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Rejecting Market-Based Cramdown Interest Rates, and Making Words Count for Make-Whole Payments

Since the recent period of low interest rates, many borrowers have attempted to use bankruptcy to refinance their high-interest debt. These attempts sometimes run counter to provisions in the underlying loan documents that...more

Catching Judge Sontchi’s “Flurry of Opinions” PARTS 2-3 OF 3

In This Issue: - In re: Energy Future Holdings Corp., et al, 14-10979 (CSS) (CSC Trust Company of Delaware, as Indenture Trustee, v. Energy Future Intermediate Holdings Company LLC and EFIH Finance, Inc., Adv. Pro No:...more

High Yield Debt

It is no surprise to anyone involved in the restructuring community that bankruptcy filings continue to decline. As reported by the American Bankruptcy Institute, corporate chapter 11 filings have decreased 34 percent since...more

Lender Beware: Ensure Plan Releases are Limited to Debtor’s Obligations

A creditor who settles with a debtor during a bankruptcy case must be sure to continue following the case during the plan stage, or risk the plan affecting the creditor’s rights against third parties. Iberiabank learned that...more

North Carolina Court Quashes Chapter 11 Debtor's Blatant Gerrymandering To Achieve Plan Confirmation

In a recent decision welcomed by creditors, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina reversed a bankruptcy court order confirming a Chapter 11 debtor’s plan because the debtor engaged in...more

Germany’s Insolvency Reform Enables Loan-To-Own Strategies

Frank Grell is a partner at Latham & Watkins who chairs the firm’s German Restructuring and Insolvency Practice. Grell reflects on some of the major changes brought about by Germany’s 2012 Insolvency Act (Insolvenzordnung),...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Debt Can Be Recharacterized as Equity

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently resolved a split within the circuit when it held that a bankruptcy court has the power to recharacterize debt as equity. In In re Fitness Holdings International, Inc.,...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Kodak Plan Bumps the Debt, Craters Stock  [Video]

May 2 (Bloomberg Law) -- Eastman Kodak Co. filed a Chapter 11 plan that cratered the stock and bumped up the unsecured notes, although the plan may be revised to pay off second-lien debt fully in cash, as Bloomberg Law's Lee...more

Consultant: More Big Law Firms Will "Implode"  [Video]

Feb. 27 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bruce MacEwen, a law firm consultant and blogger at AdamSmithEsq.com, tells Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia that "we will see some more name brand [law] firms implode" in 2013. The defunct New York law...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: MF Global Creditors Undeterred by Low Value  [Video]

Jan. 16 (Bloomberg) -- The low valuation creditors of MF Global Holding Ltd. put on their liquidating Chapter 11 plan isn't deterring the bond market where debt is being sold for roughly twice the predicted recovery for...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Will 2013 Be Kind To The Bankruptcy Bar? [Video]

Jan. 2 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bankruptcy lawyers and turnaround managers can expect another lousy year in 2013, for reasons Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News bankruptcy columnist Bill Rochelle explain on their new...more

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