordinary Course Defenses

In a recent opinion dated March 29, 2016, the Delaware Bankruptcy Court on remand from, and following the direction of, the Delaware District Court, ruled that only prepetition unpaid invoices may be counted for purposes of...more

Bail-In, or Just Bailing?

You know, there’s never a dull moment when one reports on the regulatory states’ endless and so often fruitless and wrong-headed tinkering with the global economy. So now… let’s talk bail-in. The bail-in regime, which was...more

Second Circuit Limits Creditors’ Ability to Claw Back LBO Payments

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, In re Tribune Company Fraudulent Conveyance Litigation,1 represents a significant victory for shareholders who may get cashed out in connection with a...more

Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring/Finance Advisory: Second Circuit Rejects Potential Loophole in the Securities Contract Safe...

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that the “safe harbor” protections for securities contracts in Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code prevented individual creditors’ state law constructive fraudulent transfer...more

GAO Says Regulators Should Improve Transparency in Evaluating Banks’ “Living Wills”

GAO has issued a report which noted the FDIC and Federal Reserve have developed separate but similar review processes for determining whether a resolution plan, often referred to as a “living will,” is “not credible” or would...more

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

Ever-Expanding Safe Harbor Leaves Creditors’ Claims Stranded at Sea

Second Circuit holds that Bankruptcy Code preempts creditors’ state law constructive fraud claims. On March 29, 2016, the Second Circuit issued its opinion in In re Tribune Company Fraudulent Conveyance Litig.,...more

Breach of Fiduciary Duty Judgment May Be Dischargeable In Bankruptcy

It is not uncommon for a successful plaintiff in a breach of fiduciary duty case to have their collection efforts thwarted by a defendant filing for bankruptcy. The issue is whether the state court judgment is dischargeable...more

The Ultimate Arizona Bankruptcy Guide – Pt. 5 – The Automatic Stay

People don’t want to file for bankruptcy. Often the decision to file for bankruptcy only occurs after a point is reached where something financially painful is about to happen. Wage garnishment. Foreclosure. Debt collection...more

Blog: Official Bankruptcy Forms Revised To Reflect April 1, 2016 Dollar Amount Adjustments Now In Effect

As discussed in an earlier post called “Going Up: Bankruptcy Code Dollar Amounts Will Increase On April 1, 2016,” various dollar amounts in the Bankruptcy Code and related statutory provisions were increased for cases filed...more

March 2016 Bankruptcy & Restructuring Litigation Update

Background. The NBC is an invitation-only organization dedicated to improving the Bankruptcy Code and its administration. It consists of 60 conferees, themselves the nation’s leading bankruptcy judges, professors, and...more

Snooze Alert (but you really have to read this) – Bankruptcy Forms and Various Dollar Amounts Changing on April 1

On April 1, a bevy of dollar amounts set forth in the Bankruptcy Code will change. Some of these are quite important to substantive relief, and others are quite important to making sure you don’t look bad in front of the...more

Another Alternative Fee Arrangement Bites the Dust

On March 16, 2016, Judge Shannon of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware rejected a proposed fee structure for Baker Botts L.L.P., which was proposed counsel to the debtors in In re New Gulf Resources, LLC. ...more

Second Circuit Rules that Bankruptcy Safe Harbor Preempts State Law Fraudulent Transfer Rights

Today, the Second Circuit reissued the latest in a line of cases adopting an expansive reading of the safe harbor under Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code. In re Tribune Co. Fraudulent Conveyance Litig., Case 13-3992, Doc....more

Supreme Court Considers Preemption of Puerto Rico's Recovery Act

On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Puerto Rico v. Franklin California Tax-Free Trust and Acosta-Febo v. Franklin California Tax-Free Trust, which address the constitutionality of Puerto...more

You Can Lead a Horse to Water, But You Can’t Call it an Airplane: Supreme Court Oral Arguments Suggest Puerto Rico’s Recovery Act...

A few thoughts on Tuesday’s oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in the litigation over whether Puerto Rico’s Public Corporations Debt Enforcement and Recovery Act, an insolvency statute for certain of its government...more

Landlords Beware: Seventh Circuit Rules That Lease Terminations May Be Voidable In Bankruptcy

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently handed down a decision with significant implications for landlords contemplating lease termination agreements with distressed tenants. Ruling on a direct appeal in the chapter 11...more

Will Congress Finally Act? The ABI Commission on Business Bankruptcy Reform: Exiting the Case - Changes to the Plan Confirmation...

This is the sixth in a series of alerts regarding the proposals made by the American Bankruptcy Institute Commission to Reform Chapter 11 Business Bankruptcies (the “Commission”). This alert covers the Commission’s...more

Statutory Liens vs. Consensual Liens: Why it Matters and When it may Not

While secured creditors are entitled to special rights in bankruptcy, those rights may differ depending on whether creditors have a statutory or consensual lien on their collateral. This is primarily because section 552(a)...more

Running With the Land

A long-honored concept in real property, that of “covenants running with the land,” is finding its way into the bankruptcy courts. If a covenant (a promise) runs with the land then it burdens or benefits particular real...more

Five Things to Consider When Approached by a Bankruptcy Claims Trader

When a business files for bankruptcy, it can be a confusing and frustrating time for the debtor’s creditors. If an investment firm reaches out with an offer to purchase a creditor’s claim against the debtor, it may appear to...more

R&I Update: Hot Topics in Oil and Gas Restructurings, Volume 2 Can Gathering Agreements Be Rejected as Executory Contracts?

“The carnage is going to be terrible,” cried a recent Dallas Morning News headline. “It’s a hellacious problem,” lamented another article. It’s no secret the energy sector has come upon hard times. Oil prices are down 70...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Holds, Twice: “ASARCO is Here to Stay” (But Your Authors Have Hatched Another Plan; Read Below!)

You may recall the holding and analysis of ASARCO from Jay’s previous post, here. At bottom, ASARCO followed a strict interpretation of Section 330(a) of the Bankruptcy Code, holding that professionals are allowed to charge...more

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