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Mainbrace: June 2016 (No. 3)

As the July 1, 2016, effective date for the SOLAS Regulation VI/2 amendments quickly approaches, unanswered questions and difficulties complying with varied international and domestic implementations loom large. In an effort...more

Delaware Court Voids LLC Agreement Provision Giving Creditor Veto Over Bankruptcy

A Delaware bankruptcy court has joined what appears to be a recent trend toward invalidating limited liability company operating agreement provisions that effectively afford lenders veto power over the LLC’s authority to file...more

Game Over, Man! Bankruptcies Trump Ongoing Obligations under Expired CBAs

On May 31, 2016, the Supreme Court denied the cert. petition of Unite Here Local 54, Atlantic City’s largest casino workers’ union, which challenged a Third Circuit decision affirming a Delaware Bankruptcy Court decision that...more

Secured Creditors Must Be Diligent to Protect Post-Petition Interest and Costs

U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan recently affirmed a ruling from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina in In re Construction Supervision, Inc. that a secured creditor that was oversecured...more

Energy Future Holdings Chapter 11 Case – The Largest Game Ever of Texas Hold’em?

The chapter 11 case of Energy Future Holdings (“EFH” or “Debtors”) roared back to life this month. Certain key conditions for the plan of reorganization approved last December (the “First Plan”) to become effective were not...more

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

Bankruptcy Court Chips Away at Bankruptcy Remoteness of Special Purpose Vehicles

A Chicago bankruptcy court declined to dismiss the Chapter 11 case of a “bankruptcy remote” limited liability company even though the debtor failed to obtain the unanimous consent of its members as required by its operating...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

Additional Delaware Chapter 11 Filings Related to Abeinsa Holding Inc. (Case No. 16-10790)

On April 6, 2016, eight additional affiliates of Abeinsa Holding Inc. filed chapter 11 petitions before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. These entities include Abener Teyma Hugoton General...more

March 2016 Bankruptcy & Restructuring Litigation Update

Background. The NBC is an invitation-only organization dedicated to improving the Bankruptcy Code and its administration. It consists of 60 conferees, themselves the nation’s leading bankruptcy judges, professors, and...more

Landlords Beware: Seventh Circuit Rules That Lease Terminations May Be Voidable In Bankruptcy

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently handed down a decision with significant implications for landlords contemplating lease termination agreements with distressed tenants. Ruling on a direct appeal in the chapter 11...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

New Delaware Chapter 11 Filing (Involuntary) – Georgia Proton Treatment Holdings, LLC

Zeitgeist Capital, LLC, Gryphon Resources, Inc., and Cobalt, LLC have commenced an involuntary case (Case No. 16-10569 (KG)) against Georgia Proton Treatment Holdings, LLC under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code by filing a...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

Is a “Sound Business Purpose” Always Enough?”

Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code trusts a debtor in possession to operate its business. In general, a debtor in possession “is free to use, sell[,] or lease property of the . . . estate in the operation of the debtor’s...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 – Cubic Energy, Inc. et al.

Cubic Energy, Inc. (OTC: CBNR) and 4 affiliates, which are engaged in oil and gas exploration in Texas and Louisiana, have filed chapter 11 petitions before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware...more

Co-debtors’ Obligations May be Treated Differently in Bankruptcy

Imagine the following common scenario: A lender makes a commercial loan and the note is signed by two borrower entities, each of whom provides separate real property collateral as security for the loan. The borrowers...more

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