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Below $30 - Disputes in a Low Oil Price World

The news that crude prices fell below $30 per barrel - the lowest in 10 years - was not greeted with shock but by predictions that they might continue to fall and would stay low for some time. Any attempt to predict the...more

New York Federal Bankruptcy Court Finds Insurance Insolvency Proceeding Does Not “Reverse – Preempt” Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction

In a recent adversary proceeding in the chapter 11 case involving Ames Department Stores, Inc. (“Ames”), Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company (“Lumbermen’s”) argued that under the McCarran-Ferguson Act, the issues in dispute...more

The ship that hadn't sailed

Supreme Court holds that insolvency insufficient to break the chain and prevent merger control authority from intervening - In December 2015, the Supreme Court confirmed that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)...more

Update: LASPO reforms to apply to insolvency proceedings from April 2016

As reported in Reed Smith’s March 2015 client alert, insolvency practitioners currently enjoy an exemption from the provisions of Part 2 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). These...more

Insurance Focus (Italy): Investments covering technical provisions

The draft regulations on investments and assets covering technical provisions (consultation document no. 26/2015) were published on the IVASS (Italian Insurance Supervisory Authority) website on 16 December 2015....more

"Berau May Expand US Restructuring Options for Foreign Issuers"

A recent decision in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York clarifies that restructuring options under Chapter 11 or Chapter 15 are available to foreign issuers of U.S. debt, even if those issuers...more

New Delaware Chapter 15 Filing – Eastern Continental Mining and Development Ltd.

Ninos Koumettou, the foreign representative of Eastern Continental Mining and Development Ltd. has filed a chapter 15 petition before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Case No. 16-10121-BLS)... ...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

New Year, New Fraudulent Transfer Law

It’s a new year, and we have a new law affecting debtors and creditors in California. Effective January 1, 2016, California’s Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (UVTA) has replaced California’s Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act...more

Coming Soon to a Jurisdiction Near You: Amendments to the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act

Fraudulent transfer law governs a debtor's rights to transfer property vis-à-vis its creditors and provides a mechanism under which a transaction may be unwound if the debtor transfers its property or incurs obligations: (i)...more

Legal Trends: Restructuring & Insolvency

Amid the protracted drop in oil prices and the decline of the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar, capitalizing on distressed opportunities in the oil and gas sector in a low-risk jurisdiction, such as Canada, has...more

COMI and get it: international approaches to cross-border insolvencies

In our increasingly global world, cross-border insolvencies have become relatively commonplace. Lehman Brothers and Nortel Networks are just two of the matters where parallel proceedings in multiple jurisdictions were...more

Restructuring eNewsletter - Global Insight Series: Pro-business reform of Polish Bankruptcy Law – January 2016

The new year will bring tremendous changes to the Polish insolvency regime as significant amendments to the Bankruptcy and Recovery Law (Journal of Laws 2015, No. 233, uniform text) come into force on 1 January 2016 (New...more

Overview of the Key Amendments into Legislation on Rehabilitation and Bankruptcy

On 13 November 2015, the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Introduction of Amendments and Supplements to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the Issues of Rehabilitation and Bankruptcy” (the “Law”)...more

A Couple Of Points About Receiverships

There's a lot to wonder about receiverships. Like, how is the Receiver's compensation calculated? And does it make a difference to compensation if a corporate shareholder says the receivership was unnecessary, and that it...more

Capital Gains – Not so Taxing for Receivers and Liquidators?

The High Court of Australia has settled an important issue causing Insolvency Practitioners some concern involving Capital Gains Tax (CGT) and when a trustee (which includes Receivers and Liquidators) must retain funds to pay...more

Can Competition Produce Less for Creditors?

Working with distressed businesses always presents a wide array of challenges. Solving a distressed company’s problems, or your problems with it, rarely is limited to a single legal discipline, set of laws or state or federal...more

The Impact of Health Insurance Co-Op Liquidations on Providers

A growing number of health insurance co-ops or “consumer operated and oriented plans” created under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) are shutting down on their own initiative or on orders of state regulators because of their...more

High Court Approves Amending Scheme for Orion and London and Overseas

On October 29, 2015, the High Court of Justice of England and Wales (“High Court”) issued an order (“Order”) approving an Amending Scheme of Arrangement (“Amending Scheme”) for two insolvent London Market insurers, OIC...more

UK Executives Acquitted of Charges in Respect of Alleged Redundancy Consultation Breaches

As reported in a previous Onpoint three former directors of the collapsed parcel delivery firm City Link have been prosecuted relating to their failure to notify the Secretary of State of the redundancies which resulted from...more

Collective redundancies – can directors of financially distressed companies breathe a sigh of relief?

In October we issued an article on the criminal charges that had been brought against the former directors of City Link Limited (in administration) for their failure to notify the Secretary of State of proposals for...more

Quadrant Structured Prods. Co. v. Vertin, C.A. No. 6990-VCL (Del. Ch. Oct. 20, 2015) (Laster, V.C.)

In this post-trial decision, the Court of Chancery held that a company’s repurchase of senior notes from an insider approximately six months after returning to solvency did not violate the express or implied terms of the...more

New Delaware Chapter 15 Filing – Essar Steel Algoma Inc. USA

The foreign representative of Essar Steel Algoma Inc. USA, Cannelton Iron Ore Company, Essar Steel Algoma (Alberta) ULC, Essar Steel Algoma Inc. and Essar Tech Algoma Inc. has filed chapter 15 petitions for those entities...more

Cross Border Financing Report 2015, UK

Section 1 – Bank licences - 1.1 What licences or approvals do lenders need to have if lending to a borrower in this jurisdiction if a) the lender is a bank or b) the lender is a not a bank? No licences or approvals...more

Cross Border Financing Report 2015, Hong Kong

Section 1 – Bank licences - 1.1 What licences or approvals do lenders need to have if lending to a borrower in this jurisdiction if a) the lender is a bank or b) the lender is not a bank? Under the Money Lenders...more

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