Ipso Facto Clauses

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The Impact of PROMESA on Creditors

On June 30, 2016, the United States Senate passed the “Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act” (“PROMESA”) and it was quickly signed into law by President Obama. PROMESA enables the Commonwealth of...more

Bankruptcy Court Broadly Applies Safe Harbors and Rejects Singular Event Theory Precedent

In a decision that parts ways with two prior decisions in the Lehman bankruptcy, Lehman Brothers Special Financing Inc. v. Bank of America National Association, No. 10-3547, Bankruptcy Court Judge Shelley Chapman (who is ...more

Australian insolvency law reforms aim to increase business restructuring opportunities

The Australian government is working to significantly reform Australia’s current insolvency laws by mid-2017. The reforms are intended to achieve greater likelihood of business preservation by introducing the flexibility...more

A Flip on the Flip Clause: Lehman Court Changes Course on Flip Provisions and Financial Safe Harbors

New York bankruptcy judge dismisses claims to recover approximately $1 billion that had been distributed to noteholders following commencement of the Lehman Brothers chapter 11 proceedings in September 2008. After more...more

The Harbour is Not Yet Safe – Reform on the Move in Australia

Following on from the Productivity Commission's Report on Business Set-up, Transfer and Closure, the Australian Government has issued a Proposals Paper entitled Improving bankruptcy and insolvency laws. The paper has...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

Derivatives in Review - March 2015

NYDFS Releases Revised BitLicense Proposal - On February 4, 2015, the New York State Department of Financial Services ("NYDFS") released a revised version of its proposed virtual currency regulations (commonly referred...more

"Enforcement of Make-Whole Provisions in Bankruptcy: The Importance of Careful Drafting"

Indentures typically contain provisions that offer protection to bondholders and borrowers in the event of early repayment of or, in some instances, default on the loan. This includes make-whole provisions, which...more

The Limited Liability Company and Bankruptcy Code

This K&L Gates Legal Insight highlights certain potential bankruptcy and insolvency issues that clients and legal practitioners should take into account when forming a limited liability company (“LLC”) under state law. These...more

German Supreme Court renders ipso facto clauses invalid and unenforceable – Roma locuta, causa finita?

An ipso facto clause is a contractual provision which states that a contract or agreement automatically terminates or may be terminated by a party if bankruptcy proceedings have been instituted over the other party’s assets....more

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