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Sands Anderson Report on Toys 'R' Us First Day Hearing in Bankruptcy Filings

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Toys ‘R’ Us, Inc. and its affiliates have filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division. Sands Anderson’s attorneys attended today’s “First Day”...more

Supreme Court Declines to Resolve Circuit Split on Debt Recharacterization

On August 10, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court rescinded the grant of certiorari in PEM Entities LLC v. Levin on the grounds that review had been “improvidently granted.” The case seemingly provided a perfect vehicle to resolve...more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Order for Relief

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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

Courts, Cooperation, and More: Incorporating Case-Specific Provisions in Insolvency Protocols - September 2017

by Jones Day on

In cross-border restructuring cases, interested parties increasingly rely on court-approved insolvency protocols to aid in managing complex insolvencies involving debtors' assets, liabilities, or operations that span...more

CFPB issues reports on student loan repayment and repayment assistance programs

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has issued two new reports concerning student loans. The first report, “CFPB Data Point: Student Loan Repayment,” examines how the payment patterns of student loan borrowers have changed over the last 14 years. The...more

Lehman Ruling Sets Stage For Future Subordination Contests

In the case In re Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., 855 F.3d 459 (2d Cir. 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a district court order subordinating the claims of former Lehman Brothers employees for...more

Polsinelli/TrBK Distress Indices Show Healthcare Distress at Record High

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We're pleased to announce the release of the Polsinelli|TrBK Distress Indices for the Second Quarter of 2017. Polsinelli, with data provided exclusively by TexHost, LLC d/b/a TrollerBk.com, publishes the Indices on a...more

In Brief: Second Circuit Reaffirms Broad Scope of Bankruptcy Code’s Subordination of Shareholder Claims

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Section 510(b) of the Bankruptcy Code provides a mechanism designed to preserve the creditor/shareholder risk allocation paradigm by categorically subordinating most types of claims asserted against a debtor by equityholders...more

Two Recent Decisions Demonstrate Continued Disagreement Over Whether Economic Value or Face Amount of Liens Is Appropriate Metric...

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The ability of a trustee or chapter 11 debtor in possession ("DIP") to sell bankruptcy estate assets "free and clear" of liens on the property under section 363(f) of the Bankruptcy Code has long been recognized as one of the...more

Safe harbour reform in Australia: Update

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The Senate Economics Legislation Committee has strongly recommended that the Australian Parliament pass the reforms to Australia's safe harbour and ipso facto regime currently before the Senate. As the reforms have already...more

European Commission Consultation: Developing the Secondary Market for Non-Performing Loans

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The European Commission ("Commission") has released a consultation paper to evaluate the merits of introducing measures to support secondary markets for distressed debt and the development of a new, contractual-based loan...more

Kramer Levin-Debtwire Retail Event Tackles Distressed Asset Monetization Strategies

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel and Debtwire recently co-sponsored a retail restructuring discussion that brought together a formidable roster of retail restructuring experts to discuss opportunities and strategies for...more

ECJ: Clarification on Withdrawing State Aid from Companies Deemed "Undertaking in Difficulty"

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The notion of "undertaking in difficulty" is a key element in State aid law because undertakings in difficulty can receive State aid only under the restrictive conditions for so-called rescue and restructuring aid. Any other...more

Sears Canada Files for CCAA Protection: A Distressed Investor's Overview of US Bankruptcy and Canadian Insolvency Law

On June 22, Sears Canada Inc. ("Sears Canada") and certain affiliates1 (collectively, the "Sears Canada Group") sought and obtained insolvency protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) from the Ontario...more

Courts, Cooperation, and More: A Review of Cross-Border Insolvency Protocols

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In cross-border restructuring cases, including cases under chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and versions of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency enacted in 42 other nations or territories, interested...more

Review of amendments to the insolvency legislation

by White & Case LLP on

This review concerns a number of amendments to Federal Law “On insolvency”1 (the “Law”) introduced by federal laws No. 222-FZ2 and No. 488-FZ3, and the interpretation of the amendments in the Review of Court Practice on...more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 1 - 2017: United States: D&O Insurance Policies – a cautionary tale: the Peril of...

by Dechert LLP on

Directors and officers (D&Os) of troubled companies should be highly sensitive to D&O insurance policies with Prior Act Exclusion. While policies with such exclusion may be cheaper, a recent decision by the U.S. Court of...more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 1 - 2017 - Cross border restructuring landscape continues to evolve – EU and Singapore...

by Dechert LLP on

Legislative changes in Singapore and the EU introduce pre-insolvency processes facilitating non-consensual debt restructurings or cram downs comparable to those already available in London and New York. In particular, the EU...more

Debt Dialogue: June 2017 - The Cumulus Media Ruling and the Material Adverse Event Default

In February 2017, Judge Katherine Polk Faila of the Southern District of New York issued a bench ruling in Cumulus Media Holdings Inc. v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 24, 2017), in which she found that a proposed...more

Supreme Court to Decide Bankruptcy Test for Recharacterizing Insider Debt Claims

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On June 27, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal brought by Ropes & Gray of the Fourth Circuit’s decision in PEM Entities LLC v. Eric M. Levin & Howard Shareff. The Supreme Court’s decision in the case will...more

Comfort in consistency – Dexia Crediop S.P.A. v. Comune di Prato [2017] and international use of the ISDA Master Agreement

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The Court of Appeal has reversed a judgment of the Commercial Court which had worrying implications for banks concluding international transactions using standard form ISDA documentation (and, by implication, other standard...more

European distressed debt and private equity - defensive strategies coming to the fore?

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Where a corporate borrower defaults on its debt terms, distressed debt investors are often presented with opportunities to acquire the debt at a discount. The strategy of investing in distressed debt presents investors with a...more

Australian Insolvency Reforms - The Harbour Appears Safer Than it Was

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 1 June 2017, the Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No. 2) Bill 2017 (Bill) was introduced to the House of Representatives. The Bill introduces amendments to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Act) that are...more

House Passes Legislation Allowing Financial Institutions to Seek Chapter 11 Protection

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On April 5 and June 8, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed bills (the Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act of 2017 ("FIBA") and the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017) that would allow financial institutions to seek...more

“First Day” hearings for Gymboree Chapter 11 filing

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Sands Anderson’s bankruptcy lawyers attended today’s “First Day” hearings in the chapter 11 bankruptcy case of The Gymboree Corporation and its affiliates. Gymboree operates approximately 1,300 children’s apparel and retail...more

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