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Nevada District Court Holds that a Creditor Must Have a Fully Undisputed Claim to Petition for an Involuntary Bankruptcy

The Nevada District Court recently held, in Mont. Dept. of Revenue v. Blixseth, No. 13-cv-01324-JAD, 2017 WL 6417632 (D. Nev. 15, 2017), that a creditor must have a fully undisputed claim to be a “qualified creditor” that may...more

Client Alert: Managing Credit Risk in the Supply Chain

Companies expend substantial resources managing the credit risk of customers, to protect the value of their sales. Many companies, however, do not always apply credit risk analysis to its supply chain, focusing instead on...more

Maximizing returns from a UK liquidation

by DLA Piper on

When a company enters into an insolvency process in the UK, the position of unsecured creditors is typically one of uncertainty. Ranking fifth1 in the insolvency payment waterfall, unsecured creditors frequently find...more

“Takata: The Unfortunate Recall” featured in the ACC Charlotte Chapter’s December Newsletter

David Conaway’s article, “Takata: The Unfortunate Recall”, was featured in the Association of Corporate Counsel Charlotte Chapter’s December 7, 2017 Newsletter. In the article, David discusses Takata’s airbag recall and the...more

Litigation Issues Arising from M&A Transactions - Litigating Bankruptcy and Fraudulent Conveyance Issues in M&A Deals: Are the...

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San Francisco Partner Meryl Macklin and Los Angeles Partner Sharon Weiss and Counsel Rosario Vizzie hosted a webinar Dec. 7 on the litigation bankruptcy and fraudulent conveyance issues in M&A deals. Please see full...more

Cross-Border Clash for the Brazilian Dutch Telco in the U.S. Courts

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Distressed and special situations investors should take note of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s recent decision in Oi’s Chapter 15 case. We present our takeaways for investors. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court refused to recognise...more

The Enforceability of Ipso Facto Provisions in a Dismissed Chapter 11 Case

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Section 365 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code does not address the legal status of an executory contract that is not assumed or rejected in a chapter 11 proceeding. In such cases where a chapter 11 plan is confirmed, courts adopt...more

Re: Attilan Group Ltd – A Cautious Beginning for Rescue Financing in Singapore

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On 8 November 2017, the High Court released its decision in Re Attilan Group Ltd [2017] SGHC 283 (the "Attilan" case). The decision is interesting as it marks the first time the High Court had the opportunity to hear...more

When Worlds Collide: Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code and Chapter 11

Picture the scene: A vendor has just received word that its customer has filed chapter 11. The vendor put the customer on a cash-before-delivery basis and demanded assurances of performance. The vendor was successful in...more

Chapter 11 Plan Not Providing for Payment of Make-Whole Premium Impaired Noteholders

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In In re Ultra Petroleum Corp., 2017 BL 335015 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. Sept. 21, 2017), the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas ruled that certain private-placement noteholders were entitled to receive a...more

To Have and to Hold: Third Circuit Rules That Physical Possession of Goods Is Required Under Section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy...

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Since its enactment as part of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code has provided an important safety net for creditors selling goods to financially...more

Second Circuit Issues Key Cramdown Interest Rate Ruling

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In Momentive Performance Materials Inc. v. BOKF, NA (In re MPM Silicones, L.L.C.), 2017 BL 376794 (2d Cir. Oct. 27, 2017) ("Momentive"), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in a long-anticipated decision,...more

The Cookie Crumbles in Baker’s Bid for a § 503(b)(9) Administrative Claim

Under section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code, a creditor may recover as a priority administrative expense the value of goods sold to the debtor in the ordinary course of its business that are “received” by the debtor within...more

Failure To Comply With Plan Technicality Causes US Securities Law Violation

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Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 prohibits the sale of a security unless a registration statement is in effect. This prohibition on the sale of unregistered securities does not apply to exempt transactions. One such...more

Cross border restructurings - INSOL International Channel Islands Seminar

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The INSOL International Channel Islands Seminar took place on 13 September 2017 in Guernsey, where tensions rose high as jurisdictions battled it out for the crown of the "go-to" jurisdiction for cross border restructurings....more

Bankruptcy Restrictions in Operating Agreement Held Unenforceable

In In Re Lexington Hospitality Group, LLC, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky thwarted a lender’s efforts to control whether its borrower could file bankruptcy. As a condition to the loan,...more

International Legislative Update - September/October 2017

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Germany—Major German insolvency law reforms designed to facilitate corporate group insolvencies will become effective on April 21, 2018. When the reforms come into force, they will supplement and complement the Recast...more

Client Alert: Vendor Section 503(b)(9) Administrative Priority Claims: When Goods are Received is Critical

Debtors in Chapter 11 proceedings rarely pay unsecured creditors a meaningful dividend on prepetition accounts receivable balances, much less pay them in full. In an era of aggressive lending to place capital in the market,...more

The final call for Aviator UK

by DLA Piper on

The aviation industry is a network business, relying upon strict regulation, rigorous safety standards and operations planned to minute detail. Unexpected financial or operating changes, particularly to ‘ground handling’...more

Beware of Prior Act Exclusions and Retroactive Dates When Procuring or Renewing Coverage

An 11th Circuit decision issued earlier this year serves as a reminder of the importance of carefully evaluating time-based exclusions and retroactive dates when procuring or renewing coverage. Liability policies such as...more

Safe harbour and ipso facto reforms pass through the Senate

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Another step has been taken towards the introduction of a safe harbour for directors of insolvent companies and limited stay on the operation of ipso facto clauses. Late on Monday evening, after some debate, the Senate passed...more

Australian Court of Appeal Approves Use of "Holding" Deed of Company Arrangement

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In Mighty River International Ltd v Hughes [2017] WASCA 152, the Western Australian Court of Appeal delivered a landmark decision approving the use of a "holding" deed of company arrangement ("DOCA")....more

Don't Want To Be The Next Kodak? Embrace Blockchain

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

For most of the 20th century, Eastman Kodak Co. (often referred to simply as Kodak) was one of the most recognizable brands in the world. Founded in 1888, Kodak dominated the film and camera markets — in 1976, Kodak had 90...more

The power of the collective: EIR in focus

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Catherine Burton brings an update on the Recast European Insolvency Regulation. The recast Insolvency Regulation (Regulation (EU) No. 2015/848) (the recast regulation or EIR) was adopted by the European Parliament and...more

The Jevic Files Continue: Pioneer-ing the Post-Jevic Era, and Wondering if Jevic Altered Critical Vendor Theory After All?

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The Supreme Court’s Jevic ruling last spring remains a treasure trove of bankruptcy theory, suitable for the novice bankruptcy student and highly instructional for those of us who have practiced in chapter 11 for years. We at...more

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