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Curing Default in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy May Require Debtors to Pay Default Interest to Secured Creditors.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently took up the issue of a Chapter 11 Debtor’s requirements to cure a loan default through its Chapter 11 plan. The result was a ruling that overturned previous law that entitled...more

Delaware Law Updates - 2016 Year in Review

Our Delaware Corporate and Alternative Entity Law attorneys closely followed the opinions coming from Delaware’s Supreme Court and Court of Chancery. Our 2016 Year in Review is a collection of brief summaries of selected...more

Second Circuit Reverses Marblegate Decision

Trust Indenture Act Section 316(b) Limited to Actual Amendments to An Indenture’s Core Terms - Seyfarth Synopsis: On January 17, 2017, in a 2-1 decision in Marblegate Asset Management, LLC v. Education Management Finance...more

Language Matters: Third Circuit Finds Make-Whole Provision Enforceable After Bankruptcy Filing

On November 17, 2016, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Delaware Trust Co. v. Energy Future Intermediate Holding Co. LLC, No. 16-1351 (3d Cir. Nov. 17, 2016) clarified the often-muddy interplay between...more

The Problem of Lender "Inquiry Notice" Status

If a lender is fully secured, can it just ignore suspicions of borrower misconduct? The danger is that a lender could lose its collateral under these circumstances and be treated as an unsecured creditor. This is exactly...more

Delaying a Bankruptcy for Shareholder Benefit May Benefit the Creditors After All

Equity holders and sponsors be wary - a new arrow may now be available in the quiver of potential causes of action that creditors and trustees can use to maximize their recovery in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. In a recent...more

Mission Accomplished … First Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Acknowledges Post-Rejection Rights of Licensee of Trademarks

The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (“BAP”) for the First Circuit recently upheld a licensee’s rights to use a debtor’s trademarks and logo after a rejection by the debtor of the underlying licensing and distribution agreement....more

Construction Group News: Your corporate real estate is held by a separate LLC, so it's protected, right? Maybe Not...

Your business real estate may not be safe from a separate, but related, company’s bankruptcy. In a shot across the bow to the Massachusetts construction community, a Massachusetts bankruptcy court has determined that in...more

Substantive Consolidation - Recent Decisions Examine a Bankruptcy Court’s Ability to Augment a Debtor’s Estate

Two recent opinions concerning the law of substantive consolidation should be of interest to business owners and commercial real estate market participants. The doctrine of substantive consolidation allows a bankruptcy court,...more

Simplified procedure for initiating bankruptcy by the legal successors of banks

In October 2016, the Chamber for Commercial Disputes at the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation considered the cassation appeal of Eurasian Trading Company LLC (hereinafter – the Trading Company) in Case ? ?57-16992/2015...more

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York Confirms Chapter 11 Plan Less Than Two Weeks After Commencing...

On January 10, 2017, in the case of In re: Roust Corporation, et. al., (1623786 ) (RDD), pending in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Bankruptcy Court”), Judge Robert D. Drain entered an...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Debtor Must Pay Default Interest Rate in Order to Cure Under Bankruptcy Plan

In a win for secured creditors, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a debtor who sought to cure a pre-petition default of its loan through its Chapter 11 plan must pay the default rate of interest set forth...more

Recent Cases Restrict Issuers' Ability to Avoid Paying Premiums

Indentures governing high yield and investment grade notes typically provide for a make-whole or other premium to be paid if the issuer redeems the underlying notes prior to maturity. The premiums are intended to compensate...more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Zone of Insolvency

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

Rejecting Trademark Licenses in Bankruptcy: In re Tempnology

The decision provides some additional, though limited protection for licensees of trademarks in bankruptcy proceedings. Introduction - In In re Tempnology LLC,1 the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (the BAP) for the...more

Eastern District of Louisiana Dismisses Officer Compensation Fraudulent Transfer Claims in Tow v. Bulmahn

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana dismissed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee’s claims against officers and inside directors of ATP Oil & Gas Corporation in Tow v. Bulmahn on Wednesday. In Tow v....more

Overcoming the obstacles and realizing the benefits of a chapter 11 healthcare restructuring

Many healthcare businesses, both for-profit and not-for-profit, have faced financial distress. Among the factors that may contribute are lower reimbursement rates, changes in the delivery of services, regulatory shifts, and...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Former NJ Senator and Governor Jon Corzine has reached a $5 million settlement with regulators over the collapse of his MF Global firm, which filed bankruptcy in 2011 and lost more than $1 billion in customer investments....more

Bankruptcy Cases To Watch In 2017

John Melissinos was quoted in a Law360 article that ran January 2, 2017, discussing the top bankruptcy cases to watch in 2017 and the issues expected to dominate discussions over the next year including Chapter 11 exit...more

Looming Takata Bankruptcy Presents Risk and Uncertainty to Trade Creditors

In the latest sign of the Takata Corporation airbag fall-out, on December 26, 2016 BMW announced that it will recall nearly 200,000 of its cars in China with Takata airbags. Takata and its 19 OEM customers face potential...more

US Lenders - Missing Parenthesis Could Cost You a Bundle

As the case of NNN Realty shows, years of litigation and legal costs could be avoided with proper use of punctuation marks. A lender made a secured real estate loan to several entities who owned the real estate as tenants in...more

In Real Life the Bad Guy Sometimes Gets Away: Adding Judgment Debtors to a Judgment

As most litigators will tell you a plaintiff in a civil lawsuit needs to be able to prove both liability and damages to win a case. That is, you need to show both that the defendant is liable under the law and that you have...more

Plan Proponents Beware of “Death Trap” Traps in Chapter 11 Plans and Disclosure Statements

On November 22, 2016, a federal court in Texas ruled that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) unlawfully issued its Final Rule raising the minimum annual salary threshold for most “white collar” overtime exemptions under the...more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Cram Up

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

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2016: European Commission Proposes to Harmonise Insolvency Laws across Member...

The European Commission (EC) announced proposals on 22 November 2016, which are intended to harmonise national insolvency laws across the EU through a proposed directive “on preventative restructuring frameworks, second...more

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