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Second Octaviar Chapter 15 Petition Clears Hurdle Set by Second Circuit

In December 2013, the Second Circuit ruled that recognition of a foreign proceeding under chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code required proof that the debtor in the foreign proceeding also met the eligibility standards to be a...more

The Gateway to Chapter 15: An Evolving Issue

Chapter 15 of the United States Bankruptcy Code is a relatively recent addition to the American bankruptcy statute and it incorporates the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Model Law on Cross-Border...more

Cross-Border Insolvency Proceedings: Recent Chapter 15 Filings in the United States

It is not surprising that the amount of Chapter 15 bankruptcy filings is growing in the global economy. Chapter 15 was added to the Bankruptcy Code by the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005. It is...more

Secured Lender Protection Limited When Bitcoin is Collateral

On June 17, 2014, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas granted recognition under chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code of the bankruptcy proceeding in Japan of failed bitcoin exchange, Mt Gox. Mt. Gox shut down after claiming to...more

Misconduct Not Grounds to Terminate Chapter 15 Recognition

A recent ruling from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York illustrates the limited, specific grounds for changing or terminating chapter 15 recognition. The ruling demonstrates that recognition may...more

February 2014: Bankruptcy & Restructuring Update

Second Circuit Holds that Section 109 Eligibility Requirements Apply to Foreign Entities in Chapter 15 Bankruptcy Cases. Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the eligibility...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Big Time Lawyers Pricing Themselves Out [Video]

Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Two significant Chapter 11 reorganizations in the Southern U.S. may be signs that lawyers in New York and Delaware are starting to price themselves out of the market, as Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and...more

Second Circuit Ruling Appears to Limit Ability of U.S. Bankruptcy Courts to Assist Foreign Debtors

In Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund LP v. Barnet (In re Barnet), Case No. 13-612, 2013 WL 6482499 (2d Cir. Dec. 11, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that in order for a foreign...more

How One Struggling Auto Company Used Chapter 15 to Protect its U.S. Assets

Although its Israel-based electric car company had already filed bankruptcy in its home country, Better Place, Inc., the U.S. parent of the foreign debtor, filed for protection under chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code with the...more

Second Circuit Determines the Relevant Date for Determining a Chapter 15 Debtor’s “COMI”

A. INTRODUCTION - Courts in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere have issued conflicting decisions regarding the appropriate time period to consider in determining a foreign debtor’s “center of its main...more

Where Do Your Interests Lie Under Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code? Determining a foreign debtor’s “center of main interests”...

When doing business with a foreign company, it is important to identify the company’s “center of main interests” (“COMI”) as creditors may find themselves bound by the laws of the COMI locale. If a company initiates...more

Second Circuit Establishes Relevant Time Period for "Center of Main Interests" Determination Under Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy...

In Morning Mist Holdings Limited v. Krys (In re Fairfield Sentry Limited), Case No. 11-4376, 2013 WL 1593348 (2d Cir. April 16, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (the "Second Circuit") held that...more

The Timing Is Off: The Definitional Gap Between Plain Language And Legislative Intent In The Recognition Of Foreign Proceedings

The Second Circuit is currently considering an appeal arising from the decisions of the bankruptcy and district courts in Fairfield Sentry. Its opinion is likely to resolve a split of authority between the Fairfield Sentry...more

Skadden's 2013 Insights: Corporate Restructuring

The global reach of capital markets, financial difficulties in the eurozone and the multinational nature of many businesses and financial institutions have increased the importance of understanding legal, business and other...more

Skadden's 2013 Insights

We are pleased to provide a collection of commentaries on the critical legal issues facing our clients in 2013. There is hope that global economic and market conditions will continue to improve despite ongoing...more

Fifth Circuit Crafts New Test For Foreign Debtor Relief

Originally published in the New York Law Journal on January 3, 2012. On Nov. 28, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in In re Vitro S.A.B. de C.V. issued a groundbreaking decision under Chapter 15 of...more

Fifth Circuit Crafts New Test For Foreign Debtor Relief

Originally published in the New York Law Journal on January 3, 2012. On Nov. 28, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in In re Vitro S.A.B. de C.V. issued a groundbreaking decision under Chapter 15 of...more

Fifth Circuit Refuses to Enforce Mexican Reorganization Plan's Proposed Release of Non-Debtor Bond Guarantors

The Fifth Circuit recently upheld a Texas Bankruptcy Court’s refusal to enforce non-debtor third party releases in the Mexican reorganization proceeding (known as a concurso mercantil) of Mexican glass manufacturer Vitro SAB...more

Bankruptcy Abroad: US Creditors’ Rights Remain Relevant in Chapter 15

With an increasing number of businesses operating without regard to borders in today’s global economy, the importance of understanding Chapter 15 — the Bankruptcy Code provisions instructing the cooperation between the United...more

Rogers Towers: The Extraordinary Remedy of Discharging Third Party Liability in Bankruptcy Proceedings

Recently the Fifth Circuit handed down a thorough opinion regarding Chapter 15 cross-border insolvency and its effects on domestic and foreign creditors. Beyond the Chapter 15 context, however, the court of appeals in In re...more

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