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The Luxembourg Rail Protocol to the Cape Town Convention

The Luxembourg Rail Protocol to the Cape Town Convention: its application to the UK and how it differs to the Aircraft Protocol - The UK signed the Luxembourg Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in...more

Concerned about a going concern? New standards on accounting standards

Following on from our recent blog post on Ralls Builders Limited (in liquidation) [2016] EWHC 243 (Ch), in which Mr Justice Snowdon discussed the issues around wrongful trading under section 214 of the Insolvency Act 1986 and...more

Technological and Information Concerns Highlight NAIC Spring 2016 National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Spring 2016 National Meeting, which was held from April 3 – 6 in New Orleans, offered insight into numerous issues being considered by state commissioners nationwide....more

Oil price turbulence benefits the opportunistic

The prolonged turbulence in oil prices has brought cost reduction programmes, the shelving of projects, and insolvencies in the oil field services (OFS) and exploration and production (E&P) sectors — and has presented a once...more

Saudi Arabia's proposed new insolvency law and commercial pledge law

The pace and scale of current regulatory change in Saudi Arabia is remarkable. 2015 alone saw the long awaited Qualified Foreign Investors regulations open the Tadawul (Saudi stock market) to non GCC investors and the even...more

European Commission Seeks Views on Harmonizing EU Insolvency Regimes Under its Capital Markets Union Action Plan

The European Commission launched a consultation seeking views on key insolvency principles and standards which could ensure that national insolvency frameworks work in a cross-border context. The consultation is part of the...more

CIGA Avoids C&R Lien Obligation At Expense of Co-Defendant

On March 22, 2016, the Second District Court of Appeal, Division One, published its opinion in California Insurance Guarantee Assn. v. Workers’ Comp. Appeals Bd., No. B263869, Cal.App.4th, in which it determined that the WCAB...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Rules TCEH First Lien Distributions Are Governed by the Bankruptcy Code, Not by Intercreditor Agreement...

On March 11, 2016, Judge Christopher Sontchi of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware issued an opinion in the Energy Future Holdings bankruptcy that resolved an intercreditor dispute over $90 million in...more

New Delaware Chapter 15 Filing – Abengoa, S.A.

Christopher Morris, the foreign representative of Abengoa, S.A. (Nasdaq: ABGB), a debtor in a foreign proceeding pending in Spain, and 24 affiliates have filed a chapter 15 petitions before the United States Bankruptcy Court...more

You Can Lead a Horse to Water, But You Can’t Call it an Airplane: Supreme Court Oral Arguments Suggest Puerto Rico’s Recovery Act...

A few thoughts on Tuesday’s oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in the litigation over whether Puerto Rico’s Public Corporations Debt Enforcement and Recovery Act, an insolvency statute for certain of its government...more

Minerals Matters - Winter 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of Minerals Matters and the first one of 2016. Last year was, on the whole, positive for the sector. We had the drama of the UK General Election and the surprisingly decisive outcome which...more

Will the Safe Harbour Ipso Facto Assist with Restructuring in Australia? - Proposed Reform to Australian Insolvency Laws

The Productivity Commission has handed down its long-awaited report on Business Set-Up, Transfer and Closure (Report) to the Australian Federal Government. Key recommendations from the Report have been embraced by the...more

Modeling the Model Law – what not to do

OGX Petroleo E Gas S.A., Re [2016] EWHC 25 (Ch) - In a recent judgment, Mr Justice Snowden sounded a cautionary note for applicants seeking recognition of a foreign insolvency proceeding under the UNCITRAL Model Law,...more

Blog: The Venture-Backed Company Running Out Of Cash: Fiduciary Duties And Wind Down Options

Many start-up companies backed by venture capital financing, especially those still in the development phase or which otherwise are not cash flow breakeven, at some point may face the prospect of running out of cash. Although...more

Germany’s Maple Bank Indemnification: Implications for Creditors

On 12 February 2016, the German Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht, or BaFin) declared Maple Bank GmbH (“Maple”) as an indemnification case, meaning that the German deposit...more

Client Money And Poor Records: Guidance For Administrators

How to identify and distribute client money is a vexed question for insolvency practitioners, especially where a company’s records are incomplete. Against the background of recent decisions in the administrations of Lehman...more

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

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