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Three Point Shot - June 2016

Showtime and Top Rank Slug It out over "Fight of the Century" - Who said boxing was dead? Fight fans still bitter over the May 2015 Floyd Mayweather–Manny Pacquiao bout that was far more mega-bore than mega-brawl...more

Delaware Organizational Meeting – Maxus Energy Corporation, et al.

Upcoming Committee Formation Meeting: Tuesday June 27, 2016, 10:00 AM - Case Name: Maxus Energy Corporation, et al. Case Number: 16-11501 (CSS)...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court: provision granting creditor veto over debtor’s decision to file bankruptcy violates federal public...

In a case of first impression, DLA Piper argued before the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware that a consent provision in a Delaware LLC operating agreement effectively granting a creditor a veto right over a...more

Supreme Court Holds That “Actual Fraud” Under Section 523(a)(2)(A) of the Bankruptcy Code May Include Fraudulent Transfers That...

On May 16, 2016, the United States Supreme Court in Husky International Electronics v. Ritz held that the phrase “actual fraud” under section 523(a)(2)(A) of the Bankruptcy Code may include fraudulent transfer schemes that...more

Bankruptcy Preferences and the Ordinary Course Defense: Recent Decision Rescues Supplier

Suppliers and vendors sometimes find themselves unpleasantly surprised by the bankruptcy of a customer, leaving a trail of unpaid invoices and little hope of recovery. To make matters worse, after licking their wounds and...more

Sabine – A New York Bankruptcy Judge’s Interpretation of Texas Property Law Encourages Compromise and Leaves an Industry in Limbo

On March 9, 2016, Bankruptcy Judge Shelley Chapman of the Southern District of New York issued her decision on the Debtor’s motion to reject certain contracts in Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation’s Chapter 11 case. The decision,...more

Contractual Close-Out Netting Ineffective in the Event of Insolvency

In a decision of 9 June 2016, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, "BGH") has ruled that the determination of the close-out amount in a netting provision based on the German Master Agreement for Financial...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Invalidates on Public Policy Grounds a “Golden Share” Provision in LLC Agreement Designed to Limit LLC’s...

In a June 3, 2016 decision, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (“the Bankruptcy Court”) invalidated, on federal public policy grounds, a provision in the debtor-LLC’s operating agreement that it...more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms

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

New Delaware Chapter 11 Filings – Maxus Energy Corporation et al.

Maxus Energy Corporation and four affiliates have filed chapter 11 petitions before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Lead Case No. 16-11501)....more

Bankruptcy Beat: Seventh Circuit Broadens Ordinary Course of Business Defense to Protect Payments from Preference Recovery

In Unsecured Creditors Committee of Sparrer Sausage Company, Inc. (In Jason’s Food, Inc.), 2016 WL 3213096 (7th Cir. June 10, 2016), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a Bankruptcy Court’s narrow application of the...more

Law on financial restructuring was adopted in Ukraine

On 14 June 2016 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law “On Financial Restructuring” (the Law), which aims to solve many conflicts and assist in debt restructurings in Ukraine. The Law provides a new procedure for...more

Law on financial restructuring was adopted in Ukraine (Ukrainian)

On 14 June 2016 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law “On Financial Restructuring” (the Law), which aims to solve many conflicts and assist in debt restructurings in Ukraine. The Law provides a new procedure for...more

Delaware Organizational Meeting – Draw Another Circle, LLC, et al.

Upcoming Committee Formation Meeting: Tuesday June 21, 2016, 10:00 AM - Case Name: Draw Another Circle, LLC, et al. Case Number: 16-11452 (KJC)...more

The Model Form JOA in Hard Times (and Farewell, Rally Possum)

Good morning class. Welcome to an advanced course on what can go wrong with the Model Form just when you need it. FIRST CASE - Do you know where to file your UCC financing statement?...more

Delaware Organizational Meeting – Hercules Offshore, Inc.

Upcoming Committee Formation Meeting: June 9, 2016, 10:00 AM - Case Name: Hercules Offshore, Inc. Case Number: 16-11385 (KJC)...more

To Assume or Reject: Unexpired Real Property Leases in Bankruptcy

When a debtor files for bankruptcy, certain contracts that are executory such as unexpired real property leases may be assumed or rejected as part of the bankruptcy process. This ability to assume or reject has significant...more

Distressed Download

Lessons from Sabine - In March, Bankruptcy Judge Shelley Chapman held that Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. satisfied the standards for rejection of several gathering and handling agreements between Sabine and its midstream...more

InterConnect - Summer 2016

On April 6, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published its Final Rule on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (the Final Rule). These long-awaited regulations were mandated by the Food Safety...more

New Chapter 11 Case – Abengoa Bioenergy Meramec Holding, Inc. (Affiliate of Abeinsa Holding Inc.)

Abengoa Bioenergy Meramec Holding, Inc., an affiliate of Abeinsa Holding Inc. and other debtors, has commenced a case (Case No. 16-11450) under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code by filing a petition with the U.S. Bankruptcy...more

New Delaware Chapter 11 Filings – Draw Another Circle, LLC et al.

Draw Another Circle, LLC and four affiliates have filed chapter 11 petitions before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Lead Case No. 16-11452). The cases have been assigned to the Honorable...more

Intervention Energy: The Case Where the Golden Share Lost its Shine

In connection with out-of-court restructurings, workouts and forbearance agreements, creditors often seek to include provisions that purport to limit the ability of a debtor to file for bankruptcy relief. However, bankruptcy...more

New Delaware Chapter 11 Filing – Metinvest B.V.

The foreign representative of Metinvest B.V., the parent company of a vertically integrated group of steel and mining companies headquartered in Ukraine, has commenced a case (Case No. 16-11424) under Chapter 15 of the...more

Delaware Court Voids LLC Agreement Provision Giving Creditor Veto Over Bankruptcy

A Delaware bankruptcy court has joined what appears to be a recent trend toward invalidating limited liability company operating agreement provisions that effectively afford lenders veto power over the LLC’s authority to file...more

Litigation Funder Communications Protected by the Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine

Addressing a novel issue in In re: International Oil Trading Company, LLC, 548 B.R. 825 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. 2016), the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida recently denied in part an involuntary...more

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