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Thoughts From the BAP on How to (re)Define an “Executory Contract”

Making a quiet entrance into the public realm during the final week of last year, a new opinion from the United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Ninth Circuit (the “BAP”) suggests that it is time to revisit the...more

Financial Litigation Roundup: Key Federal Rulings in 2017

In case you missed it, here is our list of the most significant financial services rulings in 2017 from the Supreme Court of the United States and major federal appellate courts. While there were no decisions of overwhelming...more

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

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Leveraged Buy-Out (LBOs)

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The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

Extremely Clear Pay-If-Paid Clause is Enforced

by Murtha Cullina on

Every contract involves the risk of insolvency, and every construction subcontract involves the risk of the owner/developer failing to make the payments that the contractor intends to use to pay its subcontractors....more

Life Insurance Investment Company Files For Bankruptcy In Delaware

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On December 29, 2017, Life Settlement Absolute Return I, LLC (“LSAR”), along with Senior LS Holdings, LLC (“Senior LS”; collectively with LSAR, the “Debtors”), filed petitions for relief under Chapter 11 in the Bankruptcy...more

Court Holds that Bankruptcy Judges Cannot Impose Punitive Sanctions

Bankruptcy courts lack the power to impose serious punitive sanctions, a federal district judge ruled recently in PHH Mortgage Corporation v. Sensenich, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 207801 (D. Vt. Dec. 18, 2018). Judge Geoffrey...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

New rules for financial leasing in Italy

by White & Case LLP on

New rules establish a legal framework for financial leasing agreements in Italy.   Before the new rules, financial leasing agreements lacked a dedicated legal regime in Italy. Instead, Italian courts applied - at times...more

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

by Bryan Cave on

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

Examining the Limits of the Forward Contract Safe Harbor

by Dechert LLP on

As discussed in a recent Dechert OnPoint, section 365(e)(1) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code provides that an executory contract of a debtor may not be terminated solely because of a provision in such contract that is conditioned...more

Debtor’s Subchapter S Status Isn’t Property of the Estate

This post examines an interesting intersection between bankruptcy and tax laws: if a corporation terminates its Subchapter S status pre-bankruptcy, can a bankruptcy trustee bring fraudulent transfer claims against the...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

by Dechert LLP on

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

by White & Case LLP on

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

Creditors Beware: Inbound Bankruptcy Rule Changes Require Heightened Awareness

On December 1, 2017, several important changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure will be implemented. Those changes will impact creditors who have secured claims, judgment liens, and unsecured claims against...more

Maritime and offshore restructuring in Singapore: A safe harbour?

by White & Case LLP on

The new laws have made Singapore more attractive for companies looking to restructure, but will it become the jurisdiction of choice for Asian debt restructurings? The maritime and offshore (M&O) sector has endured almost...more

Forum Selection Clause in an Unsigned Pre-Petition Engagement Letter is Binding on Chapter 11 Trustee.

Every lawyer knows that it is important to enter into a signed engagement letter with a client before commencing legal representation. But, as one law firm recently discovered, even an unsigned engagement letter is better...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...

by Jones Day on

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

by Jones Day on

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

Third Circuit Rules That WARN Act's "Unforeseeable Business Circumstances" Exception Requires That Layoffs Be Probable, Not...

by Jones Day on

In Varela v. AE Liquidation, Inc. (In re AE Liquidation, Inc.), 866 F.3d 515 (3d Cir. 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit became the sixth circuit court of appeals to rule that a "probability standard"...more

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