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Mining and Exploration Company, Santa Fe Gold Corporation, Seeks Protection in Chapter 11

On August 26, 2015, Santa Fe Gold Corporation and three affiliates filed voluntary chapter 11 petitions in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The cases are docketed as case no. 15-11761, and...more

Title Insurance: When Does a Construction Lender “Create” or “Suffer” a Mechanics Lien?

BB Syndication Services, Inc. v. First American Title Ins. Co., 785 F.3d 825 (7th Cir. 2015) – A construction lender sued a title insurance company seeking defense and indemnification in connection with claims in a...more

Good News for Secured Creditors and Commercial Lessors in Chapter 13 Cases

A new administrative order was entered by Chief Judge Jennemann in the Middle District of Florida on August 10. The Middle District of Florida stretches from Jacksonville on the east coast, through Central Florida and down...more

The SemCrude Bankruptcy: Commodity Traders Prevail Against Related Fraud and U.C.C. Claims

In 2008, SemCrude, L.P. and related entities (collectively, SemCrude or the Debtors) filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. In connection with the SemCrude bankruptcy, a dispute...more

Southern District of New York Recognizes Bondholders’ Rights Under Section 316(b) of the Trust Indenture Act

In lieu of proceeding through a chapter 11 bankruptcy, borrowers and their creditors usually prefer to restructure their debt agreements outside of court. Although they avoid the costs and delays of bankruptcy, out-of-court...more

[Webinar] Dealing with Financially Troubled Customers Outside and Inside of Bankruptcy - Sept.16, 12:00pm CDT

This presentation is designed to provide business professionals involved in supplying goods and/or services on credit with the latest and most effective strategies for dealing with customers experiencing financial difficulty....more

Tenth Circuit Confirms That a Single Payment on New Purchase Contract May Satisfy Ordinary Course Defense Under 11 U.S.C. §...

In Jubber v. SMC Electrical Products, Inc. et al. (In re C.W. Mining Co.), Case No. 13-4175 (Aug. 10, 2015), the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed that a single payment made by a debtor within the 90-day preference...more

Fee Award Rendered In Defense Of Fee Application Is Overturned

In Baker Botts LLP v. ASARCO LLC, 2015 DJDAR 6509, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Section 330(a)(1) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code does not authorize an award of attorney fees for defending a fee application....more

Civil Code Reform: New Provisions on Contracts and Obligations

On 8 March 2015, the President signed Federal Law No. 42-FZ "On Amending Part 1 of the Russian Civil Code." The amendments aim at increasing the stability and predictability of contractual relations under Russian law at...more

Monitor Financial Distress in Your Supply Chain

While American manufacturing has experienced a resurgence in recent years, some manufacturers continue to face challenges. Witness for example the recent chapter 11 filings of Colt, Boomerang Tube, and Everyware Global....more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Absolute Waiver of Subrogation Rights Insulates Insider-Guarantor from Preference Exposure

In Stahl v. Simon (In re Adamson Apparel, Inc.), 785 F.3d 1285 (9th Cir. 2015), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit considered an unresolved issue of bankruptcy law: whether a corporate insider who...more

Does a title company owe a duty of care to third parties in the recording of legal instruments?

This is precisely the question that the Ninth Circuit recently certified to the Washington Supreme Court in Centurion Properties III, LLC v. Chicago Title Ins. Co. Facts of the Case - In this case, Centurion...more

Nonresidential Leases: What Does It Take To Avoid Deemed Rejection?

In re Simbaki, Ltd., 520 B.R. 241 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2014) – A chapter 11 debtor sought to assume a restaurant lease.  The landlord objected, arguing among other things that the lease was not timely assumed and so was...more

Claim Purchasing as a Strategy to Avoid a Cramdown

While there are many factors that can lead a business or individual to file a chapter 11 bankruptcy petition seeking to reorganize a business, often times, particularly in a single-asset real estate case, the primary impetus...more

Sands Anderson Report on Creditors Committee formation in Alpha Natural Resources Chapter 11

An Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors (“the Committee”) was appointed on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 in the Chapter 11 case of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (“ANR“). ANR’s bankruptcy case was filed on August 3, 2015 in...more

The Growing Scrutiny of Social Media by U.S. Courts and Agencies

The evolution of social media in business from “occasional accessory” to “integral component” has in turn forced the law itself to evolve in an attempt to address social media’s increasing relevance. Recent developments in...more

Hercules Offshore, Inc. and 14 Affiliates File a Prepackaged Chapter 11 Case

Today, August 13, 2015, Hercules Offshore, Inc. and 14 of its affiliates filed a prepackaged chapter 11 bankruptcy case in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Hercules and its affiates are,...more

Transferring Customer Data in an Asset Sale

Be careful what you’ve promised your customers…or what has been promised about data you buy! In today’s world, consumer data is a huge asset for companies across all industries, in particular those in...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Final Report on Technical Advice on Delegated Acts Required Under the CSDR - On August 5, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its final report (ESMA/2015/1219) setting out technical...more

Our customer has filed bankruptcy but demands that we continue to extend trade credit! Are we obligated to do so?

Trade creditors often face the issue of whether they are required to continue providing goods or services on credit to a customer that has filed chapter 11 bankruptcy. Unfortunately, the Bankruptcy Code fails to specifically...more

Transferring Customer Data in an Asset Sale

In today’s world, consumer data is a huge asset for companies across all industries, in particular those in technology-focused spaces like social media, apps, wearables, and retailers involved in e-commerce. The value of such...more

Spotlight on Brazil: Recuperação Judicial vs. Chapter 11

The bankruptcy proceedings of Brazilian oil companies OGX and OSX have all the makings of a financial soap opera: one high-profile billionaire filing for bankruptcy on behalf of two related enterprises with a combined...more

Chapter 11 Sales: Believe It Or Not, There Really Are Limits

In re P.D.M. Co., 523 B.R. 558 (Bankr. W.D. Mich. 2015) – Two affiliated chapter 11 debtors sought court approval of a sale of all of their assets out of the ordinary course of business free and clear of claims.  The...more

Electronics Recycler, ZLOOP, Inc., and Two Affiliates File Chapter 11 Cases

On August 9, 2015, ZLOOP, INC., and two affiliates, Zloop Knitting Mill LLC and Zloop Nevada, LLC filed voluntary chapter 11 petitions in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The cases have been...more

French Supreme Court rules out liability for undercapitalising companies

Minimum share capital requirements have disappeared from French legislation over the last few years, leaving the société anonyme as the last and only commercial company with such a requirement, set by the French Commercial...more

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