Chapter 11 Reorganizations

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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

In Confirming Indianapolis Downs Chapter 11 Plan, Delaware Bankruptcy Court Provides Guidance On Permissibility Of Binding Plan...

On January 31, 2013, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the court) upheld a post-petition “lock-up” agreement in approving confirmation of the proposed plan in In re Indianapolis Downs, LLC, 2013...more

Seventh Circuit Reaffirms Absolute-Priority Rule in In re Castleton Plaza, LP

Can an equity investor who directs an insider to contribute "new value" to a debtor under a plan of reorganization, so as to retain his interest in the company, avoid an express market test for that new equity? The answer to...more

"New Value" Plans Require Competitive Bidding, Says 7th Circuit

In a decision issued yesterday, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals held that insiders can't be given a special opportunity to invest in a bankrupt debtor under the guise of contributing "new value" unless the debtor makes the...more

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