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Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - April 14, 2014

Agencies Apply Increased Leverage Ratio to Large U.S. Banks - On April 8, the Fed, FDIC and OCC adopted the final rule to increase the leverage ratio for the largest U.S. banks. The final rule applies to U.S. bank...more

Legislative Trial Balloon for Puerto Rico Public Corporation Insolvency Process Attracts Bondholder Attention

Last Tuesday, Puerto Rico sold its much ballyhooed $3.5 billion in non-investment grade general obligation bonds. Two days later, two legislators in Puerto Rico’s Senate filed a bill which, if enacted, would permit...more

Detroit Moves Forward with Swap Settlement, Post-Petition Financing, Plan of Adjustment

Last week, the City of Detroit Chapter 11 bankruptcy case saw a handful of developments. First, the City filed a motion seeking approval of a further revised proposed settlement with its swap counterparties. The City now...more

2014 Labor Law Update

In This Presentation: - Detroit Manufacturing - 2013-14 Southeast Union Activity: ..UAW - Automotive ..Faurecia Northport election lost by UAW ..Continued UAW Presence at MBUSI & Nissan ...more

Detroit Bankruptcy Update: Plan of Adjustment Filed, Trial Set

Under the Chapter 9 Plan of Adjustment filed on Friday of last week, Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr urged retirees to vote on a quick exit from bankruptcy by offering smaller-than-expected pension cuts. For non-uniformed...more

City of Detroit Files Proposed Plan of Adjustment in Bankruptcy Proceedings

On February 21, the City of Detroit filed a proposed plan of adjustment and disclosure statement in its Chapter 9 bankruptcy proceedings. The proposed plan would provide general obligation bond claims with a 20 percent...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - February 24, 2014

ESMA Q&A on Application of AIFMD - On February 17, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a questions and answers paper (Q&A) on the application of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers...more

Bankrupt San Bernardino is Tackling Pension Obligations Head-On

An interesting article in yesterday’s The Sacramento Bee highlights the importance of finding a way to bring our public pension liabilities under control to maintain the fiscal integrity of our state and local governments....more

Specialized Forms of Bankruptcy in Georgia

The three most common types of bankruptcy — Chapter 7, Chapter 13 and Chapter 11 — account for nearly all business and personal bankruptcy filings in Georgia and the rest of the United States. There are also several other...more

Public Works Projects and Municipal Bankruptcies

The good news is that public works construction projects for municipalities are projected to remain a major sector of construction activity for the foreseeable future. The not-so-good news is that municipal bankruptcy filings...more

The Critical First and Last Steps in a Municipal Workout: Vallejo, Harrisburg and Detroit

The first critical step in a municipal workout, whether inside or outside of bankruptcy, is to get all parties, the debtor and the creditors, to accept that they will all have to incur significant losses as a result of the...more

Detroit Bankruptcy Update: Direct Appeal to Sixth Circuit Permitted

Yesterday Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes ruled that the appeals to his earlier holding that Detroit was entitled to proceed in its Chapter 9 Bankruptcy proceeding would be allowed to bypass a federal district court and head...more

Government Employee Pensions May Now Be Fair Game for Cuts During Bankruptcy Restructuring

On Tuesday, December 2, 2013, Judge Steven Rhodes of the Eastern District of Michigan ruled that the City of Detroit, which filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court on July 18, 2013, met the...more

Bankruptcy Court Rules Detroit Eligible for Chapter 9

At a hearing on December 3, Judge Stephen Rhodes ruled that the City of Detroit was eligible to file for protection under Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code. While the City filed for bankruptcy back in July and has been...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - December 10, 2013

Council of EU Publishes UK Issues Paper on MLD4 - On November 24, the Council of the European Union published a note (dated November 8, 2013) from the Council Presidency to Council Delegations which includes a UK...more

Detroit Judge Clears Way for Largest Municipal Bankruptcy in Country’s History

The oral summary of Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes’s opinion lasted roughly ninety minutes, and the forthcoming written opinion is rumored to be over one hundred and forty pages in length. In making his decision the Detroit...more

Court Rules That Detroit Is Eligible For Chapter 9 And That Pensions May Be Impaired In Chapter 9

On December 5, 2013, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan released its 143 page decision upholding the City of Detroit’s eligibility to be a debtor under chapter 9 of the United States Bankruptcy...more

Parsing the legal and financial impact from Detroit’s bankruptcy

What is the legal, political, and financial fallout of Detroit’s highly publicized Chapter 9 bankruptcy? That was the central question in a Nov. 7 panel discussion in St. Louis hosted by Thompson Coburn. Below are the issues...more

Insurers Seek Enforcement Of State Law Protections For City Of Detroit GO Bonds

On November 8, 2013, three monoline insurers of the City’s general obligation bonds commenced adversary proceedings in the City of Detroit bankruptcy case. Through these actions, the monoline insurers seek to compel...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Detroit Shows Need for Amending Bankruptcy Law  [Video]

Oct. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Detroit's municipal bankruptcy is reason Congress should consider amending Chapter 9 governing municipal debt adjustment, as Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News bankruptcy columnist Bill...more

Following Chapter 9 Plan, Monoline Insurer Must Continue to Make Payments on Old Bonds

Earlier this month, Judge Judith J. Gische of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First Judicial Department found that ACA Financial Guaranty Corporation, as bond insurer, must make future,...more

Court Finds ACA Financial Guaranty Must Back Pre-Bankruptcy Bonds

Earlier this month, Judge Judith J. Gische of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First Judicial Department found that ACA Financial Guaranty Corporation, as bond insurer, must make future,...more

The financial crisis and a new round of deaccessioning debates

When public institutions are suffering from financial deficits, one question is usually raised: can they sell art to survive? In the museum world it is generally understood that you are to deaccession art only if the work is...more

Municipal Bankruptcies – Interview with Bill Kannel, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Bill Kannel, Member of Mintz Levin's Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Commercial Law Practice, discusses the prerequisites for municipalities looking to file Chapter 9 bankruptcy. ...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Detroit Judge Might Lose Grip on the Case  [Video]

Sept. 12 (Bloomberg) -- The possibility that the most significant decisions affecting Detroit will not be made in bankruptcy court elevates the motor city to the "Case of the Week" status on the bankruptcy video with...more

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