Chapter 11 Reorganizations

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Ninth Circuit Rulings on Equitable Mootness in Transwest and Sunnyslope Impact Third Party Investors

The doctrine of equitable mootness provides that Chapter 11 reorganization plans will be deemed moot, and therefore not subject to appellate review, if a plan has been substantially consummated and granting appellate relief...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

Will the Safe Harbour Ipso Facto Assist with Restructuring in Australia? - Proposed Reform to Australian Insolvency Laws

The Productivity Commission has handed down its long-awaited report on Business Set-Up, Transfer and Closure (Report) to the Australian Federal Government. Key recommendations from the Report have been embraced by the...more

Proposing a Chapter 11 Reorganization Plan in Good Faith

Good faith is generally understood to mean honesty or sincerity of intention. But in the law, things are often not as straightforward as that. It has been called an intangible and abstract quality and said to include such...more

Ninth Circuit Issues Controversial Opinion Limiting Insider Status for Purposes of Voting on a Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization

On February 8, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (the “Ninth Circuit”) created an opening for debtors seeking to circumvent the Bankruptcy Code’s requirement that a plan of reorganization be...more

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

Bankruptcy Trumps Collective Bargaining Agreement

A federal court recently ruled that the Bankruptcy Code (the “Code”) permits an employer to escape their expired collective bargaining agreement obligations under certain circumstances. In the matter of In re Trump...more

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Permits Chapter 11 Debtor to Reject Expired CBA

It is a familiar scenario: a company is on the verge of bankruptcy, bound by the terms of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), and unable to negotiate a new agreement. However, this time, an analysis of this distressed...more

"Berau May Expand US Restructuring Options for Foreign Issuers"

A recent decision in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York clarifies that restructuring options under Chapter 11 or Chapter 15 are available to foreign issuers of U.S. debt, even if those issuers...more

Looking At The Basics Of Chapter 11 For Businesses, P.1

Last time, we mentioned that a Virginia-based mining company will be selling of parts of its business—including parts located in Kentucky—as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. In this and our next post, we wanted to...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

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

Three Recent Delaware Decisions Highlight the Importance of Director Independence and Risks for M&A Financial Advisors

On September 28 and October 1, 2015, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued decisions in Caspian Select Credit Master Fund Limited v. Gohl, C.A. No. 10244-VCN and In re Zale Corporation Stockholders Litigation, C.A. No....more

Treatment of senior unsecured debt in European leveraged finance transactions: the need for an intercreditor agreement

Over the last few years, the European leveraged finance market has seen rapid growth of senior secured high yield notes (“SSN”) and senior secured covenant-lite term loan B (“TLB”) financings. A common feature of both SSNs...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

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

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

The Third Circuit Affirms the Denial of Third-Party Releases for Lack of Adequate Disclosure

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed the decisions of the District and Bankruptcy Court denying, for reasons of inadequate disclosure, the approval of a third-party release provision in the Chapter 11 plan of...more

Fraudulent Transfer: A Case Where Strong Arm Powers Were “An Inch Too Short”

A Chapter 11 trustee sought to avoid a transfer of property under Section 544 of the Bankruptcy Code that occurred after (1) the bankruptcy petition was filed and (2) a chapter 11 plan of reorganization was confirmed. ...more

Sbarro LLC Confirms Plan of Reorganization

On Monday, May 29, 2014, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York approved Sbarro LLC’s plan of reorganization, paving the way for the pizza restaurant chain to exit bankruptcy. Sbarro filed...more

Equitable Mootness: Two Recent Third Circuit Decisions

Equitable mootness is a judge-made remedy that is misnamed. Judges apply it to seek an equitable result, but mootness in the constitutional sense is absent. Article III, section 2 of the U.S. Constitution bars federal...more

Burr Alert: The Basics Of Cramdown Interest Rates In Chapter 11

A debtor in a chapter 11 bankruptcy may treat a secured claim in one of two ways in its plan of reorganization: (1) the debtor may propose to cure any existing default, compensate the creditor for any loss sustained by the...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Kodak Plan Bumps the Debt, Craters Stock  [Video]

May 2 (Bloomberg Law) -- Eastman Kodak Co. filed a Chapter 11 plan that cratered the stock and bumped up the unsecured notes, although the plan may be revised to pay off second-lien debt fully in cash, as Bloomberg Law's Lee...more

To Release Or Not to Release – If That Is the Question, What Is the Answer?

In a recent decision by the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, the court adopted a flexible approach to consensual third party releases in a plan of reorganization. In In re Indianapolis Downs, LLC, 2013 Bankr....more

Village At Camp Bowie: The Fifth Circuit Weighs In On Artificial Impairment

A key tenet of reorganization under Chapter 11 is that if the debtor’s plan impairs creditors, at least some of those creditors must agree to the plan. More specifically, “if a class of claims is impaired under the plan, at...more

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