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Escaping Taxes in Bankruptcy Through S Corporations

Shareholders of financially troubled S corporations may now be able to avoid the flow-through of taxes when the S corporation or its subsidiary files bankruptcy. ...more

Blog: Delaware Bankruptcy Court Adopts “Subsequent Advance” Approach to Preference New Value Defense

In Miller v. JNJ Logistics LLC (In re Proliance Int’l, Inc.), the question was “whether an (alleged) preferential transfer may be reduced by subsequent new value regardless of whether it was ‘paid’ or ‘unpaid’ prior to the...more

Insurance Recovery Law - September 2014 #2

D&Os Entitled to Unfettered Access to Bankrupt Company’s Policy Proceeds to Fund Defense Costs: Why it matters - In an important victory for directors and officers of a bankrupt company, a New York court...more

Spanish Insolvency Law Reform Extends to Composition Agreements

A second round of material reforms should encourage the viability of distressed companies in Spain. Royal Decree Law 11/2014 (the New Reform) is another clear effort to decrease the number of insolvent companies which...more

Bankruptcy Court Finds Tenant Cannot Assume Commercial Lease After Waiving Rights to Seek Relief From Forfeiture Under California...

The US Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California (the "Court") recently upheld the validity of a commercial lease provision by which a debtor/tenant waived its rights to seek relief from forfeiture (i.e.,...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC19151, SC19158 - Weiss v. Smulders - Plaintiff sued the defendant claiming it violated an oral agreement to form a new company by merging their existing companies as a joint venture to sell food products. After a...more

“Officer” Titles – Do They Confer Insider Status?

Insider status in U.S. bankruptcy carries with it significant burdens. Insiders face a one year preference exposure rather than the 90 day period applicable to non-insiders; insiders are by definition disinterested persons...more

'Loan-to-Own' Strategy May Lead to Limitation on Credit-Bidding

On April 14, in In re Free Lance-Star Publishing, 512 B.R. 798 (Bankr. E.D. Va. 2014), the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia considered the objection of Chapter 11 debtors to a secured creditor's...more

Court Rules on Applicability of Make-Whole Premiums Upon Debt Acceleration

In the context of make-whole premiums, court decisions suggest that the applicability of the premium upon a refinancing in bankruptcy will be governed by the wording of the debt documents, and that if an automatic...more

UK Court Decision Demonstrates Importance of Compliance With ISDA Market Quotation Procedures

The High Court of England and Wales (Commercial Court) recently decided in favor of Lehman Brothers Finance S.A. (in liquidation) (LBF) against Sal. Oppenheim Jr. & Cie. KGAA (Oppenheim). The matter involved a dispute over...more

Another Court Rules That Availability of Make-Whole Premiums in Bankruptcy Depends on Governing Documents

In a recent bench decision in In re MPM Silicones, LLC et al., Case No. 14-22503-RDD (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. August 26, 2014), the Bankruptcy Court considered bondholders’ right to recover make-whole premiums (premiums paid for...more

French High Court Rules on Parent Companies’ Liability to Subsidiaries’ Employees

The court provides guidance on liability if a subsidiary goes bankrupt because of the misconduct and careless management of its parent company....more

Credit Bid: Loan-to-Own Strikes Out

In re The Free Lance-Star Publ’g Co. of Fredericksburg, VA, 512 B.R. 798 (Bankr. E.D. Va. 2014) – After the debtors obtained court approval of bidding procedures to auction substantially all of their assets, a secured...more

The Fifth Circuit Narrowly Construes "Good Faith" In The Context Of Lending To A Debtor

Debtor-in-possession financing ("DIP financing") is a critical issue that comes up at the beginning of most large to mid-sized bankruptcy cases. Companies filing bankruptcy are typically doomed to a rapid liquidation if they...more

Bankruptcy sales for distressed hospitals: 4 questions to ask before you begin

Over the last several years, a wide range of healthcare companies, among them hospitals, home health agencies and continuing care facilities, have faced financial distress as a result of declining revenues, high operating...more

Recent Developments in Insolvency Law

Italian legislative amendments promote rescue over liquidation for companies facing insolvency, in line with this year’s European Commission recommendation. Italian lawmakers have passed two decrees which will provide...more

Bankruptcy and Intellectual Property: Trademark Licenses, Chapter 15, and Pending Legislation

Introduction - Recent cases have addressed the interplay between intellectual property and bankruptcy, including trademark licenses and Section 365(n)’s application in Chapter 15 cases. Proposed legislation could...more

Mind the Statutory Gap (aka A Jurisdictional Mess)

As we all know, on June 9 of this year, the Supreme Court issued its long awaited decision in Executive Benefits Ins. Agency vs. Arkison, 134 S. Ct. 2165, 189 L. Ed. 2d 83 (2014), which we had hoped would resolve the open...more

Eleventh Circuit Concludes That Filing a Proof of Claim After the Expiration of Statute of Limitations On the Ability to Collect a...

Recently, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (the “Court”) ruled whether filing a proof of claim in a chapter 13 bankruptcy case after the statute of limitations on the ability to collect the debt expires violates the...more

Momentive Senior Noteholders Lose Fight for Make-Whole Premium

In connection with a contentious restructuring, Judge Drain of the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, ruled recently that certain lenders to Momentive Performance Materials Inc. (Case No. 14-22503) had no...more

Catching Judge Sontchi’s “Flurry of Opinions” PARTS 2-3 OF 3

In This Issue: - In re: Energy Future Holdings Corp., et al, 14-10979 (CSS) (CSC Trust Company of Delaware, as Indenture Trustee, v. Energy Future Intermediate Holdings Company LLC and EFIH Finance, Inc., Adv. Pro No:...more

Limits of Expansive Protection of New York’s In Pari Delicto Defense

Whenever a company tumbles into bankruptcy following the discovery of its management’s financial misdeeds, firms that provided the company with accounting, legal, banking and financial advisory services should prepare to...more

New Decision on Enforceability of Make Whole Provisions

Another bankruptcy court — this time in New York — has weighed in on the issue of whether “make whole” provisions are enforceable in bankruptcy. See In re MPM Silicones, LLC, et al. (a/k/a Momentive Performance...more

Sixth Circuit rules cows can be leased

Can you really lease a cow? - According to the Sixth Circuit, the answer is “yes.” Dairy cattle leasing is an increasingly popular method for producers to add to their herds while conserving capital for other purposes....more

Is there a Serious Threat to a Secured Creditor's Right to Credit Bid at Bankruptcy Sales, or Is the Impact of Recent Cases...

The right to credit bid is one of the most important protections afforded a secured creditor. Recognized under both state and bankruptcy law, the right to credit bid safeguards against undervaluation at an asset sale, whether...more

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