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Important changes to French Insolvency Legislation

Article 2 of Law no. 2014-1 of 2 January 2014 enabled the French government to simplify and secure the legislation relating to companies in difficulty. Following consultation with practitioners, the French government...more

Equitable Mootness: Two Recent Third Circuit Decisions

Equitable mootness is a judge-made remedy that is misnamed. Judges apply it to seek an equitable result, but mootness in the constitutional sense is absent. Article III, section 2 of the U.S. Constitution bars federal...more

What Must a Secured Creditor Do to Get Its Due?

Last month, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a secured creditor’s claim survives bankruptcy where the secured creditor received notice of the case and was found to have not actively participated in it. Acceptance...more

Two Recent Circuit Court Decisions on Cram Down

Two recent decisions by United States Circuit Courts of Appeal separately address the rights of secured creditors, unsecured creditors and equity holders under cram down plans of reorganization. In Wells Fargo Bank National...more

Burr Alert: The Basics Of Cramdown Interest Rates In Chapter 11

A debtor in a chapter 11 bankruptcy may treat a secured claim in one of two ways in its plan of reorganization: (1) the debtor may propose to cure any existing default, compensate the creditor for any loss sustained by the...more

Seventh Circuit Holds That Debtor Cannot Circumvent Bankruptcy's Absolute-Priority Rule

Unless creditors accept a debtor's plan of reorganization, bankruptcy law requires the plan to provide for the payment in full of creditors before owners of the debtor receive anything on account of their equity interest....more

To Release Or Not to Release – If That Is the Question, What Is the Answer?

In a recent decision by the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, the court adopted a flexible approach to consensual third party releases in a plan of reorganization. In In re Indianapolis Downs, LLC, 2013 Bankr....more

The Seventh Circuit Expands Scope of Absolute Priority Rule to Protect Creditors

In a recent decision, In re Castleton Plaza, LP, 2013 WL 537269 *1 (Feb. 14, 2013), the Seventh Circuit held that the absolute priority rule – which requires that creditors be paid in full before equity holders receive...more

Village At Camp Bowie: The Fifth Circuit Weighs In On Artificial Impairment

A key tenet of reorganization under Chapter 11 is that if the debtor’s plan impairs creditors, at least some of those creditors must agree to the plan. More specifically, “if a class of claims is impaired under the plan, at...more

In Confirming Indianapolis Downs Chapter 11 Plan, Delaware Bankruptcy Court Provides Guidance On Permissibility Of Binding Plan...

On January 31, 2013, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the court) upheld a post-petition “lock-up” agreement in approving confirmation of the proposed plan in In re Indianapolis Downs, LLC, 2013...more

Seventh Circuit Reaffirms Absolute-Priority Rule in In re Castleton Plaza, LP

Can an equity investor who directs an insider to contribute "new value" to a debtor under a plan of reorganization, so as to retain his interest in the company, avoid an express market test for that new equity? The answer to...more

Rogers Towers: Insiders as Equity Investors: Competition Protects Lenders from Absolute Priority Rule Circumvention

Under the absolute-priority rule, unpaid creditors normally receive the equity in a reorganized business. If a plan of reorganization proposes a “new value” investment in exchange for equity, however, the rule does not...more

"New Value" Plans Require Competitive Bidding, Says 7th Circuit

In a decision issued yesterday, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals held that insiders can't be given a special opportunity to invest in a bankrupt debtor under the guise of contributing "new value" unless the debtor makes the...more

Restrictions on the Sale or Transfer of Assets of Not-for-Profit Debtors

Originally published in the New Jersey Law Journal - Vol. 211 - No 5 Monday, February 4, 2013. In 2012, a number of not-for-profit entities, including religious institutions, filed for bankruptcy relief in New Jersey....more

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