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New Delaware Chapter 11 Filings – Vertellus Specialties, Inc. et al.

Vertellus Specialties, Inc., a global manufacturer of fine and specialty chemicals, and ten affiliates have filed chapter 11 petitions before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Lead Case No....more

Illinois Bankruptcy Court Nullifies Lender's Right To Block Debtor's Bankruptcy Filing

Often, as part of a forbearance agreement, a lender will obtain a provision requiring its consent to any subsequently filed bankruptcy; the theory being that if the business debtor subsequently defaults under its restructured...more

Ninth Circuit Rulings on Equitable Mootness in Transwest and Sunnyslope Impact Third Party Investors

The doctrine of equitable mootness provides that Chapter 11 reorganization plans will be deemed moot, and therefore not subject to appellate review, if a plan has been substantially consummated and granting appellate relief...more

Dot Your “I”s and Cross your “T”s: When It Comes to Perfecting Your Security Interest

It always starts so easy. Borrower comes in and wants to borrow money. Lenders want some form of collateral to secure (potentially) a loan and the Borrower happily agrees to provide, or pledge, collateral to secure a loan. ...more

Five Things to Consider When Approached by a Bankruptcy Claims Trader

When a business files for bankruptcy, it can be a confusing and frustrating time for the debtor’s creditors. If an investment firm reaches out with an offer to purchase a creditor’s claim against the debtor, it may appear to...more

The Absolute Priority Rule: Zachary v. California Bank & Trust

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has now joined the Courts of Appeals from the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Tenth Circuits, and the Eighth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP) in holding that the absolute priority rule...more

Proposing a Chapter 11 Reorganization Plan in Good Faith

Good faith is generally understood to mean honesty or sincerity of intention. But in the law, things are often not as straightforward as that. It has been called an intangible and abstract quality and said to include such...more

Ninth Circuit Issues Controversial Opinion Limiting Insider Status for Purposes of Voting on a Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization

On February 8, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (the “Ninth Circuit”) created an opening for debtors seeking to circumvent the Bankruptcy Code’s requirement that a plan of reorganization be...more

Good News for Creditors in Individual Bankruptcy Cases

For the past several years, creditors in the Ninth Circuit were confounded by an interpretation of the bankruptcy code that permitted individual chapter 11 debtors to retain a significant portion of their assets without...more

"Recent Rulings Underscore Importance of Careful Drafting of Make-Whole Payment Provisions"

Under long-established common law, loans must be paid only upon maturity, not before. This "perfect tender in time" rule is the default rule in a number of jurisdictions. Many indentures and credit agreements therefore either...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2016 Edition: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

Two recent court decisions may result in a broadening of the range of options available to an equity sponsor in respect of an insolvent portfolio company. The first decision may provide increased flexibility in structuring...more

New Delaware Chapter 11 Filing – Affiliates of Variant Holding Company, LLC

Thirty-four affiliates of Variant Holding Company, LLC (“Variant”) have filed chapter 11 petitions before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The debtors will seek to have their cases jointly...more

New Delaware Chapter 11 Filing – Millennium Lab Holdings II, LLC

Millennium Lab Holdings II, LLC and two of its affiliates, Millennium Health, LLC, and RxAnte, LLC, have commenced cases (Lead Case No. 15-12284) under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code by filing petitions with the United...more

New Delaware Chapter 11 Filing – Fresh & Easy, LLC

Fresh & Easy, LLC has filed a chapter 11 petition in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Case # Case No: 15-12220-CSS). The Petition and list of top 30 creditors and the docket are available...more

Third Circuit Affirms Bad Faith Involuntary Bankruptcy Dismissal, Increasing Risk of Punitive Damages

Last week’s decision by the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in In re: Forever Green Athletic Fields, Inc., No. 14-3906 (3d Cir. Oct. 16, 2015) held that an involuntary bankruptcy petition filed under 11 U.S.C. §...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Fall 2015 Edition: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

When a portfolio company underperforms, a sponsor may consider various options to address the perceived performance issues, including changes to a portfolio company’s management team, cost structure, capital structure or...more

Equitable Liens: No Mortgage Does Not Necessarily Mean No Lien

Marcum v. Marcum (In re Marcum), 508 B.R. 499 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2014) – A creditor made two prepetition loans to a chapter 13 debtor for payment of delinquent real estate taxes. The loans were supposed to be secured by...more

Secured Creditors in Section 363 Sales Be Aware -Your Proceeds May Be Used to Satisfy the Debtor’s Unpaid State Tax Liabilities

It is a basic feature of sales under section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, that the purchaser takes free and clear of all claims and interests, such claims and interests attach to the proceeds of the sale in accordance...more

New Administrative Orders Amend Procedures for Creditors in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases Pending in the Middle District of Florida

Prior to September 1, 2015, procedures in consumer chapter 13 bankruptcy cases varied greatly across the divisions of the Middle District of Florida, creating vastly different workflows for creditors and attorneys with cases...more

Energy Future Holdings – Another Major Success for Chapter 11 Mediation?

Mediation has become an invaluable tool in large chapter 11 cases. Traditionally viewed as a means for resolving discrete disputes between a debtor’s estate and an adversary party, in recent years mediation in certain complex...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

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

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Allows Debtor to Sidestep “Make-Whole” Payment

Bankruptcy Judge Christopher S. Sontchi recently ruled in the Energy Future Holdings case that the debtor will not be required to pay the $431 million “make whole” demanded by bondholders upon the debtor’s early payment of...more

“Never Say Never”: Lessons From RadioShack’s Sale of Customer Information

When a bankrupt company’s most valuable assets include consumer information, a tension arises between bankruptcy policy aimed at maximizing asset value, on the one hand, and privacy laws designed to protect consumers’...more

Energy Future Holdings – More Bad News for Bondholders on Make-Whole Premiums

Make-whole premiums are often used in connection with the issuance of debt in order to protect noteholders with long term investment horizons from being repaid early. At the time of the bankruptcy filing of EFH in April 2014,...more

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