Liquidation

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Offshore Fund-Related Litigation

Litigation against directors, officers and professional service providers, following the collapse of offshore funds and collective investment schemes such as Madoff and Weavering, continues to proceed in a variety of...more

Bankruptcy: Preference Defendants Don’t Feel “Preferred”

This year, many unsuspecting businesses will be hauled into court by a trustee seeking return of a “preferential” payment made by a party now in bankruptcy. To those uninitiated, a bankruptcy trustee’s power to “avoid” or...more

High Court to Consider the Scope of a Liquidator's Lien

On 6 March 2014, the High Court of Australia (High Court) will consider in detail, for the first time since Re Universal Distributing Co Ltd (1933) 48 CLR 171, the circumstances in which a liquidator is entitled to claim a...more

Silence Is Golden: Reinsurer Ordered To Pay Prejudgment Interest To Insurance Company’s Liquidator On Agreement Silent As To...

A New Hampshire insurance company, Home Insurance Company (“Home”), was placed in liquidation in 2003. When its reinsurer Century Indemnity Company (“CIC”) tried to claim an $8 million setoff from amounts owed to Home, the...more

Recent Case on Safe Harbor Provisions in Swap Agreements

Bankruptcy cases are the proving ground for interpreting the boundaries for ISDA safe harbor provisions under the United States Bankruptcy Code. Michigan State Housing Development Authority v. Lehman Brothers Derivative...more

Start-Up Raising Capital? Some Common Features of Preferred Shares & Why Some Select Preferred Shares over Convertible Debt

When you start a business and want to attract your first round of financing, Preferred Shares is one product that can be offered to Investors. Many Founders have asked us to explain exactly what Preferred Shares are and...more

Friday 13th: an Unlucky Day for Scottish Liquidators

On 13 December 2013, the Court of Session ruled that the liquidators of The Scottish Coal Company Limited (SCC) were not able to disclaim ownership of certain open-cast mines and the environmental permits which were connected...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Big Time Lawyers Pricing Themselves Out [Video]

Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Two significant Chapter 11 reorganizations in the Southern U.S. may be signs that lawyers in New York and Delaware are starting to price themselves out of the market, as Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and...more

Liquidators of Bear Stearns Hedge Funds Accuse Rating Agencies of Fraud

On November 12, the liquidators for two Bear Stearns overseas hedge funds filed their complaint against McGraw Hill, Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s, and Fitch (collectively the rating agencies) in an action in New York Supreme...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Third Quarter 2013

We analyzed the terms of venture financings for 128 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the third quarter of 2013. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Valuation results in...more

Flawed, but Fair: Updated Guidance for Boards and Investors

A recent Delaware decision, in re Trados Incorporated Shareholder Litigation, underscores a director’s responsibilities in “underwater” venture deals. In a 114-page opinion by Vice Chancellor Laster, the court reviewed the...more

The BVI Commercial Court – Interfacing with Arbitration

Key recent decisions in the BVI Commercial Court have shaped the applicability and enforcement of arbitration clauses and notably how they interface with BVI statutory remedies and liquidations. Harneys take a look at...more

And then the insured went into liquidation … but that's not the end of the story

In Toongabbie Collision Pty Ltd (In Liquidation) (Trading as Autoworks Collision Centre) v CGU Insurance Limited [2013] NSWSC 1409, the Supreme Court of New South Wales granted leave to the director of the liquidated company...more

Illinois Federal Court Bars Assignee Of Claims Under A Reinsurance Treaty From Invoking Arbitration Clause

Pine Top Receivables of Ill., Inc. v. Banco de Seguros Del Estado, No. 12 C 6357, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81516, 2013 WL 2574596 (N. D. Ill. June 11, 2013). An Illinois federal court granted a reinsurer’s motion to...more

The Mergers & Acquisitions Review - Seventh Edition: Chapter 16: Cayman Islands

I OVERVIEW OF M&A ACTIVITY - Despite signs of a stabilising economy, the Cayman Islands witnessed a 1 per cent decrease in new company registrations in 2012 compared to 2011; 8,971 new companies were incorporated...more

Strict UK Litigation Privilege Test for Joint Liquidator Reports

High Court holds that reports used by the Serious Fraud Office to obtain search and arrest warrants are not subject to litigation privilege in subsequent civil proceedings. ...more

Settlement Reached With Liquidators of Bear Stearns Hedge Funds

Several Bear Stearns defendants agreed to undisclosed terms with the joint official liquidators of two Bear Stearns hedge funds, resolving the liquidators’ claims for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and...more

Order for Claim Filing Deadline in Liquidation Proceedings of the Lumbermens Companies

A substantial number of business policyholders purchased historical insurance coverage from one of the Lumbermens Companies, which include Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company, American Manufacturers Mutual Insurance Company,...more

Data Protection Act – Obligations of Liquidators

A judgment recently handed down from the High Court clarifies the obligations of liquidators under the Data Protection Act 1998, providing them with greater personal protection from fines or other sanctions. Reed Smith...more

FTB to Clean Up Deferred Intercompany Stock Account Regulation

On July 25, the FTB held a public hearing on its proposed revisions to its regulation on intercompany transactions. The changes attempt to fix issues with the current rules governing Deferred Intercompany Stock Accounts...more

Policy Observer - July 2013

Getting Over the Bar: Second Circuit Requires Actual Payment of Underlying Limits In Order to Trigger Excess D&O Policies - In June, the Second Circuit held that two Federal Insurance Company ("FIC") excess D&O...more

Chartis Case

“Limited Judicial Discretion: The Superior Court Refuses to Compel an Insurer to Renew to Provide Coverage in the Context of Liquidation.”...more

Bear Stearns Liquidators Brings Fraud Action Against Rating Agencies

On July 9, the joint official liquidators of Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. filed suit against three rating agencies – Standard & Poors, Moody’s and Fitch – in New York state court over the agencies’ allegedly fraudulent investment...more

Claims Under Repurchase Transactions Do Not Qualify As Customers’ Claims in Broker-Dealers’ Liquidation

Judge James M. Peck of the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York held, on June 25, 2013 (the “Lehman Op.”), that claims under repurchase transactions (“Repos”) do not qualify as customer claims and therefore...more

Legal Alert: The End of an Era: IRS Expands “No-Rule” Policy for Spin-Offs and Other Common Corporate Transactions

On June 25, the IRS expanded its “no-rule” policy with respect to spin-offs and other tax-free corporate separations, liquidations, contributions, and reorganizations. Effective for letter ruling requests received by the IRS...more

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