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The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Insolvent

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The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 2 - 2017: Offshore and off limits: SDNY Bankruptcy Court finds foreign transfer...

by Dechert LLP on

Can foreign transfers of a U.S. debtor be avoided under the Bankruptcy Code’s avoidance provisions? While the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York recently found that the answer is no, that court, as well as...more

American Apparel Preference Actions Filed in Delaware Bankruptcy Court

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this month, APP Winddown, LLC (formerly known as American Apparel, LLC) and its chapter 11 affiliates (the “Debtors”) filed approximately 201 complaints seeking the avoidance and recovery of allegedly preferential...more

Can An Entity Qualify as a Chapter 15 Debtor Without Ever Filing for Bankruptcy?

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Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code provides a framework through which representatives of foreign insolvency proceedings can commence ancillary U.S. proceedings and obtain relief from U.S. courts in aid of foreign...more

Court permits strategic transfer of Center of Main Interests (COMI) in Chapter 15 Case

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The bankruptcy court in In re Ocean Rig UDW Inc., 17-10736 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. Aug. 24, 2017) determined that a decision by an offshore drilling company from the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) to shift its Center of...more

Toys “R” Us Files for Chapter 11

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 18, 2017, the iconic US-based retailer Toys “R” Us filed for Chapter 11 in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in front of Judge Keith L. Phillips. The company filed twenty-five entities,...more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 2 - 2017: Focus on schemes of arrangement: recent key judicial decisions

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Schemes of arrangement remain a popular tool for companies to reach a compromise with their creditors and effect complex multi-jurisdictional restructurings. In this article, we highlight a number of recent judicial decisions...more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 2 - 2017: U.S. Court recognizes a Russian bankruptcy case

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The Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York recently addressed objections to the recognition of a Russian bankruptcy case as a foreign main case under Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and to the...more

Bankruptcy Court Grants MF Global Holdings’ Motion To Reconsider Decision To Compel Arbitration In Bermuda, But Reaches Same...

by Carlton Fields on

On September 6, 2017, the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York issued the latest order in the ongoing coverage battle between MF Global Holdings (“MF Global”) and Allied World Assurance Company regarding the...more

Bankruptcy Court Rules "Make-Whole" Provision Creates Enforceable Liquidated Damages

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The Situation: After a ruling in In re Ultra Petroleum Corp. by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, certain private-placement noteholders are entitled to a "make-whole" premium in excess of $200...more

Houston Bankruptcy Court Splits With Third Circuit on “Statutory Impairment”

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Ultra court clarifies the requirements for classifying a creditor as “unimpaired” under a plan of reorganization. Key Points: - Texas bankruptcy court splits from Third Circuit in finding that a creditor must receive...more

Whoomp! There It Is: A Copyright Judgment Creditor’s Final Recovery

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

24 years after Tag Team’s hit song “Whoomp! (There It Is)” topped the charts, a long and ugly dispute regarding ownership rights to the song and related copyright infringement damages has been settled in bankruptcy court. The...more

Not so Stern: Delaware Bankruptcy Court Finds Authority To Approve Non-Consensual Third Party Releases; Stern Not Applicable

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On remand from an appeal to the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Bankruptcy Judge Laurie Selber Silverstein penned a resounding and thoroughly reasoned sixty-nine page opinion holding that the...more

Failure To Comply With Plan Technicality Causes US Securities Law Violation

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Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 prohibits the sale of a security unless a registration statement is in effect. This prohibition on the sale of unregistered securities does not apply to exempt transactions. One such...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - September 2017

by Burr & Forman on

By now, most people that follow financial news are aware that the amount of troubled healthcare related companies are on the rise, which by its very nature, causes more distressed healthcare related debt in the market....more

Retail Insolvencies in Canada Series, #2: Supplier Perspectives

This is the second instalment in a series examining large retail insolvencies in Canada from the perspective of various stakeholders. The Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada) (CCAA) is the principal statute for the...more

France Welcomes Foreign and Alternative Capital Providers with Latest Reform of Finance Sector

Long a cornerstone of the French banking system, the "French banking monopoly" largely prevents non-bank entities from lending money to French borrowers. Although French funds have been used as vehicles by alternative capital...more

US Bankruptcy Filing Limitations - How Far Can You Go?

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In order to file for bankruptcy, a corporate entity must be legally authorized to do so. Whether the bankruptcy petition has been duly authorized is governed by state law and often depends on the entity’s governance...more

Double Whammy: In a Sweeping New Opinion, the Ninth Circuit Creates a New Mechanism for Completely Wiping Out Unexpired Leases in...

In In re Spanish Peaks Holdings II, LLC, Case No. 15-35572 (9th Cir. Sept. 12, 2017), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a bankruptcy trustee may use Section 363(f) of the Bankruptcy Code to sell real property free...more

Fees for Defending Fees – Recent Rulings Permit Contractual Circumvention of Supreme Court’s Baker Botts v. Asarco Decision

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Supreme Court two years ago ruled in Baker Botts v. Asarco that bankruptcy professionals entitled to compensation from a debtor’s bankruptcy estate had no statutory right to be compensated for time spent defending against...more

Bankruptcy Restrictions in Operating Agreement Held Unenforceable

In In Re Lexington Hospitality Group, LLC, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky thwarted a lender’s efforts to control whether its borrower could file bankruptcy. As a condition to the loan,...more

Appellate Court Holds That The New Mexico Unfair Practices Act Applies To A “Services” Contract For The Construction Of A Home,...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Fogelson v. Bozzone, 2017 N.M. App. LEXIS 58 (July 26, 2017) - In May of 2008, Wallen Development, LLC (“Wallen”) entered into a written agreement to construct and sell a new home to David and Corinne Fogelson...more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Ipso Facto Clause/Provision

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IPSO FACTO CLAUSE/PROVISION: A contract clause that terminates or modifies, or grants the non-debtor party the right to terminate or modify, the contract upon the debtor’s bankruptcy filing or the insolvency or financial...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses Course on Measure of Collateral Value in Cramdown Confirmation of Chapter 11 Plan

by Jones Day on

In First Southern Nat’l Bank v. Sunnyslope Hous. LP (In re Sunnyslope Hous. LP), 2017 BL 216965 (9th Cir. June 23, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held en banc that, in determining whether a chapter 11...more

Eroding the Majority Rule: Another Circuit Concludes That Lease Can Be Extinguished in Free-and-Clear Bankruptcy Sale

by Jones Day on

The ability of a trustee or chapter 11 debtor-in-possession ("DIP") to sell bankruptcy estate assets "free and clear" of competing interests in the property has long been recognized as one of the most important advantages of...more

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