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Good News for Creditors in Individual Bankruptcy Cases

For the past several years, creditors in the Ninth Circuit were confounded by an interpretation of the bankruptcy code that permitted individual chapter 11 debtors to retain a significant portion of their assets without...more

"Recent Rulings Underscore Importance of Careful Drafting of Make-Whole Payment Provisions"

Under long-established common law, loans must be paid only upon maturity, not before. This "perfect tender in time" rule is the default rule in a number of jurisdictions. Many indentures and credit agreements therefore either...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2016 Edition: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

Two recent court decisions may result in a broadening of the range of options available to an equity sponsor in respect of an insolvent portfolio company. The first decision may provide increased flexibility in structuring...more

Is a “Sound Business Purpose” Always Enough?”

Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code trusts a debtor in possession to operate its business. In general, a debtor in possession “is free to use, sell[,] or lease property of the . . . estate in the operation of the debtor’s...more

New Delaware Chapter 11 Filing – Affiliates of Variant Holding Company, LLC

Thirty-four affiliates of Variant Holding Company, LLC (“Variant”) have filed chapter 11 petitions before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The debtors will seek to have their cases jointly...more

New Delaware Chapter 11 Filing – Cubic Energy, Inc. et al.

Cubic Energy, Inc. (OTC: CBNR) and 4 affiliates, which are engaged in oil and gas exploration in Texas and Louisiana, have filed chapter 11 petitions before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware...more

Co-debtors’ Obligations May be Treated Differently in Bankruptcy

Imagine the following common scenario: A lender makes a commercial loan and the note is signed by two borrower entities, each of whom provides separate real property collateral as security for the loan. The borrowers...more

Bankruptcy Beat: The Second Circuit Establishes a Binding Standard For Lien Extinguishment Under a Plan of Reorganization

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion, City of Concord, N.H. v. N. New England Tel. Operations, LLC (In re N. New England Tel. Operations LLC), 795 F.3d 343 (2d Cir. 2015), addressing an issue of...more

New Delaware Chapter 11 Filing – Millennium Lab Holdings II, LLC

Millennium Lab Holdings II, LLC and two of its affiliates, Millennium Health, LLC, and RxAnte, LLC, have commenced cases (Lead Case No. 15-12284) under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code by filing petitions with the United...more

New York Law Governed Bonds are Sufficient “Property” for U.S. Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction

To qualify as a “debtor” under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, an entity must reside, have a place of business or property in the U.S. It is common for non-U.S. entities that file for chapter 11 protection to rely on the “property”...more

New Delaware Chapter 11 Filing – Fresh & Easy, LLC

Fresh & Easy, LLC has filed a chapter 11 petition in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Case # Case No: 15-12220-CSS). The Petition and list of top 30 creditors and the docket are available...more

Third Circuit Affirms Bad Faith Involuntary Bankruptcy Dismissal, Increasing Risk of Punitive Damages

Last week’s decision by the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in In re: Forever Green Athletic Fields, Inc., No. 14-3906 (3d Cir. Oct. 16, 2015) held that an involuntary bankruptcy petition filed under 11 U.S.C. §...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Fall 2015 Edition: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

When a portfolio company underperforms, a sponsor may consider various options to address the perceived performance issues, including changes to a portfolio company’s management team, cost structure, capital structure or...more

Equitable Liens: No Mortgage Does Not Necessarily Mean No Lien

Marcum v. Marcum (In re Marcum), 508 B.R. 499 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2014) – A creditor made two prepetition loans to a chapter 13 debtor for payment of delinquent real estate taxes. The loans were supposed to be secured by...more

Secured Creditors in Section 363 Sales Be Aware -Your Proceeds May Be Used to Satisfy the Debtor’s Unpaid State Tax Liabilities

It is a basic feature of sales under section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, that the purchaser takes free and clear of all claims and interests, such claims and interests attach to the proceeds of the sale in accordance...more

Accidentally On Purpose: Washington Court Finds Coverage For Contempt Of Court Based On “Misunderstanding”

Professional liability policies cover claims based on the insured’s alleged negligent acts, errors or omissions, and not claims for “sanctions or penalties” for “willful” professional misconduct. But the insurer’s duty to...more

New Administrative Orders Amend Procedures for Creditors in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases Pending in the Middle District of Florida

Prior to September 1, 2015, procedures in consumer chapter 13 bankruptcy cases varied greatly across the divisions of the Middle District of Florida, creating vastly different workflows for creditors and attorneys with cases...more

Energy Future Holdings – Another Major Success for Chapter 11 Mediation?

Mediation has become an invaluable tool in large chapter 11 cases. Traditionally viewed as a means for resolving discrete disputes between a debtor’s estate and an adversary party, in recent years mediation in certain complex...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Absolute Waiver of Subrogation Rights Insulates Insider-Guarantor from Preference Exposure

In Stahl v. Simon (In re Adamson Apparel, Inc.), 785 F.3d 1285 (9th Cir. 2015), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit considered an unresolved issue of bankruptcy law: whether a corporate insider who...more

Claim Purchasing as a Strategy to Avoid a Cramdown

While there are many factors that can lead a business or individual to file a chapter 11 bankruptcy petition seeking to reorganize a business, often times, particularly in a single-asset real estate case, the primary impetus...more

Our customer has filed bankruptcy but demands that we continue to extend trade credit! Are we obligated to do so?

Trade creditors often face the issue of whether they are required to continue providing goods or services on credit to a customer that has filed chapter 11 bankruptcy. Unfortunately, the Bankruptcy Code fails to specifically...more

Chapter 11 Sales: Believe It Or Not, There Really Are Limits

In re P.D.M. Co., 523 B.R. 558 (Bankr. W.D. Mich. 2015) – Two affiliated chapter 11 debtors sought court approval of a sale of all of their assets out of the ordinary course of business free and clear of claims.  The...more

What General Counsel Should Know When a Company's Tenant Files for Bankruptcy

Your tenant files for bankruptcy-what’s your move? Debtors who are lessees under real property leases have certain rights regarding their lease under § 365 of the Bankruptcy Code. Essentially, the debtor has two options: 1)...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Allows Debtor to Sidestep “Make-Whole” Payment

Bankruptcy Judge Christopher S. Sontchi recently ruled in the Energy Future Holdings case that the debtor will not be required to pay the $431 million “make whole” demanded by bondholders upon the debtor’s early payment of...more

Debtor’s Founder Ordered to Turn Over Social Media Accounts to Reorganized Company

A recent bankruptcy court decision highlights the importance of Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, and similar social media assets in today’s business marketplace. It’s not always clear how these might be best protected, but...more

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