Fraudulent Transfers

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Termination of a Commercial Lease May be an “Avoidable Transfer” in Bankruptcy, holds Seventh Circuit

In March 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that a landlord may be liable to a debtor’s bankruptcy estate for the value of a lease the debtor terminated early, holding the termination may be an...more

New Amendments to Florida's Proceedings Supplementary Statute Offer Clarity and Guidance for Judgment Creditors

Chapter 56 of the Florida Statutes provides the framework for judgment creditors to collect amounts owed pursuant to money judgments. Within Chapter 56, Section 56.29 governs the process by which a judgment creditor may seek...more

Borrower Out of Business? Using the Internet to Identify Successor Liability

You open the paper to discover that a “new business”- NewCo has opened at the same location as a current borrower (OldCo). Upon further investigation, you drive by the former business location of OldCo and there is different...more

Second Circuit Limits Creditors’ Ability to Claw Back LBO Payments

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, In re Tribune Company Fraudulent Conveyance Litigation,1 represents a significant victory for shareholders who may get cashed out in connection with a...more

New Amendments to Florida’s Proceedings Supplementary Statute Provide Clarity and Guidance for Judgment Creditors

Chapter 56 of the Florida Statutes provides the framework for judgment creditors to collect on money judgments. Section 56.29 governs the process by which a judgment creditor may seek to recover property transferred to, or...more

Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring/Finance Advisory: Second Circuit Rejects Potential Loophole in the Securities Contract Safe...

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that the “safe harbor” protections for securities contracts in Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code prevented individual creditors’ state law constructive fraudulent transfer...more

Tranquil Waters Once Again in the Safe Harbor: Bankruptcy Safe Harbor Protects Shareholders From State Constructive Fraud Claims

Shareholders who received nearly $8 billion from the Tribune Company leveraged buyout (LBO) do not have to give back that money as a constructive fraudulent transfer. Although the possibility remains that the creditors can...more

Seventh Circuit Holds Pre-Bankruptcy Termination of Lease May Be Avoidable Transfer

Landlords dealing with troubled tenants often enter into termination agreements that dictate terms for the consensual terminations of unexpired leases. Among other benefits, such termination agreements provide certainty and...more

Lessons from the Bangladesh Central Bank Heist

By now, you’ve probably heard about the massive cyber attack that hit Bangladesh’s central bank last month, resulting in the loss of $81 million through fraudulent transfers to accounts in the Philippines. Although the size...more

Hazout v. Tsang Mun Ting, No. 353, 2015 (Del. Feb. 26, 2016) (Strine, C.J.)

In this decision, the Delaware Supreme Court rejected a long line of judicial decisions that had significantly limited the circumstances in which Delaware courts could exercise personal jurisdiction over nonresident directors...more

Second Circuit Holds that State Law Constructive Fraudulent Transfer Claims Brought By Individual Creditors are Preempted under...

On March 24, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (the “Court”) ruled that former shareholders of the debtor Tribune Media Company (“Tribune”), who were cashed out in a leveraged buyout (“LBO”), would be...more

Seventh Circuit Holds that Pre-Bankruptcy Lease Terminations May Be Avoidable

In a case of first impression, the Seventh Circuit recently issued an opinion that may cause landlords and their advisors to re-evaluate the consequences of terminating a financially distressed commercial tenant’s lease prior...more

Delaware Supreme Court Expands Personal Jurisdiction Over Directors and Officers

Contrary to notions held by Delaware practitioners for decades, the Delaware Supreme Court held in Hazout v. Tsang, No. 353, 2015 (Del. Feb. 26, 2016), that a non-resident officer of a Delaware corporation is subject to...more

Is the Safe Harbor of 11 U.S.C. § 546(e) Bigger Than You Thought?

The Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of Michigan recently issued an opinion and granted summary judgment for the defendants in Buchwald Capital Advisors vs. Papas, et. al., Adversary Proceeding No. 10-05712 (In re...more

Lenders Beware: Ignore Warning Signs at Your Peril

A recent ruling of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals resulted in an otherwise secured lender’s claim being rendered unsecured because the lender ignored warning signs casting doubt on the debtor’s right to pledge the...more

Blog: Lack of Knowledge is No Defense: Seventh Circuit Strips Bank’s Lien on More than $300 Million in Assets

The Seventh Circuit (which covers Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin) appears to have added a new and potentially conflicting standard in analyzing a third-party transferee’s “good faith” defense to a fraudulent transfer...more

In re Sentinel Management: The Seventh Circuit Considers Equitable Subordination

Equitable subordination in bankruptcy can be a powerful tool, providing a court with considerable latitude to set things right insofar as the estates of the penniless and the rights of their creditors are concerned. But...more

The Bitcoin Identity Crisis: Currency or Property?

The confusion over Bitcoin grows in the latest lawsuit brought in a California bankruptcy court by Trustee Mark Kasolas against Marc Lowe, a former employee of HashFast Technologies LLC. The trustee alleges, among other...more

Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (UVTA) Threatens Asset Protection Planning

The UVTA has been enacted in several states. The Act is a reworking of fraudulent conveyance law, which allows a creditor to avoid transfers made that attempt to put property beyond the reach of a creditor. A number of...more

Turning A Blind Eye Cost Lender Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars; Inquiry Notice Spoils Lender’s Good Faith Defense In Fraudulent...

Lending credence to the old adage “if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is,” the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a secured lender was on inquiry notice of possible fraud by its borrower in...more

Blog: Illinois Bankruptcy Court Articulates Low Threshold for Equitable Subordination of Insider Secured Loan

For a distressed company running low on capital, an investment from insiders may represent a last best hope for survival. Insiders may be willing to risk throwing good money after bad for a chance to save the company even...more

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York Holds That Avoidance Powers Can Be Applied...

On January 4, 2016, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Bankruptcy Court”) deviated from SDNY precedent and held that, despite the absence of clear Congressional intent, the...more

Eleventh Circuit Accepts Broad Definition of the Term "Value" in the Context of Constructive Fraudulent Transfers

In PSN Liquidating Trust v. Intelsat Corp. (In re PSN USA Inc.), 615 F. Appx. 925 (11th Cir. 2015), the Eleventh Circuit held that in the context of constructive fraudulent transfers, the term "value" may take the form of an...more

District Court Scrutinizes Inter-Account Transfers for Madoff Customers

The District Court for the Southern District of New York recently affirmed the Bankruptcy Court’s decision to approve the method used by trustee of the estate of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS) to value...more

Lenders are Required to Investigate Suspicious Loan Transactions

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a lender is obligated to conduct a diligent investigation when it becomes aware of suspicious facts relating to the legitimacy of a loan transaction. In Sentinel...more

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